Friday, August 30, 2013

Ukraine plays Russian anthem for home champion in Kiev

The Ukrainian organisers of the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Kiev were left red-faced Thursday after mistakenly playing the Russian national anthem to celebrate the victory of a Ukrainian gymnast.
Ukrainian Ganna Rizatdinova, who won gold in the individual hoop in the first day of competition Wednesday, started to sing the words to the anthem on top of the podium when she realised that that music was that of the anthem of Russia, not Ukraine.
A brief confused smile on the athlete's face was replaced by indignation as the hall of the Kiev Palace of Sports erupted with the jeers and catcalls of disgruntled Ukrainians.
Championship organisers switched on the right track a few seconds later and the Ukrainian anthem was played out at full volume.
Ukrainian state TV said it had been planned to use the Russian anthem for the winner of the individual ball competition, which a Russian athlete had won.
"I was so upset and even a little bit offended... Moreover, it was at home. What's going on?" an indignant Rizatdinova was quoted by media as saying.
"People are not accustomed to the victories of Ukraine.
"I can explain this situation only in such a way. All the gold is usually taken by the Russians and their flag is raised much more often."
Ukrainian nationalists regard the music to the Russian national anthem with particular disdain as they associate it with Soviet-era-oppression.
After a different tune was used following the fall of the USSR, President Vladimir Putin when he came to power decreed that Russia's national anthem should use the same music as the Soviet national anthem.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ukraine feminists accuse police of planting arms in raid on their HQ

Ukrainian topless feminist group Femen accused the police of planting explosives and a gun during a raid on their headquarters in Kiev headquarters yesterday in a bid to close their organisation down.
The Femen group specialises in shock bare-breast appearances to dramatise women’s rights causes, mainly in the male-dominated hierarchies of Russia and its former Soviet allies.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin has particularly been a target for Femen’s protests since the prosecution of the Russian female punk group Pussy Riot last year.
A police statement in Kiev said a group of explosives experts were sent to Femen’s headquarters in central Kiev yesterday after an anonymous call. Objects resembling a World War Two pistol and grenade were found during a search, it said.
Officers at the scene said they had also found leaflets showing the profiles of Putin and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill pictured in snipers’ cross-hairs.
Femen activists denounced the police finds as plants.
“They arrived on the scene and told us we had to get out of the building because there was a report of bombs. We left for two or three minutes. Then they called us back and said they had found these objects,” said Anna Gutsol, one of Femen main leaders.
“They say they found these things. But guns, narcotics and such like are not things that we have. It’s absurd,” she said, describing the police action as a “provocation” likely to lead to further action to curb Femen’s activities.
“The mere fact that the police had a ‘special group’ there within seconds shows the whole thing was prepared,” said Gutsol.
Femen’s leaders and activists were questioned by police and the group’s headquarters was sealed off. No one was immediately arrested or charged though Gutsol said in a text message to journalists that police appeared to be preparing formally to arrest them.

Ukraine squad for England WC-2014 qualifier named

Aug 28  - Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko has named a 25-man squad for the World Cup 2014 qualifier against England on Sept. 10 and for the San Marino clash four days earlier.
Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Rustam Hudzhamov (Illichivets), Maxym Koval (Dynamo Kiev)
Defenders: Oleksander Kucher (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yaroslav Rakitsky (Shakhtar Donetsk), Vyacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Evhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev), Artem Fedetsky (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Vitaliy Mandzyuk (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk)
Midfielders: Oleh Gusyev (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev), Roman Bezus (Dynamo Kiev), Evhen Konoplyanka (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Anatoly Tymoshchuk (Bayern Munich), Mykola Morozyuk (Metalurh Donetsk), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Dmytro Hrechyshkin (Shakhtar Donetsk), Edmar (Metalist Kharkiv), Denys Dedechko (Vorskla Poltava), Dmytro Homchenovsky (Zorya Lugansk), Olexander Kovpak (PFC Sevastopol)
Forwards: Marco Devic (Metalist Kharkiv), Roman Zozulya (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Evhen Seleznyov (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk)

