Lviv Opinion

Lviv 2022: Olympic Hope or Olympic Nope?

Issue 62, November 2013.
Ukrainian International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and former world pole vaulting champion Sergey Bubka knows something about setting the bar high. So high in fact, that nearly 20 years after setting the current world record, not a single human has even come within 10 cm. So when he announced at the third Ukraine Sports Congress in Kyiv this summer that Ukraine was moving ahead with a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Lviv and the Carpathian Mountains, it made sense to hear him out. After all, this is a man who has made a career out of (literally) reaching for the sky and making believers out of non-believers.

FC Karpaty Lviv Knocks Metalist Kharkiv from UEFA Champion’s League (sort of)

Issue 60, September 2013.
It’s just six games into the 2013-14 Ukrainian Premiere League season and already FC Karpaty Lviv finds itself 12 points (4 wins) behind second-place and UEFA Champions League contender Metalist Kharkiv. This is a familiar position for both clubs: Metalist fighting for one of Ukraine’s two automatic berths to Europe’s most prestigious club competition and Karpaty struggling to avoid relegation to Ukraine’s second-division ‘First League’. It makes it all the more interesting that it would be these two clubs that would become embroiled in a match-fixing scandal. According to a ruling by the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) and upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the April 19th, 2008 fixture between the sides, resulting in a 4-0 Metalist victory, was found to have been manipulated. Current Champions League rules require that no club has been involved in fixing national or international matches since April 2007 (when it updated its legal statutes). After failing in all its appeals, the decision effectively dumps Metalist from this season’s competition. This is no small decision either: while Karpaty gets off with relatively minor fines, Metalist is set to lose anywhere between $5 and $20 million (or more).

The Future of Storytelling: Looking at the Children’s Publishing Market in Ukraine

Issue 58, June 2013.
Stories are a part of every culture, every generation and every family. All that changes is how we share them. After attending the Lviv International Children’s Book Festival, I started thinking about whether our children will read stories the same way we did as we grew up. It seems that every few generations there is a fundamental breakthrough in how we exchange our stories. Was it the invention of paint in our cave days, the advent of the printing press in the Middle Ages, the popularity of the paperback novel in the last century, or the proliferation of electronic media that we see today, the fact that people love a good story doesn’t change; it’s only the medium that differs. So just what is in store for the book industry? Will our children read differently than we have? What can the children of Ukraine expect? In this month’s article, Lviv Today explores the future of the children’s publishing industry in Ukraine.

Easter Bunnies or Baskets

Issue 56, April 2013.
For those of us foreigners that find ourselves for the first time in the beautiful city of Lviv over Easter, it’s doubtful the season will remind us of home. There’ll be no Easter Bunny hopping around the mall or delivering baskets of chocolates to children. No Easter egg hunt where kids search the house and garden for their mysteriously-disappeared coloured eggs. But you’ll still find eggs to be an important part of the season.


Issue 54, February 2013.
Witty article by Lee Reaney

Wedding Bells in Ukraine

Issue 54, February 2013.
Economic recess and instability in life make more young women in Ukraine seek marriage in other countries. Since the beginning of 2009, the number of individual men visiting Ukraine from North America, UK and EU, with the purpose of marriage has been growing and has actually doubled. In their turn, Ukrainian women, being internationally regarded as “perfect” wives and mothers, are more and more interested in marrying men from the West, as these marriages provide better guarantees of security, safety and a comfortable life for themselves and their children.


Issue 53, January 2013.
Be aware that “Ukraine joins the non-smoking world” after years as one of Europe’s last bastions of public smoking 2012 finally saw ban imposed


Issue 53, January 2013.
Find more about “The Dangers of seasonal screen time” in the article by Dr. Richard, a British family physician at American Medical Centres in Kyiv.

Emigration opportunities and obstacles

Issue 49, September 2012.
Ukrainians seeking a new life abroad must contend with anti-immigration environment As Ukraine’s dream of greater Euro-integration continues to fade, emigration is back on the agenda for many young Ukrainians. With the current government in Kyiv facing the prospect of increasing international isolation, many of the country’s emerging generation are being drawn to the broader horizons and better prospects of the wider world.

Surviving Ukraine’s seasonal climate change Summer health tips: survive and thrive during the long, hot Ukrainian summer

Issue 48, July 2012.
As the summer sun continues to drench Ukraine it is perhaps worth stopping and considering how the hot weather affects our health in this land of extreme seasonal climate changes. For a country famed for its long, cold winters, it can be incredibly hot in Ukraine during the summertime and we all need to realise how that can affect us.