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Ukrainian designer equips doctors for battling coronavirus
3 April 2020 - Ukrainian fashion designer Ivan Frolov has postponed work on his new collection and is making coveralls for doctors to meet a shortage of protective clothing during the coronavirus epidemic. Seamstresses are working ... to produce the coveralls made of a special fabric, known as spunbond, that is used for workwear. Frolov has made his patterns available online so anyone can download them and help with making the coveralls. (more)

Reviving Ukraine's rich wetlands
27 December 2019 - In the Danube delta, removing dams and bringing back native species have restored ecosystems. Rewilding Europe is working to enhance wetlands all over the continent, but especially here, in Europe's biggest wetland. Only 20 percent of the Danube Delta ecosystem lies within Ukraine, but thanks to the Endangered Landscapes Programme and a modest crowdfunding grant raised by Rewilding Europe in conjunction with the Dam Removal Europe initiative, Ukraine's portion is growing. (more)

Ukrainian agriculture records large growth in exports, benefited by organic food sector
10 December 2018 - The Ukrainian agriculture sector has seen huge growth in the first 10 months of 2018. ...The growing agricultural sector has also benefited the development of the Ukrainian organic food sector, which only began to gain traction a decade ago when organic products started appearing on the shelves of Ukrainian shops. Since then, the internal organic market has bloomed. (more)

High demand for Ukrainian organic berries
29 November 2017 - Berries continue to gain in popularity amongst consumers around the world. Over the past decade, sales of berries have doubled, with forecasts for the next five years even more optimistic. Ukrainian suppliers are creating cooperatives in response, in order to become more and more competitive in the international market, especially in the EU. According to Ivan Kotyash from Ukrainian Fresh and Frozen Products (UFP), organic berries are even more interesting to producers, with demand at least two times as much as conventional. (more)

Ukraine hands back stolen paintings to Dutch museum
16 September 2016 - Kiev authorities handed over to the Netherlands on Friday five masterpieces stolen from a Dutch museum in 2005 and recovered in Ukraine earlier this year. The paintings -- part of a group of 24 works valued at 10 million euros when they went missing in 2005 -- were said in December to have been discovered in a villa in a pro-Russian separatist controlled area of eastern Ukraine. (more)

Ukrainian folk costumes showcased at fashion week in Kiev (Reuters video)
19 October 2015 - Long lost and often forgotten, traditional dress from Ukraine took centre stage at fashion week in Kiev. Twenty vintage folk outfits, some more than one hundred years old, were presented. It was part of a cultural project called 'The Roots' -- aimed at inspiring fashion designers to use more traditional elements in their work. Colourful headpieces and bold patterns represented various regions within Ukraine. (more)

Vintage folk costumes take center stage at Kiev fashion week
19 October 2015 - A collection of traditional Ukrainian costumes, borrowed from museums and private collections, was among the highlights of fashion week in Kiev. The show that was part of a cultural project called 'Vytoky' ('The Roots') to inspire local designers and raise awareness about traditional fashion. (more)

Marathon talks produce Ukraine peace deal; ceasefire Sunday
12 February 2015 - The peace deal reached Thursday for Ukraine, if it holds, would be a partial win for both Moscow and Kiev. Under the terms of the deal reached after 16 hours of talks between the Presidents of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France, the next step is to form a sizeable buffer zone between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels. Each side is to pull heavy weaponry back from the front line, creating a zone roughly 30-85 miles wide, depending on the weapon caliber. Despite the uncertainties, the agreement's initiators saw it as a step forward. (more)

Diplomatic push for Ukraine peace focus at Munich conference
6 February 2015 - Top world leaders, diplomats, and defense officials are converging on Munich for a security conference that comes amid a frantic diplomatic push to end the violence in eastern Ukraine. The meeting comes as France and Germany are pushing a peace plan reportedly incorporating proposals from Russia. (more)

Leaders agree on Ukrainian peace talks this week
22 December 2014 - Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany on Monday reached an agreement to call another round of Ukraine peace talks this week. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's office said the negotiations will be held in the Belarusian capital Minsk on Wednesday and Friday. Recent peace efforts have helped sharply reduce hostilities, and the conflicting parties are now discussing the pullout of heavy weapons. (more)

