Official, memorable dates in Ukraine
in socio-political, cultural life:
125 years (August 1885) since the founding of the National Technical University "Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute" as the Kharkiv Practical Institute of Technology - the first technical higher education institution in the Dnieper (sub-Russian) Ukraine.
UN: International Year for the Convergence of Cultures, International Year for Biodiversity
The Arab Spring has changed the established patterns of political regimes in the Islamic Mediterranean region.
January 1 - Spain takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union
January 1 - Former Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy becomes the first President of the Council of the European Union
January 10 - Ivo Josipovic wins the Croatian presidential election
January 13 - Kyiv City Court of Appeals finds that Stalin, Molotov, Kaganovich, Postyshev, Kosior, Chubar and Khatayevich committed the crime of genocide of the Ukrainian people under the Criminal Code of Ukraine
January 17 - the first round of the presidential election of Ukraine determined the winners of Viktor Yanukovych and Yulia Tymoshenko
January 17 - Entrepreneur and billionaire Sebastian Pinera, a candidate from the right-wing National Renewal Party, wins the second round of the presidential election in Chile
January 19 - One of the leaders of the Hamas movement, Mahmoud al-Mabhuh, is found dead in a room at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in the emirate of Dubai. Dubai police, using surveillance cameras, identified a circle of 26 suspects in the assassination of al-Mabhuh, all of whom used forged French, British, Irish and Australian passports. According to Dubai Dahi Police Chief Halfan Tamim al-Mabhuh, he was the victim of an Israeli Mossad intelligence operation
January 22 - President Victor Yushchenko confers the title of Hero of Ukraine on Stepan Bandera
February 7 - Viktor Yanukovych, the leader of the opposition Party of Regions, is elected President of Ukraine, gaining 48.95% of the vote; 45.47% voted for incumbent Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
February 7 - Costa Rica's presidential election is won by Laura Chinchilla, who becomes the first woman president in the country's history
February 9 - The European Parliament approves a new village