Monday, August 19, 2013

SPAIN is new U16 European Championship Men

Samuel Rodriguez ran the full spectrum of emotions but ended up Spain's hero as they edged out Serbia for gold in an overtime thriller at the U16 European Championship Men.
Rodriguez missed two free throws with 2.8 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime but was there to score the winning basket, grabbing the rebound from Xabier Lopez-Arosteguj's missed lay-up and putting it back up with seven seconds left in overtime.
It capped an amazing game that saw the momentum swing this way and that for 45 minutes .
The teams were never separated by more than eight points as they fought each other every step of the way.
A thrilling battle reached a fitting climax at the end of regulation when Spain recovered from a six-minute scoring drought with a 10-3 run that tied the game at 55-55 when Rodriguez nailed a pair of free throws with 1:43 remaining.
Stefan PenoLopez-Arosteguj and Nikola Rakicevic all missed threes as the game raced from end to end with time ticking down.
Spain held the ball for the final shot and although Pablo Perez air-balled his three-point attempt Spain had their chance when Rakicevic was called for a foul on Rodriguez under the basket in the melee.
But the pressure told as he went to the line and missed both ends, sending the game to overtime.
Serbia scored first in the extra period when Rakicevic split a pair of free throws but Sergi Garciaresponded with a three for Spain.
Rakicevic and Vojislav Stojanovic both split free throws to tie the game at 58-58.
Lopez-Arosteguj was next at the line for Spain, making the second after missing the first but Rakicevic's lay-up handed the advantage back to Serbia.
Rodriguez was back at the line with 2:20 to go and this time made no mistake, but Vanja Marinkovic'sthree gave Serbia an edge before Santiago Yusta was called for travelling.
Peno, the Barcelona guard facing two of his club team-mates in this game, missed a three and the game was tied again at 63-63 when one of those team-mates, Ramon Vila, made a lay-up.
Peno could not make a lay-up but Yusta turned it over and Spain survived when Rakicevic's three bounced up off the rim and into Yusta's grateful hands.
They held the ball as time ticked down before Lopez-Arosteguj attacked the basket. His shot rolled off the rim but Rodriguez snapped it up and laid it in.
Serbia called a quick time-out before Marinkovic put up a desperation three but the spoils belonged to Spain.
Rodriguez led Spain with 15 points and 14 rebounds while Lopez-Arosteguj scored 14.
Rakicevic made eight of 12 shots from the field to lead Serbia with 19 points while Peno had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Barbie girl said that she came to Earth from Venus.

Barbie from Odessa , Valeriya Lukyanova said that man must necessarily pass the test and she really wants to leave the planet Earth.
She wrote  on her web page.
"I really want to do good things. All that will disturb me, will not be noticed and unworthy of my attention. I think if you have high the spiritual soul, the more will have difficult tests - physical and psychological "- told Barbie.
About herself, she said that all the time she makes hard choices and balancing on the edge of the blade.
"It is not because that would be so bad, it's just  the universe tests you and it is the most important exam of your life and be sure to pass it on perfectly. And to depart from this planet "- explained Leroy.
Previously, Barbie talked about his travels beyond reality and said that she came to Earth from Venus.

Politics during basketball game Ukraine vs Russia. 18/08/2013

The incident occurred during the match Ukraine Russia (at the U16 European Championship Men). 
Eight people rushed to the basketball court during the match. 
Undressed and unfurled a banner "Candy Roshen better than vodka."

Moscow launches trade war to deter Kiev from forging ties with Europe.
It began with chocolates"Roshen".


Ukraine will play for ninth place at the U16 European Championship Men after overpowering Russia in the classification round.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk had 20 points to lead four Ukrainian players in double figures as the hosts dominated the game.
They took the lead for good late in the first quarter and pulled away slowly but steadily as Mykhailiuk compiled another highlight reel of dunks and Kyrylo Marchenko kept the three-pointers raining in en route to 17 points of his own.
After Russia used an early 9-0 run to put Ukraine in a hole, the hosts responded with 13 straight.
Mykhailiuk gave Ukraine a lead they would never lose with a three-point play two minutes from the end of the first quarter, and they led 21-16 when the buzzer sounded.
Mykhailiuk then nailed a three-pointer with the last play of the first half to make it 36-27.
With the home crowd cheering them on Ukraine continued to edge clear, leading 63-49 thanks to back-to-back baskets from Igor Starodub at the start of the fourth quarter and 72-56 on Mykhailiuk's jump-shot with 5:47 to go.
Anton Musiyenko had 16 points and Vitaliy Zotov reached 10 for Ukraine.
Ilya Karpenkov led Russia with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Timofey Yakushin and Aleksandr Sapianov had 11 points each.

