Kiev News

State of Emergency After Heavy Snowfall

Mar 25th, 2013

A 50 cm thick snow blanket covers wide parts of Kiev after the weekend's heavy snowfall,weekly Kyiv Post reports. The city's urban administration speaks of a once-in-a-century-event since the average monthly amount of snow at this time of the year…

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Ukraine-Based File Sharing Site Shut Down

Aug 30th, 2012

One of the worlds largest file-sharing websites Demonoid has been shut down by authorities in Ukraine, where the torrent sites servers are based. The Division of Economic Crimes [DEC] acted upon a request from Interpol, raiding the Ukrainian…

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Zip-line Opens in Kiev

Aug 5th, 2012

A new attraction for locals and visitors alike has opened in central Kiev, drawing crowds eager to zoom across the Dnipro river at speeds up to 60 kilometres per hour. Its a zip-line, installed 50 metres above the river and capable of zipping…

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Spain Victorious at Euro Final in Kiev

Jul 2nd, 2012

Kiev has hosted the final match in the UEFA Euro 2012 championship, which was hosted jointly by Poland and Ukraine. The match saw Spain emerge victorious, with a stunning 4-0 win over Italy. Goals were scored by Spanish players Silva, Alba, Torres…

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Kiev Prepares for Euro 2012 Kick Off

Jun 2nd, 2012

With the UEFA Euro 2012 football championship just around the corner, Kiev is preparing its city for the tournament, which will kick off on June 8 in Warsaw. Poland and Ukraine are sharing hosting duties this year, with Kiev, Lviv, Donetsk, and…

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'Death Match' Football Film Faces Problems in Ukraine

May 6th, 2012

A film depicting the legendary 1942 "Death Match" between Kiev footballers and the Nazi occupiers will unlikely be released before the Euro 2012 championships, taking place party in Kiev. The film, entitled "The Match", was meant to be released at…

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First Biennale in Ukraine Announced

Mar 12th, 2012

The first International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Ukraine has been announced, and is set to take place in Kiev this summer. Going by the name of ARSENALE, the Biennale will be a milestone in the development of the citys arts scene, firmly…

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Chelsea Clinton Talks with Kiev Students

Jan 30th, 2012

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former American President Bill Clinton and current US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, paid university students in Kiev a visit recently. Currently studying towards a doctorate at Oxford, Clinton also contributes…

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Kiev Works to Expand Subway

Jan 8th, 2012

The city of Kiev continues work to expand its subway connections, with one new stop already added in late 2011 - Vystakovy Tsentr on the Kurenivka-Chervonoarmiyska line. The plan is to continue expanding the lines with at least one subway station…

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American Governor Candidate Found in Ukraine

Dec 5th, 2011

An American man who once ran for governor of Arizona has been found in Ukraine, after experiencing what appears to be an online dating scam. Cary Dolego sold all of his belongings in Arizona and travelled to Ukraine to meet the woman of his dreams.

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Topless Protesters Demonstrate Across Kiev

Nov 3rd, 2011

The now infamous women's group FEMEN, known for their rather unusual and completely topless approach to political demonstrations, have popped at a variety of locations across Kiev lately. At one protest, topless FEMEN demonstrators appeared at…

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Retrospective for Actor Stupka

Oct 2nd, 2011

This month, the city of Kiev will celebrate a retrospective of arguably the country's most famous actor - Bohdan Stupka. Having celebrated his 70th birthday this year, Stupka will present an extensive showcase of his films over the several decades…

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Red Bull Cliff Diving Finals in Ukraine

Sep 1st, 2011

After a final showdown in Boston, USA, a group of daring cliff divers will complete in the Crimean peninsula as part of the Red Bull Cliff Diving finals. Led by British champion Gary Hunt, athletes from across the world will fight for the coveted…

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Euro 2012 Cup Arrives in Kiev

Jul 31st, 2011

The UEFA Euro 2012 Cup has arrived in Kiev, and has been presented at an official ceremony attended by UEFA officials and Ukraine Euro 2012 Executing Committee members. The cup has already visited Poland, the country which will share hosting…

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Boxer Klitschko Returns to Kiev

