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    Freedom or Death! documentary film

    American-Ukrainian filmmaker Damian Kolodiy has followed up his 2007 award winning documentary The Orange Chronicles with the documentary film “Freedom or Death”.

    A powerful and compelling account of the violent Maidan Square battles. Kolody travels to his homeland to document the brutal 2014 insurrection from the streets, as the people of Ukraine spontaneously rise up against their corrupt and oppressive government, going to war in the pursuit of a better future. The film chronicles events in Ukraine in 2013-2014 and shows how peaceful pro European protests in Kyiv escalated into a subversive war with Russia.

    You can stream/rent/buy the film on Amazon now.

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    Ukraine tears down giant Lenin statue, live on YouTube

    Exhaustive efforts to tear down Ukraine’s largest remaining monument to Vladimir Lenin bore fruit on Thursday when workers prised the late Soviet leader’s statue from its plinth in the southeastern city of Zaporizhzhya.

    Since a pro-Western uprising ousted a Russia-backed president in 2014, Ukraine has passed laws aimed at severing the former Soviet republic from its communist past – a move some have criticized as an attempt to erase history.

    Nearly 1,000 statues of Lenin have been removed since anti-government protesters tore down his Kiev monument in late 2013, but the 20-metre (66 ft) size of the Zaporizhzhya monument frustrated multiple attempts to pull it down this week.

    Read the rest of this article at Reuters.

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    What Ukraine needs now

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    Two years ago, the people of Ukraine toppled the criminal and tyrannical regime of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych after police opened fire on protestors in Kyiv’s Independence Square. Over 100 people were murdered for making one simple demand of their government — that Ukraine’s citizens be treated with dignity.

    Those who perished defending the Ukrainian people’s unalienable right to liberty and justice are known as the Nebesna Sotnya — the Heavenly Hundred — and their sacrifice was marked in Ukraine and throughout the world on February 20, the Day of Commemoration of the Heavenly Hundred.

    Read more from Paul Grod at iPolitics.ca

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    Google Maps replaces Soviet place names in Ukraine

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    Google maps has replaced Soviet place names in Ukraine with new ones approved by the parliament. The changes were made almost nine months after President Poroshenko signed a law on de-communization.

    Over 175 towns, villages and districts have been renamed on the popular search engine.

    Read more and see the full video on Ukraine Today

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    Ukraine vs. Russia: A long and unhappy history

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    War and peace. The tangled and bloody history of Ukraine and Russia is longer than Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece and there’s no final chapter. Few historians know more about the distant and modern origins of the current war, and prospects for peace, than award-winning author and Harvard professor Serhii Plokhy. His new book, The Gates of Europe, deconstructs more than 2,000 years of history and how it came to this.

    Read the rest at Toronto Star

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    Ukraine’s Eurovision entry aimed at Russia

    Ukraine has chosen a song about wartime mass deportations of the Crimean Tatar ethnic minority ordered by Joseph Stalin to represent the country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

    Susana Jamaladinova‘s song 1944, performed under her stage name Jamala, was chosen Sunday night by a three-person jury and 380,000 votes from viewers of the country’s televised final selection round for the pan-European song competition.

    Read the rest at Billboard.com

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    Ukraine Euro 2016 Kits Released

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    Ukraine’s EURO 2016 kits have hit the internet and they’re looking pretty stylish. Similar to Bosnia’s 2016 kits the Ukrainian vishivanka design has been replaced with a faded tartan pattern. The buttons at the bottom of the collar are unique. What are your thoughts? Do you like them?

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    If you can’t get yourself a Ukraine kit in time, or prefer something a little different, check out these options below.

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    The New Ukrainian Street Style Crew Is Here

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    Over the past several years, Ukraine’s fashion scene has transformed from a cheeky post-Soviet-influenced hot spot of all things loud and luxurious (and imported from the West) to a booming arena for homeland designers. One factor that has helped shine international light on Ukrainian fashion? The free publicity delivered by the much-lensed It girls who love to be seen in looks from their motherland. And with Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days kicking off on Thursday, we expect to see plenty of Ukrainian pride on the streets. Here, from Alina Baikova in Omelya garb to Yuliya Magdych in traditional Slavic dress, see the stylish set of Ukrainians to follow now.

    See them all at Vogue.com

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    Meet Ukraine’s “Invisible battalion” of women

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    Brave beauty. Twelve fearless women are depicted on a Ukrainian calendar for 2016. However, they represent a much larger group of Ukrainian female soldiers, whose service is usually left unnoticed. These women deserve to be called brave not only because they actually participate in the war in eastern Ukraine. They also fight on the invisible front of stereotypes, humiliation and underestimation. That is the reason why the women in Ukrainian army were metaphorically named the “Invisible Battalion” in the first sociological study on women’s participation in the Donbas war.

    Read the rest at EuromaidanPress.com

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    9 of the Coolest Made-in-Ukraine Designers

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    Since 2014’s civil unrest, Ukraine’s fashion industry has undergone its own revolution. There is an influx of patriotism and homegrown pride that seems to affect the marketing of even the most underwhelming pieces of clothing: Wool socks sold on the side of the street are proudly stamped with phrases like “Made in the region of Zhytomyr, Ukraine,” while $3 beanies are emblazoned with the country’s coat of arms. Every other booth in a bazaar is filled with colorful handmade vinoks, a traditional Ukrainian flower crown. And, of course, everything is “Made in Ukraine,” a phrase that has come to hold great symbolism and even inspired it’s own hashtag—there are over 150,000 results of manufactured goods, from coffee mugs to passport covers, hailing from the country that are currently available for view on Instagram.

    Read the rest at Vogue.com

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