Uki Life Abroad

Uki Life Abroad

The podcast for all things Ukrainian, discussing Ukraine’s history, culture and traditions as well as what’s happening in the diaspora. Hosted by Andrei and co-hosts: Brianna, Justin, Nathan and Olexa.

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May 6, 2021 15 min

This week we discuss DOM TV, Ukraine's Russian Language TV network aimed at people living in the occupied regions of Donbas and Crimea as well as President Zelenskyy's role in dismantling UATV. 

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Join us this week as we explore Ukrainian Easter Traditions, their origins and how they are practiced today.

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April 19, 2021 30 min

The recent escalation in Russian military buildup has left both Ukraine and western powers concerned about Putin's intentions. This week we discuss these developments as well as Russia's forcible seizure of land in Crimea. 

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In our recent travels to Canberra, we took the opportunity to speak with Dr Mykola Kulinich, Ukraine's Ambassador to Australia. Join us this week for part two, where we discuss Australia-Ukraine bilateral relations and the role of the Ukrainian Community in Australia 

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April 5, 2021 25 min

With pilgrimage being an important part of faith around the world, the upcoming Rosh Hashanah celebration in the city of Uman has Jews around the world anxious to attend. Given last years circumstances, the Ukrainian government has made concessions regarding pilgrims to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. In this week's episode we look at these changes and dive deeper into the history and importance of this famous pilgrimage...

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In our recent travels to Canberra, we took the opportunity to speak with Dr Mykola Kulinich, Ukraine's Ambassador to Australia. Join us this week for part one where we discuss his previous appointments and his passion for diplomatic service. 

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March 22, 2021 40 min

Metros are an essential part of city life around the world, however the underground rail networks of Ukraine have a unique history and cultural significance. In this weeks episode we dive into the past of Ukraine's four metro networks and explore how they have changed since Ukrainian independence. 

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March 16, 2021 38 min

Everyone has heard of the Seven Wonders of the World, however most you may not know that Ukraine has its own seven wonders. This week we explore these seven sites that the people of Ukraine have voted as the most iconic in the country.

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March 8, 2021 28 min

With Eurovision fast approaching, we take a look at Ukraine's contribution to the contest over the years and its importance in European relations. 

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March 2, 2021 16 min

Last week marked the 7th anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea. This year, President Zelenskyy aims to launch a global initiative to de-occupy the peninsula via the Crimea Platform. Will this bring Crimea back into the international spotlight?

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With thousands of churches spread across Ukraine, their unique style of golden domes is instantly recognisable. But where did this originate? Find out in this weeks episode along with two important recent news events. 

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With a long, complex and controversial history, Ukrainians have long fought for the preservation of their national identity. This week we take a look at Ukraine and the impacts that over 1000 years of geo politics has had on it and its' people. 

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With democracy still maturing in Ukraine, how is the country looking to reform its parliamentary structure. In this episode, we look at Zelenkyy's proposal to shrink the membership of the Verkhovna Rada as well as the recent sanctions on pro-Russian propaganda. 

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With Ukrainian video gaming on the rise in 2019, how did the industry traverse 2020 and what does the future hold? This week we share our own gaming experiences and spotlight the works of various developers in Ukraine. 

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This week we discuss the newly expanded language laws and their effectiveness within society. We also look at some interesting changes to Netflix.

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January 19, 2021 14 min

Welcome to 2021

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December 28, 2020 14 min

Join us for a review of the best of Uki Life Abroad content over our 2020 inaugural year and some behind the scenes bloopers.

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December 21, 2020 27 min

In this weeks main event, we tackle the fight for Ukraine to gain IMF funding. President Zelenksyy's administration has pursued additional funding through his term with limited success; we discuss what could happen next. Also what do Harry Potter and Ukrainian Christmas tree's have in common?

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Where do we go to find information about Ukraine? This week we highlight the efforts of Ukrainian research in the diaspora with a look at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and their work in the creation of the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine. Stay tuned after for a discussion of Servant of the People's recent loss in Zelenskyy's home town.   

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What are Ukraine's two biggest exports? This week we dive into the influence of the national dance group Virsky as well as Ukraine's ever developing soccer league. Both have helped to spread the Ukrainian brand around the globe. 

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