Hello. Here’s your weekly update with the coolest and uncoolest news from Kyiv and Ukraine.
- Ukrainian MPs voted to not recognise the Belarusian presidential elections that took place on August 9 leading to the so-called victory of the incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko. The parliament also supported the sanctions imposed by the European Union in response to the elections and the government’s subsequent violent treatment of the mass protests that followed it.
- Another scooter rental service, this time of Ukrainian origin, has started operating in Kyiv. The company that runs the service, Kiwi, has lower rates than Bolt (who started providing the service a couple of weeks earlier).
- The internet entertainment service Netflix will finally be available in Ukrainian. Though, localising the service might take about a year. It is unclear whether this means that the company will also introduce Ukrainian-language dubbing and subtitles.
- The 91-year-old Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has beaten the coronavirus in just 12 days.
- A Ukrainian company has successfully tested Immunoglobulin that can treat severe cases of the coronavirus disease. One bottle of the Immunoglobulin costs around 200 euros and is already available for sale from the company, Biopharma. One patient would need 2-3 bottles.
- More conflicts ensued between the residents of Uman, central Ukraine, and the Hasidic Jews who came to the town to celebrate Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year). Another incident happened at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border when hundreds of Hasidic Jews tried to enter Ukraine from Belarus (Ukraine is currently closed off for all non-Ukrainians who don’t have a work or residence permit here). This year, Rosh Hashanah was celebrated on September 18-20.
Uman generally gets visits from many Hasidic Jews around September for Rosh Hashanah due to the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement being buried here. Around 40-50 thousand Hasidic Jews go there every year for celebrations, but this year, due to COVID, a much smaller number of pilgrims have arrived.
- The mayor of Kharkiv, Gennadiy Kernes, is among the latest victims of the coronavirus. He is currently being treated at the Sharite clinic in Germany.
- According to one former Ukrainian MP and current member of the company’s supervisory board, Ukraine’s state-owned railway service provider Ukrzaliznytsia had spent 270,000 euros intended for renovating a train on buying two limousines for the company’s management. But, after that, they were so embarrassed that they ended up not using the vehicles.
- Left bank news: This morning, the residents of Kyiv’s eccentric left bank have woken up to a really bad smell and smoke all over the area. The reported cause of this anomaly is a fire at a landfill site near the Darnytsia neighbourhood.
- An explosion occurred in a fancy Ukrainian-cuisine restaurant located on the St. Andrews Descent in Kyiv, leaving 3 people (all restaurant employees) injured.