It’s shaping up to be Eastern Europe’s biggest contest this summer.
No, not the Euro 2012 soccer championship opening in Poland and Ukraine later this week, but the contest between rival “psychic” animals touted as having the ability to predict soccer results…[read more]
The rise of “ Friendly Ukraine,” warnings of racism, price gouging — the lead-up to Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine is not starved for storylines. Perhaps unfortunately, the soccer and fan experience seem to be largely absent from the conversation.
We want to change that. Thousands of fans will travel to Ukraine over the next month, many of them staying with total strangers. We want to see and hear your story.
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We’re looking for photos, video, blog posts, Twitter updates, and anything else that paints a picture of the experience in Ukraine.
WATCH: Violent scuffles erupted in Ukraine’s parliament late on May 24 between lawmakers of the pro-Western opposition and counterparts from President Viktor Yanukovych’s party, which bases its support in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking east. (AP video)
“We need to harness the courage and buffoonery [of the parliamentary brawl] and go the people, because everyone says they are acting on behalf of the people, so we need to go to the people and tell the truth, and they will support [us] or not support [us]. We cannot keep torturing the country. The whole world is laughing at us.” (Reuters)
Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn speaking today (May 25) at a news conference in Kyiv.
Sheremet tells RFE/RL that less than an hour before the march was scheduled to begin, police began questioning the organizers about the need for such an event. He says they alluded to letters of protest that had been sent to Kyiv city authorities, and said, “Think about what you’re doing. There are so many people against you and we cannot guarantee your safety.” They said as many as 2,000 right-wing radicals were planning to protest the gay pride march.
Tymoshenko’s daughter tells @RFE/RL , ”she [Yulia Tymoshenko] showed us her remaining bruises. She had many more, five days have passed now. They barred anyone from seeing her for four days, they were waiting for the bruises to disappear. She has a very large bruise on her abdomen, about 10 centimeters in diameter. She also has fingerprint bruises on her left arm.”
- Yevgenia Tymoshenko, the daughter of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, speaking today (April 26) in a telephone interview with RFE/RL’s Claire Bigg.
In case you missed last week’s “Friday Photos From…” photo gallery. Take a look at how a Kyiv lyceum is reviving long-lost Ukrainian military school traditions.
ATTENTION! For this week’s “Friday Photos From…” we have shined our shoes, straightened our jackets, and smartly adjusted our hats to showcase a Kyiv lyceum that has started a special program for Cadet Corps, reviving long-lost Ukrainian military school traditions.
February 23 marked the Day of Fatherland Defender in Ukraine, and RFE/RL’s photographer Andrii Bashtovyi visited this band of cadets at their lyceum. His pictures illustrate the life of young Ukrainian boys enrolled in a school that combines standard core classes with military education and patriotism training.
Cadet traditions have been slowly lost in Ukraine and the lyceum’s teachers explain that the new program borrows some elements from the tsarist era when — especially during the 18th century — training of future commissioned officers was important to the Russian Empire.
The school is currently in a period of transition, as cadets take some classes together with other non-cadet pupils but may become segregated in the future. Cadets stay at school five days a week, including overnight. In corridors, they walk obediently in uniforms. Those who don’t obey special rules and regulations lose shoulder straps on their uniforms, and it’s only with extra effort that they earn them back.
See our original story by the Ukrainian Service of RFE/RL Radio Svoboda.