“Voluntarism” 2.0 

Yuriy Fedorov

Loss in war frequently leads to revolutions and other political perturbations. Russia’s war against Ukraine is not over yet, however Putin’s foreign political fiasco is obvious. The issue is how it will end for him and his regime. What happened is what the Kremlin was trying to avoid: the strategy or separating the US and Europe failed, which was considered necessary for achieving the more or less sacred goal – building some multi-polar world. Regardless of the contradictions regarding concrete means of counteraction to Moscow’s expansion, the Western countries are united in that this expansion has to be stopped.  Continue reading

Bezler and emptiness. What awaits Donbas after the war

Yekaternia Sergatsova

Journalist from UP.Life Yekaterina Sergatsova talked to the Donetsk intellectuals about the reasons of what is happening in Donbas, and what awaits the region after the war is over.

“Donbas is a region which has definitely inherited the system of values that existed in the Soviet Union: historical paternalism, dominance of collective values, historical memory, for the most part oriented towards the Soviet heritage,” Dmitro Mironovich, culture sociologist in charge of the sociology lab in one of the Donetsk universities, begins our conversation.

According to Mironovich, such moods were beneficial for the local government: the economy of the region which had been created in the USSR has not changed. Consequentially, the lifestyle of the citizens in the region has not changed either.  Continue reading

High school graduates have shown a shockingly low level of knowledge of the English language at the EIE. 

In 2014 the future college applicants failed to show not even a high, but a satisfactory level of knowledge of foreign languages – only 0,11% managed to get a successful score. 
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Our goal is peace, not war – Poroshenko met with the government of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. 

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko presented the peace plan for the regulation of the situation in the east of the country at the meeting with the representatives of the legitimate government of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

“During the meeting the head of state presented 14 points of the peace plan in the east of the country. In particular, Poroshenko emphasised the importance of amending the Constitution of Ukraine to decentralise the government. The President noted that the according project of the amendments to the Main Law will be sent for examination by the Venetian Committee,” repors the press service of the head of state.  Continue reading

How Luhansk electricians became YouTube stars

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Oleksandr Kruykov, Pavlo Pavlov with a friend

Despite all the military activity in the Luhansk Oblast, two local electricians are delighting  their internet community with unusual inventions, reports Espreso TV, citing the online publication AIN.

Luhansk natives Pavlo Pavlov and Oleksandr Kryukov were relaxing with friends one day by the river. Someone from the group decided to have some fun by throwing a used gas cylinder in the fire (it’s dangerous, but the explosion is loud). It was around that time that the idea for the YouTube channel “Creative Experiments” was born.. The channel, which is now almost two years old, has almost 19,000 paid subscribers, and its most popular videos attract some 200,000-300,000 views. Continue reading

Kherson mayor asks Patriarch Kirill to stay home

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Mayor of Kherson Volodymyr Mykolayenko

The Mayor of Kherson Volodymyr Mykolayenko believes the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill should drop Kherson from his travel plans, reports Expreso TV, June 18, citing the mayor’s press service.

“We support the development of spirituality in Kherson, but I’m afraid that right now Patriarch Kirill has nothing to do with spirituality. In short, Mr. Kirill, nobody is waiting for you here. To elaborate, we know how much protection Mr. Patriarch requires. Kherson has a population of only 350,000, and it would be difficult to assign half of them as guards. Moreover, our city executive committee has lost its Photoshop license, so it would be difficult to add the required flocks to Patriarch Kirill’s photos.” Mikolayenko said. Continue reading

Ukrainian cheese makers are losing tens of mullions of dollars because of Russia

According to customs statistics, the export of cheese from Ukraine within five months of the current year constituted 13,6 thousand tons, while during the same period of the previous year its export constituted 23 thousand tons.

These numbers are a logical consequence of constant complaints on part of Russia about Ukrainian produce and the ban on cheese export for a number of Ukrainian dairies, says the association “Ukrainian Agricultural Business Club.”  Continue reading

The Office of the Prosecutor General got interested in Yanukovich the writer

The Office of the Prosecutor General is investigating the legitimacy of Viktor Yanukovich’s salaries for his literary activities, report “Literaturna Gazeta.”

This was stated on June 18th by the acting Prosecutor General Oleg Makhnitskiy.

“An investigation is underway in the aspect of the legitimacy of the receipt by the former President Viktor Yanukovich in 2011-2012 of an authorship salary in the sum of 4,5 million dollars from the Donetsk typography ‘Noviy Mir’,” said Makhnitskiy.

As is known, just in 2011 the JSC “Publishing house ‘Noviy Mir’” (city of Donetsk) paid Yanukovich a salary on a sum of 16,4 million UAH for the property rights he had given to the publishing house for his books.

In 2012 Yanukovich received 15 million 551 thousand UAH worth of salary for his book.

Source: Zaxid

Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina

Terrorists Pose As Defectors from Ukraine’s National Guard

Gunmen dressed in Ukrainian Armed Forces uniforms have appeared in Chervonopartyzansk, Luhansk Oblast. They appear to be posing as National Guard members who have defected to the Russian side, as reported by Volodymyr Chepoviy, spokesman for the Information Center of the National Security Council of Ukraine (NSC). “We wish to officially state that no units of Ukraine’s National Guard are stationed in or near Chervonopartyzansk,” he said. Chepoviy called on local residents to remain alert to possible provocations by terrorists in the region.

As Ukrinform reported, citing InfoResist’s Dmytro Tymchuk, Russian militants Ukrainian uniforms keep moving in on Ukraine’s eastern borders and are prepared for provocations.    Continue reading

Odious Russian personality launches web-based project called Ukraina.ru

Russia has established yet another platform in its information war against Ukraine. On June 18, the Russia Today Agency headed by infamous Russian jingoist Dmitry Kiselyov, launched a new information resource called Ukraina.ru. This web-based platform is intended to inform readers about the crisis in Ukraine and to become, in the words of the author, a supposed ‘reflection of Russian-Ukrainian relations.’ However, analysts are concerned that this new resource, like its parent Russia Today, reflects the Russian government’s desire to increase its foreign propaganda efforts, according to BBC Russia.

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“UN: Right Sector is involved in the Odesa events”

Ukraina.ru will be managed by Ukrainian journalist Alyona Berezovska, who was rumored to be very close to ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. 

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