Jul 7th, 2011

Heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko has returned to his native country Ukraine with yet another victory under his belt after his world heavyweight championship win against David Haye. Klitschko returned to Kiev with his fellow heavyweight…

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Weather Lady Swaps Sunshine for Politics

Jun 5th, 2011

An employee of Ukraine's state radio has got into a touch of trouble lately by swapping her usual weather forecasts for a few political observations on air. Lyudmila Savchenko told listeners that "warm spring days and blooming flowers were…

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Ukraine and Russia in Fairytale Character Dispute

May 1st, 2011

Gas prices are not the only thing being disputed between Ukraine and Russia these days. According to the Telegraph, Ukraine and Russia are in the midst of a row over fairytale characters. Each of the two countries have recently produced "Fairytal

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Problems Persist at Kiev Zoo

Apr 1st, 2011

Once a point of national pride of Kiev's residents, the city zoo has come under increased scrutiny lately for its continuously shady record of animal treatment. Over the last few years, the 100-year-old zoo has seen possibly hundreds of animal…

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Euro 2012 Tickets on Sale

Mar 1st, 2011

Kiev is one of the eight cities hosting the UEFA European Football Championship in 2012, alongside four Polish cities and Lviv, Kharkiv, and Donetsk in Ukraine. The renovated Olimpiysky National Sports Stadium will host several matches in June as…

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Hitler Museum to Open in Ukraine

Feb 6th, 2011

The remains of Hitlers Eastern Front military headquarters, located approximately 250km south-west of Kiev in the forests of central Ukraine, are being transformed into a museum. The Wehrwolf headquarters, which was only visited by the fascist…

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Chernobyl to Open for Tourists

Jan 9th, 2011

The site of the worlds worst nuclear disaster, Chernobyl will officially open for tourists in 2011. In 1986 a nuclear reactor exploded at the Chernobyl power plant, subjecting the plants employees and those living in the area nearby to lethal doses…

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Eccentric Kiev Mayor Dismissed

Dec 6th, 2010

Kiev's eccentric millionaire mayor, 58-year-old Leonid Chernovetsky, was removed from power by Ukraine's president Viktor F. Yanukovich in November. The recently elected president may have been frustrated by the former mayor's impulsive and…

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New Terminal Opens in Kiev International

Nov 7th, 2010

Kiev's international Kyiv-Boryspil airport has undergone its latest upgrade - the addition of a new terminal which will be the main hub for Ukraine International Airlines. Terminal F is prepared for an average capacity of 900 passengers per hour.

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The Ukrainian Language Problem

Oct 2nd, 2010

The official language in Ukraine is of course Ukrainian, but because its strong historical ties with Russia, many parts of Ukraine are largely Russian-speaking. In fact roughly 30 per cent of the country has declared itself to be native speakers of…

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Zoo blames mystery man for animal deaths

Jun 18th, 2010

The amount of animal deaths at Kiev zoo has been steadily rising over the past few years, and it has come to a point where animal activists have decided to take a stand. In 2008, the zoo lost 51 animals, and in the past 6 months has lost another…

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Hotels push to be ready for Euro 2012

Apr 23rd, 2010

For many hoteliers, the European Football Championship in 2012 provides a one-time opportunity to enter the Ukrainian tourism market. However, despite construction running hot, these same hotels run the risk of not being completed before vistors…

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Euro 2012 Final Confirmed for Kiev

Dec 17th, 2009

Michel Platini, UEFA President, has confirmed Kiev's reconstructed Olympic Stadium as the location of the Euro football championships final in 2012. Poland's cities, which will be co-hosting the event with Ukraine, had already been confirmed…

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Kiev - A Gastronomic Capital City

Aug 13th, 2009

Foodies delight, despite the economic woes of the world, Kiev is seeing more and more new eateries opening up in the city centre. And far from serving up the usual stodgy fare they are specialising in cuisine from around the world.From the city…

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No-one Nose What Will Happen to Lenin Now

Jul 13th, 2009

An attack which swiped off the nose of the only surviving statue of Lenin in Kiev, has triggered a debate about whether it should be removed permanently or restored and returned to its spot.While most of the humongous hulks of Lenin in Eastern…

