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    Holiday season in Kyiv: Most interesting venues on Christmas, New Year's Eve
    The festive period in the capital will be from December 15, 2018 until January 13, 2019.
    UNIAN 16:56, 04 December 2018

    The Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv offers many interesting events in various parts of the city on Christmas and New Year's eve.

    The festive period will be from December 15, 2018 to January 13, 2019. The New Year trade fair with the main Christmas tree is scheduled to open on December 19, Saint Nicholas' Day. Kyiv's Sofiyska and Mykhailivska Squares will traditionally host Christmas and New Year festivities overnight January 1.

    Large 3D figures based on paintings by famous Ukrainian artist Maria Pryimachenko will be installed in the "New Year Town" on Kontraktova Ploshcha ("Square of Contacts"). Moreover, a stage and a 20-meter-tall Christmas tree are expected to be installed in Kyiv's Podil district.

    Ukraine's Expocenter, also known as the VDNH, will host the Zymova Krayina ("Winter Land") Fest from December 14, 2018 to January 20, 2019. A trade fair, the residence of Santa Claus, and slides will also be arranged there. Ukraine's first New Year Citrus Festival is expected to take place at Spivoche Pole landscape park in Kyiv's Pechersk district December 21 through January 7.

    https://images.ovva.tv/media/images/...7534edda5.jpeg

    https://kiev.unian.info/10363482-hol...ear-s-eve.html

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    Choose your favorite Christmas Tree in Ukraine
    EUROMAIDAN PRESS Olena Makarenko 2018/12/31 - 02:05

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    Lviv. Photo: dyvys.info

    Euromaidan Press presents a collection of the best Christmas trees from Ukrainian cities. Choose the one which you like the most. Did some beautiful Christmas tree youve seen in Ukraine not get to the list? Share it!
    http://euromaidanpress.com/2018/12/3...ee-in-ukraine/

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      Learn Russian with Euromaidan Press: send holiday greetings to the Kremlins Ukrainian hostages
      EUROMAIDAN PRESS Alya Shandra 2018/12/30 - 01:43

      Russias undeclared war against Ukraine is going to enter its sixth year. In result of this war, Russia has arrested at least 70 Ukrainians on politically motivated charges, has taken 24 Ukrainian Navy sailors as POWs, and is imprisoning over 100 in the basement prisons of its puppet republics in Donbas. Away from home, tortured to extract incriminating testimonies, these people need our support more than ever. By sending a letter or a postcard, you will not only keep the prisoners spirits up, you will send a message to the Kremlin that the world is watching, and that Russian crimes will not go unpunished. Letters and postcards are accepted only in Russian but fear not, we will show you how.

      http://euromaidanpress.com/2018/12/3...nian-hostages/

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        INTERFAX-UKRAINE 11:49 01.01.2019
        Poroshenko in New Year's greeting: Ukraine goes its own way, nothing should turn us back

        Ukraine has become further from Moscow and closer to Europe over the past five years, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has stressed.

        "We have become further from Moscow and closer to Europe. This is a clear strategy that has been steadfastly followed over the past five years. We go our own way. Neither promises of manna from heaven, nor grain of despondency, nor potion of discord - nothing should turn us back," Poroshenko said in the New Year's video address to the Ukrainian people.

        He noted that the outgoing year of 2018, when world Orthodoxy recognized the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine, will occupy a special place in the Ukrainian history - next to 1991, when Ukraine's state independence was proclaimed.

        "Shortly, along with the good news of the birth of the Savior, Ukraine will receive the long-awaited Tomos - a charter from the Ecumenical Patriarchate. It will document our spiritual independence," Poroshenko said. https://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/556621.html


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          Orthodox Christians Celebrate Christmas Amid Internal Divisions
          RFE/RL January 07, 2019 16:50 GMT

          https://flashvideo.rferl.org/Videoro...9_manifest.mpd
          Faithful Celebrate Orthodox Christmas In Former Soviet Republics

          Most Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas as believers gathered in Moscow, Kyiv, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Cairo, and cities throughout the world to mark in the holy day.

          Catholics as well Orthodox churches in Romania, Greece, and Bulgaria celebrate Christmas on December 25 under the Gregorian calendar.

          The Armenian Orthodox Church celebrated Christmas on January 6.

          The January 7 celebrations come amid tensions between the largest Orthodox denomination-- the Russian church-- and the spiritual headquarters for the Orthodox faith in Istanbul.

          The Istanbul headquarters, known as the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, recently backed an effort by Ukraine to establish its own Orthodox church, independent of Moscow.

          Patriarch Bartholomew on January 6 handed over a document known as a "tomos" to the head of the new Ukrainian church, Metropolitan Epifaniy, at a ceremony in Istanbul on January 6.

          Hundreds of Ukrainians lined up at Kyiv's St. Sophia Cathedral complex on January 7 to view the document enshrining the newly gained independence of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

          "For the first time, we celebrate Christmas with an independent autocephalous church," President Petro Poroshenko said after attending services in St. Sophia Cathedral.

