Daria Shulzhenko

Daria Shulzhenko

Daria Shulzhenko is a culture writer at the Kyiv Independent. She has been a lifestyle reporter at the Kyiv Post until November 2021. She graduated from Kyiv International University with a bachelor’s in linguistics, specializing in translation from English and German languages. She has previously worked as a freelance writer and researcher.
Articles by Daria Shulzhenko
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Families mourn fallen defenders of Ukraine

Early in the morning on March 9, Rostyslav Kotenko dialed the number of his father, Ukraine’s Armed Forces Colonel Serhii Kotenko.  The two hadn’t spoken since Kotenko’s father left to fight Russian forces in the war’s hot spots, near Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.  The long-awaited but brief conversation ended with Kotenko ...
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Ukrainian couples celebrate love amid war

It was a beautiful wedding ceremony at the St. Michael’s monastery in Kyiv downtown.  Lit with dozens of candles, the usually crowded church was almost empty when Sviatoslav Fursin and Yaryna Arieva, both dressed in traditional Ukrainian vyshyvanka embroidered shirts, were pronounced husband and wife. But there were no wedding ...
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Here’s how to support the Ukrainian military

Ukraine has been defending itself from Russia’s all-out invasion since Feb. 24. While Ukraine has so far been successful at pushing back Russian forces, Russia’s advance into Ukraine continues on multiple fronts as heavy fighting takes place in different cities and regions.   There are several options to help the ...
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Russia’s war cost Ukraine $280 billion

Ukraine has lost $280 billion in output during the six years of its ongoing war with Russia, according to the report published on Feb. 10 by the British think tank Centre for Economics and Business Research, or CEBR.  The new report studies the cost to Ukraine of Russia’s war on its territories ...
Culture

Weekend in Kyiv – Feb. 4-6

Our picks of the best art, music, film and more in the capital. All listed venues require one of the following: certificate of vaccination, negative PCR or antigen test, or proof of recovery from Covid-19. Traveling carnivals with stomach-turning attractions, exceptional psychoanalysis, and blood-curdling violence scenes is only a small ...
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Ukrainian director detained in Italy at Russia’s request removed from Interpol wanted list

Renowned Ukrainian theater director Eugene Lavrenchuk, 39, who was detained in Italy in December due to a Russian extradition request, was removed from the Interpol wanted list, Ukrainian Parliament’s Commissioner for Human Rights Ludmila Denisova wrote on Facebook on Jan. 29. Interpol found that his wanted status was “inconsistent” with ...