Author: Askold S. Lozynskyj

As I get older wisdom remains neutral as experience broadens and brain cells wither. Irony and paradox are the hallmarks of septuagenarians. Pure unadulterated idealism is replaced by practical considerations, after all politics are defined as an art of what is possible. Each new event leads to a strain on my thought processes. I saw...

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On Thursday, July 14, The New York Times carried a relatively even story about the recall of Ukraine’s ambassador in Germany, Andrij Melnyk, for comments he had made concerning Berlin’s lack of support for the Ukrainian war effort. The New York Times went a little further, expounding on the current Ukrainian-German political conundrum, lack of...

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To start, it is important to note that Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.), while in fact having been born in Ukraine and currently serving as a member of Congress, in no way represents the interests of Ukraine or the Ukrainian American community. It is unfortunate that she has chosen at this time of great peril to...

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The New York Review of Books recently published a review of two new publications on language that read: “There are recent reports that Ukrainian defense forces are making their prisoners pronounce the word palianytsia (a kind of bread) as a reliable indicator of Russian or Ukrainian upbringing.” It seems that the Russians cannot pronounce the...

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I spoke on the phone with a longtime friend in Kyiv on March 25. I have known him for many years. Our conversation relaxed me and more importantly it seemed to be good for him. He is extremely proud of our men and women who are defending Ukraine. However, there are repeated moments during the...

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The first days of the war did not unfold as the Russians anticipated. Becoming even more unhinged by this setback, Russian President Vladimir Putin increased not only the number of Russian soldiers but also the variety of weapons and methods of warfare. The latter should be most alarming. A missile was fired indiscriminately at the...

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The recent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting convened by the Russian Federation under its own chairmanship was more eye popping than normal and that says a lot. Russia routinely distorts and misinforms. The UNSC is mostly an exercise in futility since five permanent members have veto power, including Russia, which is essentially a rogue...

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently spoke about the arrival of Russian paratroopers in Kazakhstan at the alleged invitation of the president of that country. These are the kind of people who will not leave your house, Mr. Blinken said. History shows that this has been the modus operandi of Muscovite and Russian imperialists....

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This commentary is written on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Ukrainian Free University (UFU), today located in Munich, but originally in Vienna, then Prague. It was located in Munich only after World War II. The history of this remarkable institution has been written many times and by many authors,...

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In the history of U.S.-Ukraine relations, it was a long-time coming. The Biden-Zelenskyy summit did happen within the language of “this summer.” There were two brief postponements, but, if anything, they contributed to the duration of a meeting scheduled for only one hour but one that actually lasted for two. At least Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy boasted that the length of the meeting was indicative of success. More likely, length was irrelevant, at best a concession to or reward for President Zelenskyy’s patience.

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To my personal dismay, since I have been hoping to see a Catholic from Western Ukraine elected president of Ukraine, on its 30th anniversary, Ukraine has been a model of diversity, though it has not included my own preference. Ukraine has had presidents from Volyn, Chernihiv by way of Dnipro, Sumy, Donetsk, Vinnytsia and Dnipro.

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The irony here is that he may not know it and, certainly, helping Ukraine is not his intention. There is evidence of the “democratic,” “anti-corruption” Alexei Navalny being, in fact, yet another Great Russian chauvinist. His position on the Russian invasion, occupation and annexation of sovereign Ukrainian territory, Crimea, is undisputed. Thus, he remains within...

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