Ukraine’s biggest rock band coming to London

Okean Elzy is the most successful and popular Ukrainian rock band. Formed in 1994 in Lviv, the band’s vocalist and frontman is Svyatoslav Vakarchuk. Okean Elzy is one of the best-loved rock band not only in Ukraine but also in many CIS countries. In April 2007 Okean Elzy received FUZZ Magazine music awards for “Best rock act”. Click here for details of concert and tickets  >>>

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors – Ukrainian Book Club in London

The next meeting of the Ukrainian Literary Club will take place on Saturday, November 15th, 11.00AM at the Ukrainian Institute, London. We will discuss the Ukrainian classic book Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors and also Intermezzo, by Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky. The Literary Club in London provides an opportunity for those interested in Ukrainian literature to meet and discuss both classical and contemporary works. The club meets monthly and is led by London-based Ukrainian poet Volodymyr Oleyko. Readings and discussions are held in Ukrainian. All Welcome. Free Admission Mykhailo >>>

Andrew Wilson talks about his new book ‘Ukraine Crisis: What it Means for the West’

We are delighted to invite you to a talk on Thursday, November 13th, at 7.00PM at the Ukrainian Institute, London, 79, Holland Park, London, W11 3SW Andrew Wilson will discuss his latest book Ukraine Crisis: What it Means for the West, which was published on 14 October, as both paperback and e-book. You can read an extract here, or listen to a podcast here. Andrew Wilson is Reader in Ukrainian Studies at University College London and a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (andrew.wilson@ecfr.eu). His book Ukraine Crisis: What the West Needs >>>

From Revolution in the Streets, to Revolution in the Offices of Power

We are delighted to invite you to a talk “From Revolution in the Streets, to Revolution in the Offices of Power” by Svitlana Zalishchuk, newly elected Ukrainian MP, which will take place on Tuesday, November 11th, 7.00PM, at the Ukrainian Institute, London.  Ms Zalishchuk will talk on how the results of October’s parliamentary elections may now impact Ukrainian politics. Will the new faces be able to implement new rules in the country? What are the priorities of Ukraine’s new parliament? Is there a political scenario be for the developments in eastern Ukraine? Svitlana >>>

BBC Panorama’s John Sweeney – What about the killings in Ukraine, Mr Putin? – talk at the Ukrainian Institute

We are delighted to invite you to a talk by BBC Panorama reporter John Sweeney about his film, Putin’s Gamble, which set out the evidence that the Russian army tipped the balance in the war in Ukraine and that the BUK crew who shot down MH17 were from the Russian army. The talk will take place on Thursday, November 6th, 7.00PM at the Ukrainian Institute in London. During the BBC Panorama programme, which was aired on BBC1 prime time last month, John Sweeney doorstepped Russian President, Vladimir Putin, asking him whether he “regrets the killings in Ukraine”. Sweeney’s >>>

Ukraine’s newly elected Member of Parliament to talk at the Ukrainian Institute

We are delighted to invite you to a talk “From Revolution in the Streets, to Revolution in the Offices of Power” by Svitlana Zalishchuk, newly elected Ukrainian MP, which will take place on Tuesday, November 11th, 7.00PM, at the Ukrainian Institute, London.  Ms Zalishchuk will talk on how the results of October’s parliamentary elections may now impact Ukrainian politics. Will the new faces be able to implement new rules in the country? What are the priorities of Ukraine’s new parliament? Is there a political scenario be for the developments in eastern Ukraine? Svitlana >>>

Founder of London’s Ukrainian Business Centre elected to Ukraine’s parliament

Ruslan Demchak, the founder and owner of Ukrainian Business Centre in London has been elected to the Ukrainian Parliament following October’s election. Ruslan was elected as the member of Petro Poroshenko Bloc in the Vinnitsa region.  Mr Demchak received 43,955 votes (51.68%), whilst his opponents Alexander Kachur from Radical Party of Oleh Lyashko and self-nominated Gregory Kaletnik obtained 11.3% and 4.9%. “We look forward to working together with the new Ukrainian parliament and with Mr. Demchak in promoting Ukrainian investment opportunities to international investors >>>

Ukraine’s forbidden Church marks 25 years of freedom

Andy Hunder (right) and Christopher Pawliw, Rome 1989 25 years ago I belonged to the single largest banned religious community in the world. The Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church was, until December 1989, the most sizeable officially banned religious organisation, persecuted by Soviet authorities for 43 years. The Church, somewhat miraculously, managed to survive “underground”, in the Gulags, in exile outside the USSR, and clandestinely across Western Ukraine. On December 1st 1989, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, visited the Vatican and sealed >>>