Youngest mayor in Ukraine gives village a second life

Artem Kukharenko, Mayor of the village of Podilske, Cherkasy Oblast

Artem Kukharenko, Mayor of the village of Podilske, Cherkasy Oblast 

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Free Wi-fi, repaired roads and fully-staffed educational institutions – such is the village of Podilske, Cherkasy Oblast, presided over by the youngest mayor in Ukraine, Artem Kukharenko.

Young, ambitious and hard-working, 24-year-old Artem Kukharenko ran for office in 2015, when he was still a university student. He was supported by 80% of the villagers. This is what he hoped for back then, in 2015:

I wanted to stay in my village and not have to migrate to the big city in search of a better life, so one of my main goals was and still is to get the young people back. I plan to study other successful villages and take their example. I don’t want my village to become just one big farm; I want it to live, thrive and succeed! I’d like to go out in the evening and see children playing, young kids holding hands and strolling about, people falling in love, getting married and raising families.

If local residents really want to keep their village alive, it will live and prosper! I’ll do everything in my power, and time will tell.”

Artem’s first challenge was the road. Asphalt was too expensive, so he got 30,000 UAH from the district council and sponsors, and filled the potholes with concrete. But, he points out that the villagers earned the lion’s share of the required sum by organizing a charity concert.

Later, Artem installed free Wi-fi in the centre of the village, and plans to open a movie theatre and training gym in the newly-renovated House of Culture. The village council has also changed the windows and doors in the school buildings, and purchased new desks for the classrooms and cribs and toys for the pre-school nursery. In addition, the lighting system in all the village streets has been completely renovated.

800 people live in the village. Most of them work on local farms. Most young people want to stay and live in the village and many have submitted housing applications to the village council. Artem Kukharenko plans to renovate and refurbish the old abandoned dormitory/hostel that will be home to at least 20 young families in Podilske.

This year’s village budget amounts to one million hryvnias (approximately $38,000 US), so local authorities are seeking funding. The first thing that needs to be done is reconstruction of sewage, water and gas supply systems to the renovated premises.

The young mayor also plans to build recreation areas in the village, clean and restore the local lake, connect the village houses to the water supply system, and launch a waste disposal cooperative. The most important thing is to find investors, and thus provide the locals with work.

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Source: Kanal 24tv.ua

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  • Scradje

    He sounds like a man with a vision and the drive to see things through. Keep pushing Artem!

  • Brent

    This is the kind of future leader Ukraine needs, and not oligarchs who got rich pillaging the country

    • Murf

      This is a good example of decentralization.
      People taking control of their community and fixing their problems them selves rather than wilting for a beaurocrat to do it for them.

  • Vasyl P.

    The young ones are the ones who don’t or can’t remember the USSR times, I think it’s a good experience to have leaders like these as long as they have the drive, the ambition and the willing to do the hard work that follows.

    • Andrew Chmile

      WHO TF CARES WTF A RUSSO-MONGOLIAN ***MOLE*** “THINKS”?

      Except the OTHER TROLLS THAT UP-VOTE YOU :)))

      • Vasyl P.

        No, because unlike you I am actually contributing my thoughts in a constructive matter, you’re the one spewing out unproven crap at every turn 😛

        • Quartermaster

          Every time I see his sewage I flag him as inappropriate. Everyone needs to do the same. We got rid of Toto the Anglicized Burmese Python. We can get rid of Chmile, or whatever his current handle is.

          • Vasyl P.

            Thanks! I keep forgetting about flagging, but now I’ll do just that :)

          • Andrew Chmile

            Good idea!!! :))

          • Vasyl P.

            Indeed! :)

          • Andrew Chmile

            But you don’t get PAID FOR THAT!!! 😉

            MONHOL!!! ;))

            SERVICE FOT LITTLE KHAN PUTIN eh? 😉

            Maybe you should “flag” something else with your fellow “language major trolls” 😉

          • Vasyl P.

            I don’t get paid for anything on here. I am not a troll, paid or not, I come on here to just leave my thoughts :)

          • Andrew Chmile

            ME TOO! :)

            How many people did your rat-like RUSKI family STUK on”
            Lots of “DONOS” eh”

            Now you “TROLL & MOLE” eh? 😉

            Go STUK some more!! — Monhol!

          • MichaelA

            You have been banned many times on Ukrainian sites because nobody believes you are ukrainian
            you are just a putin troll trying to start disagreements among ukrainians and their supporters .

          • Andrew Chmile

            WRONG!!!

            STILL **HIDING** your posting profile? — Why? 😉

            DEFENDING RUSKI MOLES? — Why? 😉

            ATTACKING & **LYING** ABOUT ME? — Why? 😉

          • Andrew Chmile

            AH !!!! ANOTHER **MOLE** & TRUMP SUPPORTER!!! :)))

            TRADITIONAL RUSKI “STUKACH!!” — Like his COMMIE DADDY & GRANDPA UNDER STALIN!!! :)))

            RUSKI **MOLE** SCUM!!!
            Eat more RATS you monhol !

            https://disqus.com/by/disqus_iScaw5CnpK/

          • Quartermaster

            ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
            Rooski mole and troll. Flagged once more.

