Ukraine Blogs

The cultural cinema shock

The Kiev expat was really amazed by visiting the famous Kiev cultural citadel – ‘Zhovten’ cinema hall – for the Ukrainian nominee for Oscar-2014 ‘Parajanov’ show.

The domovenok

A mystic story about the real trouble with plumbing, from Kharkiv.


Building a House in Ukraine

After considerable delay GASK have produced the commissioning certificate with a flourish and that means we can apply for Gas – and get cracking with the water and drainage connections. Wooooo hooooo!!!

As stated in previous posts, the gas connection some 15m away will take 3 months because that is the maximum period they are allowed. And soon it is winter.

Fall - in photos

I decided that instead of writing this time, I would show you. If a picture is worth a thousand words, here are 10,000 words for you. 

Spirit over Safety

It has become clear that Ukraine is not exactly a place where health & safety come first.   

Christmas markets & typhoid shots

While we had planned to enjoy a quiet pre-Christmas week in Kiev, friends were heading to Budapest to see the Christmas markets.  Once again swayed by the "when else will we be this close" logic, we decided to join....

Need wood?

Our wood burning stove is fantastic – especially as don’t have any mains gas yet. Heating up 240 sqm of concrete in cold weather is not an  easy task but already the stove is working and taking off the chill.

Why did Putin bail out Ukraine??

Russia is bailing out Ukraine to the tune of $15 billion (albeit with plenty of strings attached).

The Exhaust Fumes of Stalinism

The religious dimension of the EuroMaidan protests in Ukraine these past two months has gone largely unremarked. Yet in Kiev and elsewhere, the day’s activities at these oases of civil society are punctuated with prayers offered by clergymen of a variety of Christian communities: Orthodox, Greek Catholic, Protestant.

Cato Institute: America Should Stay Out

Nine years after the so-called Orange Revolution against electoral fraud, opponents of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich hope to stage a repeat.  But the issue today, whether Kiev aligns economically with Europe or Russia, doesn’t much concern the U.S. 

In 2004 the Orange Revolution helped deliver the presidency to Western-favorite Viktor Yushchenko, a disastrous incompetent.  Yanukovich narrowly won the 2009 race. 


Expat Poll

With Russia now acting aggressively in the Azov sea what should happen next?

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