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Global Peace Summit offers solutions to terrorism
2 July 2017 - Last month, the Global Union of Scientists for Peace (GUSP) hosted a Global Peace Summit in Kiev, Ukraine. The Summit, entitled SCIENCE AND PEACE: Proven Solutions to Violence and Global Conflict, explored cutting-edge, evidence-based approaches to preventing war, achieving national security, and promoting regional and global peace. One such approach is the Brain-Based Approach to Peace, which has been shown by extensive research to restore balanced neurological functioning and reduce individual and societal stress, through the widespread application of the Transcendental Meditation technique. Heads of state and other top government leaders presented striking examples of how the implementation of this approach put an end to decades of civil war and brought lasting societal peace and prosperity. The Summit drew more than 600 leading scientists, Nobel Laureates, foremost educators, and political and military leaders from 21 countries. (more)

Global Peace Summit in Kiev - Conference report
19 June 2017 - More than 600 scientists, Nobel Laureates, foremost educators, and political leaders from 21 countries converged in Kiev on 14-15 June to explore innovative solutions to the mounting problems of war and social conflict, and new approaches to national security and global peace. The global peace summit, entitled Science and Peace: Proven Solutions to Violence and Global Conflict, was hosted by the Global Union of Scientists for Peace. Renowned scientific, educational, political, cultural, and military leaders of Ukraine listened intently to presentations by former Presidents and other leading representatives of nations, who presented compelling evidence for successful solutions that have markedly reduced crime and terrorist incidents, or in some instances have lifted their countries out of civil war and restored peace and prosperity to their nations. (more)

Ukraine: Educators learn about the success of Consciousness-Based Education
25 July 2014 - A group of eight educators from Ukraine attended an international training course in Consciousness-Based Education at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Netherlands. The Ukraine delegation was the largest group from any country participating in the training. Another group from Ukraine visited Maharishi University of Management in the USA. This and other news about growing interest in Consciousness-Based Education in Ukraine was reported at a recent conference in the Netherlands. (more)

US: Ukrainian delegation visits Maharishi School in Iowa
23 May 2014 - Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Iowa, USA, recently hosted a delegation from Ukraine. All of the six Ukrainians in the delegation practise Transcendental Meditation and hope the practice becomes widespread in their own country. Several commented on how much they liked nearby Maharishi Vedic City in particular because of the way the city was laid out according to Vedic principles and that the buildings were built according to Maharishi Vastu architectural designs. (more)

'A New Proven Way to Create Peace in Ukraine' - article featuring Invincible Defence Technology republished worldwide
21 March 2014 - The English-language version of an article titled 'A New Proven Way to Create Peace in Ukraine' continues to be picked up and reprinted worldwide. Two recent publications are Iran Almanac and Palm Tree Reports (Sierra Leone)--where the lead article headline featured on the home page currently reads: 'GLOBAL PEACE WITHOUT DEADLY CONFLICTS: A New Proven Way to Create Peace in Ukraine'. The article describes the 'scientifically verified, military field-tested approach to reducing turmoil known as Invincible Defense Technology (IDT).' The article also features a photo with the caption, 'Military personnel in Latin America, Africa, and Asia practise group Transcendental Meditation to help protect their nations.' (more)

A new proven way to create peace in Ukraine
4 March 2014 - During the last two months, Ukrainians have witnessed a highly volatile political situation unfolding in their country. Tensions continue rising as Russia intervenes in Crimea. World leaders search for ways to prevent tensions from further escalating. What can be done to find a peaceful solution to this serious crisis? Mykola L Didukh, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, and Dr David Leffler, PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Military Science in the USA, report that many countries around the world have shown growing interest in a novel but scientifically verified, militarily field-tested approach to reducing turmoil. Among military circles worldwide, this approach is known as Invincible Defense Technology (IDT). The military of Ukraine has the opportunity today through IDT to prevent further turmoil and to create national security, invincibility, and peace. But the time to act is now. (more)

Ukraine: Creating coherence and harmony in collective consciousness for peace and unity in the nation
3 March 2014 - At this critical time for Ukraine, when the country is going through a major transformation which opens unprecedented possibilities for unfolding its vast potential, an initiative has been started to enliven the evolutionary power of natural law in collective consciousness, to secure a smooth and peaceful transition into a new era of progress, happiness, and unity for the nation. The project aims to create a wave of positivity, coherence, and harmony in collective consciousness through the scientifically proven, practical application of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Vedic Science and Technology. Efforts are underway to quickly establish a group of 100 practitioners of Transcendental Meditation and the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, in Kiev. The long term objective is to expand this group to 700--the required number (about the square root of 1% of the population) to create the Maharishi Effect of coherence and peace for the entire nation of 46 million citizens. (more)

