When seven-year-old Halyna Dubok cried, hundreds of other eyes also filled with tears. The girl became emotional while belting out the ballad “Life Goes On” from the Yearly Ukrainian National Awards (YUNA) ceremony. Needless to say, her performance was the highlight of the evening.
If she ever makes another YouTube video or movie, Yulia Marushevska wants the next on to be a happy one with a good ending.
KHARKIV, Ukraine – Amidst the turmoil caused by Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, there is at least one Ukrainian who doesn’t fear a potential war. Astrologist Olena Maksymova has checked the stars and found that “there will be no war in Ukraine,” although the state borders may change.
Ruslana Lyzhychko, the Ukrainian pop star who is one of the EuroMaidan Revolution’s most prominent activists, is now working to counter Russian propaganda lies about events in Ukraine. She said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is skilled at distorting events to justify Russia’s invasion into Crimea and interference in Ukraine’s domestic affairs, leaving Ukraine at least a step behind in countering the Kremlin’s stream of propaganda.
Ukrainian singer Ruslana Lyzhychko, 40, is not an average pop star. Over the past several months she has transformed into one of the main voices and inspirations of EuroMaidan anti-government protesters who have spent days and nights at Independence Square in Kyiv.
On March 9, Ukraine celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine’s most praised poet whose life and legacy are especially valued for the spirit of freedom that he put in his poems.
When Oleksandr Oleksiuk shows up at Kyiv flea markets, the vendors immediately tell him: “We have nothing new about Shevchenko.”
Interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov has called on the nation not to panic about Russian military troops invading Crimea.
Many of Crimea's 2.2 million people are not only heeding Turchynov's call, they are celebrating the curious arrival of the neighboring country's soldiers by taking pictures with the troops or making them tea. Many others, however, regard friendliness with the Kremlin invaders as treason.
It's fair to say that most Ukrainians want their national sovereignty and territory respected by the international community, including their Russian neighbors.
Inspired by the anti-government protests in Kyiv, illustrator Oleksander Komyahov and journalist Andrey Pryimachenko started an art project that portrays what they deem to be typical characters of EuroMaidan.
When a Dutch national who owns a tire business in Kyiv was charged on Feb. 10 with supporting terrorism for allegedly selling tires to activists in the EuroMaidan movement, a guy who calls himself Viktor Yanukovych took to Twitter to joke about it.
Today’s Independence Square is not just about fighting, protesting and singing Ukraine’s national anthem. It’s a place for love, too, especially on Valentine’s Day. Here are some real romantic stories:
Inside a small gym close to Kyiv’s Independence Square, a short and sturdy brunette shows other women self-defense tactics. “You should pay more attention to your legs,” the coach says. “First you take steps, and only then do you turn your body.”
Toilets and unfinished hotels were not the only things that went wrong at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Organizers failed the georgraphical and language challenges too, making numerous mistakes in the profiles of the Ukrainian athletes listed on the Olympics official website.
When Kristina Berdinskikh, a former journalist with Korrespondent magazine, wrote a Facebook post about a group of medical volunteers she met at EuroMaidan in Kyiv on Dec. 1, she couldn’t have guessed how deeply involved she would eventually become.
A photograph of artist Maksym Vegera standing by the fire line at Hrushevskoho Street with an easel went viral overnight. In sub-freezing temperatures, the artist worked for seven hours one day to create a painting, inspired by the atmosphere of a fight for freedom.
She walks carefully on the iced ground of Hrushevskoho Street in Kyiv, the epicenter of Ukraine’s now bloody protest. Trying not to fall over cobblestones covered in a gray mix of snow and ash, she holds something in her hands as close to her heart as she can…A baby girl. Two months old.