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    Animal Portraits from Ukrainian Photographer Sergey Polyushko

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    Sergey Polyushko is an professional photographer currently based in Kiev, Ukraine. Sergey shoots a lot of nature, landscape, architecture and animal photography.

    Whether he’s snapping photos of domesticated cats, dogs, or wild horses, squirrels and other animals Polyushko is able to take a photo that not only tells a story but captures his subjects characteristics and attitude too – just take a look at the first photo below!.

    Often choosing to shoot close-up photos of the animals in front of him Polyushko’s animal portraits are likely to be the most captivating and beautiful you’ll ever see.

    Which ones are your favorites?

    More info: Sergey Polyushko | Instagram | Facebook

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    20 Amazing Pysanka Designs

    The colorful art of decorating EASTER EGGS, or PYSANKY, has been a Ukrainian tradition for over ten centuries. Growing up Ukrainian meant that Easter would bring the traditions of hot beeswax and food coloring combined to paint a beautiful work of art on an egg. Below is a collection of some great designs, all hand made with love and care.

    Which ones are your favorites? Vote below.

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    Famed bassist Flea tries hand at Bandura

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    Bass player Flea, arguably one of the best bassists of all time, has tried his hand at the Ukrainian folk string instrument, the bandura.

    Flea was filmed played the bandura at the apartment of Ukrainian model Nadia Shapoval, where he and other band members were hanging out on July 4. Shapoval posted an Instagram video of Flea tackling the multi-stringed instrument.

    Love❤️ at my place ❤️

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    Meanwhile, Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis was spotted walking down Andryivsky Uzviz, one of Kyiv’s top tourist attractions, on July 5.

    Anthony Kiedis in Kyiv, Ukraine

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    Unbroken – Ukraine’s Hockey Dream

    2016 was supposed to be a glorious year for Ukraine hockey. A revival that began 10 years ago had the objective of making Ukraine an elite hockey power, instead, the Ukraine/pro-Russian war devastated the plan. But thanks to the resilience of a Ukrainian billionaire, the dream is still alive. Warning: Viewer discretion is advised.

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    Toronto’s newest hit opera is about Ukraine’s Euromaidan

    Counting Sheep is a deeply personal retelling of the Maidan revolution in Ukraine — an immersive Ukrainian folk-opera set to the sounds of beloved guerilla-folk party-punk band, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra. In January 2014, Mark Marczyk touches down in Kyiv and is quickly thrust into a nation on the eve of revolution, a volatile whirlwind of tragedy mixed with hope and solidarity, torn apart by brutal violence. Counting Sheep is a striking, visceral exploration into the politics of revolution, beating with the heart of a people yearning for a better tomorrow. A call-to-action and affirmation of the human condition, Counting Sheep invites audiences to be part of the Revolution.

    The 12-member cast envelops audience members in this historic time period as they perform moments of revolution amongst three large screens projecting real life news coverage of the revolution that began in 2013. Counting Sheep is performed using gorgeous Ukrainian polyphony choral music and though not in English, the exuberant musical performances and vibrant visuals offer a clear view into the lived experience of those involved in the Maidan, and to an extent, any modern day political revolution. Anticipation, excitement, fear, loss, anger and the will to keep fighting – audience members are by the Revolutionaries’ side, riding the wave of each emotion.

    For tickets visit Counting Sheep

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    Lonely Planet ranks Lviv amongst top European cities to visit

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    Lonely Planet has ranked Lviv, Ukraine as the 5th best destination you need to see in Europe for 2016. With its independent coffee houses and traditional chocolatiers, Lviv looks, smells, and tastes like the best of Europe. Indeed, its Western flavor has earned it the moniker “Little Paris of Ukraine.” And yet, compared to other prized European cities, relatively few people travel here. Here’s hoping that the Lonely Planet guide opens it up to many more eyes!

    Via Lonely Planet – Best in Europe 2016

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    Ukrainian Artist Travels The World Painting Doors In Watercolor

    Ukrainian artist Viktoria Kravchenko began to notice that not all doors are the same, especially in Ukraine and Europe. Below is a sample of the beautiful watercolor paintings she has done of the unique doorways she’s encountered.

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    Yaroslav Val Street 49b, Kyiv, Ukraine
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    6 Rue du Lac, Brussels, Belgium
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    29 Avenue Rapp, Paris, France
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    Široká 912, Prague, Czech Republic
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    92 Quai Claude le Lorrain, Nancy, France
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    Masarykovo nábř. 16, Prague, Czech Republic
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    Meistaru iela 10/12, Riga, Latvia
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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

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    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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