South Africa radio interviews Dr David Leffler about Invincible Defence Technology to reduce violence in Ukraine
22 February 2014 - As political turmoil erupted in violence earlier this week in Kiev, Ukraine, Dr David Leffler, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Military Science, was interviewed on the Voice of the Cape radio show, based in Capetown, South Africa. In the indepth interview, host Shafiq Morton focused on Invincible Defence Technology (IDT), the topic of Dr Leffler's recent editorial, 'Proven strategy to prevent turmoil in Ukraine', which was published in a number of venues in Ukraine, the USA, Canada, and Asia. Dr Leffler described IDT as a highly effective approach which has been successfully implemented in countries in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, and which scientific research has shown to reduce social stress and violence, even in war-torn areas. (more)

Proven strategy to prevent turmoil in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Croatian Information Centre reports on Invincible Defence Technology
15 February 2014 - 'In the 1990s, Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered severe violence and conflict. Tensions have risen again. . . . If tensions continue rising, their resulting turmoil might further escalate into war yet again,' write Major General Kulwant Singh (Indian Army, retired) and Dr David Leffler in the Croatian Information Centre. The authors go on to say, 'Further unrest could be prevented if the military of Bosnia and Herzegovina acts now and implements a proven strategy. A new technology of defense is available that has been scientifically shown to prevent unrest, conflict and create peace by harnessing the deepest level of nature's functioning. . . . Among military circles worldwide it is known as Invincible Defence Technology (IDT).' Maj. Gen. Singh leads an international group of generals and defence experts that advocates Invincible Defence Technology. (more)

Ukraine: Year's highlights include Consciousness-Based Education, heart-health benefits of Transcendental Meditation
29 July 2013 - In Ukraine this past year, the health benefits of Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care were highlighted, through the visit of Lothar Pirc, founder and managing director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Bad Ems, Germany. Mr Pirc gave a presentation on Maharishi Ayur-Veda to a large audience, and also held a press conference announcing important news from the American Heart Association. The AHA issued a scientific statement in April, published in the journal Hypertension, informing doctors that the Transcendental Meditation technique lowers blood pressure and recommending that TM may be considered in clinical practice for the prevention and treatment of hypertension. (more)

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Fires near Chernobyl make Kiev air most polluted in world
18 April 2020 - Fires around the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant and elsewhere pushed pollution levels in Ukraine's capital Kiev to the worst in the world on Friday [17 April], giving inhabitants another reason to stay indoors on top of the coronavirus lockdown. According to Swiss monitor IQAir, Kiev had the highest level of air contamination of major world cities, ahead of Hangzhou, Chongqing, and Shanghai in China. (more)

Global cyber attack likely cover for malware installation in Ukraine: police official
29 June 2017 - The primary target of a crippling computer virus that spread from Ukraine across the world this week is highly likely to have been that country's computer infrastructure, a top Ukrainian police official told Reuters on Thursday, 29 June. Cyber security firms are trying to piece together who was behind the computer worm, dubbed NotPetya by some experts, which has paralyzed thousands of machines worldwide, shutting down ports, factories, and offices as it spread through internal organizational networks to an estimated 60 countries. A growing consensus among security researchers, armed with technical evidence, suggests the main purpose of the attack was to install new malware on computers at government and commercial organizations in Ukraine. Rather than extortion, the goal may be to plant the seeds of future sabotage, experts said. (more)

A look at the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in numbers
25 April 2016 - Telling the story of Chernobyl in numbers 30 years later involves dauntingly large figures and others that are even more vexing because they're still unknown. A look at numbers that hint at the scope of the world's worst nuclear accident, the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986: (more)

AP Exclusive: Ukraine children eat food tainted by Chernobyl
22 April 2016 - Viktoria Vetrova knows the risk her four children take in drinking milk from the family's two cows and eating dried mushrooms and berries from the forest. But the cash-strapped Ukrainian government canceled the local school lunch program for 350,000 children last year -- the only source of clean food in this village near Chernobyl. So rural families are resorting to milk and produce from land still contaminated by fallout from the world's worst nuclear accident three decades ago. Vetrova's 8-year-old son Bogdan suffers from an enlarged thyroid, a condition which studies have linked to radioactivity. 'We are aware of the dangers, but what can we do?' said Vetrova, standing in her kitchen after pouring a glass of milk. 'There is no other way to survive.' Vetrova's family and thousands of others are caught between the consequences of two disasters: the residue from Chernobyl and the recent plunge of Ukraine's economy. (more)