Friday, August 16, 2013

U16M 2013 Day 5 Top 10 Plays

Spain vs Croatian 16.08.2013

Spain claimed a huge scalp as they ended the title hopes of Croatia in a thrilling quarter-final at the U16 European Championship Men.
In a finish worthy of classic status, Spain saw a 20-point lead evaporate to almost nothing at the death but Croatia missed two chances to tie it in the final seconds as Spain clung on to reach the semi-finals.
It was Croatia's first loss in a tournament they bossed through the first two rounds, and the upset win sparked joyous celebrations on the Spanish side with their coaches leaping about the court arm-in-arm.
Croatia will reflect on a dismal second quarter when they managed just five points, allowing Spain to take a 36-21 lead at half-time.
Their advantage was 48-28 when Xabier Lopez-Arosteguj sank a three-pointer with 6:30 to go in the third quarter, but Croatia are too good a team to go out with such a whimper and they soon set about a stirring rally.
Back-to-back lay-ups from Lovro Mazalin completed a 15-3 spurt that got the deficit back into single figures before the end of the third quarter, but Spain led 56-44 at the start of the final period thanks toJaume Sorolla and Santiago Yusta.
The fourth quarter proved Spain's turn to suffer. Now they were held to only five points, yet somehow they kept their noses in front all the way.
The force was with Croatia. When Nik Slavica missed a three-pointer Dragan Bender snatched the rebound and Slavica's lay-up made it 56-48.
Slavica then missed another three but this time fought for his own rebound and floated in a short jump-shot to cut to gap to three, 56-53.
Spain had not registered a point in the period before until Ramon Vila split a pair of free throws with 3:38 remaining but after a three-pointer from Mazalin cut the Croatian deficit to one, Lopez-Arosteguj replied in kind to make it 60-56 with two minutes left.
Slavica was called for an offensive foul on the next play as the momentum began to shift once more 
Mazalin made it two-point game with 60 seconds left but after Pablo Perez's miss, Spain got a huge block with 17 seconds left.
With eight seconds left on the shot clock Croatia called time out but whatever play was drawn up was never attempted as Slavica failed to make the inbounds play in time - a huge moment Spain punished.
Sergi Garcia split a pair of free throws to give Spain a three-point edge before Mazalin went to the line with eight seconds left.
He swished the first shot and then deliberately missed the second, snatching the rebound, but under huge pressure he twice missed with lay-up attempts before the buzzer sounded.
Lopez-Arosteguj led Spain with 21 points while Santiago Yusta scored 15.
Mazalin had 28 for Croatia, adding 10 rebounds, while Slavica scored 14.
Dragan Bender had 19 rebounds and Ante Zizic, but Spain kept them both to single figures in the scoring column.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Blue-and-white gets shut out in Kiev

Gutman & Co. fall to Ukraine in 2-0 friendly for first international loss for Israel in five games.

Israel suffered its first defeat since last November on Wednesday night, losing 2-0 to Ukraine in Kiev in its last tune-up match ahead of the final stretch to its 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Since falling 2-1 to Belarus in a friendly in Jerusalem last year, Israel had managed to resurrect its qualifying campaign with a 3-3 draw against Portugal and a 2-0 victory at Northern Ireland, while also winning its past two friendly encounters against Finland and Honduras.

However, it was outplayed for most of Wednesday’s game – played under driving rain in Kiev – giving coach Eli Gutman plenty of food for thought before next month’s resumption of the qualifiers.

The blue-and-white currently sits in third place in Group F with 11 points from six matches, trailing second-placed Russia, which had 12 points from five games before Wednesday night’s match at Northern Ireland.

Portugal leads the group with 14 points from seven encounters.

Israel hosts Azerbaijan on September 7 and visits Russia three days later before playing Portugal on the road on October 11 and ending its campaign at home against Northern Ireland four days later.