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Rats, Raditation and Remains

Jun 20th, 2009

Kiev's 400 or so lakes and ponds have been condemned as places chock-a-block full of rodents, radioactive waste and rotten corpses, by some environmentalists and doctors in the city.Anatoliy Yatsyk, a former chief of the city's Environmental…

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Don't Bet on Being Able to Gamble in Kiev

May 29th, 2009

Dont expect to be able to flutter your cash in Kiev any time soon, after the Ukrainian Government took the gambling industry by shock and closed down all casinos and gambling halls in the country.Thousands of employees of gambling halls and casinos…

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Kiev 2012!

May 22nd, 2009

According to UEFA, Kiev is the only Ukrainian city confirmed as one of the venues of the EURO 2012 championships. Three other Ukrainian cities (Lviv, Donetsk and Kharkiv) are still waiting for the final decision, which will be announced on November…

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Kiev Buildings Scraped Off

Feb 23rd, 2009

Kiev Mayor Leonid Chernovetzky, along with Ukrainian state authorities decided to clean Kiev buildings from antisemitic graffiti and writings, after the Jewish Forum of Ukraine sent a petition requesting it. The organization prepared a list of areas…

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Want To Win $1.000.000? This Is What You Do...

Jan 29th, 2009

Can you think of a better way of increasing the city's budget than charging people for visiting cementeries? Well, apparently the mayor of Kiev, Leonid Chernovetsky, couldn't. Although it is sure that citizens and tourists will have to pay, the…

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The Orange Revolution Celebration Banned

Nov 26th, 2008

From November 2004 to January 2005 Ukraine was undergoing severe changes. Gatherings of people and series of protests took place after the presidential election of 2004. Thousands of protesters demonstrated against the victory of Viktor…

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Dynamo vs. Spartak in Old Rivalry

Aug 13th, 2008

Dynamo Kiev will go head to head with Spartak Moscow tonight for the first in a two-leg qualifying match in the Champions League. The two teams enjoy a fierce rivalry that goes back to Soviet times when they would go head to head on a regular basis…

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Wizzair Lands in Kiev

Jun 2nd, 2008

Low cost carriers Wizzair have arrived in Kiev and set up their latest European base at Borispol Airport, in a move that should radically change the transport set up of this emerging 'New European' nation. From July 2008 residents of the Ukraine…

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Euro 2012 Final A Step Closer For Kiev

Feb 7th, 2008

Ukraine's government secured a deal this week with a commercial property developer to tear down part of a shopping centre and enable Kiev's Olympic Stadium to be used for the 2012 European football championship. The shopping centre, which is…

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Ukraine Remembers Holomodor

Nov 26th, 2007

Victor Yushchenko himself was present at the opening of the new exhibition "Ukraine Remembers! Holodomor 1932-1933 Genocide of the Ukrainian nation." Outside of Ukraine 'Holomodor', the name given to the famine of 1932 and 1933 is all but…

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Scotland To Host Ukraine

Oct 11th, 2007

Scotland will welcome group rivals Ukraine to Glasgow this weekend in what should be a very tough qualifying match for the Euro 2008 Football Championships. Scotland are riding on a wave of confidence after a string of victories, including a 1-0…

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Dynamo Want Shevchenko Back

Aug 28th, 2007

Dynamo Kiev have told Chelsea that they would like to take on loan the player, and local hero, Andriy Shevchenko, whom they sold to AC Milan in 1999. Since arriving at Chelsea last year, after a record 30 million pound transfer from Milan…

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EU Remains Distant For Ukraine

Jul 25th, 2007

The European Commission, has once again stated publicly at a meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg that it opposes giving Ukraine a concrete promise of EU membership. EU Commissioner Janez Potocnik announced earlier this month that "Our

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Relics Save Pilgrim in Kiev

Jun 26th, 2007

Often considered a second Jerusalem thanks to it's many churches and the sacred Pechersk Lavra Caves Monastery, the city of Kiev recently witnessed what many are touting as a divine miracle. A pilgrim queuing up to enter the Caves Monastery this…

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