Just Local: Melon and Watermelon

More and more organic farms appear in Ukraine, the range of products of which can now be easily found on the shelves of Odessa supermarkets. Now is the time for watermelons and melons: they are delicious, sweet and, in addition, contain a large amount of sugar (glucose and fructose). They can easily replace desserts.

We already wrote about organic chips made from watermelons and melons, which are produced in the Odessa region. “Danube Agrarian” is the first among Ukrainian organic producers to grow watermelons and melons with drip irrigation. Combined with the abundance of the sun, they are sweet, firm and tasty.

It is worth noting that this is one of the few companies in Ukraine specialising in the production of agricultural products without the use of chemicals.

Watermelons and melons are grown in the farm, which is located in a picturesque place, in the very South of Ukraine: the village of Safyany (Odessa region), a unique geographical location at 45 parallel.

For the cultivation of watermelons and melons, the farm uses organic Dutch seeds. To increase yields, hives are installed in the season, because bees increase yields by 5-15%.

In the same field they plant legumes, because in their roots there are nodules of live bacteria, capable of converting nitrogen from the air into a form that is assimilated by plants. Thus, there is a natural enrichment of the ground with nitrogen. Such “green fertilizers” are a natural alternative to mineral fertilizers, like nitrates.

All products of the “Danube Agrarian” are not processed in any way for long-term storage. After harvesting, the products are sent to refrigerators in compliance with the optimal temperature regime. And now they can be easily bought on the shelves of all Santim supermarkets.


The oversized red striped berries are loved all over the world. From the end of summer, the whole autumn, you can enjoy the juicy pulp of the fruit, passing away the hot days. It is worth reminding that watermelon is approximately 90-95% water. Moreover, the high water content of watermelon is one of the reasons why consuming this product makes us feel full.

How to choose a watermelon?

A high-quality fruit should look fresh, whole, clean externally. An earthen spot also testifies to the ripeness of the watermelon – the place where the watermelon lay on the ground. Sunlight does not enter there, which means that chlorophyll (the pigment that colours plants in green) is not produced there. It should be bright yellow. The brighter the better.


Melon is the embodiment of fertility. Even the word itself means “big, bloated”. And the ancient Greek pepon translates as “cooked”, and “cooked by the sun”. The sun baked such a big, beautiful melon in its summer hearth.

How to choose a melon?

Bringing an uncut melon to your face and trying to catch the scent is the best way to make the right choice.

On a hot southern evening, cocktails are usually decorated with skewers, on which a piece of melon will certainly be worn. Shrimps fried on a summer cottage barbecue go to her as if she was born not in the Central Asian steppes, but on the seashore. A spicy bright chili also goes to her. Melon produces summer supplies – marmalades and jellies. It chills on a hot summer day, turning into a delicate ice cream. And, of course, summer salads cannot do without melons.

Santim Advice

Cut the melon or watermelon, remove the grains and carefully cut into cubes with a side of one and a half centimeters. Too small pieces may lose the shape. If you have a special spoon with which you can cut perfect balls from soft fruits, then give up the cubes and make exactly the balls. These balls can be combined with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls of the same size, and you will get a wonderful beauty gastronomic structure from exceptionally round ingredients.

Also try a watermelon cocktail. Whisk the seedless watermelon, honey and lemon juice in a blender. Fill 3/4 tall glasses with crushed ice. Pour in the watermelon mixture. You can serve!

Watermelon cocktail
Melon Mozzarella Salad


For your convenience, below we offer addresses of the Santim shops to buy the most fresh melons and watermelons:

  • 2a Makarenko st.
  • 54 Troitskaya st
  • 3 Sabansky lane
  • 26 B. Arnautskaya st.
  • 84a Dobrovolskogo avenue
  • 16a Kamanina st.

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Aleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua

Ukrainian heavyweight Alexander Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) will play against WBA, WBO and IBF British champion Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs). The fight will take place on the night of September 24-25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London (England).

Anthony Joshua – Aleksandr Usyk

Nationality: British – Ukrainian
Age: 31 – 34
Height: 6ft 6 – 6ft 3
Stance: Orthodox – Southpaw
Reach: 82in – 78in
Record: 24-1-0 – 18-0-0
KOs: 22 – 13
Rounds: 112 – 144
Debut: 10/5/2013 – 9/11/2013

We are two Olympic gold medallists who have fought our way to the top and never avoided challenges

Anthony Joshua

The duel Usyk – Joshua will head the boxing evening of the Matchroom Boxing promotion company.

