Switzerland and Ukraine agreed on Covid19 certificates valid for travelling

Ukraine and Switzerland have agreed on mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates, according to the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

I am also pleased to announce that we have agreed to recognise COVID-19 vaccination certificates for free and safe travel of citizens and businesses,” Kuleba said at a press conference following talks with the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis in Kyiv.

The exchange of notes has already taken place, and I invite all citizens to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs tripadvisor.mfa.gov.ua, where you will see updated information on the conditions of travel to Switzerland,” the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry added.

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister stressed that the mutual recognition of certificates is a very important step. “First of all, this is a step of trust that exists between our countries,” Kuleba underlined.

UIA announced regular flights on 27 routes in winter

Ukraine International Airlines announced its intention to operate regular flights on 27 regular routes during the winter navigation period 2021-2022. The new season will begin on October 31st with the change of clocks to wintertime.

UIA’s regular route network will include one domestic flight between Kyiv and Odessa and 26 international destinations from Kyiv, Odessa, Dnipro and Kharkiv.

Only one route will be long-haul – from Kyiv to Delhi. The flight program to America for the upcoming season has not been announced.

The list of international routes from the capital Boryspil airport in the winter season includes 22 cities:

  • Amsterdam
  • Athens
  • Baku
  • Barcelona
  • Berlin
  • Vilnius
  • Delhi
  • Dubai
  • Yerevan
  • Geneva
  • Cairo
  • Kishinev
  • Larnaca
  • London
  • Milan
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Prague
  • Rome
  • Istanbul
  • Tbilisi
  • Tel Aviv

From Kyiv to London Ukraine International Airlines declared flights to two airports at once – Heathrow and Gatwick.

UIA wants to fly to Istanbul and Tel Aviv from Odessa, from Dnipro and Kharkov to Tel Aviv.

Vetrov Rose will provide transfers from domestic flights to international UIA. Within the framework of this cooperation, it will bring passengers from Lvov, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkov, Dnipro, and Zaporizhzhia to the Boryspil airport.

Passengers from these cities can buy a single ticket for domestic and international flights with a guaranteed connection at Boryspil airport. This means that if the first plane is delayed and a person is late for a transfer, the airline will change his ticket for the next flight to his final destination free of charge.

Legends of the Odessa Estuary: “Ukrainian Land”

The third episode of the “Legends of the Odessa Estuary” project. The events take place in 1691.

In the third episode, viewers will get acquainted with the Cossack colonel Semyon Paliy and the events of 1691, when the Cossacks intercepted a large enemy convoy on the Odessa embankment, which was heading to Crimea through Khadzhibey.

Enjoy episode #3 “Ukrainian Land”

“Legends of the Odessa Estuary” is a new cycle of fairy-tale animated stories that take place against the background of real historical events in the vicinity of Hadzhibey-Odessa over the past 700 years.

The project “Legends of the Odessa estuary” was created by the public organization “Bright Country” in collaboration with the authors of Pivden ArtbookPavel Maistrenko and Kateryna Antonenko, who shot the videos, and with a team of actors whose voices sounded the heroes of historical cartoons. The Ukrainian Cultural Foundation sponsored the project.

Mikhail Latri, the painter grandson of Ivan Aivazovsky

Mikhail Latri was a painter, ceramic artist, representative of the Cimmerian school of painting. A man with an interesting international art life.

Cover photo: Mikhail Latri. Unloading fish (detail)

Mikhail Latri was born on October 19 (31st, according to the old calendar) in Odessa, in the family of the eldest daughter of Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky Elena and her husband Pelopid Latri, city ​​hospital doctor.

In 1878 the Latri family moved to Feodosia. The early years of Mikhail Latri were spent in the house of his famous grandfather, who became the first teacher of drawing and painting for the boy.

The atmosphere of art reigned in the Aivazovsky house. Aivazovsky had three grandchildren: Mikhail Latri, A.E. Ganzen and Konstantin Artseulov. All of them, although not to the same extent, were gifted people.