Besides winning its final two home matches, Israel will also likely have to triumph in at least one of its games at Russia or Portugal to have any chance of finishing in the runners-up position and qualifying for the playoffs.

But before the national team sets its sights on recording a massive upset by beating Russia or Portugal, it will first have to defeat Azerbaijan, which is far from a given should the blue-and-white not improve on Wednesday’s showing.

Israel registered its first shot at goal in the 15th minute, with Eden Ben- Basat firing straight at ’keeper Andriy Pyatov from 20 meters out after a rare break forward by the blue-and-white.

However, the Ukrainians were in complete control throughout the half and finally took a deserved lead in the 29th minute.

Israel comfortably soaked up the pressure until that stage, but a needless Biram Kiyal turnover on the halfway line handed the hosts the opportunity they were waiting for.

Marko Devic stole the ball from Kiyal and Edmar Aparesida’s pass found the incoming Ruslan Rotan, who easily netted the opener with a powerful effort.

The Ukrainians required just five touches of the ball to find the back of the net and another superb team move should have really seen them double their advantage five minutes from halftime.

Oleg Gusev came centimeters away from rolling in Ukraine’s second goal, but he mistimed his slide by fractions of a second and just missed the ball.

Israel reached a golden opportunity out of nowhere in first half stoppage time, but Kiyal couldn’t make up for his earlier mistake, fluffing his shot when he only had the ’keeper to beat after Bibras Natcho’s through ball.

Both coaches made three changes each ahead of the second half and Israel finally got a foothold in the match.

However, the blue-and-white failed to create chances despite its increased possession and the hosts put the match to bed in the 71st minute.

Aparesida was once more in charge of the crucial pass, leaving Yevhen Seleznyoy with the simple task of beating goalkeeper Dudu Aouate.

Israel captain Yossi Benayoun equaled Arik Benado’s national team all-time record of 94 appearances after coming on as a 72nd-minute substitute, but the blue-and-white didn’t even threaten the Ukraine goal in the remainder of the night and will quickly want to turn its focus to next month’s qualifiers.

Henkel pulls toilet freshener after Ukraine takes offence

German consumer goods company Henkel has pulled a toilet freshener from the eastern European market after Ukrainians complained it looked like the former Soviet republic's flag.
A television advertisement for the Bref Duo Stick freshener run in Russia (here) caught the attention of Ukrainians - many of whom watch Russian television - last week.
In the ad, the yellow-and-blue freshener which is shaped like a small flag is put under the toilet rim.
"A delirious idea from uncultured people," one person commented on the YouTube clip.
Tore Birol, Henkel's general manager for laundry and home care products in Ukraine, told Reuters on Wednesday the company had pulled the product within three days of seeing the complaints.
"We are very sorry if people were offended by the design of our new product," he said. "We stopped the production, distribution and television advertising (of the product)."
Birol said the freshener, which had been marketed in central and eastern Europe but not in Ukraine, was colored yellow to represent its lemon scent and blue to symbolize water and hygiene.
Misuse of state symbols became a sensitive issue in Ukraine earlier this month, when the authorities found that Jared Hasselhoff, a bassist for American rock band Bloodhound Gang, had urinated on the Ukrainian flag during a gig in Kiev.

Ukraine has since launched a criminal probe against him and barred the musician from visiting the country for five years.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

U16 European Championship Men 2013 in Kiev. (08/08/13-18/08/13)

