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Author: Piotr Pogorzelski

Ballad of a common soldier

A review of Кіборги: Герої не вмирають (Cyborgs: Heroes Never Die), a film directed by Akhtem Seitablaev, Ukraine 2017.

Released in December 2017, the film Cyborgs: Heroes Never Die is a breakthrough for Ukrainian cinema. The film, as the title indicates, depicts the heroic defence of the Donetsk airport by Ukrainian fighters, popularly known as the cyborgs. It is directed by Akhtem Seitablaev, a Crimean Tatar who was born in Uzbekistan. Seitablaev came to Crimea in 1989 when his family returned to the peninsula. He studied in Crimea and Kyiv and then worked for the Crimean Tatar Academic Music and Drama Theatre in Simferopol.

April 25, 2018 - Piotr Pogorzelski

An Ostrich Reaction

Leather shoes are not the only thing that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has in connection with an ostrich. His recent attitude is similar to that of burying his head in the sand. The Ukrainian leader has yet to respond to the possible boycott of the Euro 2012 Football Championships, as a result of the alleged […]

May 8, 2012 - Piotr Pogorzelski

The Unmasking of Yulia Tymoshenko

In October 2011, Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison, although the consequences may last much longer. By sentencing Tymoshenko, Judge Rodion Kireyev may have made one of the most important geopolitical decisions in years. When Yulia Tymoshenko’s trial started on June 24th 2011, the conditions in which it initially took place were […]

January 12, 2012 - Piotr Pogorzelski

EURO 2012. Two Sides of the Same Coin

Four years ago, when Poland and Ukraine were awarded the right to organise EURO 2012, the government in Kyiv had big investment plans. Ukrainians were getting ready to speed along new highways and travel on modern trains. However, the revolution of modernisation did not live up to its dream. EURO 2012 is just around the […]

October 6, 2011 - Piotr Pogorzelski


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