In front of the eyes of the boy Latri, a miracle of art was born: the canvas, fixed on an easel, turned into an emerald sea and blue sky; then a golden sun rose, and its rays shone on the crests of the waves, and a dark speck, to which grandfather touched with his brush several times, turned into a ship with masts and sails. The boy’s fate was decided: painting became his dream. He also took up the brush.

“He saw the sea from childhood, it entered his life early. As a young man, he stayed for a long time in Feodosia, watched how waves, rocks, the sky, and ships sailing into an unknown distance appeared on a white canvas under Aivazovsky’s brush. He, an artist with a dreamy and romantic soul, was imperiously attracted to the sea’s changeable and boundless smooth surface. Latri wrote it many times.” (Nikolay Stepanovich Barsamov).

Information about the life of Mikhail Latri is scarce, fragmentary and accidental.

During his lifetime, no one wrote about him. His biography is not rich in significant events, and his work does not lend itself to accurate chronological systematization, because he almost never dated his works or even signed them.

Latri graduated from the Richelieu gymnasium in Odessa, and in 1896 he entered the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts on the advice of Aivazovsky and joined the landscape class of the famous artist Arkhip Kuindzhi. A year later, Latri decided to stop his studies and went to travel around Europe temporarily. In Munich, he studied at the art school of Hollossy and Ferry-Schmidt, masters of realistic painting. At the beginning of this century, these artists were well known in Europe as masters of the realistic method of teaching the visual arts, based on the rigorous study of nature.

In Latri’s early work, we encounter a very thoughtful, in-depth study of nature. In his sketches, one does not see the desire to paint a finished picture directly from life. Often the young artist did not even have time to cover the entire surface of the canvas with paint, carried away by the image of the corner of nature he loved.

Mikhail Latri. Moonrise, 1890
Mikhail Latri. “Temple over the sea”
Location: Feodosia art gallery named after I. K. Aivazovsky, Feodosiya

The next year, in the spring, Latri made a long sea voyage. He visited Venice, Athens, Smyrna, Constantinople. For the summer he came to Yalta, where he painted a number of paintings. They already clearly show the hand of an established master, an experienced artist who knows how to see and embody in picturesque images the expressive features of the landscape, freed from excessive detail.

In 1899, Mikhail Latri again continued his studies at the Academy of Arts, while he was fond of painting and ceramics. Latri lived in Petersburg only during the winter months, leaving for the Crimea for the summer and autumn. He worked either in Bakhchisarai in the garden of the Khan’s palace, then in Sudak on the seashore, then in Yalta and Feodosia.

Mikhail Latri. Bakhchisarai, 1890
Location: Feodosia art gallery named after I. K. Aivazovsky, Feodosiya

In 1902, after graduating from the Academy, Latri returned to the Crimea. He worked mainly on the seashore; he painted views of wooden piers with schooners near the berths or a sandy shore with boats and nets hung to dry. Latri often painted sketches in the vicinity of Yalta, where he lived in his mother’s house as a child and where he later visited. Latri also liked to work in the mountains, from where the view of the endless expanse of the sea opened.

Latri settled in Crimea forever when his mother gave him a small plot of land in the economy of Baran-Eli, twenty-two kilometers from Feodosia. Latri had a delicate innate taste. This can be seen in the choice of subjects, which are always very simple, without any pretense of external effect or amusement, and in the integral and easily found color of even the smallest works. Whether he is painting a flowering fruit tree on a small piece of canvas or a tiled hut, an old stone fountain or a sandy shore – for each plot the artist finds a successful pictorial solution, expressive and characteristic of the Crimean nature.

Photo: Mikhail Latri, Ariadne Arendt and Makimilian Voloshin in Boran Eli. 1910. From the collection of the Arendt family

Latri possessed an absolutely precise eye and a firm hand. And, which is rare, he combined these qualities with an innate sense of color and poetry of figurative thinking.

There he opened workshops for painting and for making ceramics. Ceramics was not a passing hobby. Since 1904, Latri’s letters to the artist Kandaurov contain various requests related to ceramic production throughout some years: to send materials necessary for coloured irrigation to new ways of this work. After a long search and failure, Latri finally achieved the desired results and made artistic ceramics. He was so pleased that he sent three boxes of ceramics through Kandaurov to Moscow for the exhibition.

