While normal people begin their year in January, fashion industry gears up in September. For Elle Ukraine, the year has had a very bright beginning. Ukraine’s first lady Maryna Poroshenko, three months into this new status, appeared on the cover of September’s issue of the magazine, released on Aug. 19.
This year’s closing ceremony of Wikimania, an annual conference of the Wikimedia Foundation, revealed a Wikipedian of 2014. Established in 2011, this prize has already been awarded four times to Kazakh, Yoruba and French Wikipedia contributors. This year’s prize was awarded to a Ukrainian, Ihor Kostenko. Kostenko was one of the protesters killed during EuroMaidan Revolution in February.
A handful of elderly ladies comb an outdoor market in Obolon, and they’re on a military mission. This northern Kyiv neighborhood is where they collect donations of food and clothes and once a week send the goods off to the east, to the Ukrainian servicemen fighting Kremlin-backed mercenaries and separatists.
Serhiy Zakharov, 47, a Ukrainian artist from Donetsk who led an underground art project that ridiculed Russian-backed separatists, was taken captive on Aug. 6.
Sitting on a shabby bench in a bleak hospital hallway, a beautiful woman with a mop of dark curly hair looks like a creature from a different world – until a nurse asks her if she can buy a shovel that the hospital needs.
With a gunshot wound to his lung, Oleksandr Ponomariov crawled around
the grass near Krasnyi Lyman in Donetsk Oblast, still trying to fend off
the attacking Russian-backed insurgents.
At that moment, Ponomariov could hardly imagine himself as a groom in the next 10 days. But that’s what happened.
When it comes to desirability and beauty, Ukrainian women usually get most of the compliments and attention worldwide. But one man, Ukrainian actor and model Bohdan Yusypchuk, is now considered the 10th most desirable man in the world. He is also, as it turns out, a nice guy.
Russia’s war against Ukraine is also altering the nation’s fashion. As people become more patriotic, they want to wear symbols of that feeling. Designers offer a wide choice. Pro-Ukraine patterns are being printed on T-shirts, sweatshirts and even socks. Some of these emblems are funny; others have a serious, deeper meaning connected with Ukrainian roots. Here are six examples that the Kyiv Post has come across.
It appears that Ukraine has got another one - this time quite persuasive - defender on the world stage. Mike Tyson, one of the world strongest boxers famous for biting off a bit of his contestant Evander Holyfield's ear, has commented in support of Ukraine.
It seems like Ukrainian men are gaining popularity and can steal the spotlight from Ukrainian women soon. Even sexy singer Jennifer Lopez turned her pretty head towards Ukrainian 34-year old dancer Maksym Chmerkovskiy. There are persistent rumors that the two are a couple now.
The life of Maryna Poroshenko, 52, hasn't changed a lot since her husband Petro Poroshenko was elected Ukrainian president on May 25. The new first lady said so in her first TV interview since taking on her new role.
So they got married and now plan to live happily ever after.
Since Ukraine's army suddenly topped the news after Russia invaded Crimea in late February, Ukrainians started expressing warm feelings to their defenders. Tens of thousands of posts, photographs and memes featuring Ukrainian army filled the Internet in the last months. Here are just some of the photos of Ukrainian troops that were posted on Instagram lately.