In recent weeks, two more names have been added to the list of those vying for Ukraine’s top job. The number of candidates stands now at 24, with a couple more people still expected to put themselves forward yet. The problem with such a large playing field is that votes are going to be very diluted. In Ukraine’s system, if no candidate gets more than 50% of the total vote in the first round, there’s a second round run-off between the two highest placed candidates from the first vote, which means it can be a bit of a crap shoot.
The two latest candidates are interesting. One nationally known name is Andriy Sadovy, the current Mayor of Lviv and leader of the Samopomich (Self Reliance) party. People who are familiar with his work in Lviv speak highly of him, but questions still surround his seemingly bizarre ejection of well-liked Sergiy Gusovsky (Gusovsky had led the Samopomich faction in Kyiv’s city administration). The second candidate is Frenchman turned Ukrainian Michel Tereshchenko. Tereshchenko hails from a long line of distinguished figures in Kyiv. He returned to the land of his ancestors over a decade ago and since becoming a Ukrainian citizen has fought and won a mayoral election in Khlukhiv in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine’s ‘Queen of Tennis’ – Elina Svitolina, topped one of the greatest seasons in Ukrainian tennis history by becoming the first Ukrainian to win the season-ending WTA Finals. She was forced to dig deep to capture the historic title, coming back against American Sloane Stevens for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory. Her remarkable achievement caps […]
While we like to keep our news light-hearted, this is an important story we cannot and will not ignore. Three months ago, Kateryna Handziuk was attacked in the city of Kherson, where a gruesome acid assault left her with burns to 40% of her body. On 4 November, she died as a result of her […]
Ukrainians are rejoicing and singing halleluiah because of the recognition of Ukraine’s own brand of orthodoxy as a separate and independent church. The decision, made by the Constantinople Patriarchate, has angered Moscow who wanted religious ties between the two countries and churches to stay just as they were for reasons too long to go into […]
One of the best things to have happened, for Ukraine, since Donald Trump became President of the United States was the appointment of Ambassador Kurt Volker as special envoy to this region with the specific task of trying to bring peace to the Donbas. Volker has been very active and taken a principled approach to […]