Mikhail Latri at Boran Eli

Latri prompted the idea to build a furnace and do ceramics by the presence of high-quality ceramic clays in the Old Crimea, which have been used since ancient times in the folk ceramic craft, which was widely developed here already in the Middle Ages. In the pre-revolutionary Crimea, Latri was the only artist seriously involved in artistic ceramics.

During this period, Mikhail Pelopidovich is actively involved in social activities and runs an art gallery in Feodosia, becoming a member of the Society of Art Lovers. Latri adopted a democratic order of life. Not only did he take care of the workers, he also took care of all the needs of their families. Everyone had a shared kitchen: Latri was served the same thing as the workers.

Latri was married twice, but unfortunately, he had no children.

At the beginning of 1917 Latri handed over his estate to the workers, but those, not wanting to part with him, asked him to be their “senior” and continue to run the farm as before. However, Latri decided to leave for the city, where he could devote all his time to art.

After the revolution in 1920, The eldest grandson of Aivazovsky found himself in the ranks of the first wave of the Russian emigration. In 1920 he left for Greece. In Athens, he became the head of the Royal Ceramic Factory, took part in various archaeological excavations.

Mikhail Latri. Venice
Before 1941
Mikhail Latri. Venice
Before 1941

In 1924, Latri decided to move to Paris due to the unstable political situation in Greece. In France, he opened a large decorative and artistic workshop, where he worked with sketches and ceramics. In his work, Russian symbolism and Art Deco began to intertwine with eclecticism – a synthesis of modernism and neoclassicism with elements of cubism and futurism. According to his sketches, vases, sets, panels, lacquer screens were made.

In 1935, Latry organised an exhibition of his graphic works and watercolours in Reims (Champagne).

Mikhail Latri. Unloading fish

Mikhail Latri died on February 11, 1942 in Paris, buried in the Russian cemetery of Sainte-Genevieve de Bois.

The works of Mikhail Latri are in many museum collections, among them – the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, the Louvre, the Feodosia Art Gallery named after I.K. Aivazovsky has the most complete collection (702 works, of which 464 are paintings, 188 are graphics, 50 are ceramics).

Swiss Foreign Affairs Minister visited Odessa and Kyiv

The Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis visited Odessa on October 27 and 28, before going to Kyiv to meet with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal.

The Swiss Foreign Affairs Minister was welcome by the Head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Serhiy Hrynevetsky and the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba.

On October 29, Cassis and the Prime Minister of Ukraine launched in Kyiv the preparatory process for the Fifth Ukraine Reform Conference (URC, 2022), which will be held on July 4 and 5, 2022 in Lugano.

The conference will support Ukraine’s reform efforts in 2022 with a focus on stability and prosperity, which are also key priorities of Switzerland’s Foreign Policy Strategy 2021-2023.

Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

It is worth mentioning that two members of the National Council, Christine Badertscher (member of the Finance and Foreign Policy Committee) and Lars Guggisberg (member of the Finance Committee and President of its FDFA/EAER Subcommittee) accompanied Cassis on his travel to Ukraine.

Landing at the Odessa International Airport

“Big Construction” in Odessa in action

Within the framework of the programme of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky’s “Big Construction” the construction of a new road to the Odessa seaport continues.

Currently, you can get to the Odessa sea trade port only through city roads and the territory of a private company. This not only creates unnecessary worries for the residents of Odessa region, but also is an obstacle to the growth of the country’s exports.

At the initiative of President Volodymyr Zelensky, since the summer of last year, with the joint efforts of the President’s Office, local authorities, and the highway service, all the necessary processes have been promptly organised.

Oleksandr Kubrakov, Minister of Infrastructure

According to him, this road is an interesting and difficult object: 5.3 km is a new road with a cement-concrete pavement using reinforced technology, with 2 lanes in each direction. It will be equipped with a separate TIR area for drivers’ rest and sludge of trucks, a damping area for 300 trucks, two places for stationary dimensional and weight control, and two weighing-in-motion (WiM) areas.

