The passing week broke all temperature records: throughout the country there was the summer sun, but some people, apparently, were beaten down by that sun: in the annexed Kerch, the student made a deadly attack, the Russian church became a splitter and broke up with Constantinople, and our own Mishkin-Chepiga in one person appeared in Ukraine. More details – in the traditional digest from Opinion.
Borys Mykhailov is a Ukrainian artist. Born in Kharkiv on August 25, 1938. Now lives and works in Berlin. His works are in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; MoMA, New York; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London and others.
Mykhailov, just like old times, continues to click on the camera shutter, without changing his author’s method, which was found just about the 70s of the last century, and during his creative career brought to perfection. He, of course, can afford the most expensive cameras and lenses, but I’m sure that the genious shot appears not because of the technique, but above all in the head of the person who does it. “A photographer becomes a person who understands life. Otherwise, you will not know what you shoot. And you will not be able to choose right from what you shoot”, says Bob, as he is called abroad.
It’s 2018, the blockchain, big date, Elon Musk prepares flights to Mars, and a real religious war starts in Ukraine. And this is not a joking matter, but rather a motivation to get ready for the defence. You can be “a modern human with an iPhone” as much as you like, but as long as we count years from the birth of Christ, we can not forget the importance of Christianity in Ukraine.
The Russian Orthodox Church officially broke off relations with Constantinople on October 15. It became an answer to the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to grant autocephaly to Ukraine, as well as to remove anathema from the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret and the celebrant of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Macarius.
Now, the Priests and bishops of the Moscow and Constantinople Patriarchate will not be able to officiate together; the faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church will not be able to take communion in the temples of the Patriarchate of Constantinople (and these are the churches of Turkey, Greece and Cyprus).
However, Ukraine only gets benefits from such isolation of the spiritual life of the northern neighbor. Since the time of Daniel of Galicia, the Ukrainian church has been reaching out to the West: Catholic or Orthodox. The process of creating a single local church in Ukraine continues. It is assumed, that the church structures of the UOC-KP and UAOC will unite into a new church. Part of the UOC (MP) will join this same church. Even after five hundred years, our nature will not change – we are Europeans both in character and in spirit.
Kyiv city mayor Vitali Klytschko instructed to check the video surveillance system in all the educational institutions of the capital after butchery at a college in Kerch.
“I gave the task to check how the video surveillance system works, to find our soft spots that need to be improved. We must take all possible measures so that such tragedies as happened in Kerch did not happen here”, Klitschko said.
At his request, the experts will check all the educational institutions of the capital.
Reminding, that there was an explosion and shooting on October 17 in the Polytechnic College in Kerch. 21 people died and over 50 injured. The name of the murderer is Vladyslav Rosliakov, a young man who was crazy about militants in Donbas, believed Putin and was a loser in his childhood.
But will “video systems test” stave off a tragedy? No matter who Rosliakov was: a terrorist or a murderer – first of all he was a victim of bullying, a victim of careless parents and teachers, a victim of militarized Kremlin propaganda. The victim, who found the weapon and took revenge but not on those, who made a monster out of him, but on all the mankind – on teachers and ordinary students in the halls of the college. And it is necessary to start from these reference points. It is necessary to talk with children, they need to be respected, loved and not drawn into bloody politics. It is easier to prevent a tragedy than to announce mourning after.
Ukrainian top intelligence officer Serhiy Semochko became the “hero” of social networks after he tried to deny accusations of journalists of illegal enrichment and the availability of Russian passports of close relatives. What exactly woke up the users’ anger? Serhiy Semochko, first deputy head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine (FISU), was in the center of the scandal in early October.
Bihus.Info journalists published an investigation in which the official was charged with corruption and betrayal. Later, he tried to be justified on the air of the ZIK channel, but it got only worse.
Users began to compare the confessions of the Ukrainian intelligence officer with the scandalous interviews of Russians Aleksandr Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom the United Kingdom called the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation workers and accused of poisoning the Scripal family in British Salisbury. Moreover, the country’s second intelligence spokesman said only a few sentences in Ukrainian, and then turned himself to Russian – Stierlitz was never that close to the failure before.
It turned out, that it was the same Semochko who was in charge of arresting Saakashvili, when the politician climbed onto the roof of a house, and the Special Forces did not manage to get him.
“Yesterday’s solo performance by Semochko on the ZIK did not show us anything new, did it? Lie in the throat, shamelessly slander, when you are seized by the arm – a typical behavior for all of our lords” Dmytro Hnap wrote on Facebook. It’s hard to say better.
The Verkhovna Rada adopted the draft budget for the next year in the first reading. According to the project, the growth of incomes in comparison with 2018 was set at 9.0% – to 1 trillion 8 billion hryvnias. At the same time, expenditures will amount to 1 trillion 94 billion hryvnias, which is 10% more than in 2018.
The president’s activities will be less financed – by 11% less, the Cabinet – by 9%, the Verkhovna Rada – by 4% less;
The defence will be more funded – by 101.4 billion total; Ministry of Internal Affairs – by 25%, by 82.3 billion hryvnias total; National Police – 21% more, SBU – 15%; Spendings on medicine, education, social services and road repairs will also increase.
All of the mentioned above figures for the state budget for 2019 are only preliminary notes from the government. In the explanatory note to the draft law, three scenarios of events are considered (worst, if the IMF does not give a billion tranche).
The only thing we know for sure is that the document sets a rate of 29.4 UAH per dollar at the beginning of the year and 30 UAH at the end. So think of where to invest the hryvnia next year, because, unfortunately, our currency is gradually depreciating.
Text by Kostyantyn Rul