Lviv Opinion

Lviv region is leading the way in Ukraine’s Euro-integration

Issue 131, February 2020.
Ukraine has fought harder than any other country for European integration. Progress has come at an incredibly high price, with efforts to conclude a relatively innocuous Association Agreement with the European Union in 2013 plunging Ukraine into a maelstrom of revolution, economic crisis and undeclared war with Russia that continues to this day. Despite these formidable challenges, a recent study conducted by the New Europe Center has found that European integration trends are taking root across Ukraine. Meanwhile, public support for the country’s European trajectory has consolidated significantly since 2014, despite the trauma and turbulence of the past six years.

Sphere in Lviv for Christmas Holiday Season

Issue 130, January 2020.
The concept of spherical housing dates back to ancient times and takes its lead from Mother Nature, where spheres are associated with eggs, bosoms and other eternal symbols of new life. Civilizations have developed spherical architecture all over the world, with rounded features often dominating skylines and prominent buildings such as palaces, churches and mosques. A spherical abode recently appeared in Lviv for the 2019-2020 festive season. Anatoli Artemenko spoke to project co-author Oles Dmytryshyn about this original installation.

The impressive evolution of Lviv International Airport

Issue 130, January 2020.
In late autumn 2019, Ukraine's Infrastructure Ministry unveiled plans to transform Lviv International Airport into a regional transport hub. This envisioned expansion will see the addition of bus terminal facilities and a direct rail connection to the city's imposing Habsburg era Central Railway Station, representing the latest stage in Lviv airport’s evolution from end-on-the-line outpost to bustling Central European international gateway.

In Politics, Timing is Everything

Issue 125, July 2019.
Getting elected relies on many things – a charismatic candidate, a compelling campaign, a talented team, and/or a popular platform. Surely, these things can matter. But as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has proven, terrific timing too, can mean everything. The new president put on a master-class on how timing matters in politics as his ascendency to the presidency and dominance in the parliamentary polls is a textbook example of why timing matters in politics.

From Post-Soviet to New Europe

Issue 123, May 2019.
Twenty-two years ago this month, I received a letter that changed my life. The news it conveyed was at once exhilarating and intimidating – a job offer with the British Council in western Ukraine. At the time, I was a history student in my final year at Liverpool University with vague notions of a future career in international relations.

What exactly is Vyshyvanka Day?

Issue 123, May 2019.
Ukraine’s most identifiable piece of clothing is the vyshyvanka. It’s an embroidered shirt that comes in a variety of colours, patterns, and styles. Much like the kilt is to Scotland and the kimono to Japan, the vyshyvanka is the prototypical Ukrainian garment.

Ukraine continues to climb in global passport index as visa-free options expand

Issue 122, April 2019.
Ukrainian passport holders now find themselves well ahead of all CIS countries with visa-free access to 128 countries


Issue 122, April 2019.
Ukraine is one of the 47 members of the Council of Europe (CoE), the prominent international organization with headquarters in Strasbourg, France. The CoE’s member states are exclusively European. As a member state of the CoE, Ukraine participates in all the organization’s bodies, contributing actively to their respective activities and work.

Political Pop: The Eurovision Guide to Modern Ukrainian History

Issue 121, March 2019.
Anyone who feels that Eurovision has become too politicized need look no further than Ukraine for confirmation. Nobody takes the song contest quite as seriously as the Ukrainians, who treat it as an extension of foreign policy complete with furious nationwide debates and heavy-handed government interventions.

Lviv can lead Ukraine into the international tourism mainstream

Issue 121, March 2019.
When Lviv first began marketing itself as an international tourism destination in the mid-2000s, many cynical observers sniffed haughtily at the upstart city’s outlandish ambitions. Who, they asked, wanted to spend their holidays in Ukraine? More and more people, as it turns out. Over the past fifteen years, Lviv has enjoyed a slowly but surely rising profile, emerging first as an exciting alternative destination before becoming a mainstay in annual Top Ten lists predicting the next big thing in European city breaks.