· June, 2006

Stories about Ukraine from June, 2006

Ukraine: World Cup Wishful Thinking

  30 June 2006

“We've got three victories! and there are three more left… Go, Ukraine!” – by LJ user lokizzz A popular joke about Ukraine's spectacular – and totally unforeseen – World Cup performance and the resulting financial disaster seemed funny just a few hours ago. Then Italy defeated Ukraine in the quarter-finals...

Ukraine: Trip to Chernobyl

  27 June 2006

MoldovAnn posts an account of her trip to the the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone: “…wild land, more or less untouched by humans for the past 20 years. […] It was breathtaking, even, to see the vast expanse of lush green. At the same time, though, you can never forget that you...

Ukraine: Coalition and Gas Agreement

  27 June 2006

LEvko of Foreign Notes writes about the newly-formed coalition and one of the most important issues facing it: re-negitiation of gas agreements with Russia and Turkmenistan.

Ukraine: Football and Politics

  23 June 2006

Dan McMinn of Orange Ukraine writes about Ukraine's World Cup victory over Saudi Arabia – and a no less important event: the “re-formation” of the “orange coalition.”

Ukraine: “Long Life to the Government”

  22 June 2006

Scott W. Clark and LEvko of Foreign Notes comment on the creation of the Orange Coalition in Ukraine – at last, three months after the election: the government is (almost) there, Tymoshenko is the premier (again), and she's already making statements about the gas situation. Matt Jay of Publius Pundit...

Ukraine: Coalition Combinations

  20 June 2006

LEvko and Scott W. Clark of Foreign Notes are discussing possible Ukrainian parliamentary coalition combinations. LEvko also provides a flashback that shows how the partnership that seems likely now would have been impossible just a few years ago.

Ukraine: “The Cars” With Ukrainian Voiceover; Local TV

  20 June 2006

LJ user didaio of Dnipropetrovsk writes about two recent viewing experiences: one good, another bad. The good one was The Cars with the long-awaited voiceover in Ukraine's national language – instead of (or in addition to) Russian; the bad one was the Ukrainian TV programming that all those who can't...

Ukraine: Books, Football and Politics

  16 June 2006

Dan McMinn of Orange Ukraine updates his virtual library of books dealing with Ukraine and writes about two depressing subjects: Ukrainian politics and football.

Ukraine: Blue-Orange Coalition?

  16 June 2006

LEvko of Foreign Notes writes about the disappointing possibility of a coalition between Yushchenko's Our Ukraine and Yanukovych's Party of the Regions: “Does anyone really know anymore what he really wants or in what direction he is heading?”

Ukraine: Hotels

  16 June 2006

Varske of Wu Wei writes about Kyiv's hotels: “Kiev hotels are notorious for being expensive, whether good or bad. At least now there are some international chains trying to set standards for the locals. Yesterday I rang up a small hotel recommended by a work colleague, who like it so...

Ukraine, Russia: Dreams of a Biased Person

  16 June 2006

Ukrainian LJ user parasolya may admit to her anti-Russian bias a bit too eagerly, but all she wants is for Ukraine to be on friendly – and neutral – terms with Russia, a democratic variation of the USSR, sort of (UKR): I've borrowed a Russia [photo] album at work, they...

Russia, Ukraine: Bringing a Spouse to the U.S.

  14 June 2006

Stephan Clark of Everybody I Love You sets out to explore what it takes to bring one's foreign spouse to the United States – partly because this is what the subjects of his research often have to go through, but also because he is getting married to a Russian national...

Ukraine: Family Trip to Crimea

  14 June 2006

Petro of Petro's Jotter is “suffering from blogger's block” but manages to share impressions and highlights from a recent family trip to Crimea: “The meeting with Dimri the real estate guy in Yalta whose parents are 100% Tatar, who spent 12 years living in Donetsk and now taught himself to...

Russia: Buzz Words For Journalists

  14 June 2006

Imitating the legendary Ostap Bender, East-West Shout Out comes up with a “writers set” for journalists covering Russia: “The solution is to create set of code words which can be used in different combinations / situations and with varying density.”

Ukraine: World Cup Vs Work

  8 June 2006

Vilhelm Konnander writes on how the Ukrainian government tries to accommodate the people's need to watch the World Cup, to which Ukraine has qualified for the first time since independence: “[Prime minister's] recipe is to adjust working hours to avoid collisions with matches. Another viable alternative would be to put...