Hello and welcome to the latest issue of the State of Kyiv newsletter.

This week we have for you:

Cool:

  1. All the odds were against it, but Ukraine defeated Spain during the fourth group round of the UEFA Nations League on October 13.
  2. Thanks to active Ukrainians, Ukraine uploaded the most photographs as part of the Wikipedia competition, “Wiki Loves Monuments.” Nearly 48,000 pictures were uploaded to the website by the country.
  3. Ukrainian-born developmental biologist, Polina Lishko, has won a prestigious US award for inventing new, non-hormonal contraceptives for women. The award comes with $625,000 in funding over five years.
  4. On October 14, Ukraine celebrated the National Defender’s Day marking the invaluable contribution of Ukrainian soldiers who fight against the Russian aggression in the eastern region of Donbas.
  5. 85% of polled Ukrainians consider themselves patriots, while 59% said they’re ready to physically fight if there is a direct threat to Ukrainian integrity.
  6. Ukraine’s state-owned postal service, Ukrposhta, has made it to the top 30 of the best postal services in the world, showing a 2.53% improvement from last year.

Uncool:

  1. The renowned Ukrainian language specialist, professor Oleksandr Ponomariv, has died at 84.
  2. The Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has announced that he will be asking Ukrainians, who go to the polling stations this coming Sunday to vote in the local elections, five questions (all are available through the link). However, many argue that this is illegal polling as it looks too much like an unsanctioned referendum.
  3. The 49-year-old Donbas war soldier Mykola Mykytenko, who committed an act of self-immolation on the Independence Square in central Kyiv on the night of October 11 in protest against the policy of the current government, died in hospital.
  4. Ukraine sees new and new daily coronavirus infection records and is now in the top 15 countries of the world for daily new cases and daily new deaths.
  5. Russia has left the discussion group regarding the MH17 downing, calling it “biased, superficial, and politicised.”