New head of the state, law on transplantation: important events in Ukraine in 2019

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Ukrainians will remember 2019 with the first presidential debate at the stadium and the election of a new head of state – the first not politician. In addition, the historic law on transplantation was passed, and there was a large exchange of detainees. And in 2019, the miniseries “Chernobyl” from HBO was released, which told the world about the tragedy of 1986.

We tell about it in the new issue of the documentary series “30 years of Independence” on the UA TV channel.

So, Volodymyr Zelenskyy announces that he is running for president on New Year’s Eve. This is especially defiant, because his address is a little earlier than the address of the president.

It is easy to get lost in the first round of elections – 39 candidates. But experienced politicians will not be pleased with the results. Even Poroshenko is only in second place. Tymoshenko is in third place. On the first – Zelenskyy. In the end there should be only one, passions boil at once.

In the era of social networks – candidates are beginning to communicate effectively with videos. A separate spectacle is how candidates pass tests before the debate at Zelenskyy’s request.

ICTV journalists were conducting the debate.

“Of course, for us, as a TV channel, this is a sign of high quality. This means that we have succeeded and managed to make programs in which there is no “color” or sympathy for a particular politician” – says the director of ICTV Oleksandr Bogutskyi.

Two scenes were built in vain – the candidates met on one. And showered each other with accusations disguised in the question. The most emotional moment is when both of them get on their knees. Just look in different directions.

“Democracy is always a bit of a show, in democracy there is a moment of carnival. I, of course, watched the debate. It’s great that there were real elections in Ukraine, where no one knew who would win, and where there were different points of view and different positions” – said Peter Pomerantsev, a senior analyst at Johns Hopkins University.

The result of Volodymyr Zelenskyy is 73.23%, Petro Poroshenko – 24.46%.

Handwritten on parchment, folded into a special tube – this is one of the last achievements of the Poroshenko era – Tomos. This is a church document on granting autocephaly (independence) to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. On January 5, it is signed by the Ecumenical Patriarch. The Tomos is exhibited in Sofia, Kyiv.

“First of all, it is a movement that was aimed at meeting the ancient, I would say, age-old needs of believing Ukrainians, Orthodox Ukrainians, who lost their independence and self-sufficiency in the 17th century” – said theologian Liudmyla Fylypovych.

However, the receipt of the Tomos will soon be overshadowed by the conflict: the basis of the new church was the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate, which in 1992 separated from Moscow. A few months later, her patriarch Filaret will refuse to recognize Metropolitan Epiphanius as the head of the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

And in 2021 it will require the president to get a new Tomos – so that there is no dependence on Constantinople.

In 2019, Kyiv is one of the three European cities with the longest traffic jams. Only Istanbul and Moscow are ahead.

Also in 2019, the Verkhovna Rada will adjust the law on transplantation and it will finally “work”.

Exclusion zone near the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant – film crews often come there. One of them is the American HBO channel. It is releasing a feature miniseries in 2019, receiving ten Emmy Awards, high ratings, admiration and criticism – but not indifference. The series is called – “Chernobyl”.

The series again brings up the topic of Chornobyl, Chornobyl victims and the memory of it. In the same year, the Security Service of Ukraine will publish previously classified KGB documents about the tragedy. And in Prypiat, the number of foreign tourists will increase fivefold – up to 100 thousand people a year.