Month: September 28, 2018 7:31 am

KYIV – A diplomatic confrontation is brewing with Hungary after hidden-video footage emerged that shows a group of Ukrainians taking an oath of loyalty during a citizenship swearing-in ceremony inside the Hungarian Consulate in the Zakarpattia Oblast border town of Berehove. 

After the induction, a Hungarian diplomat told the group to hide their new citizenship status from the Ukrainian authorities while toasting them with champagne, according to the video posted on YouTube on September 19. 

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WASHINGTON – Patriarch Filaret, who heads the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP), recently visited the U.S. capital and a few other American cities, in his search for support of his efforts to unite all Ukrainian Orthodox believers into one Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

This unification, he assured a large gathering at the Atlantic Council on September 19, will not only resolve this unnecessary continuing split within the Church, but may also play a major role in stopping Russian President Vladimir Putin’s continuing efforts to return Ukraine to the realm of the “Russian empire.”

NEW YORK – Back on September 20, 1953, at the Manhattan Center on West 34th Street, an overflow crowd of 3,000 cheered an impassioned speech by Dr. Raphael Lemkin that detailed the Holodomor of 1932-1933. He called it a calculated Soviet attempt to destroy Ukrainian identity and the entire Ukrainian nation, adding this was not simply a horrendous mass murder, but a genocide – part of the Soviets’ larger plan to get rid of the “Ukrainian problem.” A report on his speech made the front page in The Ukrainian Weekly. (The Weekly’s editorial from September 16 of this year analyzed the significance and resonance of this event.) 

“If one year ago somebody had said that we would come so close to the Tomos, everyone would have said…...

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Ukraine is going to create a naval base in the Sea of Azov amid tensions with Russia in the region. On September 23 the Ukrainian Navy deployed two naval auxiliary vessels to the Sea of Azov. The event could have been routine if only the Kerch Strait had not been occupied by Russia since spring 2014 and the Kerch Strait Bridge had not been completed in early 2018. Since May of this year, Russia has been illegally detaining and inspecting ships passing between the Black and Azov seas.

The passage of the Ukrainian ships became a headache for Russia since it claims the adjacent waters in occupied Crimea are Russian, while the rest of the world considers them Ukrainian.

The two ships examined how far Russia will go. Russia chose to do nothing. 

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On September 26, President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine addressed the United Nations General Assembly. The occasion was the annual General…...

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Thirty-five years ago, on October 2, 1983, an estimated crowd of 18,000 people gathered at the Washington Monument in the…...

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