University of Fribourg draws together experts on Ukrainian-Polish relations ahead of Euro 2012

A fortnight before the start of the UEFA Euro 2012 football finals, leading scholars, international journalists and political analysts convened in Switzerland to discuss the social, economic, political and cultural perspectives of the relationship of the two neighboring states over the past two centuries. The University of Fribourg, in cooperation with the Embassies of Poland and Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Society of Switzerland, hosted an international scholarly Symposium ‘From Battlegrounds to Football Fields: Poland and Ukraine in the 20th and 21st Centuries’ on 24-25 May 2012, in >>>

Ukrainians in the UK say ‘No to Racism’

Please see below a statement signed by representatives of Ukrainian organisations based in the UK following the BBC Panorama report and consequent coverage in the UK media on racism in Ukrainian Football: We were saddened to see the Panorama programme screened on BBC One on Monday evening, which featured disturbing images of mindless and deplorable intolerance and extremism on the stands of football stadiums in Poland and Ukraine ahead of Euro 2012. We unequivocally condemn the actions of an unrepresentative minority of football hooligans. Ukrainian football fans both in Ukraine and around >>>

Torchbearer to carry Olympic Flame in London in recognition of Charity fundraising for maternity hospitals in Ukraine

Andriy Maksymovych, a Ukrainian banker living and working in London, has been selected as an Olympic torchbearer to recognise his work and contribution in raising money for hospitals in Ukraine. In 2006, after studying on a scholarship as an exchange student in the United States, Andriy initiated, organised and ran Race for Children, a charitable marathon aimed at raising money for maternity hospitals in Ukraine. This was the first project of such kind in Ukraine; the race took 41 days to complete, covered ca. 1500km, and raised USD 55,000. Money was used to purchase critically needed equipment >>>

Ukrainian pianist YouTube sensation to debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall

A Ukrainian born pianist who has been viewed performing over 43 million times on YouTube will be making her debut at the Royal Albert Hall next month. Valentina Lisitsa, born in Kyiv in 1973, started playing the piano and performing her first solo recital at the age of three. (Photo: telegraph.co.uk) Valentina told Sky News: “I could not have done this without all my online fans around the world,” she said. “Their reactions tell me every day that I am doing the right thing and that’s the best reward for my hard work. Now I want to say thank you and give them a great concert live and >>>

University of Fribourg (Switzerland) to host the Symposium ‘From Battlegrounds to Football Fields’

  University of Fribourg (Switzerland) to host the Symposium ‘From Battlegrounds to Football Fields’ on Ukrainian-Polish relations ahead of the Euro 2012 The University of Fribourg, in cooperation with the Embassies of Poland and Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Society of Switzerland, is hosting an international scholarly symposium on Poland and Ukraine (in the run-up to the Euro 2012) on 24-25 May 2012. On Thursday May 24th a panel discussion featuring international journalists, political analysts, entitled: Euro 2012: Cohesion and Controversies, will look at how this once in a generation >>>

Volunteers needed for Ukrainian Olympic Committee in London

The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine is looking for volunteers to help them during the Olympic period. They need volunteer drivers in London plus one person who would be able to co-ordinate the volunteer drivers. All volunteer drivers should have a clean driving licence and knowledge of London.  They also need accommodation for groups of people, up to 8 – ideally in self-contained flats. If you are interested in volunteering, please send your details to olympics@ukrainiansupporters.org.uk All applications will be forwarded to the Ukrainian National Olympic Committee who will then >>>