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THE DAY — December 30, 2011

John TEFFT: The United States Will Strongly Support the Process of Ukraine’s Integration With the EU

At the beginning of the next year the Embassy of the United States is moving to a new building. That is why John TEFFT, the US Ambassador to Ukraine, began the conversation with The Day with the details of the moving and intrigued with surprises, which are awaiting journalists in the new building...

THE DAY — December 30, 2011

On the Lithuanian Experience

The 20th century was the period of change for the countries of the socialist camp. 15 countries went through the large social catastrophes over 70 years and their consequences still can be felt. The communist rule practically laid the corner stone of the serious moral crisis that Ukraine has to overcome as soon as possible despite any difficulties. In this context it would be interesting to examine the examples of the successful policy concerning the historical memory of the Baltic countries, in particular, Lithuania’s example...

THE DAY — December 27, 2011

Ukraine Is Working on Its Fonts

Due to the well-known historical circumstances during the 20th century Ukraine couldn’t afford to pay attention to such things, thus, we haven’t had our own typesetting font. While Switzerland designed and perfected its famous Helvetica, which is now used all over the world and which has become one of the country’s brands. Ukraine...

DAILY MAIL — December 24, 2011

Intricate Oil Paintings That Hide Remarkable Double Images

Often in art, a closer look yields something more than initially meets the eye. These amazing oil paintings by Ukrainian artist Oleg Shuplyak show remarkable double images hiding behind dramatic scenes and tranquil landscapes. Through carefully placed objects, characters, colouring and shadows, a second image is cleverly concealed within the first...

KYIV POST — December 23, 2011

Nation Has Yet to Convince Investors They Are Welcome

Legend has it that when Catherine the Great traveled to Crimea her minister Grigory Potemkin built fake villages and lit camp fires along the way, reassuring the monarch that her conquests were indeed valuable and not just barren wastelands. Such a strategy was honed under communism and has since been used repeatedly by many former-Soviet states, who promise investors much but deliver little...


Children’s Book Celebrates Ukrainian Christmas

Marion Mutala wants children to gain a greater understanding about the traditions associated with a Ukrainian Christmas, and to learn more about the rich history of the European nation. Mutala was at Westview School in Estevan on December 15. She read excerpts of her first book, "Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Christmas," which is a fast-selling and...

KYIV WEEKLY — December 21, 2011

Treasures of Desyatynka

It is believed this tale dates back to 1821 when a landlord from Kursk and retired first lieutenant named Oleksandr Annenkov moved to Kyiv. According to one version of the tale, he did not move to the city at his own will, but instead was banished from Kursk for cruel behavior towards his serfs. Eventually Annenkov got to know Metropolitan of Kyiv and Galicia at the time Yevgeni Bolkhovitinov, who was known for his passion for the history of Kyiv and is considered one of the first researchers of the city’s history...

KYIV POST — December 21, 2011

Ukraine-Romania: Relations Reloaded?

Speaking at the international conference in Kyiv on 2 December, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to Ukraine Cornel Ionescu has confirmed the position of official Bucharest on the strengthening of bilateral relations with Ukraine. Moreover, he has expressed readiness of Romania to act as an advocate of Ukraine in European structures. “Romania, together with Poland, could become...

OMAN DAILY OBSERVER — December 21, 2011

Chernobyl Tours Still Subject to Restrictions

KIEV — Visits to the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Ukraine, scene of Europe’s worst nuclear disaster in 1986, will in future only be allowed under the strictest of conditions. All visitors to the area have to undergo a detailed assessment beforehand and can only stay for a maximum of five days. They are also not permitted to enter the radiation-contaminated Chernobyl Exclusion Zone without a guide, tour organiser Yuri Mesentzev told the Ukrainian Kommersant newspaper...

KYIV WEEKLY — December 14, 2011

Riding to London via Zhashkiv

The Ukrainian company VIAN Group, which regularly organizes equestrian sports events, is closing the 2011 season with two international dressage tournaments of the VIAN Tour series at the Parade Allure equestrian complex in Zhashkiv, Cherkasy Oblast. The first of them took place December 9-11. For the first time in the history of the VIAN Tour, riders from Poland, Morocco, the Netherlands and Malaysia competed alongside Ukrainian riders...

