Month: February 22, 2019 7:58 am

Esteemed members of the UNA,

Dear Ukrainian brothers and sisters:

The date of February 22 is cause for great joy and pride as we mark the success of our organized community life, which began way back in 1894. Let us ponder the significance of this date as we listen to voices from our history, those of our grandparents and great-grandparents, affirming: “We did it!”

PHILADELPHIA – On Monday, February 18, the Vatican Information Service announced that the Holy Father has appointed Bishop Borys Gudziak as archbishop of Philadelphia for Ukrainians and metropolitan for the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the U.S.A., thus concurring with the recommendation of the appointment offered by the Synod of Ukrainian Catholic Bishops, which met in September 2018 in Lviv. 

Ukraine tries to adjust to present-day reality

KYIV – In 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a list of grievances towards the West, namely America, at the yearly Munich Security Conference in Germany. It was a harbinger of things to come as Russia was growing stronger amid booming oil prices and began to more aggressively reassert influence in its near abroad. 

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Mid-February registered a remarkable sequence of international forums, whose participants debated and sought to counter Russia’s power politics in Europe and the Middle East. First, defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) had their regular meeting in Brussels (February 13-14) and then proceeded to the annual security conference in Munich (February 15-17). Meanwhile, the United States-sponsored conference in Warsaw on the Middle East (February 13-14) brought together a number of prominent politicians, including Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Vice-President Michael Pence. Simultaneously, Russian President Vladimir Putin greeted his partners in managing the Syrian war – Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani – in Sochi. 

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WASHINGTON – During the tumultuous three-month ordeal of the “Revolution of Dignity” in Ukraine between November 2013 and February 2014, the Ukrainian American community members repeatedly and consistently were in contact with their U.S. elected officials, providing first-hand information about the events transpiring and seeking their support and assistance. 

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The governments of Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland have announced they will pledge some $14 million over the next three years to a United Nations project to promote social cohesion and strengthen regional governance in eastern Ukraine.

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A large gathering of more than 100 people actively concerned about Ukrainian affairs came together at the Holodomor Memorial in Washington on a very cold Sunday afternoon, February 17, to honor the Heavenly Hundred who gave their lives five years ago in Kyiv in their pursuit of achieving a truly independent Ukraine.

This week’s issues of both Svoboda (issue date February 22) and The Ukrainian Weekly (February 24) have special sections dedicated to a milestone anniversary of our publisher, the Ukrainian National Association – its 125th.

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Twenty-five years ago, on February 19, 1994, the Ukrainian National Association celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding with a gala concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

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Reprinted below are excerpts of the Svoboda editorial of November 1, 1893, which called for the establishment of a fraternal organization for Ukrainians in the United States. The front-page editorial was titled “We need a national organization.” (At that time, Ukrainians were known as Ruthenians, and the original Ukrainian text of the editorial referred to “Rusyny.” In the translation below, which is reprinted from “Ukrainian National Association: Its Past and Present,” the 70th anniversary history of the UNA written by Anthony Dragan, the term “Ruthenian” has been replaced by “Ukrainian.”)