Month: April 27, 2018 8:31 am

OTTAWA – While the Group of Seven (G-7) foreign ministers presented a united front against Russia in their recent two-day meetings at the University of Toronto (U of T), they could have gone even further in condemning the “threat to democracy” posed by the country, according to the founder and director of the G-7 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the university. 

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KYIV – Ukraine’s historical Orthodox mother church, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, has started deliberation on whether to grant Ukraine its own self-governing church known as autocephaly. 

In a communiqué e-mailed to The Ukrainian Weekly on April 22, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople said “as its [Ukraine’s] true Mother Church,” that it has “decided to closely communicate and coordinate with its sister Orthodox Churches concerning this matter.”

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From Moscow’s point of view, its loss of control over much of the Black Sea littoral and ports as a result of the disintegration of the Soviet Union is a serious problem – one that Russian moves, first in Abkhazia and then in Crimea, were intended to help solve. Indeed, even before the Crimean annexation in 2014, Russian commentators talked about depriving Ukraine of its access to the sea by creating a new “Novorossiya” state that would extend to the borders of Moldova and possibly even include Transnistria (see Eurasia Daily Monitor, May 27, 2014; September 2, 2014). 

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A new U.S. State Department report has labeled the governments of Russia, Iran, China and North Korea as “morally reprehensible” with human rights violations on a daily basis, making them “forces of instability.” 

While releasing the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017, an annual examination of human rights practices of nearly 200 countries, acting Secretary of State John Sullivan said on April 20 that while some governments are not able to maintain security and meet the basic needs of their people, others “are simply unwilling.”

Twelve years ago, on April 26, 2006, on the 20th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster of 1986, surviving “liquidators” were…...

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In March, Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), co-chairs of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, introduced a resolution commemorating…...

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The statement below was issued by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of American on April 23. Thirty-two years ago, the worst…...

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