Initially, the British boxer was supposed to fight with WBC world champion Tyson Fury for the title of undisputed world heavyweight champion. However, the court ordered the “Gypsy King” to hold a third duel with American Deontay Wilder.

Thus, Anthony Joshua agreed to fight with mandatory WBO challenger Alexander Usyk.

According to the British boxer, he expects a tough fight in which everything will depend on the decisions made, not physical data.

The date is set and we are fully locked in. September 25, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, I put it all on the line again and it’s time to defend my crown.

Anthony Joshua

It is noteworthy that a clause on revenge is specified in the boxers’ contract, but it will operate only on one condition: if the Ukrainian boxer manages to defeat Joshua. This clause was introduced so that the Briton could avoid failure.

The path will be mastered by the walking one

Alexander Usyk

Alexander Usik spent his last fight in November last year. Then the Ukrainian athlete defeated Briton Derek Chisora ​​on points.

Anthony Joshua in November 2020 had a duel with the Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev. The Briton knocked out his opponent in the ninth round and defended his championship belts.

New online format of the “Energy Week Black Sea”, 28-30 September 2021

The international investment conference Energy Week Black Sea will take place, on the 28-30th of September 2021, in a hybrid format: online and offline in Bucharest (Romania).

The event is organised by the UK-based consultancy firm Invest in Network in partnership with the Romanian Energy Center (CRE).

The largest renewables conference in the region for the second year will bring together government authorities, local companies from Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey, and foreign private investors to discuss RES policies for the energy transition, financing renewable energy, solar & storage, on & offshore wind, green hydrogen, regional interconnection and much more.

Investing in renewable energy in the Black Sea region is gaining momentum. Although the countries surrounding the Black Sea may differ in terms of politics and economic background, they are all very keen on increasing the share of RES.

The Energy Week Black Sea was launched in 2020, during tumultuous times for any industry event, and nevertheless brought together the major energy companies from 20+ countries such as: NBT, Scatec Solar, Grupo Cobra, Tractebel Engineering, Siemens Gamesa, Global Hydro, AGL, FMO, EBRD, IFC, KfW, DEG (KfW), Green For Growth Fund, Goldwind, IRENA, Mott MacDonald, Asian Development Bank, Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, EDF, Eksim Investment Holding, Enel, CE Oltenia, ROMGAZ, Electrica, Georgian Energy Development Fund, TRYBA ENERGY, EDPR Romania, Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC), State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (Ukraine), Republic of Turkey Energy Market Regulatory Authority, Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, Electricity System Operator of Bulgaria and many others.

In 2021, the organisers will go back to offline events and invite all the interested companies to join the EWBS filled with networking opportunities. For international participants unable to travel this year the live footage will be streamed online to view and participate in any Q&A.

During the 2-day conference, participants will discuss reforms implemented by each country to foster or further scale up renewable energy deployment, how individual countries attract investors in global competition, suitable support schemes and policy reversals in some countries, as well as will address intermittency and energy security issues.

For more details on the event please visit the official website

“Mustache Funk” is online

In the late sixties of the last century, the USSR began to create musical groups designed to become analogues of Western rock bands. The next decade was a “golden” era of Ukrainian pop music. The film “mustache funk” explores the phenomenon of Ukrainian rock, which has not lost its relevance to this day.

The release of a documentary about Ukrainian music or music in Ukrainian is a rarity. “Mustache Funk” is a movie for the big screen, which was shown at festivals last year, and now it has finally reached full-scale rental. The film was shot entirely at public expense – UAH 1.7 million with the support of the Ukrainian State Film Agency.

The author of the idea and script was a music journalist, ex-manager of the groups “Ocean Elzy” and “Skryabin” Vitaly Bardetsky. The film was shot in 2019, but due to a pandemic and other delays, it will be released only in June 2021.

The film is available worldwide with English subtitles on Takflix.

In general, the genre of “mustache funk” does not exist. More precisely, it did not exist until it was invented by the filmmakers and began to be popularized. Now, it is clearly associated with the Ukrainian pop music of the 60s and 70s, which absorbed folk motifs and syncopated American rhythms.

A film about the “golden age of Ukrainian popular music”

“Mustache Funk” tells the story of Ukrainian ensembles that began to appear en masse in the 1960s under the direction of the USSR Politburo. They were supposed to replace the Soviet youth with Western rock bands, but everything went wrong: instead of a party loyal to Ukraine, an original modern scene was born.

When the harsh totalitarian regime was a little weakened, young people fell in love with the “capitalist declining sounds” that sounded from vinyl records. Those who knew how to play musical instruments were already actively copying the Beatles, but they did not have time to give a few concerts, as the party organized everything in its own way, taking the entertainment under some control.

