The international assistance to Ukraine is booming. According to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, during the last two years the amount of grants and technical assistance reached almost $1 bn. This is 1.5 times less than what Ukraine had received in 2008-2013. Moreover, since Maidan, international financial organizations have provided $3.5 bn of loans at a tiny interest rate to Ukraine. Is Ukraine using these huge resources effectively? "(Your) country does not need to ask for extra money, as what had been provided before, has not been used," - said recently the head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski. What prevents Ukraine from successfully cooperating with foreign donors?
De-oligarchization, together with corruption and the rule of law, are 3 areas that are central to the success of the reforms and European integration after the Euromaidan revolution. At the same time, while Western governments, academic experts and journalists frequently advise Ukraine to ‘deal with its oligarchs’ they rarely provide clear-cut policy advice to Ukraine’s political leaders and government how to go about this.
Short information: Public Initiative Station Kharkiv was created on June 1, 2014 to provide the necessary assistance to internally displaced people from the East of Ukraine and the Crimea. Originally organized as a booth to provide informational support to displaced people at the railroad station, Station Kharkiv later opened an office on Bluhera Street and started providing humanitarian help as well. The office on Bluhera Street was moved to Krasnooktyabrskaya Street (as a matter of fact, Station Kharkiv lost the office on Bluhera Street to somebody else). While I was ...
At the end of the year, we hosted a fundraiser event called "Art Night for Ukraine". Alyona Owens wrote a nice post on it. Please, click here to read it.
After the guests were gone and photographs of Ukrainian revolution were taken off the walls I looked around and felt peace. This was good.
Ever since I moved from Seattle, WA to Salt Lake City, UT I was trying to get in touch with local people who cared about Ukraine and its situation. Only four months later a friend of mine, Marina, contacted me saying she'd be visiting from Kiev and she would ...
Photo shoot similar to one Nova Ukraine did couple of months ago
Hiking at Park Ukraina, at Hayward.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
11.00 a.m. hiking to the site of the farm and burial place of Ukrainian patriot Agapius Honcharenko
Meet at the end of Carden Lane, Hayward, 94542.
Next to Stonebrae Elementary School. School address: 28761 Hayward Boulevard, Hayward, CA 94542
02.00 p.m. picnic at J.A. Lewis Park Hayward, CA 94542
You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages.
Bring your American friends and teach them about Ukrainian history and culture.
Future of Ukraine: Escape the Soviet Legacy Panel
February 13, 2015, Friday 6PM
Location: Tamalpais Room, David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
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1. The Future of Ukraine: Weak State, Strong Society?
2. Pros and cons of decentralization in Ukraine
3. The Future of Ukraine: The place of Ukraine in Europe
4. The Future of Russia–Ukraine relations
5. What are the domestic obstacles to radical reform and fighting corruption?
6. What have we learned from Maidan II?
At the end of November a group of volunteers decided to organize a charity photo session to collect funds for the Nova Ukraine program "New Year Gifts for Kids" (for the New Year gifts for the children who lost one of their parents in the conflict in Ukraine) http://www.novaukraine.org/gifts-for-kids/ . Talented and highly creative team of Iryna Ishchenko, Iva Demchuk, Olga Tymoshchuk, Oksana Andriutsa and Ruslana Deykun volunteered their time and skills to create Ukrainian stylized holiday family mini sessions.
The props for the mini sessions were the family ...
We provided the basic medical supplies to the Snyatin Orphanage hosting children with special needs. Thank you to Olena Stadnyuk for running the campaign to raise funds and working out the logistics of delivering supplies to this orphanage. Thank you everyone who contributed their funds for this noble cause.
Here is a Thank you letter from the Director of Snyatin Orphanage for Children with Special Needs:
November 18, 2014
To the organization Nova Ukraine
Our orphanage hosts 110 children. All of them are children with special needs (categories 1 and 2).
Our staff ...
Please join us for a free private viewing of a new documentary about Euromaydan - STRONGER THEN ARMS. Register to come - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/babylon13-stronger-than-arms-tickets-15042274849
Since the beginning of the political turmoil in Ukraine, a group of independent filmmakers is documenting the events, calling themselves BABYLON’13. The filmmakers were always in the middle of the action, often protected with helmets and bullet proof vests.«Stronger than arms» is the first full length documentary by #BABYLON'13.
This film takes its audience right into ...
Nova Ukraine expresses gratitude to Kanat Ibragimov for his donation of the gold painting “Bird and flowers”. Kanat is a long term supporter of Nova Ukraine, a passionate activist, and a true friend of the Ukrainian people.
Kanat Ibragimov one of the Kazakhstan's first conceptual artists.
He was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Studied in Almaty Art College in 1981-1985. Graduated Theater and Art Institute in Almaty Kazakhtan in 1992.
Artist's portrait was well described by famous curator and political writer Marat German: “ I think Kanat is a very ...
Volunteer Movement of Ukraine expressed their gratitude and a big Thank You to the US non-profit Nova Ukraine from the delegates and participants of the First Ukrainian Congress of Volunteers. The Congress of Volunteers made a decision to award Nova Ukraine, USA, under the guidance of Nick Bilogorskiy, with a Certificate of Honor from Volunteer Movement of Ukraine for providing consistent support to internally displaced persons and refugees, children and mothers from the Crimea and from the ATO zone. The Congress of Volunteers also decided to accept Nova Ukraine as an ...
Debate between Oded Hermoni, CEO of Hermoni Investments and Yevgen Sysoyev #1 Ukrainian Investor in 2014
It would take years, hundreds of millions of dollars and a willingness to become a global outcast for Ukraine to enact the possibility voiced Sunday by its defense minister of becoming a nuclear power again, military and political analysts said Monday.
"If today we cannot defend [Ukraine], if the world will not help us, we will be forced to return to creating this weapon, which will defend us against Russia," Valery Geletey told reporters at a news conference in Kiev.
Geletey clarified, however, that changing Ukraine's nuclear status is not ...
Вопрос пропаганды сегодня в нашей стране стоит очень остро. И даже не потому, что СМИ и политические институты соседнего государства нашли внас «врага» и теперь пытаются доказать своему обществу, что рядом с ним живут «фашисты». Дело в том, что уровень национального самосознания в Украине крайне низок. За 23 года ...
Thank you letter from doctors at Kyiv Burn Center for the Mesher Tool that Nova Ukraine bought for them. We provided $1,742 for its purchase (please see our previous post on September 4th). The tool was delivered on September 20th. The full name of the tool is Zimmer Meshgraft Dermatome II Skin Grafting Graft Mesher Tool. It allows to significantly expand pieces of skin, so they can cover larger affected areas and noticeably improve chances of healing. Thank you all for your donations! On the photo a surgeon from Kyiv Burn Center is looking over the tool.
Let's get together and bring our kids for a fun afternoon of picnicking and pumpkin carving with a twist: we will be creating Ukrainian traditional patterns and designs on our pumpkins.
More details will follow.