Hello, Ukraine fans

Below are the best and worst stories of the week from the Ukrainian capital and beyond.

Let’s start with the cool news:

  1. A Ukrainian parkour practitioner, Oleksandr Titarenko, has set a new record by jumping 5.2 metres. The trick is called tunnel flip, and Titarenko performed it between two moving trucks. The athlete’s record was registered in the National Register of Records of Ukraine.
  2. Wikipedia officially changed the spelling of the Ukrainian capital from Kiev to Kyiv. According to a Facebook page called “Ukrainian Wikipedia,” this indicates that the use of “Kyiv” is finally more common today than the use of “Kiev.”
  3. The Ukrainian-born conductor Oksana Lyniv will make history at next year’s world-renowned Bayreuth Festival, becoming the first woman to occupy the pit.
  4. Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina has won the WTA tournament in Strasbourg, France. She beat Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina.
  5. Last week we wrote about Netflix localising its services for Ukrainians. This week, it emerged that the company will start dubbing and subtitling its films and series in Ukrainian, as two Ukrainian voiceover studios officially started partnering with the iconic internet entertainment service.
  6. Ukrainian film “Atlantis” was nominated for the Oscars. The film is set in 2025 when Ukraine wins the war in the Donbas. The film has already won prizes at several festivals. Earlier it was bought by HBO Eastern Europe.

Uncool news:

  1. On the night of September 25, a military plane that carried 20 cadets and 7 officers crashed in the Kharkiv region. All but two cadets immediately died. One of the two cadets died hours later in the hospital. 20-year old Vyacheslav Zolochevskyi is the only surviving passenger of the plane. He is currently in the hospital, his state is described as of medium severity and stable.
  2. Two COVID-19 patients have committed suicide in Hospital #4 in Kyiv.
  3. A cyber attack on Ukrainian web pages, including those belonging to the authorities and the police, led to the spread of various fake news including those that there was a nuclear disaster in western Ukraine, some American soldiers died in the Lviv region, and more. The police started a criminal case regarding the hacking incident.
  4. A Ukrainian MP from the presidential Servant of the People faction, Oleksandr Yurchenko, who is suspected of attempting to take bribes has been released on a €91,000 bail. Previously, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy promised that Yurchenko will “definitely” serve a term.
  5. According to a journalistic investigation based on the FinCEN leak, two big European banks were involved in helping Ukrainian oligarch launder money. German Deutsche Bank helped Ihor Kolomoisky withdraw 490 million US dollars from offshore companies on the Virgin Islands. While British Barclays helped launder Rinat Akhmetov’s 2 billion US dollars.