THE DAY — December 14, 2011

A Complicated Ukrainian Issue

The conference “Inside Ukraine-2011: a Success Story in the Making?” organized by the British journal The Economist and the Ukrainian Foundation for Effective Government took place in London. The desire to make part of the EU requires being able to present oneself. Especially, if the investments are needed. They are needed. “Invest into Ukraine, we are open!” the Ukrai-nian politicians like repeating this phrase. They often repeated it this time in London as well...

NEWS24 — December 13, 2011

Pros and Cons of Ukraine in the EU

Nowadays the economical crisis in European countries is the top and the highest discussed issue in mass media. Greece, Italy, Portugal… who is the next one? However, in such situation, the European elite is considering ability to give a chance to some different countries. The matter is about EU – Ukraine trade negotiations. For Ukraine it...

YENTHA — December 13, 2011

Cloud Jam – Redefining Ukrainian Folk Music

The Ukrainian music band Cloud Jam is on a journey to draw inspiration from the diverse cultural heritage and spiritual radiance of India. The band from Ukraine loves to play Ukrainian folk songs and draws inspiration from traditional music all over the world and seek to incorporate...

KYIV POST — December 9, 2011

Platini Says Ukraine Ready for Euro 2012

When European soccer chief Michel Platini announced four years ago that Ukraine and Poland would host the European soccer championship in 2012, many were surprised that the prize hadn’t gone to the more glamorous Italian bid. The decision by European football’s top governing body to award Ukraine and Poland the rights to stage next year’s Euro 2012 tournament was seen as a risky leap of faith, given the amount of work on stadiums, hotels and transport links that needed to be done...

KYIV POST — December 9, 2011

Having a Tasty Piece of Kyiv

While Chicken Kiev may be the food most frequently associated with Ukraine’s capital abroad, this is certainly not a local association. Ukrainians will tell you that for the past 50 years the food you bring back home from the capital is the Kyiv cake. Crunchy and nutty meringue combined with plenty of buttery cream for contrast, its taste provides a comforting memory from childhood for many Kyivans, when the delicacy was the finale of a festive family dinner that all children craved...

THE DAY — December 8, 2011

Big Soccer in Kyiv

The draw ceremony for the finals of the Euro-2012 was held in Kyiv. The ceremony was attended by nearly all well-known soccer persons of the continent. It was opened by the President of Ukraine. Viktor Yanukovych stressed the importance of the Euro-2012 and expressed his hopes that the tournament would be held according to the highest standards. His expectations of the event’s successful hosting by Poland and Ukraine were shared by the UEFA’s president....

BBC — December 8, 2011

Ukraine Surprised by England ’Illogical’ Poland Euro 2012 Base

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister has told the BBC he is "surprised" by England’s decision to base themselves in Poland for Euro 2012, despite playing their group matches in Ukraine. Borys Kolesnikov said it would benefit England’s opponents as the team would have to travel thousands of miles. "We are surprised by the decision but it will be easier for us," he said. And Ukraine’s UK ambassador, Volodymyr Khandogiy, added: "From my point of view it’s not logical." Deputy PM Kolesnikov invited England manager Fabio Capello to consider swapping the team’s planned base in Krakow for an alternative across the border...

XINHUA — December 8, 2011

Chinese Vice President Promises Closer Ties With Ukraine

BEIJING, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping pledged on Wednesday to cement a strategic partnership with Ukraine and boost bilateral security cooperation between the two countries. Xi made the remarks while meeting with Raisa Bogatyryova, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council, who is visiting China as a guest of Chinese State Councilor Meng Jianzhu. Xi hailed the progress of China-Ukraine relations since the forging of diplomatic ties 20 years ago, adding the establishment of a bilateral strategic partnership this year was an important decision made by the two state leaders in accordance with changes in the global and regional situation...

3 NEWS — December 6, 2011

Vatican Begins Christmas Cheer With Tree From Ukraine

Christmas celebrations officially began at the Vatican with the arrival of a 30-metre-high pine tree from Ukraine. The tree was felled last week in a remote area of the Ukraine’s south-western region of Transcarpathia and hoisted yesterday in the centre of Saint Peter’s square. The tree will be decorated with more than 2,500...

KYIV POST — December 2, 2011

Oksana Zabuzhko: ‘Hard to Be Woman’

Her kitchen is stuffed with old polka dots pans and decorative plates hang on the wall. She does not know where tea is kept in her own kitchen and often uses this part of the flat to store her luggage after her latest trip. If the kitchen is said to be the most important place for a Ukrainian woman, the same cannot be said about Oksana Zabuzhko, the most famous female writer in Ukraine...