Now, the musicians had a task to gather bands that could capture the attention of music lovers who were delighted with the western rock. However, they could not be named a group, but a VIA (vocal-instrumental ensemble). And it’s important to note that it is the countryside that formed the basis of a unique style that had no analogues in the world.

So, numerous VIAs appeared all over Ukraine, among which there were art enthusiasts and quite professional groups, which quickly became popular (for example, “Vodogray”, “Patterns of Ways”, “Living Water” and “Svityaz”). Some of them gravitated to rock and roll, some played swing and boogie, and some were fond of funk, there were even experimenters (such as the ensemble “Opryshky”, whose work can be called the first psychedelic Ukrainian year). They knew world music, in some ways even openly copied it, but over time, these musicians invented their own unique direction, adding to the songs a traditional folk sound with polyphony and Western rhythms. The so-called VIA used to gather stadiums, but now their songs are almost forgotten.

It is an accurate story about original Ukrainian music, which was much more interesting and progressive than the Soviet views on culture.


This is told in the documentary by the VIA participants themselves, who willingly share their memories and laugh at how the Iron Curtain could not stop the thirst for quality music. Surprisingly, during all this time, the phenomenon of original Ukrainian art, which existed in the 60’s and 70’s, has not received any name. So the creators of the tape took the initiative and came up with the name mustache funk.

Why mustache? It’s very simple – most members of famous men’s bands proudly wore mustaches, it is noticeable even on the covers of records.

World premier of the new Ukrainian films at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival

Ukraine will be represented in the competitions of one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world by three films realised with State support. The world premiere of Valentin Vasyanovich’s film “Reflection” will take place in the main film review competition, Oleg Sentsov’s “Rhino” and Peter Kerekesh’s “Censor” in the “Horizons” competition programme.

Valentin Vasyanovich’s new film “Reflection” is included in the main competition programme and competes for the main award of the festival: the “Golden Lion”. The plot tells the story of a volunteer doctor who, after returning, tries to return to everyday life. He is talking to his ex-wife and 12-year-old daughter, who is also traumatized by the loss of her lover in the war.

Film project won during the 11th pitching of Ukrainian State Film Agency; ₴25. mil. UAH of state funding was awarded, which represents 80% of the total budget of ₴31.3 mil. UAH. It is worth reminding that Valentyn Vasyanovych won best film in the Horizons section of the Venice Film Festival for “Atlantis” in 2019.

Valentin Vasyanovich’s new film “Reflection”

The world premiere of Oleg Sentsov’s film “Rhino” is scheduled take place on September 9, 2021 in the Orizzonti section. The story centers around a ghanster Rhino, who’s trying to survive Ukraine’s “wild 90s”. Rhino has only known power and cruelty, but with nothing left to lose, he could finally find a chance at redemption. Sensov also shared that the prototype for the film’s main character, Rhino, was one of Sentsov’s friends.

Filming began in July 2020 and ended in December 2020 and took place in Kryvyi Rih, Lviv and Kyiv. The film is a co-production of Ukraine, Poland and Germany.

Oleg Sentsov’s film “Rhino”

Peter Kerekesh’s film “Censor” is a joint production of Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Ukraine. The author is a Slovak documentary film director, winner of film festivals in Berlin, Leipzig and Toronto. “Censor” is his first feature film. In 2014, he wanted to make a documentary about prison censors in different cultures. After the start of filming in Ukraine, the creators decided to make a full-length feature film instead of a documentary.

The film tells the story of a young woman Lesya, who was sentenced to imprisonment in a correctional facility in Odessa. She has just given birth to her first child and has entered a world inhabited only by women: prisoners, nurses and caretakers, women of all ages, wives and widows, daughters, sisters, pregnant women, etc. If not for the colour of the uniform, sometimes it would be difficult to say who is who.

Peter Kerekesh’s film “Censor”

TOP-3 buyers of Ukrainian honey

In recent years, Ukraine has been actively strengthening its position as one of the world’s key exporters of honey. According to the results of 2020, our country took 2nd place in this ranking, second only to China.

Ukrainian honey is known all over the world. The main countries-importers of Ukrainian honey are:

  • Poland (26% of Ukrainian exports)
  • Germany (19%)
  • United States (10%).

