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American Mathematical Society awards Maryna Viazovska with 2019 Satter Prize

Posted 12/21/2018

Maryna Viazovska’s work has been described as “simply magical,” “very beautiful” and “extremely unexpected.” 

Maryna Viazovska received her doctorate from the University of Bonn in 2013. She has been awarded the Salem Prize, the Clay Research Award, the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize, a European Prize in Combinatorics, and a New Horizons Prize in Mathematics. (Story)

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Elina Svitolina: Tennis star wants to inspire Ukrainians during 'very tough' times - CNN

Posted 12/21/2018

In February 2017, Svitolina became the first Ukrainian woman to break into the top 10 of the WTA rankings. With 13 career titles and a best ranking of third in the world, she is her country's most successful tennis player by some distance. (Article)

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Forbes puts Oleksandr Usyk #1 on Future Boxing Moneymakers list

Posted 12/19/2018

1) Oleksandr Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs): This is a fighter who already makes huge paychecks and who, in 2018, catapulted himself into the pound for pound list. Usyk won the cruiserweight tournament in the inaugural World Boxing Super Series, where he made a total of about $5 million for winning all of his matches, and he’s the undisputed 200-pound champion. But in reality, after knocking out Tony Bellew in November where he reportedly earned about £4 million, there’s probably not much more money to be made for Usyk in this division. Where Usyk can continue to make big purses (and where he can possibly become a mainstream star) is to move up to heavyweight and start winning titles there. (Article)

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Sport Illustrated's 2018 Boxing Trainer of the Year: 'Papachenko'

Posted 12/19/2018

There’s one man who works with more fighters in the current wave of Eastern European boxing champions than any other. That’s Anatoliy Lomachenko, and because of who those fighters are, what they did in 2018 and the role his steady hand and creative mind played in their respective rises, he’s Sport Illustrateds Trainer of the Year. (Article)

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Ukraine gave up 5, 000 nukes. Russia's attack may have broken the deal - NBC

Posted 12/1/2018

Twenty-five years ago, Ukraine was the world's third-largest nuclear power, with more warheads than the United Kingdom, France and China combined. (Article)

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Russia’s latest attack on the Ukrainians is a warning to the West - The Washington Post

Posted 11/27/2018

Whatever the other motives for this staged attack, this kind of passivity may well be what the Russians are counting on. This is the modus operandi they have followed in the past: Take a few steps forward; wait for a reaction. If there isn’t one, move farther. If there is one, wait for the emotions to die down — and then move farther. This incident may or may not end here, but consider it a warning: If we don’t have a broader strategy for ending this war, that will be the pattern for years to come. (Article)

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After Revolution, Ukraine Needs Evolution - Financial Times

Posted 11/23/2018

Since the 2014 “Revolution of Dignity”, Ukraine has made extraordinary progress.

The National Bank of Ukraine is strong, confident and widely regarded as a successful example; the country has introduced egovernment for public procurement and VAT repayments; it has rolled out, with the support of the EU and the EBRD, formidable teams of young Ukrainian professionals to rebuild public administration from within key ministries; and it has introduced professional governance in a small number of critically important state-owned enterprises.

A business ombudsman, created by the EBRD with donor support, has been a great success in resolving issues between companies and the administration. Clearly, the business environment today is much improved. More and more investors have growing and profitable operations. Ukraine has never been in a more advanced position in its process of transformation. (Full Story)

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The Mystery of How Kiev Shaped Early Christianity in Norway

Posted 11/13/2018

The third largest Norwegian city is Trondheim.

It is best known for being linked to unruly Viking kings but now it turns out to become a key to learn how Norway received Christianity.

And it is from a place where not many could have imagined possible - Kiev!



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Ukrainian team wins Counter-Strike tournament in Copenhagen, sets some records

Posted 11/8/2018

S1mple’s teammates were heard laughing and cheering in the background after the Natus Vincere star clutched the round, but the Ukrainian remained remarkably calm considering what he had just accomplished.

Kostyliev has seen plenty of success recently, as his Natus Vincere squad recently won the $125,000 BLAST Pro Series tournament in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Full Story)

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"I'd rather have dined on the floor (of the Ukrainian house), than on the table of any Russian prince," -English traveller Dr. Edward Clark on differences between Ukraine and Russia in the year 1800

Posted 11/4/2018


Full Free Book is HERE  

* The quote about dining on the floor of the Ukrainian house (in the text it is "Malo-Russian house") is on p. 49.

The passages about Ukraine are on pp. 46 -50.


There is another observation the author made on the relationship between the Don Cossacks and the Russians on p.50.

It appears to prove itself true for the effect the Russians have on the civilization even in our days: 


"The Cossacks are justified in acting towards the Russians as they have uniformly done; that is to say, in withdrawing as much as possible from all communion with a race of men, whose association might corrupt, but could never advance, the interests of their society."


"In conversation, the Cossack is a gentleman ; for he is well informed, free from prejudice, open, sincere, and upright. Place him by the side of a Russian what a contrast ! The one is literally a two-legged pig, having all the brutality, but more knavery, than that animal ;* the other, a rational, accomplished, and valuable member of society." (p.62.)

On this page there is also an account of how Russians "with horrble cruelty" killed women and children in the Finnish city of Wasa.

(Ukrainian city of Baturin was demolished with all its 15 000 inhabitants including women and children in the very same manner several decades before - in the year 1708. Ukraine remembered 310 years of that dreadful event just recently this year).


Interestingly, the author notes that the Don Cossacks not just did not associate themselves with the Russians, but they even made every efford to avoid them for the corrupting effect Russians had on the society.

But if the Don Cossacks were not Russian, who were they? Where did they originate and come from?

Intuitively, Edward Clark appeared to be close to making another conclusion which he still failed to make, that the Don Cossacks consisted mostly of the Ukrainian Cossacks who had to resettle because of Russia's assaults on the Zaporozh Sich.  (Actually, through the chapters, Dr. Clark admits hearing on several occasions that the Don Cossacks had come from Poland, but he did not believe it most likely forgetting that the Zaporozh Cossacks were part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth for several centuries).


"Peter the Great might cut off the beards of the nobles, and substitute European habits for Asiatic robes, but the inward man is still the same. A Russian of the nineteenth century possesses all the servile propensities, the barbarity of manners, the cruelty, hypocrisy, and profligacy, which characterised his ancestors in the ninth." ( p. 28)


The last, somewhat prophetic quote of Edward Clark on Russia:

"Russia was, and is, and ever will be, that point in the great circle of society, where the extremes of meanness and magnificence unite." (p. 69)

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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.