A press-conference was held in Kyiv dedicated to the start of the U16 European Championship Men 2013 that will be held from 8 to 18 August in the Kyiv Palace of Sports.
The press-conference was attended by the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Olexander Vilkul, the president of the Basketball Federation of Ukraine Oleksandr Volkov and Tournament Director Markian Lubkivskyi.
"In August the European basketball world will be centred in Kyiv, where from 8 to 18 August the U16 European basketball Championship will be held," claimed Vilkul to open the press-conference, continuing: "Ukraine is creating new international stars. There is no doubt that in a few years the young men who take part in this tournament will become main leaders in their adult teams. But they will always remember the games they played on our courts."
Vilkul also discussed the importance of making the tournament accessible to all.
On the initiative of the Ukrainian Government and the EuroBasket 2015 Local Organising Committee (LOC), together with the Basketball Federation of Ukraine, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and various charitable organisations, the basketball games will be attended by vulnerable children, orphans, children deprived of parental care, children from poor families and children with disabilities.
"The society must not restrain but create opportunities for children. We support all projects aimed at involving children in sports and a healthy lifestyle," said Vilkul.
During the press-conference the U16 Trophy and the winner's medals were presented to the media. "The trophy of the tournament took its present shape in 2006. Since then, it became the first continental championship trophy for which the best teams of Europe are fighting. The tournament medals were designed by the LOC especially for this event. They are manufactured in Ukraine according to the latest world trends. In the centre there is the tournament logo made with enamel," stated Tournament Director Lubkivskyi.
A total of 192 players and 92 members of official delegations of the participating teams are expected in Kyiv. Over 80 journalists are already accredited for the tournament. The biggest delegation is Spain (21). The smallest delegations are Belgium and Latvia (16).
Lubkivskyi also talked of the hours that the LOC put into organising the championship at the highest level and to provide the best conditions for all participants: players, coaches, members of official delegations, visitors, fans and media.
"The European basketball championship has received tremendous support from the volunteers, over 200 of whom have joined the team of the organisers. This is the first time that Ukraine has hosted a European basketball championship and it will also be the first time that the First National Channel will broadcast the matches of the tournament.
"I hope that this tournament will mark the beginning of a new era in Ukrainian basketball and we will be proud of our athletes," concluded Lubkivskyi.
President of the Basketball Federation of Ukraine Volkov said: "We are honoured to host the U16 European basketball Championship before EuroBasket 2015, for which our country is now actively preparing for."
In addition to that, the Basketball Federation of Ukraine is providing the best conditions for our players in preparation for European competitions. So far this season the U16 Ukraine men's team has participated in international tournaments in Belarus, Turkey, France, Lithuania and Serbia. I am sure that the U16 European Championship will be held at the highest level, which will help promote sport in Ukraine."
Volkov continued, "We will see the best 16 teams on the European continent - each one has a unique basketball school, and a different game philosophy. That is why the matches of the U16 European Championship will be very interesting for the fans."

Ukraine: 5 killed, 20 sickened in ammonia leak.

— Ukraine's Emergency Situations Ministry says an ammonia leak at a chemical plant has killed five people and sickened more than 20.
The ministry said that a pipe carrying liquid ammonia depressurized Tuesday at the Stirol plant in the east of the country, causing the release of the chemical. The ministry refused to provide further details.
The plant said on its website that the faulty pipe was soon fixed and there was no danger to the population in nearby areas. Production of chemical fertilizers is a key sector of the Ukrainian economy. 

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New duty-free tender at Kiev airport

The duty-free stores will be situated across nine locations on the third floor of TD and two on the fourth

The Ukraine State Property Fund is to lease 2,268sq m of space in Kyiv Boryspil International airport terminal D, according to local media reports. The tender covers restaurants, cafes and duty-free shops, and the longest contract for all premises is two years and 11 months.
The duty-free stores will be situated in nine locations covering 1,425sq m on the third floor of TD and two locations spanning 53.7sq m and 36.9sq m respectively on the fourth floor. According to the Ukrainian Journal the independent value of the property is UAH77.9m ($9.6m) based on a rental rate of 18%. Irish travel retailer Aer Rianta International has been operating out of TB through its Kievrianta subsidiary since 1992. Travel retailer Gebr Heinemann also runs shops at the airport through a local partner.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

U16 European Championship Men 2013 in Kiev (08/08/13-18/08/13)

Having tasted success with Barcelona and Catalonia, three amigos will next week take aim at the U16 European Championship Men in Ukraine.
Spanish trio Ramon Vila, Jaume Sorolla and Alejandro Mazaira have grown up together with Barca's youth system, more than just three key cogs in the team but also three close friends - and that makes them key to the close chemistry inside Jose Ignacio Hernandez's team.
Jose Silva at the U14 Get Together 2011 in Munich
Jose Silva is ready to sacrifice some nights for his team to be successful at the U16 European Championship
Together they won the youth championships both in Spain and Catalonia, but their goal in Kyiv over the next fortnight is to get Spain back into the podium positions after they missed out in Lithuania last year.
Jose Silva, an assistant to Hernandez, has worked with the trio and several other members of this team for many years during their development within the national academy.
"I will not deny that this generation is special to me because I have worked with them and grown up with them," he said. "I will do all I can for them. I hope all the sleepless nights we have spent together bring their rewards."
Spain, who capped their preparations with victory at the Memorial Tiziano Ciotti in Italy, have been drawn in Group A alongside Russia, Greece and Belgium, the latter having won promotion to Division A by winning last year's Division B tournament in Bucharest with a 56-46 victory over Montenegro.
Vasileios Charalampopoulos (Greece)
Vasileios Charalampopoulos and his peers have all chances to find playing time with Greek clubs