In each of these markets in 2020, Ukrainian suppliers occupied a leading position. The structure of honey imports in these countries in terms of major supplier countries is as follows:

  • Poland: Ukraine (58%), China (23%), Romania (6%);
  • Germany: Ukraine (18%), Mexico (15%), Argentina (14%);
  • USA: Vietnam (26%), Argentina (20%), India (19%), Brazil (17%) and Ukraine (6%).

Honey is the only product whose quotas are used literally in the first days of duty-free trade with the EU. This serves as an indisputable confirmation of the high quality of Ukrainian honey.

In addition, Ukrainian producers of honey and bee products have the opportunity to export their products to the State of Qatar. The relevant certificate was approved by the competent authorities of the two countries. The opening of the market became possible thanks to the joint work of diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and specialists of the State Food and Consumer Service.

At the same time, our manufacturers are improving their positions. In order to make them even more competitive and strong, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the State Food and Consumer Service, continues to open up new markets.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the State Food and Consumer Service are working together to open new markets for Ukrainian exports, providing support to manufacturers and removing technical barriers to trade, as well as providing government guarantees regarding compliance with the requirements of partner countries, the report said.

Israel is interested in the development of irrigation project in the South of Ukraine

Israeli business is considering the possibility of participating in a national project for the development of land irrigation in the southern regions of Ukraine.

This was discussed during the meeting of the Ambassador of Ukraine to the State of Israel Yevgeny Korniychuk with the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the State of Israel, Minister of Development of the Periphery, Negev and Galilee Oded Forer.

Yevgeny Korniychuk
Oded Forer

The Ambassador of Ukraine stressed that Ukraine considers cooperation with Israel in the agricultural sphere as a priority direction of Ukrainian-Israeli relations, the embassy said in a statement.

The interlocutors noted the importance of further implementation of the bilateral intergovernmental Free Trade Agreement, which entered into force on January 1, 2021, to increase trade between countries in the context of a pandemic.

The Israeli side was informed about the intentions of the Ukrainian government to start a national project for irrigation of lands with a total area of ​​more than 2 million hectares in the southern regions of Ukraine (Odessa, Kherson, Nikolaev regions) and invited to participate in this project.

The Minister noted that such a project is of significant interest to Israeli business and proposed to consider the possibility of Israel’s participation in it within the framework of the current bilateral agreement on cooperation in the field of agriculture.

The parties also discussed the prospects for attracting Israeli investments in dairy production and animal husbandry, the possibility of cooperation in the construction and modernization of large dairy farms in Ukraine.

Glamping & Luxury camping in Odessa region

Glamping (glamorous camping) is where stunning nature meets modern luxury. It’s time to set the campfire, watch the stars, wander the woods and paddle in the streams. Two amazing places in Ukraine for this experience.

Experiential travel is an authentic way to connect with nature. Together, the experience is about stepping off the beaten path, walking away from superficial tourist activities and embracing an immersive cultural environment. By pushing themselves out of their comfort zones, experiential travellers have a shift in perspective that improves the way they connect with the world. So it’s about glamping.

Glamping has already gained popularity in the world, including such celebrities as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Leonardo Dicaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Kim Kardashian and Johnny Depp.

Globally, glamping is exploding. Trust us to bring you the most interesting places in Odessa region.

Hygge Valley

Eco Glamping Park offers to enjoy nature in comfort all year round right now. Eco-friendly wooden houses with comfortable double beds, which are pleasant to wake up in.

The Hugge Valley Rules:

  • Swimming in the pool is allowed at any time of the day
  • Access to the sea is open at any time of the day
  • The silence mode after 22:00, for night gatherings there is a separate area near the fireplace
  • Check-in 14:00, check-out at 12:00

When your soul desires adventure, take a boat and go fishing in the sea. Join the bike and quad tours. Here you will be able to disconnect your head from the work routine and fully enjoy active rest! Perhaps you are attracted by something original, mysterious? Then, the diving and underwater museum will delight you with an extraordinary experience.

Location: 18, Marine street, Chernomorskoe, Odessa region, 67570,

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Glemping cannot be compared either with the usual campsites or with classic hotels, of which there are many in Ukraine. This is something new, interesting, unique. Glamping guests should think about their own diet. Each glam has a refrigerator where you can leave food. Glampe Suite has a separate kitchen.

Just 10 minutes by foot and you will find yourself by the Black Sea. A great opportunity to enjoy the salty air, the sound of the waves and allow yourself to be distracted from all the problems.

Unlike many hotels, glamping is always happy to welcome guests with their pets.

On the territory there is an opportunity to arrange any holiday or to organise a themed party. Also, they are offer guests to try kayaking.

Location: 10 Limanskaya street, Zatoka, Odessa region, 67772

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