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The View from Moscow

Our guest columnist this week, Yuri Palokiwsky, has eloquently described the Ukrainian perspective on Ukraine’s move to gain more religious autonomy. Moscow has a different perspective. For the nonreligious among us, this may be a confusing topic, but the bottom line is that the activities of the Russian branch of the Orthodox church in Ukraine […]

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Zakharchenko Killed in Donetsk Bomb Blast

A man who came out of nowhere, had no political clout or reputation, had no local following or history of community leadership, had been put in charge (by Moscow) of the unrecognised non-entity created (by Moscow) in Ukraine’s Donetsk region that is (nominally) called the “Donetsk People’s Republic.” His name was Alexander Zakharchenko, and he […]

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Ukraine Launches New National Women’s Hockey Team

After two successful seasons of holding a national championship, the Ukrainian Ice Hockey Federation announced this summer that they will launch a national women’s team for the first time in 23 years. The federation announced that Vadim Radchenko, coach of the national champion Kharkiv Panthers, will be the team’s first head coach. Tryouts for the […]

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The Strength of the Ukrainian Passport

In years gone by, Ukrainians were forced to wait in lines outside embassies in all seasons to submit mountains of documents in order to obtain visas to travel to different countries. That was considered “normal”, or at least just how things were. But much has changed over the last few years, and Ukrainians now hold […]

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A Religious Renaissance to Boost Ukraine?

With the imminent granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, a new potential religious, political, and societal narrative will be given an opportunity to be established It will be a modern iteration of “autonomy” of a centuries’ old story, which will now be based on an independent and self-autonomous church, where Ukrainians who […]

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A $270 Million Boost to the Treasury

Ukraine recently sold 270 million USD worth of short-term bonds, adding much-needed liquidity to the nation’s coffers. The big deal here is that these short-term bonds were placed at a price of just 5.52% annualised return for the three-month bonds, and 5.89% for the six-month version. If we go back just a few years, international […]

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Sentsov

In the days between writing this news and it being published, there exists a very real possibility that Oleg Sentsov will die. At the time of writing, Sensov has been on a hunger strike in a Russian jail for 90 days. In public statements, relatives of Sentsov have said his time is nearly at an […]

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New Skydiving Record Set in Ukraine!

An impressive feat was accomplished in the skies above Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, recently. A group of women from 19 different countries descended on the country (see what we did there?) to pull off a world record attempt, and they succeeded! In order to beat the previous world record for a female synchronised dive, which included […]

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