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Okean Elzy takes on the Country

For the past three years, the largest national holiday in Ukraine – Independence Day – has combined with concerts by Okean Elzy. Kharkiv, Odesa, and Lviv marked the occasion with the Ukrainian super-group in previous years. This year, it was Kyiv’s turn. Okean Elzy has previously appeared at the biggest stadium in Kyiv twice: the […]

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Mission Impossible

They opened with much fanfare, but one key factor was overlooked. The 21st century upgrade to the stairs between Peizazhna Alley (Landscape Alley) and the Honchari-Kozhumyaki area leading to Andriivsky Descent was unveiled by Mayor Vitali Klitschko in July. He and other city officials lauded the opening, which – like an 80’s American TV show […]

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The Electrichka

As Ukraine moves further away from its post-Soviet past, Conversely, we look at how best to experience it before its gone For those who don’t know, the electrichka is a very slow, very uncomfortable, local train teeming with interesting stories and fascinating characters. It’s like you have a front row seat to a Ukrainian sitcom […]

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If the Cap Fits…

A hat is still much more than a piece of clothing. It is the most noticeable accessory anyone can wear. Madonna emphasised the significance of this item even more as she graced the cover of the August issue of Vogue Italia donning stylish headwear – tailor-made by promising Ukrainian designer, Lviv-born Ruslan Baginskiy. Before the […]

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Kyiv on Screen

Ukraine’s capital is both beautiful and rich in terms of architecture and history. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why over the past few years more and more of the city is featuring in western music videos, commercials for international brands, and other high-quality video content. One of the most popular Kyiv locations for […]

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Donbass Submitted for Oscars

Out of six contenders, Ukraine has selected Sergei Loznitsa’s tragicomedy Donbass to compete for selection in the foreign-language Oscar race to take place in Los Angeles on 24 February 2019. Based on documentary materials and filmed in Kryvyi Rih (southeast of Ukraine), Donbass is a coproduction between Ukraine, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. “The movie’s […]

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War No Comment, and World We Defend

Photo albums from Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence How does it feel to be a soldier on the frontline? Do fleeting memories of life events like a first kiss flood as artillery fires overhead? Or do trouble-free school days spark recollection in between offensives. Who are these heroes – both troops and civilians – living in […]

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Underground Sound

The voice of Kyiv’s metropolitan subway is about to undergo a remix. In June, the metro declared its intention to re-record the announcements in the train wagons. First, this is because Petrivka station was renamed Pochaina. Secondly, in the future new stations will be opened for which audio content is required. Unfortunately, the former announcer […]

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