Greece are another team who have been demonstrating their credentials in test games over recent weeks, winning a tournament in Turkey with an undefeated run to the final where they topped Serbia 53-44.
Although these remain difficult times in Greece, coach Manos Manouselis admits there has been a silver lining for his youthful charges.
"One of the ‘good' consequences of the financial crisis is that clubs have turned to young Greek players," he said.
"It is only a matter of time before these kids get even more playing time, especially the ones who are a little older."
Group B matches defending champions Turkey with last year's hosts Lithuania as well as Germany and newly-promoted Sweden, who took third place in the Division B tournament by routing Hungary 79-55.
Turkey head to Ukraine after an 83-78 victory over Latvia in the Baltic Cup final, while Germany recorded an encouraging 72-64 win over last year's third-placed team Serbia during their preparations.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk has the trust of coach Usenko as he returns to the U16 Europen Championship
Serbia themselves are in Group C alongside France, Poland and Montenegro, while the hosts Ukraine will face Latvia, Italy and Croatia in Group D, where coach Vitali Usenko is determined to make the most of home advantage with a young but experienced squad that includes Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, a key part of last year's team.
"We have five players of BC Donetsk on the list of candidates for the national team - (Vitaly) Zotov, (Anatoliy) Khytov, (Anton) Musiyenko, (Igor) Starodub and (Sergiy) Pavlov - who this season won the Premier Division of the European Youth Basketball League in the age group U16" he said.
"(Sviatoslav) Mykhailiuk and (Volodymyr) Potapenko played for the Cherkassy Monkeys in the European Youth Basketball League team for players born in 1996 and became bronze medalists.
"Undoubtedly, this experience will be useful for the players, the more matches they play at international level, the more confident the players will feel, especially when faced with any difficulties during the competition.
"Our rivals are very strong. We face a difficult task but we can manage it."

Turkmen national air carrier (Turkmen Airlines) opens new route to Ukraine

Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, August 5 / Trend, H. Hasanov /
State National Service Turkmenhowayollary (Turkmen Airlines) has opened a regular flight between the cities of Ashgabat and Lvov (Ukraine), the aviation company reported.
'The comfortable Boeing-737NG will carry out flights between the two cities with a frequency of once a week', the report said. In time, the frequency of flights can increase to twice a week.
Turkmenhowayollary planes have been carrying out flights to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, with a frequency of three times a week since 2008.
According to the comment by the state information service Turkmen dovlet xabarlari, the main advantage for those who fly to Kiev and Lvov is that for the return flight to Ashgabat, they can without changing the ticket, fly from any of these cities.
'And the docking of flights carried out by the State National Service Turkmenhowayollary to these Ukrainian cities with flights to Beijing (China), Delhi (India) and Bangkok (Thailand) will give an opportunity for citizens of the Ukraine to undertake transit flights to these Asian countries it was reported.

Ukraine to Consult Experts for Movie Funding Decisions

 Ukraine's national film funding body has signed a deal with the Ukrainian National Film Archive in Kiev to secure the services of the organization's cinema experts to help evaluate proposed movie projects.
The deal, worth $55,000, is designed to boost the quality of films put forward for state backing.
Ukraine has been ratcheting up state backing of movies in the past three years with more than $30 million being made available this year.
Around 10 features are expected to be completed with state backing this year, and a further 10 are in production.
Kateryna Kopylova, head of the Ukrainian State Film Agency, says that as projects get better, state funding will expand.
"When there is a large number of high-quality, interesting movies, we will be able to raise the amount of state financing for the industry,"