KEYWORDS TODAY:   UKRAINEHEINEKENVALERI PETROVNATOENERGYGAS

Top News

Bulgaria's Poet Valeri Petrov Dies

Bulgaria's poet, playwright, script writer and translator Valeri Petrov  passed away at the age of 94 in Sofia Military Hospital on Wednesday, reports the Bulgarian National Radio.

Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt Slashes BGN 500M Public Investment Program by BGN 150M

The budget of the government's public investment program "Growth and Sustainable Regional Development" will be downsized by BGN 150M from BGN 500M, according to caretaker Finance Minister Rumen Porozhanov.

NATO Plans New Eastern European Bases along Russia’s Borders

NATO chief has said the alliance plans to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe in response to the crisis in Ukraine and to address a new Russian military approach.

Bulgaria OKs Disaster Risk Management Peer Reviews by EU Countries

Bulgaria's caretaker government has decided to allow experts from the European Commission to examine its capacity to manage disaster risks.

Bulgaria's Caretaker Transport Minister Approves 3 New Appointments

Caretaker Transport Minister Nikolina Angelkova has made replacements at the Executive Agency for Exploration and Maintenance of the Danube River, the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company and the State Enterprise "Air Traffic Services Authority."

Opinions

Maxim Behar: Ice Bucket Challenge Has Made Us Better

Maxim Behar’s idea to introduce a Bulgarian tone to the Ice Bucket Challenge has drawn an unexpectedly wide response, the leading Bulgarian PR expert has said for Sofia's daily newspaper 24 hours..

Poll

Would Bulgaria be better off under a presidential system?

» No - 41.4 %

» Yes - 39.5 %

» It is difficult to tell - 19.1 %

» Comments

Smiles

  • Little Green Men

    Two women talk:

    - Does your husband drink too much?

    - Until he starts seeing little green men.

    - Oh, this is nothing. Mine continues drinking with them.... read

In Pictures

Marcos Giron of the US hits a return to John Isner of the US during the second day of the 2014 US Open Tennis Championship at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, Meadows, New York, USA, 26 August 2014. The US Open runs through 08 September, a 15-

Young Palestinians celebrate a ceasefire in Gaza City, 26 August 2014. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on 26 August 2014 an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire proposal to end seven weeks of fighting between Israel and militant groups in the Gaza St

The light installation by Mariano Light from Italy is displayed in front of the statue of Polish mathematician and astronomer Mikolaj Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus) during the Bella Skyway Festival 2014 in Torun, Poland, 26 August 2014. The Festival has b

Spanish flamenco dancer Sara Baras performs on stage at Flamenco On Fire Festival in Pamplona, Spain, 26 August 2014, in which she presents her last performance "La guardiana" (The Guardian).

Argentineans Juan Malizia (R) and Manuela Rossi compete in the Buenos Aires World Tango Dance Contest in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 26 August 2014. Malizia and Rossi won the final of the `Tango Escenario` (stage tango) category, during the final day of the

A member of an Egyptian troupe performs during the Sana’a Summer Festival in Sana’a, Yemen, 24 August 2014. Yemen launched a one-week tourist festival to reactivate the tourism industry in this poorest Arab country.

An Indonesian model takes a part in parade along a 3.6 kilometers long catwalk during the Jember Fashion Carnival 2014, in Jember, East Java, Indonesia, 25 August 2014.

 

Photo Story

Ukraine's Independence Day: A Tale of Two Parades

1 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

In downtown Donetsk, military personnel of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People`s Republic escort Ukrainian army prisoners of war.

2 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

It might be hard to tell at a first glance whether the event was designed to coincide with the Independence Day. But the Donetsk People's Republic reported Saturday that the national celebration would be cancelled in the city.

3 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

Kiev (and Western Ukraine as a whole) was not the single city to mark the anniversary. Here, locals can be seen cheering during a ceremony in Slaviansk, once rebel-held.

4 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

Crisis-torn Ukraine used the occasion to make a display of its capabilities, hoping the show-off would assert citizens Kiev was committed to protect them.

5 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

It is being held by members of Czech Ukrainian community as they march to mark the Independence Day on the medevial Charles bridge in Prague, the Czech Republic's capital.

6 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

In one of the biggest cities in Eastern Ukraine, on the other hand, one could see quite a different spectacle.

7 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who greeted the cheerful spectators, was clear the country now needed to be permanently ready for external aggression and would have to boost defense expenditures.

8 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

Locals had the opportunity to inspect military equipment of the Ukrainian army destroyed by rebels' military personnel.

9 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

It was not all about arms, of course...

10 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

A giant flag with an inscription "Ukraine" visible on it was part of the celebrations in Slaviansk; but it also turned to be a playground.

Ukraine celebrated its 23rd Independence Day on August 24, with a military parade in its capital Kiev held to mark the anniversary.

Although the event divided opinions among Ukrainians (or those considering themselves Ukrainians) themselves, it did not seem to provoke huge outrage among the ranks of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic representatives.

To the contrary, what they seem to have made is a rival march: a parade of their own.

» See all photos

Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria