Issue No. 27
October 24, 2019
Engaging with Ukraine, Making a Difference
Travel to Ukraine Update: President Promotes Tourism to Ukraine
President Zelenskyy of Ukraine meeting with Hollywood star, Tom Cruise. Mr. Cruise as well
as others in the entertainment business have increasing expressed interest in Ukraine as a
location for filming their next projects.

With your generous assistance, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation has been actively promoting Ukraine as a tourist destination as well for many years. Find out more information about what we do in this respect and how you can contribute at .
By Adrian Karmazyn

During his  appearance  at the Yalta European Strategy conference in the Ukrainian capital last month, President Zelenskyy encouraged foreign investment in a number of  projects  relating to tourism in Ukraine.  He highlighted development opportunities like Khortytsia Island (a legendary kozak history site), ski resorts in the Carpathian Mountains, a giant amusement park for visitors from Central and Eastern Europe, a new seaside resort on the Black Sea and the creation of a film production center in Kyiv. “The Verkhovna Rada passed a law on assistance to the film industry… and we invite everyone to make sure that filming in Ukraine is not worse than in Budapest or Poland, we have a very beautiful country,” the president said.

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BioUkraine Update: Attending a Genome Editing Training
Travel Grant Winner Anastasiia Rabokon Attends ‘Introduction to CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing – Design to Analysis’ Training
By Anastasiia Rabokon

I express my deep gratitude to the US-Ukraine Foundation, thanks to which I was able to take the "Introduction to CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing - Design to Analysis" course (Darmstadt, Germany, Sept 3-6, 2019). This workshop was very useful, eventful and included classroom lectures, which covered all stages of the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing experiment, and at the same time were very accessible.

Thanks to the USUF BioUkraine Initiative, I was able to get unforgettable impressions and invaluable experience.

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BioUkraine is an initiative of USUF, made possible
by a generous contribution from Irene Joseph of
North Carolina. Through its efforts USUF seeks to support Ukrainian scientists in making world -
changing discoveries. To find out how you can contribute, visit .
"...Today the Country Weeps for Yaroslava..."
Having lived her life as a true patriot, Yaroslava gave her life for freedom and for Ukraine. Hers is a life to be remembered. We must make the grief of the Nykonenko family our own, and so, resolve to do all we can in her eternal memory.
“The whole town was on their knees the day of her father’s funeral… Today the country weeps for Yaroslava…” 
By EuroMaidan Press

36-year-old Yaroslava Nykonenko was killed by an enemy sniper on October 15, 2019 in the Donbas.

Journalist Yuriy Butusov wrote the following comment on his Facebook page: “We bow our heads in sorrow and show our respect to the Nykonenko family on news of this terrible loss.”

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Made in Ukraine Tech Startup Edition
Ukrainian Startup Develops an
AI-based Landmine Detection System
By Mike Buryk, USUF Advisory Board

The Kyiv-based firm  Zpoken  has developed
an experimental system, called, to detect landmines and other projectiles utilizing neural networks.  It can process in real-time visual data streams from multiple sources including drones, robots and smartphones to recognize and pinpoint
the location of landmines.

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Kyiv Not Kiev: Why Spelling Matters
Ukraine’s Continued Quest for an Independent Identity
A tote bag by Ukrainian designer Julia Popyk reads Kyiv, the Ukrainian language spelling of the city, that many English-language newspapers have recently embraced. (Credit: Melinda Haring).

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By Peter Dickinson

Ukraine has spent much of autumn 2019 in the international headlines, as a result of the Trump impeachment inquiry and the promise of progress in the Russo-Ukrainian peace process. This spike in media attention has helped revive outside interest in all things Ukrainian, with mixed results. Many journalists have clearly struggled to make sense of Ukraine’s Byzantine political swamp, while others have found the Steinmeier Formula remarkably un-German in its baffling inexactitude, leading to the usual litany of bad takes and outright falsehoods.

At the same time, however, editors from some of the world’s biggest media outlets appear to have decided this was the right moment to update their style guides. A number of global heavyweights have recently adopted the Ukrainian-language derived “Kyiv” as their official spelling for the country’s capital city, replacing the Russian-rooted “Kiev.” This trend began with the Associated Press in late August. Since then, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Telegraph, and the BBC have followed suit. 
They Made a Difference at a Key Time
Ukrainian - Americans Celebrate 125 Years of Community
By Orest Deychakiwsky, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, USUF

This year, the Ukrainian American community is celebrating 125 years of organized community life – which started when the Ukrainian National Association (UNA) was established as a fraternal insurance organization in 1894 in Shamokin, PA.

In addition to the UNA with its long history, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, the Ukrainian National Women’s League of North America, Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization, the Ukrainian American Youth Association (a.k.a. SUM) and other organizations have been mainstays of Ukrainian community life since the post-World War II immigration. They continue to play important roles in maintaining and fostering the community.

There has been a plethora of other organizations and groups – some more structured, others more informal – that also made important contributions to the community’s development and well-being at one point or other during the last 125 years. For a whole host of reasons, most no longer exist, but during their period of activity, many truly made a difference. It would take tomes to cover them all. Let me briefly mention and pay tribute to several that were specifically involved in advocacy in the nation’s capital in the critically important 1980s and 1990s, during Ukraine’s historic time of transition to independence.

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