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Ukraine: from the Past to the Future

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Presentation about Ukraine
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Goal: general introduction of Ukraine.
Target audience: German and international students, including PhD students.
Duration: approximately 25-30 minutes.
Presented: January, 16, 2015, in Canossa, Universität des Saarlandes, Campus, 66123 Saarbrücken, Deutschland, during the Ukrainian Evening (Landerabend Ukraine)

Презентація про Україну
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Мета: загальне ознайомлення.
Цільова аудиторія: німецькі та міжнародні студенти, аспіранти.
Тривалість: приблизно 25-30 хвилин.
Представлена: 16 січня 2015-го року у Canossa, Universität des Saarlandes, Campus, 66123 Saarbrücken, Deutschland, під час українського вечора (Landerabend Ukraine)

Presentation planning group: Dima Panfilenko (Landerabend organizer), Bogdan Tokovenko, Varvara Obolonchykova, Zarema Ibragimova, Ivan Pryvalov.
Slides: Dima Panfilenko (initial version of tourism slides and text), Bogdan Tokovenko (all the other slides/text and final tourism slides/text).
Useful feedback and criticism: Varvara Obolonchykova.

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Ukraine: from the Past to the Future

  1. 1. Ukraine: from the Past to the Future. Position, History, Culture, Industry. Bogdan Tokovenko.January 16, 2015.
  2. 2. • "By a recorded vote of 100 in favour to 11 against, with 58 abstentions,the Assembly adopted a resolution titled “Territorial integrity of Ukraine”, calling on States, international organizations and specialized agencies not to recognize any change in the status of Crimea or the Black Sea port city of Sevastopol, and to refrain from actions or dealings that might be interpreted as such." • Source: 27.03.2014 UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution 68/262 Calling upon States Not to Recognize Changes in Status of Crimea Region
  3. 3. Ukraine’s location in Europe
  4. 4. Ukraine is diverse and beautiful
  5. 5. Ukrainian language
  6. 6. Ukrainian language is euphonic. Вороги: die Feinde, enemies. Воріженьки: “die Feindchen”, “tiny / lilliputian / pet enemies”.
  7. 7. Taras Shevchenko • 1814 – 1861 • Major contributor to Ukrainian literature • Poet, writer, painter, illustrator • Folklorist and ethnographer. Taras Shevchenko. Self-portrait.
  8. 8. Andriy Shevchenko • Ukrainian national football team • Dynamo Kyiv • Milan • Chelsea • 2004: Ballon D’or (Golden Ball) • 2005: Golden Foot
  9. 9. Carpathians: mountains and forests
  10. 10. Crimea: big rocks and forests
  11. 11. Dnieper river near Kaniv
  12. 12. Dniester river near Khotyn fortress
  13. 13. Prut river
  14. 14. Natural caves
  15. 15. Kyiv
  16. 16. Kharkiv
  17. 17. Donets’k
  18. 18. Odesa
  19. 19. L’viv
  20. 20. Sophia Park in Uman’
  21. 21. Askania-Nova steppe wildlife park
  22. 22. Chufut-Kale
  23. 23. Bakhchi-Saray palace/museum
  24. 24. Sightseeing: Kyiv
  25. 25. Sightseeing: L’viv
  26. 26. Sightseeing: Odesa
  27. 27. Chernivtsi University
  28. 28. Kamyanets-Podilskyy fortress
  29. 29. Khotyn fortress
  30. 30. HISTORY OF UKRAINE. From 5400 B.C. to nowadays
  31. 31. Trypillia culture, 5400 years BC. Discovered 1883-1887
  32. 32. Vth century: Kyiv founded
  33. 33. IX: Kyiv Rus’ founded
  34. 34. 988: baptism of Kyiv Rus’
  35. 35. Coat of arms and flag
  36. 36. Гривня (hryvnia), UAH, ₴
  37. 37. Kyiv Rus’, IX-XIII
  38. 38. Yaroslav the Wise: “Father-in-law of Europe” • Married to the only daughter (Princess) of the king who Christianized Sweden. • 3 daughters: queens of France (Anna), Hungary, Norway. • Grand-daughters: Holy Roman Empress Eupraxia/Adelaida; also, possibly, one queen of Scotland. • The list is incomplete! 
  39. 39. Yaroslav the Wise
  40. 40. Ukrainian Cossacks, XV-XVIII • Free warriors and mercenaries, mostly from Ruthenia, but also Poles and Tatars • Not war alone: hunting, fishing, cattle breeding, bee keeping, salt mining and salt extraction.
  41. 41. Ukrainian Cossacks, XV-XVIII • Headquarters: Zaporiz’ka Sich (literally, a “cleared area beyond the rapids”), now the city Zaporizhya • 1684: Vkraina o Paese de Cossachi di Zaporowa
  42. 42. Ukrainian Cossacks, XV-XVIII 1710: the first Constitution.  Bohdan Khmelnytsky  Ivan Mazepa
  43. 43. Ukrainian People’s Republic, 1917-1920
  44. 44. Mykhailo Hrushevskyi
  45. 45. Undeclared Bol’shevik war
  46. 46. Holodomor 1932-1933 • Holodomor (extermination by hunger), an artificial famine and genocide of Ukrainian people • 2.4 - 7.5 million people died, with total demographic losses of 10 million Ukrainians
  47. 47. Independence, 1991
  48. 48. Budapest memorandum, 1994 • Exchange of world’s 3rd largest nuclear arsenal for guarantees of territorial integrity and political independence, signed by United States of America, United Kingdom, and Russian Federation • The only country in the world to willingly give up nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees
  49. 49. 2013-14: Revolution of Dignity
  50. 50. Chornobyl’ 26.04.1986 • The most disastrous nuclear event in history • 14 000 people evacuated • 30 kilometre Exclusion Zone
  51. 51. Modern Ukraine • Agriculture • Sports • Education • Information technologies • Industry • Space exploration • Science
  52. 52. Agriculture • World’s leader in sunflower oil export • World’s top-5 in production and export of: – Barley – Wheat – Maize – Honey
  53. 53. Ukrainian athletes
  54. 54. Ukrainian universities
  55. 55. Top earnings in IT (Elance)
  56. 56. WhatsApp: Jan Koum
  57. 57. PayPal: Max Levchin
  58. 58. Viewdle: facial recognition
  59. 59. Petcube
  60. 60. HDDs made possible by: Lyubomyr Romankiv
  61. 61. Ukraine’s industry: buses,
  62. 62. trams,
  63. 63. trains,
  64. 64. airplanes, and
  65. 65. rockets (Sea Launch)
  66. 66. Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet
  67. 67. Yuri Kondratyuk: Lunar Rendezvous
  68. 68. Selman Waksman • Coined “antibiotics” • Developed streptomycin against tuberculosis • Nobel Prize 1952
  69. 69. Singing nation
  70. 70. Carol of the Bells • Carol of the Bells / Shchedryk (Bountiful evening) by Mykola Leontovych in 1916
  71. 71. Okean Elzy
  72. 72. Ruslana (Eurovision 2004)
  73. 73. ONUKA (electronic music)
  74. 74. Actors of Ukrainian origin
  75. 75. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION! Bogdan Tokovenko.January 16, 2015

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