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Oct. 6, 2013, 10:35 a.m. | Op-ed — by Zhanna Kobylinska

St. Andrew's Church is one of the seven wonders of Kyiv.
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Zhanna Kobylinska

Kyiv resident Zhanna Kobylinska initiated the Ukrainian public project ‘Go Ukraine! Let’s Go!, which can be found on Facebook.

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Kyiv's seven wonders

Saint Andrew's Church and St. Andrew's Uzviz rank the first in the Ukrainian action's "Seven Wonders of Kyiv" rating. The top seven most popular sights of the capital of Ukraine are also the Vydubitsky Monastery, St.Volodymyr's Cathedral, the House with Chimeras, Kyiv- Mohyla Academy and the old Podil district, the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and St. Sophia Cathedral .

Special awards were also given to St.Michael's Cathedral (as the largest among objects being restored in Kyiv), and the Nicholas Cathedral and the National Museum of Art (as the capital attractions to be restored by the state funds immediately).

Polish directors are co-shooting a film about Kvitka Cisyk

Ukrainian and Polish directors are co-working on shooting a film about the famous American singer, Ukrainian by origin, Kvitka Cisyk. The film is a mix of documentaries, art films and animation.

Moreover, the film will inform about the memorial tablet, the museum and the singing street opened in the memory of the Ukrainian woman in Lviv.

At present time the crew is gathering information by looking for the people who knews Kvitka Cisyk, videos with the singer etc. The shooting is to start in a year.

The film is planned to show at international film festivals in Poland, Spain and Italy.

 First Ukraine's IT University opens in Kyiv

The first Ukraine’s Intercorporate IT University, Bionic University, the part of the innovation Bionic Hill park (part of the national project ‘Technopolis’) opened in Kyiv.

The university provides comprehensive training in three areas: Technical skills (programming skills ), soft skills (social cooperation skills), entrepreneurship (business skills). Selection is performed on competitive basis, studies is free. The university programs are designed to grow above one thousand specialists a year.

The Bionic Hill project is a private business initiative of the leading Ukrainian developer, UDP company. The expected investment in the project is around $800 million.

At present time there are more than 200,000 IT professionals in Ukraine (on certified IT specialists number the country ranks the 4th in the world) . The BIONIC Hill project is expected to provide 35,000 new jobs.

A London subway station  named Andriy Shevchenko

A transfer station of the London subway was named by the name of a famous Ukrainian footballer, Andriy Shevchenko. The stations were renamed on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the subway in London and the Football Association of England. Names of 367 football players were put on the London subway map. In fact, the map was changed symbolically; the metro stations will retain their traditional names. The Central London subway line was dedicated to football players based on number of goals scored; the Ring Line stations were named after World Championship footballers.

 Mayor of Yalta is going to find tourism investors in Lithuania

On Oct. 8-13, Serhiy Ilash, the mayor of Yalta, will visit  Lithuania in search of investors for the tourism industry, health care and the construction of sports complex development, and to exchange experiences on local government and utilities spheres. With the aim to learn more about financing, health care and investment projects implementation, the mayor of Yalta will also visit modern infrastructure facilities such as a ski resort , acqua park and other objects. Ilash will with the heads of cities Vilnius, Druskininkai, Palanga and Šventoji, and representatives of businesses and investment companies of  Lithuania as well.

Kyiv resident Zhanna Kobylinska initiated the Ukrainian public project ‘Go Ukraine! Let’s Go!, which can be found on Facebook at

“Good News Ukraine” items can be sent to her at


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