Hello there,

If you’re in Kyiv, this past week has brought us the first snow of the season. It has also brought us many interesting news! Let’s take a look.

Cool news:

  1. Hollywood actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is searching for photos of Ukraine for his new project 👀
  2. 🍯 Ukraine has become a number 1 exporter of honey to the European Union, based on the data from the first eight months of 2020.
  3. A Ukrainian, Oleksiy Novikov, has come first in the World’s Strongest Man competition. He managed to lift 540 kg half a metre above the ground.
  4. 🏳️‍🌈 The first ever partner agreement between a same-sex couple was signed in Ukraine. While marriage between same-sex couples in Ukraine is not allowed, these agreements are the next best alternative that allows two people to have shared property that can be split after the agreement’s closure, gives the right to visit each other in detention centres, as well as to bequeath property to one another.
  5. Ukraine has joined other countries in imposing sanctions against the Lukashenko regime in Belarus. The sanctions relate to 55 people, including the self-proclaimed president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko.

Uncool news:

  1. A full lockdown might be on its way to Ukraine, according to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. He said that currently the weekend lockdown, which is in place, is the alternative to it. But if it’s not effective enough, a strict lockdown of at least three weeks long will be implemented.
  2. Another newly-reelected mayor in Ukraine has died from coronavirus. This time it’s the mayor of Konotop, a town in northern Ukraine, Oleksandr Luhovyi.
  3. The deputy health minister of Ukraine, Iryna Mykychak, has recommended that entrepreneurs who complain of the weekend lockdown go work in hospitals over the weekends 🤦🏻‍♀️
  4. The husband of the Ukrainian prosecutor general left his job in the police in order to receive a one-off payment in the size of 774,000 hryvnias (nearly 23,000 euros) as financial aid. Two weeks later, he returned to his position.
  5. The police have searched the Museum of the Revolution of Dignity in Kyiv. They claim that the management of the museum are suspects in embezzling at least 110 million hryvnias (over 3 million euros).