Entrance to the port checkpoint – here the road widens from four to six lanes. The customs zone begins, so it is important to create conditions for rapid inspection and passing of trucks. The road will be widened to six lanes at the customs control point to speed up the check and passing of trucks. There will also be a 500-meter overpass with a total height of 13 meters.

Oleksandr Kubrakov, Minister of Infrastructure

The route will connect the territory of the Odessa sea trade port and the road M-28 Odessa – Yuzhny.

The Big Construction project is a large-scale development of high-quality infrastructure in Ukraine. These are roads and schools, kindergartens, emergency centers, and stadiums.

The main task of the project in 2021 is the construction or reconstruction of 6.6 thousand km of roads, 74 schools, 54 kindergartens, 28 medical institutions, more than 140 reception departments and 340 outpatient clinics in rural areas, 24 swimming pools and 78 other sports facilities and all over the country.

Construction and reconstruction of facilities are based on energy efficiency and high quality, inclusiveness, and focus on each Ukrainian as a customer.

Sincere, cheerful and Ukrainian: Nadiia ceramics

The Odessan designer Masha Reva and stylist Nadiia Shapoval create unique handmade objects inspired by traditional Ukrainian pottery.

Nadiia was established in 2018 by Nadiia Shapoval. The project’s ethos is to combine traditional craft techniques and materials, which have a unique history, with the cutting-edge talent of contemporary creatives. The line includes plates, vases, jugs, and other hand-painted items.

Unlocking the spiritual, artistic, and tactile potential of physical objects we encounter in our everyday life.

The first collection was handmade ceramics made in Ukraine using traditional craft techniques in collaboration with the artist Masha Reva. With her signature thick black lines and brush strokes of vibrant colours, Reva’s art highlights the warmth and beauty of Ukrainian ceramics that have been an integral part of family and society for generations.

For me, it all started with a trip to Greece. I stopped at Nadia’s in Athens, and she offered to paint a pot she found on the street, and then we started thinking that it could be turned into a project. Designing the collection was easy and fun, we understood each other well.

Masha Reva

Masha Reva draws on each item of tableware by hand, which makes this collection unique. The forms in the collection are especially asymmetrical, thanks to which, according to Shapoval and Reva, they are more “alive”.

Ceramics integrates traditions into modern life, but this does not mean that we are promoting an ascetic lifestyle. On the contrary, these traditions are maintained, and a calm and laid-back lifestyle gives us the inspiration we would like to transform in a modern way.

Masha Reva

Applying a new approach to the creation of traditional household items, the Nadiia project demonstrates to the world audience the beauty and diversity of Ukrainian cultural heritage. Nadiia seeks to develop into a large-scale multifaceted project whose socio-cultural mission is to comprehend and adapt Ukrainian identity to the realities of the modern world.

The essence of these objects is that they are provoking feelings between people, and it seems cool to me. Real clay gives a feeling of comfort, this is something that we have in our DNA. When people begin to touch it, they begin to smile.

Nadiia Shapoval

Bolgrad Wine Fest 2021

This year, the annual international wine festival “Bolgrad Wine Fest” will take place from 13 to 14 November.

The place of celebration invariably remains the central city square (Cathedral Avenue). The event aims to restore the traditions of winemaking, develop the identity and culture of the region, and create an attractive climate for the development of tourism.

Guests of the festival are expected to taste wines and snacks for wine, an exhibition, and the sale of wine products. Along with wines, the festival guests could taste the national food of Bessarabia: kavarma, vegetable and fruit pickles, bryndza cheese, milina, homemade sausages, and much more.

The Bolgrad Wine Fest Festival is a platform for meeting new business partners and establishing new contacts.

The organizer’s team

Spectators will be entertained with thematic shows, performances of folklore ensembles and musical groups.

There will also be an opportunity to visit the traditional autumn fair and participate in the lottery.

The organisers announced an exhibition and sale of technological equipment for viticulture, winemaking, cooking, agriculture, etc.

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