Hello and welcome to the State of Kyiv midsummer newsletter,
After banning cafes and cinemas from working after 10 p.m. Kyiv has now reallowed it. Though mass cultural and entertainment events are still not allowed to be held past 10 p.m.
Here are some other cool and uncool news from this week.
1. If you’re in Ukraine and are still hoping to go abroad for a holiday, here are 23 countries that allow tourist visits from Ukraine: Turkey, Serbia, Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia, Belarus, United Kingdom, United States, Mexico, Egypt, Tunisia, Korean Republic, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somali, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Seychelles.
But please, do check the latest travel information for the country you would like to visit before you book anything, as Croatia now requires negative PLR test results obtained no more than 48 hours before the flight. While Montenegro needs the test if you came by train, bus, or car (and if you fly there, you don’t need a test or self-isolation upon arrival).
2. Dynamo Kyiv FC has won the Ukrainian Cup.
3. Ukraine’s state railway service provider Ukrzaliznytsia is planning to resume all its train routes this August, so going on a holiday in Ukraine might finally become a lot easier! Though, you might still want to be choosy with your holiday destination (see point 2 in the Uncool news section).
4. An animated film by Ukrainian director Yelyzaveta Pysmak will be one of the 17 short films presented at the Cannes Film Festival this year as part of the Cinéfondation Selection programme.
5. Children from the temporarily occupied territories of the Donbas will be able to enter Ukrainian universities without passing entry exams. This is thanks to a decree signed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
1. The past few months have really not been the luckiest for Ukraine. First, we’ve seen fires in Chernobyl and Zhytomyr region in April, then floods hit western Ukraine in June, and now fires have struck the country’s Luhansk region, destroying nearly 5,000 hectares of land and killing at least 5 people. The cause of the fires is as of yet unknown – police are investigating whether they were caused by poor weather, or someone not following fire safety guidelines, or willful arson – and there is also a chance that they were caused by an incendiary device being shot from occupied territory.
2. If you were thinking of going for a beach holiday to Odesa this summer, think again as all beaches in Odesa were found to have E.coli in their water, even as far as 50 metres away from the shore. 11 Kyiv beaches also did not meet the sanitary norms.
3. Some kids from a Kyiv school were seen insulting Crimean Tatars in a video published by Facebook user Girey Batalov. The incident took place after the schoolchildren took their university entry exams, so the statements may have been a reaction to the history questions they got in the tests. The school has already issued an apology, the videos have been taken down from their original platform (but are still available on other pages), and the people who appear in the video did apologise online, too.
4. A group of unknown perpetrators blew up a vehicle belonging to Ukrposhta, Ukraine’s state-owned mail service, in the village of Tyshky, Poltava region. As a result of the arson, the perpetrators stole 2.5 million hryvnias and a weapon belonging to an Ukrposhta guard. One Ukrposhta employee was injured and is now in intensive care. Relevant criminal proceedings have been initiated, and an investigation is in place.
5. A naked man tried to flee a hospital in Kyiv where coronavirus patients are treated. He was acting inadequately and refused to put clothes on. The man was caught and returned to the healthcare workers.