Ukraine’s women tennis stars had a tournament to remember at the Australian Open as three made the third round in this year’s first Grand Slam event. The trio was led by Elina Svitolina. Ranked fourth going into the tournament, Ukraine’s top tennis star disappointingly crashed out at the quarterfinal stage by losing 6-4, 6-0 to Belgium’s unseeded Elise Mertens. The surprise of the tournament however was Ukraine’s 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk, who fell to Svitolina in the third round. She became the youngest woman to make the third round of a Grand Slam since Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic in 1997. Kyiv’s Katerina Bondarenko joined the pair in the third round, where she cost to Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova in three sets. With her quarterfinal finish, Svitolina is now ranked No. 3 in the world. The three ladies will undoubtedly have more news to share following the Fed Cup tie with Australia on 10-11 February, just as we go to print.
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 […]
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 […]
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has just revealed their investment plans for Ukraine for the next five years. The bank is already the largest financial investor in the country, with some 14 billion USD at work across as many as 400 projects. Over the next five years, the bank has pledged to invest […]