          • Andrew Chmile

            Nothing WRONG with STATING **TRUTHS** — Ruski DO THAT!!!

            YOU SHOULD KNOW!!! 😉

            LIAR!!

          • Quartermaster

            You and the truth have only the loosest attachment. You are a liar and Russian troll.

          • Andrew Chmile

            And YOUR FB page & NAME is….. ???? :)

            You like to be a STUKACH like ALL RUSKI I read, eh ??

            You Ruski TROLLS & MOLES ARE NOT AT ALL ASHAMED, eh?

            How you lika speakink da Anglish ??? 😉

            LYING IDIOT!!! :))

          • Quartermaster

            Not on Facebook. I leave such time wasters to trolls idiots like yourself.

          • Andrew Chmile

            “Not on Facebook. I leave such time wasters to trolls idiots like yourself.”
            ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

            ANGLISH!! ANGLISH!!

            YOU UNEDUCATED SCUMBAG!!

            Go do your TRADITIONAL “RUSKI DONOS” — LIKE YOUR FAMILY ALWAYS DID!
            THRASH!!!

          • Quartermaster

            The word is “English.” But, such idiotic misspellings are to be expected from a nekulturny Russian troll. I realize that calling you a nekulturny Russian is redundant, but there it is.

          • Andrew Chmile

            Yo’ mama still walking the train stations?

          • MichaelA

            He called it right – you are a liar and a russian troll.

          • Andrew Chmile

            Quartermaster
            TO
            Vasyl P.

            in 43 minutes

            Every time I see his sewage I flag him as inappropriate. Everyone
            needs to do the same. We got rid of Toto the Anglicized Burmese Python.
            We can get rid of Chmile, or whatever his current handle is.
            —————————-

            You can say “Chmilewsky” :)
            You TROLLS DO THAT A LOT!!! :)

            CENSOR like in “HOLY RUSSIA” — WRITE A LETTER INSTEAD & SAY HOW “ANGUISHED!!!” YOUR MONHOL SOUL IS!!! ;))

          • MichaelA

            that’s why his handle keeps changing – many sites ban him

          • Andrew Chmile

            BECAUSE YOU RUSKI TROLLS **LOVE** TO “STUK” —- AND to mimic my name, etc…. BS MONHOL **LYING** TRICKS….

          • Andrew Chmile

            WRONG!

          • Andrew Chmile

            TYPICAL RUSKI **STUKACH** & **LIAR** — here at least you are being honest ….

        • Andrew Chmile

          Care to exchange phone numbers and shoe your FB page?

          Mine goes back a few years … and *YOU* ? :)
          https://www.facebook.com/andrew.chmilewsky

          My address, etc.. also goes back a few years —- and **YOU** ??? 😉

          LYING **STUKACH** & RUSKI faqqot!! — SCUM!!

          Go eat some RATS!!! 😉
          Ruski say it’s “HEALTHY” you know…. :)

          Dirty, STUPID, monhol THRASH!!

          • Vasyl P.

            Haven’t used Facebook in awhile, not really a fan of how they handle my information :)

            But having or not having Facebook doesn’t prove anything, it’s easy to create a fake profile.

            Phone number however I do have :)

          • Andrew Chmile

            LYING MOLE ROTE:

            “Haven’t used Facebook in awhile, not really a fan of how they handle my information :)

            SURE, SURE…. :))

            “But having or not having Facebook doesn’t prove anything, it’s easy to create a fake profile.”

            I SEE :))

            BUT IT WOULD SHOW THE **DATE** YOU “JOINED” — AND YOUR **NAME** — RIGHT?? 😉

            SO DO POST IT — AS I DID MINE!! — RIGHT? 😉

            “Phone number however I do have :)

            Hmm… don’t feel like calling Russia & changing my phone # after … BUR THE ADRESSES … GOING BACK **YEARS** Hmm… “THEY” DO — STEAL I.D.s I KNOW…. I have done FB messages with “THEM” :))

            Interesting!!! :))))

            Well?? :))

            COME ON !!!!
            RUSKI LIAR, STUKACH & FAQQOT!!

            COME ON!!

          • Vasyl P.

            My phone number isn’t russian :)

            But why should I give my FB to you? It won’t prove anything for you, you’ll still regard me as a Russian troll. Try to search for it if you want 😀

          • Andrew Chmile

            “But why should I give my FB to you? It won’t prove anything for you,
            you’ll still regard me as a Russian troll. Try to search for it if you
            want 😀 ”

            Hiding it — or NEVER HAD ONE…. Just Vconte or whatever that Ruski THRASH IS eh? :))

            So some BS EXCUSES!! ;))

            You are so “CLEVER” A monhol :)
            ..thought so …… YOU ARE A LIAR!!!

