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July 29, 2014

Foreign Supporters of Ukraine: Interview with Ukrainian Activist Abroad

Following the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, allegedly by Moscow-supported fighters, pro-Ukrainian activists around the world have increased their pressure on the international community to counter Russia’s proxy war against Ukraine. Protests, often organized by Ukrainian émigré communities, were held in several European and North American cities over the past several days–including Vienna, London, New York, and Berlin.

July 17, 2014

Russia, Putin Increasingly Unpopular Worldwide

Following the Russian Federation’s annexation of Crimea in March and its subsequent support for armed rebels in two of Ukraine’s eastern provinces, perceptions of both Russia’s role in international affairs and of its treatment of its own people have deteriorated significantly worldwide. According to polls conducted by the Pew Research Center, international opinions about Russia have soured and confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin has decreased. This is in sharp contrast to the opinions of the vast majority of the Russians themselves, who expressed confidence in Putin’s foreign and domestic policies.

July 15, 2014

Kyiv Museum Exhibition Features Weapons Seized from Russian Terrorists in Eastern Ukraine

The National Museum of History of the Great Patriotic War in Kyiv recently launched an exhibition of weapons that were seized from terrorists and separatists in the region of the Anti-Terrorist Operation by Ukrainian security forces. The exhibition showcases weapons and equipment used by terrorists in the cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.

July 9, 2014

Support for “Slavic Union” Plummets Throughout Ukraine

As President Poroshenko’s Anti-Terrorism Operation against pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas gains traction, Ukrainian support for a union state between Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus has dropped precipitously throughout all regions of the country. According to the Ukrainian sociological organization Rating, support for a single union state with the three East Slavic nations has decreased from 42 percent in July 2012 to 18 percent in June 2014.

July 9, 2014

So Close Yet So Far: Two Sisters’ Remarkably Different Experiences in Eastern Ukraine

Anya and Dina Nosenko are both twenty-five year old natives of Dnipropetrovsk, a Russian-speaking industrial city in the steppes of southern Ukraine. They are both successful athletes. Dina currently works in Dnipropetrovsk, while Anya lives and trains in the Donbas region (only 250 kilometers east of Dnipropetrovsk). However close, their lives over the past few months could not have been more different.

June 19, 2014

The Gifts Russia Gives to Ukraine’s ‘Separatists’

On the surface, eastern Ukraine has all the makings of a civil war. Fighting between “pro-Ukrainian” forces and “separatists” from the People’s Republic of Donetsk (DNR) and the People’s Republic of Luhansk (LNR) has led to hundreds of deaths over the past two months. In Sloviansk, scene of the worst of the fighting, morgues reportedly have been filled to overflowing. Those outside Ukraine might get the impression that there are separatists out to destroy the “Banderivtsi” (followers of Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera who had collaborated with the Nazis during part of World War II) while “pro-Ukrainian” forces aim to eliminate the “Colorado beetles” (known for their orange-black St. George ribbons, a symbol connected with the Soviet Union’s victory in World War II).

May 27, 2014

Ukraine: A Far Cry From Europe’s Far Right

An early presidential election took place in Ukraine on May 25. Despite ongoing instability and violence in the east of the country, a record-breaking turnout of voters – more than 61% – came out to vote nationwide. According to preliminary results, the vast majority of Ukrainians – nearly 60% – have voted for Petro Poroshenko, an active participant in the Euromaidan protests and a multi-millionaire businessman. The two far-right nationalist parties, Svoboda and Right Sector, received less than 2 percent of the votes between them. These results debunk the Kremlin-sponsored myth about neo-Nazis coming to power in Ukraine.

May 23, 2014

Pew Poll: Ukrainians Remain Tolerant but Fearful in the Face of Russian Aggression

Ukraine remains tolerant of various ethnic groups but fearful of potential ethnic conflict, according to a poll conducted in Ukraine by the Pew Research Center, which polled Ukrainian citizens about their views on particular ethnic groups residing in Ukraine. A large majority of Ukrainians have positive views toward ethnic Ukrainians (96 percent), Jews (87 percent), and Russians (84 percent). The results of this poll directly contradict the Kremlin’s rhetoric about violent and racist Ukrainian nationalists targeting ethnic Russians and Jews in Ukraine.

May 17, 2014

Putin’s Popularity Plummets Among Russian-Speaking Ukrainians

According to the results of a recent poll conducted by the Ukrainian sociological organization Rating, as a result of Russian military intervention in Crimea and the country’s interference in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s popularity has plummeted drastically throughout Ukraine. Interestingly, the same poll shows that the vast majority of the regions where most of the population speaks Russian are now very hostile toward President Putin. This finding directly contradicts the Kremlin’s rhetoric about the existence of a besieged Russian-speaking population in Ukraine.

