Issue 4, August 2008

Issue 4, August 2008

Flying the Flag for Independence

Issue 4, August 2008.
In 1991 Ukraine was one of 15 constituent Soviet republics to gain independence amid the stunning collapse of the Soviet Empire. Each individual republic experienced its own wave of national independence protests in the lead-up to the collapse, with Lviv playing a key role in the Ukrainian movement which resulted in the eventual August 1991 declaration of independence. This is hardly surprising given the long history Lviv has as a focus of Ukrainian patriotic sentiment and the experience of successive generations of Lviv patriots who have laid down their lives in the fight for a free Ukraine.

Ukrainians Going for Gold in Beijing

Issue 4, August 2008.
This month sees the start of the 29th modern Olympic Games in the Chinese capital of Beijing. Ukraine will be taking a record number of athletes to compete in a bid to continue a modern tradition of Olympic excellence which has seen the former Soviet republic score a number of high-profile victories since first participating in 1996. Despite the under-funding which has plagued Ukrainian sports since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the country’s tradition as a centre of sporting excellence has been maintained by a string of talented athletes, with Lviv sports stars playing their part in keeping the Ukrainian Olympic dream alive.

Monument to Lviv’s Ancient Armenian Heritage

Issue 4, August 2008.
On August 17 Lviv’s Armenian community will be celebrating the 645th anniversary of the city’s Armenian Cathedral. Relatively small in stature, this symbol of Lviv’s ancient Armenian heritage was modelled on the 10th century cathedral at Ani, the historic capital of the Armenian nation. It is the oldest cathedral in Lviv and is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Summer on Rynok Square

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Lviv Beach Party

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Happy Hippy Hurrah!

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Racing Across Ukraine

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