Ukraine military says rebels using truce to regroup
1 March 2015 - Ukraine's military said on Sunday a ceasefire had been fully observed in eastern separatist territories overnight, but warned that pro-Russian rebels were using the truce to regroup for new attacks on government positions. The OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), which is monitoring the implementation of the peace deal, said it had observed on Saturday it had monitored the pull back of rebel equipment in parts of the Donetsk region. It said it had also observed the withdrawal of two convoys in Luhansk region, but separatists had 'prohibited the special monitoring mission from following either of these convoys to their end-points'. (more)

Pro-Russian rebels reject peace deal, launch offensive
23 January 2015 - Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine rejected a previously signed peace deal Friday and announced a new multi-pronged offensive against Ukrainian government troops. The main separatist leader in the Donetsk region said the insurgents won't join further peace talks and another rebel went even further saying they will not abide by a peace deal signed in September. (more)

Ukraine redeploys troops, fearing new rebel offensive
12 November 2014 - Ukraine said on Wednesday it was redeploying troops in the east because of fears that separatists will launch a new military offensive, despite Russia's denials it has sent troops to reinforce the rebels. A ceasefire agreed by the pro-Russian rebels and government forces more than two months ago is now all but dead, and Western fears of a return to all-out conflict are growing. US General Philip Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, said the alliance had seen Russian troops and tanks entering Ukraine in the past few days, confirming reports by international observers. (more)

Ukraine says rebels get reinforcements, shelling batters truce
11 November 2014 - Kiev accused separatists of preparing for renewed conflict in east Ukraine on Tuesday by bringing in 'Russian mercenaries' and rearming as heavy shelling increased strains on a crumbling ceasefire. Shelling around Donetsk, the main rebel stronghold, and artillery exchanges elsewhere punctured a truce that has been violated by what Kiev says are armed Russian incursions, and what the rebels call a new offensive by government forces. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said the rebels had beefed up positions around the port city of Mariupol in the southeast, control of which would open up roads to territory in southern Ukraine that some Western leaders say Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes to claim. The ceasefire agreed on 5 September was intended to end a conflict that has killed more than 4,000 people since the separatists rose up in the mainly Russian-speaking east against the Western-looking government in Kiev. Russia has denied providing the rebels with military support. A Reuters correspondent saw a convoy of about 50 military trucks without insignia on Tuesday carrying equipment such as artillery guns and missile-launchers near Makiivka, on the eastern outskirts of Donetsk. The OCSE also reported a sighting of what appeared to be the same convoy. (Organization for Security and Cooperation, a body that includes Russia, Ukraine, the United States, and Western European countries) (more)

Worst east Ukraine shelling for month; ceasefire looks in doubt
9 November 2014 - East Ukraine's rebel stronghold Donetsk was pummelled on Sunday by the heaviest shelling in a month, and the OSCE said it spotted an armoured column of troops without insignia in rebel territory that Kiev said proved Moscow had sent reinforcements. A two-month-old ceasefire to end a war that has killed 4,000 people has appeared shakier than ever in the past few days, with each side accusing the other of having violated the terms of the peace plan. Ukraine's military said its standoff with the Russian-backed separatists in the east had intensified in the past week, which saw the rebels swear in new leaders after elections the government says violated the terms of the truce pact. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) operates in East Ukraine with the blessing of all sides and is widely seen as neutral. Its statement that it spotted an unidentified armoured column in rebel territory helps support Kiev's position that Moscow has been sending in reinforcements to protect separatist enclaves the Kremlin now refers to as 'New Russia'. Although Russia blames the crisis on Kiev and the West, NATO has said it has overwhelming evidence that Russia has aided the rebels militarily in the conflict. (more)

Ukraine peace plan in tatters, 'frozen conflict' takes shape
5 November 2014 - Kiev said on 5 November it would halt payment of state funds in areas controlled by pro-Moscow rebels, as both sides hardened positions in what is rapidly becoming a 'frozen conflict': a long-term stalemate that the West believes is Russia's aim. Russia seized and annexed Ukraine's Crimea region in March. Kiev appears to be aiming now to isolate the separatist leadership rather than break it. The message on 5 November was that the rebel leaders may have to turn to Moscow now for cash handouts and subsidies to finance their breakaway aspirations. This is a risky strategy as it could be seen as Kiev abandoning Ukrainians living in rebel-held areas. (more)


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