May 16, 2014

PEN Officials: Russia’s Media Rhetoric Fuels Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Moscow’s loud rhetoric, circulated via Russian-broadcast TV and radio channels both in Russia and in Ukraine provokes a deep conflict of interest, which leads to violent stand-offs in the eastern part of Ukraine. A statement on this conclusion was released on May 12, 2014 by a worldwide association of Poets, Essayists and Novelists – PEN International.

May 15, 2014

Ukraine’s Contribution to Victory in World War II Is Unsurpassed

Ukraine paid the biggest price for victory in the Second World War. As a vital contributor to the Red Army and a key provider of industrial resources in the USSR, Ukraine incurred the largest number of casualties during WWII. Russia has claimed the victory for itself and has officially denied the Ukrainian role in the fight against the Nazis.

May 14, 2014

Ukraine Presents 8 Films at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

At this years Cannes International Film Festival Ukraine will be represented by Myroslav Slaboshpitskiy’s Tribe, Serhiy Loznitsa’s Maidan, restored The Color of Pomegranates by Serhiy Parajanov, as well as five short films. Parajanov’s work will compete in the official selection of the festival. The 2014 festival is taking place on May 14 to 25.

April 30, 2014

First Time Ever: Gamer Passes All Levels in WoW

The first person in the world’s history to pass all the levels in the famous online game – World of Warcraft became a Ukrainian gamer, reported German Die Welt. A 32-year-old Andriy from Kyiv reportedly spent 17,000 hours gaming online in order to complete the current version of the role-playing game.

April 29, 2014

Another Taras Shevchenko Monument Appears on the World Map: Mandra, Greece

On Sunday, April 27, the monument to Ukraine’s eminent poet and artist Taras Shevchenko was unveiled in Mandra, Greek town 40 kilometers away from Athens. The memorial will now stand at the square of Greek-Ukrainian Friendship. Notably, Ukraine has recently celebrated Shevchenko’s 200th birth anniversary by organizing a number of cultural events around the globe.

April 28, 2014

Crimean “Medal of Dishonor”: Putin’s Epic Blunder

Until recently, Vladimir Putin’s story of the Crimean crisis was one of an oppressed people breaking free, with the heartfelt support of a brotherly Russian army, from the clutches of a Neo-Nazi junta which allegedly seized power in Ukraine as a result of a coup d’état. The official Kremlin version of the story has cost millions of unofficial US dollars, which were spent on a gargantuan propaganda machine which has worked overtime to convince the international community of the authenticity of this perspective on Russia’s Crimean escapade.

March 22, 2014

Ukrainian Fashion Week Stands Against War

Ukraine just finished hosting the 34th Ukrainian Fashion Week (March 14-20). This year’s theme was “Ukrainian fashion against war.” Both Focus magazine and Ukrainian Fashion Week presented items by Ukrainian designers and amateurs inspired by the latest events in Ukraine. The designers once again reiterated their position as that of proud citizens of Ukraine who stood firmly against violence, promoting peace and democracy and supporting the country on its way to global integration. The organizers of Ukrainian Fashion Week also produced a video - Ukrainian fashion stands against war! - in which they ask the world to support Ukraine.

March 21, 2014

Prague Telegraph Issues Confusing Messages on Legitimacy of Crimean Vote

Despite the official denunciation by the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Crimean referendum, which was deemed illegitimate by the UN Security Council, the EU and the U.S., two Czech citizens who claim to have been observers during the vote stated that its outcome objectively reflected the public opinion of Crimea’s citizens. Their statement was published by the Prague Telegraph – the largest Russian-language publication in the Czech Republic.The OSCE/ODIHR did not send an election observation mission to monitor the plebiscite in Crimea

March 20, 2014

Russian Sociologist: Propaganda in Russian National News Reports Reaches New Levels

The volume of propaganda in Russian government-controlled media varies between 13 and 89 percent. These were the results of an independent media analysis project Gorodskie Proekty (En. City Projects - Ed.) Russian sociologist Lev Gudkov, director of the analytical Levada Center and editor-in-chief of the The Russian Public Opinion Herald journal, has identified a similar pattern, as reported by Radio Liberty on svoboda.org.

March 18, 2014

DiePresse.com: Putin Covers Up Occupation of Crimea with Pretense of “War on Fascism”

Today, the reputable Austrian news source Die Presse accused the Kremlin of having an addiction to “imitation” (or misrepresentation of the truth) and of manipulating terms, facts, and history. Russian leaders fake the existence in their own country of an independent media, independent courts, and fair elections, as well as economic and social reforms, modernization and even connection to the “civilized” world. Following the same pattern, Putin announced a war on "fascism" in Crimea in order to justify Russia’s unlawful annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula. However, the basis of his premise is not real, according to Anna Schor-Tschudnowskaja’s article:

March 17, 2014

Kremlin Persecutes Ukrainians in Russia and Ukraine

Ukrainian communities in Russia, especially their leaders, are under great pressure, according to Valentyn Pylypchuk, head of the Kamchatka’s Ukrainian community, during a briefing at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center. A similar situation has been reported in Crimea and in Southern Ukraine, where persecution of Ukrainian-speaking citizens has begun under the pretense of protecting Russian-speaking residents.

