Hello, and welcome to the first November issue of The State of Kyiv newsletter.

Let’s dive in straight into what’s been happening in the Ukrainian capital and beyond this past week.

Cool news:

  1. Kyiv came 87th in the World’s Best Cities 2021 Report by Resonance Consultancy. The company describes Kyiv as “architecturally endowed, friendly, and creative.” This is a vast improvement from the same index in 2019 when Kyiv ranked 139th.
  2. The Ukraine women’s national football team won in an away game against Greece with a score of 0-4 as part of the Women’s Euro 2021 qualifiers.
  3. Japan will start selling postage stamps dedicated to Ukraine from November 9. The postage stamps will portray the monument dedicated to Bohdan Khmelnytskyi on the St. Sophia Square in Kyiv and the Tunnel of Love in the western Rivne region. This initiative is part of the Host Town project between Ukraine and the Japanese town of Hino.
  4. It’s finally possible to recycle plastic bags in Kyiv again.
  5. Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk has defeated British Derek Chisora in a match that took place in London on October 31.

Uncool news:

  1. A car drove into a pedestrian area on Kyiv’s central Khreshchatyk Street, killing 2 people and injuring 3 more. No alcohol was found in the driver’s blood. The driver claims that he lost his consciousness. According to his doctor, a couple of weeks before the incident, the driver had a stroke, after which he underwent medical treatment and was discharged from the hospital. He now faces 10 years in prison.
  2. The Constitutional Court of Ukraine ruled to strip the National Agency for Preventing Corruption (NAPC) of most of its powers and thus destroying the important asset declaration system for officials and imposing a threat to Ukraine’s democracy and good relationship with the West. The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is battling the crisis, but his efforts might not be enough. The EU has already stated that this decision can be a ground for revoking the visa-free regime with Ukraine
  3. A shark attacked a Ukrainian woman and her 12-year-old son in Egypt on October 25. They’re both being treated at a hospital.
  4. Two mayors in central Ukraine died from coronavirus complications this past week: the mayor of Boryspil (a town most famous for the international airport there) and the mayor of Novgorod-Siversky in the Chernihiv region. According to polls, both men were winning in the local elections that were held on October 25. Now both places face another election.
  5. After very briefly becoming the city with the world’s cleanest air in mid-October, Kyiv has seriously gone down in air quality again, ranking in the bottom 15 for a few days in the past week.