Lviv Opinion

Memo to international community: Ukraine is awkward – get used to it

Issue 114, July 2018.
As Ukrainians prepare to celebrate the twenty-seventh anniversary of the country’s independence, there is no escaping the fact that independent Ukraine has become an extremely awkward actor in the world of international relations. It is simply too big, too strategically important, too unknown and too unexpected to fit into most people’s perceptions of modern Europe. Almost nobody saw independent Ukraine coming back in 1991, and there remains a sense that nobody knows quite what to do with the country. This uncertainty leaves Ukraine stuck firmly in geopolitical no man’s land. The country currently finds itself in an unenviable position, locked in an undeclared war with Russia while being denied any hope of a roadmap towards future European Union or NATO membership. As each year passes, this failure to address the international implications of Ukrainian independence in an adequate manner is becoming more and more costly for all concerned.

Local optimism vs national pessimism

Issue 113, June 2018.
Ukrainian politicians must make the case that decentralization is more than a local success story In today’s Ukraine, pessimism at the national level is a well-established phenomenon and one that often obscures the very real progress that is taking place at the local level. In fact, since 2015 the local picture has often been strikingly optimistic across Ukraine, at least according to polling data compiled by the International Republican Institute (IRI).

Carpathian cooperation can help Ukraine attract Romanian tourists

Issue 113, June 2018.
Poor connections and low profile mean relatively few Romanians currently visit Ukraine despite close proximity

Ivana Kupala Day 2018 – Ukraine’s Newest (and Oldest) Holiday

Issue 113, June 2018.
As Ukraine continues its quest to redefine Ukrainian culture, some traditional holidays have taken on more importance. Take, for example, Ivana Kupala Day – the Ukrainian celebration of summer solstice. Celebrated for centuries in Ukraine, the event has seen a revival in recent years. Leopolitans take pride in protecting traditional Ukrainian legacies, so it’s no surprise that the Western Ukrainian capital is one of the best places to celebrate the holiday. Among the country’s most picture-ready cultural festivals, you’ll want to have camera-in-hand on 6-8 July as you check out one of Ukraine’s most unique and folksy festivals.

Lviv Real Estate - Top 10 Investor Tips

Issue 112, May 2018.
A thriving IT industry, close links to the EU and an expected international tourism boom make now the ideal time to invest in Ukraine’s fairytale city While Lviv is only Ukraine’s seventh largest city, it has established itself as the country’s No.2 real estate market. These top 10 tips should provide some insight into the many Lviv-specific factors that make the west Ukrainian capital such an attractive but challenging city for potential investors.

The Editor Vs The Oligarchs

Issue 110, March 2018.
Vitaly Sych first made his name as the long-serving editor of Ukraine’s top current affairs weekly, but he cemented his reputation by resigning rather than bowing to Yanukovych era censorship. He is now back at the helm of a new journalistic empire that aims to challenge the media monopoly of Ukraine’s oligarch elite

Tune Up Your Body & Mind This Spring Season

Issue 110, March 2018.
Spring is a time for regeneration and renewal, when we throw off the shackles of winter and walk confidently into the new day. It’s also the perfect time to get your body back on track and feeling fabulously balanced. The truth is, during winter, it’s easy to get out of whack. With lots of heavy foods, shorter days, not enough sunlight and the feeling of being strangled underneath all those winter woolies, it’s no surprise we come into spring feeling less than our best. But there is a solution, some simple things you can do to get back on top of the game. Why just spring clean your house when you can spring clean your body?

VISA ranking

Issue 109, February 2018.
Ukraine first among CIS countries in 2018 global passport index thanks to EU visa-free access EU visa breakthrough helps Ukraine climb from 58 to 44 in annual global Visa Restrictions Index survey of travel freedom

Tribute to Inventive Women

Issue 109, February 2018.
International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements regardless of their national, ethnic, linguistic, economic, or political backgrounds. Feminism should be practiced every day. The idea of women having equal rights to men isn’t an agenda, it should be the way of life. But we all need a boost, and International Women’s Day has been lifting women up for over a century. The eighth of March is a day to celebrate the women you admire and pay tribute to women who developed or are currently developing creative technologies to solve problems.

The 2018 Crystal Ball: Ukraine is on the Brink, But of What?

Issue 108, January 2018.
January has returned, and along with it comes our annual ‘Year in Review’ issue. Flip through to discover all the reasons that made Lviv such a special place to be in 2017. But if you want to know what the city and country has in store, keep reading.