            How is “Larissa” — the one who “lost her only baby in Donbas!!!”” ?

            “A-A–Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-E-E-E-E-E-eeeeee!”

            STUPID YOU NASTY MONHOL SAVAGES ARE!!! :)))

            So no FB huh? 😉

          • Vasyl P.

            I have an fb, yes, but as I said before, it doesn’t matter.

          • Andrew Chmile

            SO WHAT IS IT???

            :)

            WELL???
            It’s PUBLIC after all — WTF IS YOUR PROBLEM HERE??? :)))

            We are waiting — RUSKI !!!

          • Andrew Chmile

            “I have an fb, yes, but as I said before, it doesn’t matter.”
            ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

            Like yo’ “ANGLISH” doesn’t matter either —- RUSKI TROLL — who claimsa
            to be a Ukrainian and a Americana ….

            Nor edYOUkayted you!

            Monhol teachers eh? 😉
            SCUMBAG!!!
            MONHOL!!! ;))
            HOMO!

          • MichaelA

            You aren’t ukrainian

        • Andrew Chmile

          “Vasyl P.” — Ruski MOLE.

          A LOT OF “OTHER” — “Vasyl P. + DIFFERENT SURNAMES AS A “MARKER” 😉

          — A “TRUMP SUPPORTER” :)))

          HE IS A RUSKI **MOLE** & “moderator” of a RUSKI MOLE-TROLL SITE — with SPUTNIK & VARIOUS OTHER RUSKI COMMIE ARTICLES @ VARIOUS “DISQUS CHANNELS” like:

          __UKRAINE TODAY USA__

          __THE PRESIDENT TRUMP CHANNEL__

          __IMPERIAL NEWS NETWORK__ etc.. BS “Disqus Channels”

          (FREE!! CHEAP!!!)

          “Vasyl P.” CLAIMS ON HIS DISQUS PAGE:
          https://disqus.com/by/Vapetrenko/
          ———————-
          Right-wing freedom fighter; pro-democracy, anti-corruption, anti-feminazis, anti-fascist, Russian, Ukrainian, American

          ————————–

          Has claimed in the past to be Ukrainian & American, IS NEITHER!!

          SPOKE RUSKI AT ME — Thinking I would or should understand his ugly DOG BARK & GROWL LANGUAGE.

          “Larissa” a “MODERATOR” MOLE/TROLL & the OTHER SCUM — will ALL tell you how “Larissa” — “LOST HER ONLY CHILD IN DONBAS!!!!”

          A-A-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-E-E-E-eeeeeee!!!!! :)

          Another RUSKI MOLE SKANK — whined about being “RAPED”!!! as per her Disqus home page no less!!!! :)) — she deleted it after I posted & laughed at her DUM RUSKI @SS!!! :))

      • MichaelA

        Here we go, the boring old Putin troll again.

    • MichaelA

      Excellent observation.

      You understand what Ukraine truly requires to recover.

  • Murf

    THIS Ukraine wins the war.
    Not with bombs or diplomacy.
    But one village at a time improving their lives.
    Because the best revenge had not with violence and hatred but by living well in spite of everything the enemy has done to you.

  • Oknemfrod

    I have nothing but utter admiration for this young man. This is Ukraine the way it ought to be – people taking charge of their own affairs from ground up and – not the other way round hoping for alms from above. This is, in principle and spirit, what happened on Maidan. And they’re doing all this on a budget of $38k – perhaps smaller than 1/30 of the cost of one of Yanuk’s numerous wristwatches.

    p.s. A cause worth contributing to; I’ll seek and find a way and call on others apt to do likewise, in full confidence that this guy will not misappropriate any contribution. Wonder how much those who’ve stolen from the Ukrainian people enough to be able to splurge $38k in one sitting in a restaurant are willing to chip off their ill-gotten billions.

    • Andrew Chmile

      KULAKS!!!!

      Khohle!

      • Tony

        A.k.a winners.

        • Andrew Chmile

          Apparently you believe the MOLES …… 😉

          polaks too! 😉

          SUKER & CRETIN !!

          BANDERA IS A HERO!!!
          FOR A FREE UKRAINE

          FU “Tony”!

  • Tony

    I truly applaud this young man, may he perserve. If his example​ is repeated throughout the country then Ukraine will have a powerful revival.
    Now some suggestions:
    1. Asphalt can be cheaper than Concrete, I think it’s all about setting up the processing facilities locally(jobs). I think it’s just a matter​ of mixing rocks(plenty) with bitumen(import) and heat. That said, concrete can be a good road material. Just don’t forget that 80% of the road is foundations(various grades of rock), if that’s the part of the road that’s damaged then fix it first otherwise the top layer that you see will keep crumbling.
    2. Young people also want education so how about attracting educators by offering a building or land to an education provider at a deep discount?