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Carol of the Bells: How a Ukrainian folk tune adapted by murdered composer became a Christmas classic.

Posted 12/20/2019

"The Ukrainian version has nothing to do with bells or Christmas. The lyrics tell the tale of a swallow summoning the master of the house to look at his livestock and the bounty the coming spring season will bring as well as to look at his beautiful dark-eyebrowed wife. In pre-Christian times, the coming of the new year and spring were celebrated in March.

“Shchedryk” came to prominence in its current version during a tumultuous and bloody period. The Romanov dynasty, which then ruled a vast part of Ukraine, fell in March 1917 and for a brief moment, an independent Ukrainian state—the Ukrainian People’s Republic—was declared in 1918. Symon Petliura, the president, saw the value in promoting Ukrainian culture around the world to gain support for his fledgling state. And it was in this window that the chorus, under Koshetz’s leadership, embarked on its tour." (Slate.com)

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Svitolina's "Wicked Slice" in the Final of 2019 WTA Shot of the Year

Posted 12/18/2019

"Will Simona Halep successfully retain her crown from 2018, where she dethroned five-time winner Agnieszka Radwanska?

Or will Iga Swiatek, Elina Svitolina or Patricia Maria Tig take the crown for the first time?" (WTA + Video)


You can vote!

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Mila Jovovich was born in Kiev, Ukraine on Dec. 17, 1975

Posted 12/17/2019

Mila Jovovich in hand of her mother in KievMila Jovovich in hand of her mother in Kiev

Mila in hands of her mom still in Kiev


She sings Ukrainian songs quite well if you did not know: youtube

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WBO formally orders Anthony Joshua to face Oleksandr Usyk

Posted 12/12/2019

The WBO sent a letter via email to Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, who promotes Joshua and co-promotes Usyk, as well as to Joshua, Usyk and Usyk co-promoter Alexander Krassyuk of K2 Promotions, formally ordering the bout.

"The WBO World Championship Committee hereby orders the parties herein commencement of negotiations for the above-mentioned WBO heavyweight mandatory championship contest," the WBO wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN. "Please be advised that the parties have 30 days upon receipt of this letter to reach an agreement. If an accord is not reached within the time frame set forth herein, a purse bid will be ordered pursuant with the WBO regulations of world championship contests." (ESPN)

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Hague International Criminal Court publishes a Preliminary Report

Posted 12/9/2019

"266. ...The Office also assessed that direct military engagement between the respective armed forces of the Russian Federation and Ukraine, indicated the existence of an international armed conflict in eastern Ukraine from 14 July 2014 at the latest, in parallel to the non-international armed conflict." (p. 69 of the Report)

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Ukraine demonstrates its new anti-ship cruise missile test

Posted 12/8/2019



"Neptun cruise anti-ship missile is capable of striking warships with up to 5000 tons of water displacement at a distance of up to 280 km (the export version).

The system consists of four anti-ship missiles, their launchers and a land mobile platform. The weight of each missile is 670 kg, and its fragmentation-explosive warheads weights 145 kg.

The Neptun is a subsonic coastal missile system with cruise missiles designed to engage enemy surface fighting ships and auxiliaries vessels both single and belonging to Task Forces." (Defence-Blog)

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25 years ago by signing Budapest Memorandum, Ukraine gave away the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world.

Posted 12/5/2019

"The warheads atop the SS-19 and SS-24 ICBMs in Ukraine had explosive yields of 400-550 kilotons each — that is, 27 to 37 times the size of the atomic bomb that devastated Hiroshima." (Brookings

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The first ever hoist lift rescue occurred on November 29, 1945 when Sikorsky R-5 (S-48) lifted two crew members off a barge that during heavy weather ran aground at Penfield Reef, off Fairfield, Connecticut

Posted 11/29/2019

"...near Fairfield, Connecticut, on a bleak and wind-tortured reef in Long Island Sound, something wonderful happened.

Two men stranded on an oil barge and in peril of being washed overboard were lifted to safety by a hoist on a Sikorsky helicopter. On that day, Thursday, November 29, 1945, the helicopter entered a new and promising age." (Sikorsky Archive)


Did you know Igor Sikorsky assembled his first helicopters in his native Kiev? Did you know he wrote a letter where he said that his whole family was purely Ukrainian by descent? The book "Ukraine & the United States" has the details.


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Rudy Giuliani Has Curious Links to a Jewish Village in Ukraine - Bloomberg

Posted 11/27/2019

"...Anatevka, as it’s named to invoke the Jewish shtetl in the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” has at least a walk-on role in the Donald Trump impeachment drama. 

Anatevka’s honorary mayor is Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s Ukraine point man, and its fundraisers include Giuliani’s two associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who’ve been indicted for funneling foreign money into U.S. political campaigns." (Full Story)

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This man coined the word "Genocide." Here is Dr Lemkin's speech on Holodomor

Posted 11/24/2019

Rafał Lemkin was a lawyer of Polish-Jewish descent who is best known for coining the word genocide and initiating the Genocide Convention. Lemkin coined the word genocide in 1943 or 1944 from genos (Greek for family, tribe, or race) and -cide (Latin for killing) (Wikipedia)


"What I want to speak about is perhaps the classic example of Soviet genocide, its longest and broadest experiment in Russification — the destruction of the Ukrainian nation. This is, as I have said, only the logical successor of such Tsarist crimes as the drowning of 10,000 Crimean Tatars by order of Catherine the Great, the mass murders of Ivan the Terrible's ‘SS troops’ — the Oprichnina; the extermination of National Polish leaders and Ukrainian Catholics by Nicholas I; and the series of Jewish pogroms that have stained Russian history periodically. And it has had its matches within the Soviet Union in the annihilation of the Ingerian nation, the Don and Kuban Cossacks, the Crimean Tatar Republics, the Baltic Nations of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. Each is a case in the longterm policy of liquidation of non-Russian peoples by the removal of select parts." (Full Speech)

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Kyiv (Key-Eve)

Capital of Ukraine, one of the ancient and most beatilul cities in Europe. Take a craneflight over this amazing city!
If you land in Kiev, there are places you will want to visit:

Lviv (Leo-Viv)

City of Leo or Lion. Situated on the border between Ukraine and Poland, it represents the synergy of two cultures. 

Odessa (Oh-Dessa)

Colorful port city on the Black Sea famous all over the world.