Lviv Opinion

Political Pop: The Eurovision Guide to Modern Ukrainian History

Issue 121, March 2019.
Anyone who feels that Eurovision has become too politicized need look no further than Ukraine for confirmation. Nobody takes the song contest quite as seriously as the Ukrainians, who treat it as an extension of foreign policy complete with furious nationwide debates and heavy-handed government interventions.

Lviv can lead Ukraine into the international tourism mainstream

Issue 121, March 2019.
When Lviv first began marketing itself as an international tourism destination in the mid-2000s, many cynical observers sniffed haughtily at the upstart city’s outlandish ambitions. Who, they asked, wanted to spend their holidays in Ukraine? More and more people, as it turns out. Over the past fifteen years, Lviv has enjoyed a slowly but surely rising profile, emerging first as an exciting alternative destination before becoming a mainstay in annual Top Ten lists predicting the next big thing in European city breaks.

A Tale of Two Airports

Issue 120, February 2019.
Booming Lviv International Airport almost doubled passenger numbers in 2018 while Donetsk International Airport lay in ruins as the ultimate monument to the futile destructiveness of Putin’s Ukraine War

International Women’s Day in Ukraine: To Be or Not To Be?

Issue 120, February 2019.
The 8th of March, or International Women’s Day (IWD), is one of the biggest celebrations in Ukraine. But for how long is the question. While the day has its roots in the American protest movements of the 19th and 20th Centuries, the celebration has long been associated with the Soviet Union, which largely popularized and politicised the proceedings. As Ukraine continues to tinker with its holiday calendar – to move away from traditional Russian celebrations to a more European schedule – it begs the question: is time ticking on International Women’s Day in Ukraine?


Issue 119, January 2019.
Back by popular demand – the art of pouring vodka! Here’s a little piece that we originally published in 2013. Locals often don’t even realise just how many rules there are to pouring vodka in Ukraine. At least, not until you start sharing the rules from this list! Try it – they’ll start recognising the rules and add their own that we haven’t even listed. We’ve added new “rules” since we first published. Have we forgotten any? Be sure to tell us at!

Lviv Real Estate Investment Guide

Issue 118, December 2018.
In recent years, Lviv has emerged as Ukraine’s number two real estate market. With a stunning architectural ensemble, vibrant tourism industry and close proximity to the European Union, the city is poised to become a popular choice for international real estate investors seeking to add something Ukrainian to their property portfolios.

Speaking Ukrainian in Ukraine should not be a political act

Issue 117, November 2018.
Ukrainian has never enjoyed greater state protection but speakers still risk encountering casual hostility.

Андрій НОВАК: «Дефолт — це не трагедія»

Issue 116, October 2018.
Економіст, екс-радник двох прем’єр-міністрів України Андрій Новак про загрозу дефолту, монетарну політику та перспективи української економіки

Russia still overshadowing Ukraine in the heart of the European Union

Issue 116, October 2018.
Ukraine cannot take continued EU attention for granted as Russia reasserts itself in Brussels

Ukrainian comic book superheroes join the hybrid war against Russia

Issue 116, October 2018.
The creators of “The Will” comic book franchise hope to create an inspirational and entertaining Ukrainian alternative to the cultural imperialism of Vladimir Putin’s “Russian World”