Lviv Opinion

Emigration opportunities and obstacles

Issue 49, September 2012.
Ukrainians seeking a new life abroad must contend with anti-immigration environment As Ukraine’s dream of greater Euro-integration continues to fade, emigration is back on the agenda for many young Ukrainians. With the current government in Kyiv facing the prospect of increasing international isolation, many of the country’s emerging generation are being drawn to the broader horizons and better prospects of the wider world.

Surviving Ukraine’s seasonal climate change Summer health tips: survive and thrive during the long, hot Ukrainian summer

Issue 48, July 2012.
As the summer sun continues to drench Ukraine it is perhaps worth stopping and considering how the hot weather affects our health in this land of extreme seasonal climate changes. For a country famed for its long, cold winters, it can be incredibly hot in Ukraine during the summertime and we all need to realise how that can affect us.

Sheva’s swansong Modern Ukraine’s most celebrated son gives fans one last magical night to remember

Issue 48, July 2012.
With all due respect to Oleh Blokhin and his squad, nobody really expected much from Ukraine on the pitch at Euro 2012. Ranked far below their group stage opponents in the FIFA ratings and without a competitive fixture to their name since 2009, Ukraine entered the championships by default as co-hosts and were seen as potential whipping boys.

A victory for ordinary Ukrainians Government likely to claim Euro 2012 glory but real plaudits belong to Ukrainian public

Issue 48, July 2012.
Euro 2012 was supposed to be the moment when Ukraine finally entered the European mainstream. Instead, as the tournament approached the country’s political leadership found itself in ever greater international isolation, shunned for its treatment of imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and scolded for its democracy shortcomings.

EURO 2012 ODDS & CHANCES

Issue 47, June 2012.
Lviv Today’s London-based journalist, Andrew Lewis, previews the Euro 2012 championship, looking at the teams playing in Arena Lviv, the tournament favourites, and the chances of the Ukrainian team.

Only in Ukraine the FEMEN phenomenon

Issue 47, June 2012.
Its official: all-girl Ukrainian topless activist group FEMEN will be targeting Euro 2012 matches. The ladies of FEMEN have been popping up - and popping out - all over the country in the run-up to this month’s UEFA extravaganza, and so it comes as no surprise to learn

Obligatory Ukraine

Issue 47, June 2012.
10 essential experiences all visiting Euro 2012 fans must try before they leave Ukraine

Euro 2012 group stages: Lviv hits German jackpot!

Issue 41, December 2011.
With all the new stadia built, and the qualifying stages concluded, the next piece of Euro 2012 news that football fans had been waiting for was the draw. On Friday 2 December in Kyiv, the fate of the last 16 teams was decided. After four years of preparation, having been awarded the honour of co-hosting the tournament with Poland back in April 2007, Ukrainians finally discovered which teams would be playing in their country, and which countries their national team would face in the group stage. And Leopolitans watched the draw with great interest to find out which matches would be hosted in their new crown jewel – Arena Lviv.

Euro 2012 kick – off on schedule Ukraine’s Euro 2012 doubters left confounded as nation unveils final host city stadiums

Issue 40, November 2011.
October saw the unveiling of 2 new Euro 2012 stadiums in Kyiv and Lviv, completing Ukraine’s set of four host city venues ahead of next summer’s showcase European Championships. The country is still far from ready for its role as Euro 2012 co-host, but nevertheless Ukraine’s achievement in meeting its stadium obligations more than half a year before the big kick-off is a symbolically potent success that hasconfounded the legions of doubters who consistently said that it couldn’t be done.

20 years of memory wars

Issue 38, September 2011.
They say that the past is a different country, but in patchwork Ukraine the past is actually at least two different countries in a state of perpetual conflict. With the removal of the Soviet straightjacket, these opposing world views have resurfaced with a vengeance, producing an ongoing national identity crisis which has so far lasted two decades and counting.