THE DAY — December 2, 2011

Leonid KRAVCHUK: If, Back in 1990-91, I Had Decided That the People Weren’t Ready, We Wouldn’t Have Independence to This Day

Twenty years back the historic referendum of December 1 registered more than 90 percent votes for national independence and for Leonid Kravchuk as the first president of independent Ukraine. Below is a telephone interview with Mr. Kravchuk. This year marks quite a few anniversaries, including Ukraine’s Independence Day, 20 years since the GKChP attempted coup d’etat in Moscow, also 20 years since that fateful referendum in Ukraine. You have repeatedly said that the referendum idea was conceived under very difficult circumstances...

THE TELEGRAPH — December 2, 2011

Poland and Ukraine hope to show world a new football eden

A supporter wanting to watch matches in the most westerly venue of Gdansk and the furthest east, Donetsk, faces a 1,850km (1,150 mile) journey. They will find magnificent state-of-the-art new stadiums at either end of the trek, as well as the impressive upgraded arenas in Warsaw and Kiev, all of which are superior to any that were used in 2008, but other infrastructure has been challenging...

YAHOO — December 2, 2011

Euro 2012 - Ukraine Vows Euros Surprise

Euro 2012 moves a huge step closer when the draw for the finals is held at Kiev’s Palace of the Arts with Ukraine tournament director Markiyan Lubkivskyi promising his country is ready to surprise the world. The road from Cardiff on April 18, 2007, when UEFA awarded the finals to co-hosts Ukraine and Poland, has been a long and arduous one...

BBC — December 2, 2011

Two Cities Prepare for Euro 2012

Lviv has always been considered one of Ukraine’s major tourist destinations. Historians say the city has survived more than 30 wars, storms and fires, and has always risen from the ashes. "For Lviv, football fans are not the most important part of the upcoming championship. Much more important is...

KYIV POST — December 2, 2011

Euro 2012 Offers Pure Treat for Football Fans

Forget the World Cup for now. Many football purists get their four-yearly international kicks from the European Championship. Ahead of Friday’s draw in Kiev, Euro 2012 promises plenty of memorable matchups, as the strongest possible lineup according to the UEFA rankings have qualified to play in Poland and Ukraine. Even before the draw...

EURACTIV — December 2, 2011

Parliament Goes Soft on ’Strategically Important’ Ukraine

An EU-Ukraine "association agreement" should be initiated without delay, and preferably before the end of this year, the European Parliament said in a surprisingly gentle resolution voted yesterday (1 December). EU governments should give the agreement a green light at the next EU summit of 8-9 December, it adds. While urging Ukraine to review...

THE TIMES OF INDIA — December 1, 2011

Euro 2012 Director Praises Ukraine

Finally, the football world can believe Ukraine is capable of co-hosting the 2012 European Championship, according to UEFA’s tournament director. On Friday, at the Palace of Arts in Kiev, UEFA will conduct the 16-team finals draw for its showpiece event many doubted would ever be played in the...

CNN — December 1, 2011

Klitschko: Euro 2012 Can Change Ukraine

Ukrainian boxing star Vitali Klitschko hopes that co-hosting football’s European Championship next year will help his country’s bid to become part of the European Union. The former Soviet republic has moved towards membership in recent years, and is now covered by the European Neighborhood Policy. The tournament will be held in Poland and Ukraine from June 8-July 1, and the countries are on track to be ready...

BBC SPORT — December 1, 2011

Euro 2012: Ukraine Team Profile

BBC Sport takes a closer look at the 16 teams who will contest the 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine. Spain are the defending champions. How will co-hosts Ukraine fare?..

THE JERUSALEM POST — December 1, 2011

Israel ‘Won’t Preach’ to Ukraine Leader Over Arrest

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, under international fire for the imprisonment last month of his political rival Yulia Tymoshenko, arrived Wednesday for a two-day visit. It is not clear if, or to what degree, the imprisonment of Tymoshenko – which has strained Ukraine’s relations with the European Union and threatens its possibility of joining the EU any time soon – will come up in Yanukovych’s meetings in Jerusalem. “We don’t engage in bilateral visits and meetings with others to preach to them,” one diplomatic official...

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