March 15, 2014

Why Does Putin Want Crimea?

Why is a world leader prepared to risk his personal reputation, his nation’s credibility, international isolation and possibly crippling financial sanctions over a piece of nondescript land no bigger than Jamaica? If the President of the Russian Federation is to be believed his whole campaign in Crimea and potentially Ukraine is to protect ethnic Russians from neo-Nazi extremists that have infiltrated the new temporary government in Kyiv.

March 15, 2014

Putin’s Cynical Propaganda in Swiss Media

As an ex KGB agent Putin knows too well that to be credible, any piece of information needs to be confirmed in at least two unconnected sources. So what does he do when the world stops believing the Kremlin’s blatant lies about Ukraine? That’s right, he spreads them through “unconnected” Western media outlets.

March 12, 2014

Russian Citizens May Be at the Heart of Instigating Separatism in Ukraine

Recently revealed information points to evidence that pro-Russian demonstrations aimed at fueling separatism in Ukraine may have been organized by citizens of the Russian Federation. Seeking to demonstrate their extreme pro-Russian stance, protesters have taken over city councils, have burned Ukraine’s national flag, and have violently dispersed pro-Ukrainian demonstrations, further fueling the conflict. Interestingly, Russian media sources have identified these pro-Russian activists as Ukrainian citizens who are fighting for their Russian freedoms and liberties.

March 12, 2014

Reporters Without Borders: Self-Proclaimed Crimean Government Declares War on Journalists

Over the past several weeks, up to 70 journalists have been assaulted or threatened while working in Crimea. Restrictions on admitting journalists to Crimea, a ban on publishing “negative” or critical information, unlawful restraints while working at the polling stations – these are just a few measures recently introduced by the new self-proclaimed pro-Russian government of Ukrainian Crimea. This was reported by Oksana Romaniuk, a representative of Reporters Without Borders and Executive Director of the Institute of Mass Information (IMI) in Ukraine during a press briefing held at the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center. “The local population has no access to information, and local journalists are under pressure,” she stated.

March 9, 2014

Ukraine Celebrates 200th Birthday of Poet Shevchenko

Ukraine celebrates the 200th birthday of an eminent Ukrainian poet and artists Taras Shevchenko. On this day Ukraine’s capital, as well as numerous cities across the globe feature cultural events to pay a tribute to Ukraine’s national hero. Taras Shevchenko is a renowned Ukrainian poet, artist and political prisoner, who significantly contributed to the treasury of the world culture.

March 7, 2014

Ukraine’s Social, Ethnical, Religious Communities Unite to Oppose Putin’s Aggression

Following the reaction of Ukraine’s officials, different groups of the country’s diverse population voiced their concern over false statements recently made by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. For instance, Ukrainian Jewish community slam Putin’s fabricated declaration of the elevated level of anti-Semitism in Ukraine. Concurrently, the Sunni Muslim population of Ukraine, Crimean Tatars, come together as patriots of Ukraine who oppose Russia’s de facto invasion of the peninsula.

March 5, 2014

Memorandum Between Ukraine, Russia and International Community Will Ensure Peace and Stability in Eastern Europe

Ukraine should offer Russia and international community a new international document (Memorandum), which would outline the settlement of current crisis and become a basis for long-lasting peace and stability in the region, analysts of the International Center for Policy Studies (ICPS), Ukrainian think tank, stated.

February 18, 2014

Ukrainian Scientists Introduce Permanent Data Storage

After numerous trials and experiments, scholars of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine introduced a method of preserving information for an infinite amount of time. Scientists reflect that the usage of new, more durable surface will gradually extend the duration of information availability. Revolutionary method implies that very high density…sapphire surface will be implemented. Currently used CD, DVD and Flash storages can keep data for up to 15 years, while novel sapphire disks extend the duration up to tens of thousands years.

February 10, 2014

Ukrainian Aviation Museum Among Ten World’s Best – CNN

Ukraine’s State Aviation Museum is ranked sixth among World’s Best Aviation Museums, reports CNN. The rating includes descriptions and comparisons of 14 aviation museums worldwide. Listed museums display the most remarkable achievements and items of pilots, engineers, designers and eminent passengers of first airplane journeys.

February 5, 2014

Forbes Recognizes Ukrainian Activist in Women of the Year Rating

Ukrainian Ruslana Lyzhychko became one of ten women in the world to be included into the annual Women of the Year rating introduced by Forbes Woman. The assessment which features ten most prominent figures of 2013 was based on the greatest achievements of the candidates throughout the year. The issue listed Angela Merkel, German chancellor, at the top while putting everyone else in the alphabetical order not assigning them to any specific spot.

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