Hello,

As Kyiv goes through a heatwave, we brief you on what good and bad things got us talking this week.

Cool news:

  1. Ukrainian creative agency Banda has been recognized as the most effective independent agency worldwide in a prestigious award.
  2. Ukraine will receive a 5 billion US dollar loan from the International Monetary Fund over the next 18 months. Of it, $2.1 billion have already reached Ukraine.
  3. Kyiv breadsticks, biscuits, gingerbread, and boublyks (dry dough rings) will soon be available for sale in British supermarkets.
  4. Left bank news: Kyiv parks will soon have recycling bins for paper, plastic, and glass. The first seven containers have been placed alongside an avenue within the Troyeshchyna park on the left bank of the capital.
    Photo: kyivcity.gov.ua
  5. A cat living with a Ukrainian woman in the US, Kitzia (means “female cat” in Ukrainian), has found fame on Instagram as the world’s new grumpiest cat. This comes as Tardar Sauce, the internet celebrity cat better known as Grumpy Cat, died in May last year. Let’s hope Kitzia has many more years to live – despite her grumpiness! She already has 81.3 thousand followers.
    Photo: @grumpy_kitzia / Instagram
  6. The new “State of Kyiv” podcast is out! Listen back to the craziest events from May 2020 – including shooting in Brovary, abandoned babies, millions of Tulips and a birthday song from Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Uncool news:

  1. Ukraine has reached another peak in terms of coronavirus cases. On June 11, the country hit its anti-record with 689 cases, the next day – 683, on June 13 – 753 new COVID-19 cases, and on June 14 – 648Kyiv is the city with the highest number of cases in the country. Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska says she has got the coronavirus too.
  2. Speaking of coronavirus, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that he wanted to self-infect himself with coronavirus. He claims he only didn’t do it because his team told him that this could be perceived as a publicity stunt. And yes, this comment by Zelenskyy came before his wife Olena announced that she has the virus.
  3. The Ukrainian state had reportedly been buying Russian coal, but not from Russia – from Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky who was buying the coal from Russia and selling to the state with a surcharge. This emerged from an investigation by Bihus.info.
  4. Ukraine’s new culture minister Oleksandr Tkachenko said that Russian-language films and entertainment products are “beneficial” to the industry and Ukrainian economy and that films that feature actors that have been prohibited from entering Ukraine (many Russian actors are) should be allowed to be aired in Ukraine.
  5. Ukraine’s pro-Russian “Opposition Platform – For Life” party (the second biggest party in the country) has congratulated the Russians with the Day of Russia “on behalf of all Ukrainians.” In the congratulatory message, they spoke about “family ties” between the countries, “russophobia” and “showy patriotism.”