Hello and happy Monday,

As has become a tradition, we present to you our Monday collection of last week’s good and bad news from the Ukrainian capital and beyond.

Cool news:

  1. A Ukrainian rower, Liudmyla Luzan, has won 2 gold and 1 silver medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Szeged, Hungary. Luzan claimed gold in a 500 metres solo race and in a team with Anastasia Chetvertikova for another 500-metre race. She also won silver in a 200-metre solo race.
  2. Left-bank news: A sakura alley in Kyoto Park (near the Chernihivska metro station) has been recognised by Ukraine’s National Book of Records as the longest alley in the capital. Its length is 1,402 metres and 25 centimetres.
  3. Microsoft will invest nearly 430,000 euros into growing the cloud computing service, Azure, in Ukraine. This was reported by Ukraine’s minister for digital transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov.
  4. An audio-visual installation has been opened for visitors in the Babyn Yar Holocaust memorial centre in Kyiv. The installation was inspired by the Tree of Life symbol, which can be found in many different religions and mythologies. The memorial centre installation portrays how easily this tree can be destroyed: its branches broken and its stem shot through. The new installation is open 24/7.
  5. 52 countries now have their borders open for tourists from Ukraine. The list has been updated with Jordan, Colombia, Nigeria, and Gana. In other good border news, foreigners are now allowed to enter Ukraine as the previous one-month ban on tourists from outside of Ukraine has expired.

Uncool news:

  1. Fires in the eastern Luhansk region have already destroyed over 20,000 hectares and taken the lives of 11 people. 18 people were injured. This includes the firefighters. Around 2,500 firefighters and more than 210 pieces of equipment are being used to put out the blaze.
  2. Former president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has been hospitalised after contracting the coronavirus. He currently has double pneumonia but, according to his wife Maryna, is holding up well.
  3. A Ukrainian-born man in Poland had faked his own death in order to receive nearly 6 million euros from insurance companies. After supposedly dying in July 2019, he’s been travelling around the world. He now faces 10 years in prison.
  4. A new investigation by Bihus.info outlet has uncovered that a Ukrainian MP from the Servant of the People faction, Oleksandr Dubinsky, allegedly masterminded a fake news narrative from late 2013 that was part of a larger effort to discredit the 2013-2014 Euromaidan revolution. The made-up storyline went that prostitution was thriving at the Euromaidan and featured sex workers who were brought to the Independence Square and said on camera that “everyone on Maidan is for money.”
  5. An employee of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, an American woman, was found dead in Kyiv on September 30.