A back­yard cel­e­bra­tion

Kyiv Post - - National -

One of the big­gest so­cial events of sum­mer is the U.S. am­bas­sador's back­yard bar­beque at her of­fi­cial res­i­dence to cel­e­brate Amer­i­can In­de­pen­dence Day on July 4. 1 Guests lis­ten to the na­tional an­them. 2 Pop­u­lar singer Ruslsana Lyzhy­chko takes a photo with Ok­sana Pryshchepa. 3 A mask dec­o­rated with Amer­i­can stars and stripes. 4 Af­ter the singing of the Amer­i­can and Ukrainian na­tional an­thems, U.S. Am­bas­sador to Ukraine Marie L. Yo­vanovitch kicks off the party with a cham­pagne toast from her bal­cony. 5 Act­ing Health Min­is­ter Ulyana Suprun speaks with Pa­tri­arch Fi­laret, head of the Ukrainian Ortho­dox Church, and Yevs­trati Zo­rya, arch­bishop and spokesper­son for the pa­tri­arch. 6 A cake dec­o­rated as... what else? 7 Christi Anne Hofland, head of Amer­ica House, speaks with De­nis Gursky, co-founder of the 1991 Civic Tech Cen­ter, Open Data In­cu­ba­tor. 8 U.S. Em­bassy press at­tache Ge­of­frey Anis­man sits atop a Har­ley-David­son mo­tor­cy­cle dur­ing the Broad­way-themed party. 9 Law­maker Sergii Leshchenko talks with To­mas Fiala, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Dragon Cap­i­tal. (Pho­tos by Le­sia Trachuk are cour­tesy of U.S. Em­bassy)

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