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    Jamala – Чому квіти мають очі

    Jamala recently won Eurovision 2016 for her song ‘1944‘ which evoked the deportation of Crimean Tatars by Josef Stalin and likened to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. However, she is not only a singer but a great actress and featured on our site before. In 2014 Jamala appeared in a Ukrainian film Поводир, the Guide about a trip of a young American boy and a blind Ukrainian musician across Soviet Ukraine before and during the Holodomor.

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    The Ukrainian hacker who became the FBI’s best weapon – and worst nightmare

    One Thursday in January 2001, Maksym Igor Popov, a 20-year-old Ukrainian man, walked nervously through the doors of the United States embassy in London. While Popov could have been mistaken for an exchange student applying for a visa, in truth he was a hacker, part of an Eastern European gang that had been raiding US companies and carrying out extortion and fraud. A wave of such attacks was portending a new kind of cold war, between the US and organized criminals in the former Soviet bloc, and Popov, baby-faced and pudgy, with glasses and a crew cut, was about to become the conflict’s first defector.

    Read the rest of the article at Wired

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    Ukrainian Institute of America

    The fundamental purpose of the Ukrainian Institute of America is to develop, sponsor and promote through educational, professional and social activities a greater awareness, understanding, knowledge and appreciation in the United States of the traditional and contemporary art, literature, music, culture, history and traditions of Ukraine, as revealed through its people, both in Ukraine and abroad. Here is a short history of how it came to be.

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    Alexandr Hrustevich is an accordion master

    Aleksandr Hrustevich is a musician from Ukraine whose speciality is the bayan (a chromatic button accordion), an instrument largely unknown in the United States, but gaining momentum in Europe, not least because of Mr. Hrustevich.

    In October 2008, the bayanist uploaded a video of himself playing two minutes of “Summer” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, as well as a few other videos. A year later, the Vivaldi went viral, especially after he was featured in Digg and NPR. Concert organizers reached out to Aleksandr to showcase his incredible ability to interpret complex pieces meant for the violin and piano, to the bayan. We recently interviewed Aleksander to discuss being a performer in the age of the internet, and the challenge of arranging music for such an unusual instrument.

    Read full article on Aleksandr at Notes On The Road

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    Europe’s first electronic computer was created in Ukraine


    Not everyone knows that the first fully operational electronic computer in continental Europe was created in Ukraine over 60 years ago, in 1951. The first electronic computing machine was called the Small Electronic Calculating Machine (Russian: MESM). Despite the humble name, the machine was hardly “small”; it contained 6,000 vacuum tubes, and just barely fit into the left wing of the dormitory in the former monastic settlement Feofania 10 kilometers outside Kyiv. The machine was created at the laboratory of computing technologies of the Institute of Electric Engineering of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR, under the supervision of Academician Sergey Alekseevich Lebedev.

    It began in the 1930’s. The then-young scientist Lebedev was doing research on power grid stability at the All-Union Electric Engineering Institute in Moscow. His work required difficult calculations, and eventually Lebedev began looking for ways to automate and accelerate the calculation process. Thus, the idea was born to create a machine capable of performing complex calculations.

    Read the full history at Euromaidan Press

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    Chernobyl 30 Years Later, In 360

    Thirty years ago, on April 26, 1986 the world’s worst nuclear accident occurred in Chernobyl, Ukraine. The surrounding area, like the town of Pripyat, were evacuated. This is how the area looks — 30 years later. Be sure to view this video on your mobile device and move it around so you can experience the full 360 degree perspective.

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    Russia ‘to release’ Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko after deal


    Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko is set to be released from Russian prison after a late-night conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, according to the Ukrainian leader.

    Mr Poroshenko announced the deal on Tuesday, a day after a Ukrainian court sentenced two Russian citizens accused of terrorism to 14 years behind bars. Although he did not specify whether Miss Savchenko would be exchanged for the two Russians, Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev, he conceded that their sentencing allowed for  “certain opportunities for using the exchange mechanism.”

    Read the rest of the article at The Telegraph

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    Experience Ukraine

    Ukraine is the largest country in Europe. We have a unique mixture of attractions – the seaside, mountains, kilometers of rivers and lakes, marvelous cities and authentic countryside. Ukraine is beautiful and safe to visit. Every year we host thousands of festivals, sporting events, and music performances. Visit us and find magnificent culture, delicious cuisine and our famous hospitality. Ukraine is the most accessible country in Europe to engage in ecotourism, sports tourism, cultural tourism, winter tourism, food tourism, festival tourism, sea tourism. Experience Ukraine and find what it means for U.

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    The best places to shop in Kyiv, Ukraine


    Skip the Marais district in Paris. Forget Bond Street in London. When it comes to shopping in Europe, head east to Kiev, where you’ll find covetable vintage and luxury outposts. Yes, that Kiev, the borscht capital of the world. Really! Take it from model Nadiia Shapoval, who scores her eye-catching duds everywhere from a secondhand bazaar—a secret trove for old-school Armani—to concept stores stocking Comme des Garçons and born-and-bred Ukrainian designers alike. Here, Shapoval’s guide to the secretly fashionable city.

    See all 8 Kyiv boutiques on Vogue.com

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