          "It is the basis of our spiritual freedom, we broke the last fetters tying us to Moscow," he added.

          https://gdb.rferl.org/9F374317-EAC9-..._w650_r0_s.jpg
          Servicemen of the Interior Ministry of Belarus stand in line to kiss a cross during a service to celebrate Orthodox Christmas at a military base in Minsk on January 7.

          Efforts by Ukrainians to establish an independent church intensified after Russia seized Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in March 2014 and began supporting separatists shortly thereafter in parts of Ukraine's eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

          Orthodox churches, including those in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Serbia, and Jerusalem are among Orthodox and Eastern Rite churches that celebrate Christmas observing the old Julian calendar. Currently (19012099), the Julian calendar is 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar.

          Catholics as well Orthodox churches in Romania, Greece, and Bulgaria celebrate Christmas on December 25 under the Gregorian calendar.

          The Armenian Orthodox Church celebrated Christmas on January 6.

          In St. Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 7 presented the Transfiguration Cathedral with the icon of Christ Pantocrator as a Christmas gift, while Patriarch Kirill, the head of Russia's Orthodox Church, conducted services in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

          Attendance at midnight Christmas Mass has become a tradition for Russian leaders -- some of whom, like longtime KGB officer Putin, were staunch supporters of the communist system during the Soviet era.

          Meanwhile, Putin fired a cannon in his native St. Petersburg to mark Christmas. Together with Putin, 85-year-old Vladimir Bendet pulled the lever on the howitzer that fires a daily noontime salute at the Petropavlovsk Fortress on the banks of the Neva River.

          In Bethlehem, hundreds of people marked Christmas on January 7 with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III at the Church of the Nativity, which was established on ground traditionally recognized as Jesus's birth site.

          Palestinian police stood guard as several dozen demonstrators shouted "traitor" in protest of the Greek Orthodox Church's sale of property in mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem to groups promoting Jewish settlements.

          Israeli purchases of church land and property in east Jerusalem have angered Palestinians -- including many Orthodox Christians -- who consider the territory to be the capital of their future state. Israel has annexed east Jerusalem, but the move has not been recognized by the international community.

          In Cairo, Egypt's president in a symbolic gesture inaugurated a new cathedral for the Coptic Orthodox Church and one of the region's largest mosques. It comes at a time when Islamic militants are increasingly targeting the country's minority Christians in deadly terror attacks.

          Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has spoken of sectarian harmony as a major policy goal, but he has still faced criticism for not doing enough to protect Christian and other minorities.

          "This is a historic and important moment. But we still have to protect the tree of love we planted here together today because seditions never end," the president said from inside the cathedral.

          With reporting by AFP, AP, Reuters, and TASS https://www.rferl.org/a/orthodox-chr.../29694991.html
          NOTE: This article has been amended to clarify that some Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar on December 25.



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          • #6
            Donbas update: Ukraine reports one WIA as invaders violate silence regime
            The positions of the Ukrainian troops came under fire from grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms.
            UNIAN: 07 January 2019

            https://images.unian.net/photos/2018...85462715399859

            Russia's hybrid military forces mounted four attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas on January 7, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action (WIA).

            "Russian occupation forces violated the ceasefire in Donbas four times from 00:00 to 18:00 Kyiv time As a result, one serviceman of the Joint Forces was wounded," the press center of Ukraine's Joint Forces Operation (JFO) said in an update on Facebook as of 18:00 Kyiv time on Monday.

            "The positions of the Ukrainian troops came under fire from grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns and small arms near the Vilnyi village in the Luhansk sector, outside the village of Luhanske close to the town of Svitlodarsk, near the village of Berezove in the Donetsk sector, and in the area of Pavlopil in the Mariupol sector," the report said.

            Ukrainian military continue monitoring the enemy along the contact line, while adhering to the terms for a complete ceasefire.

            The situation in the Joint Forces Operation zone remains under control of the Ukrainian troops, the press center wrote.
            UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/war/10401075-...ime-jan-7.html
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            Christmas in Donbas: Militants fire from grenade launchers, machine guns
            UNIAN: 08 January 2019

            https://images.unian.net/photos/2018...39986809173043

            Over the past day, Russian proxy forces in Donbas violated the ceasefire five times, while no cases were recorded of them using weapons prohibited by the Minsk accords, the Joint Forces Operation HQ reported Tuesday morning.

            A Ukrainian soldier was wounded, the report reads.

            "The strongholds of the Ukrainian troops near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska, Vilnyi, Luhanske, Berezove, and Pavlopil were fired upon from grenade launchers of various types, large-caliber machine guns, and small arms," the JFO HQ says.

            In response to enemy provocations, units of the Joint Forces returned fire, the report says.

            According to intelligence data, on January 7, four militants were killed and two were injured.

            "From day-start, the enemy did not open fire. At the same time, despite the deterioration of weather conditions, the Ukrainian military continue to reliably monitor enemy moves on the contact line, while respecting the conditions of a complete ceasefire," says the report.
            UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/war/10401231-...hine-guns.html

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            • #7
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              Lviv residents take part in traditional Christmas festivities on January 8.
              https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-live.../29467569.html

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