Author: Ihor Stelmach

The Ukrainian people have been called courageous, patriotic, hard-working and heroic. Throughout their long history, they have been independent, freedom-loving, proud and defiant. Since the Russia launched its full-scale war on February 24, Ukrainians have mobilized themselves in all possible ways to stave off the better-equiped Russian forces invading their homeland. Grandfathers and grandmothers, sons...

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World No. 34 women’s tennis player Anhelina Kalinina had hopes of going far at Wimbledon because she needed as much prize money as possible to help her parents and the Ukrainian people. The 29th seeded Ukrainian star has climbed up the World Tennis Association (WTA) rankings in 2022 and planned to allocate her winnings toward...

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On June 21 Worldwide Olympic Partner Visa announced it had bestowed their Visa Award from the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing to the Ukraine Paralympic Team. Visa will donate $50,000 to the National Sports Committee for the Disabled of Ukraine and, in a broader show of support for Ukrainian athletes, Visa is also donating $50,000...

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In a joint statement, 33 Western powers plus Japan and South Korea renewed a March 8 call for no international sporting events to take place in Russia or Belarus and for their athletes to be banned from international competitions. In updated recommendations, the 35 nations called for Russian and Belarusian governing bodies to be suspended...

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There are nine of them, ranging in age from 14 to 20. They are members of the Federation of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (AGG), part of Ukraine’s national team, called Alcor Mizar. They are some of Ukraine’s most elite athletes – Ukrainian gymnasts who have fled their war-torn country and the homes they’ve known their entire...

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Ukraine’s Para athletes once again overachieved, this time at the 2022 Para World Swimming Championships held on June 12-18 in Madeira, Portugal. Team Ukraine finished fifth overall out of 51 medaling countries and fifth in gold medals with 13. Ukrainian swimmers added 10 silver medals and 13 bronze for a total of 36 medals. Top...

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Special Olympics Florida has donated financial and program assistance to Special Olympics Slovakia in an effort to support a sports club consisting of Ukrainian refugees. The club, named Special Stars, is designed to support people with intellectual disabilities who have fled Ukraine due to Russia’s war on Ukraine. The club is also open to Special...

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When a world-class complex with world-class funding gets a world-class athlete, the outcome can truly be out of this world. Twenty-two-year-old Ukrainian Kateryna (Kate) Maistrenko is one of the top rowers in the world. The ex-Washington State University star is currently training for the Olympics and world championships. Every morning at sunrise, Maistrenko heads to...

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Prior to the beginning of Moscow’s full-scale war on Ukraine that began on February 24, military experts around the globe speculated on the outcome of a possible war between the neighboring countries. Such experts often evaluate the strength of a nation by examining its diplomatic, informational, military and economic capabilities, which they refer to by...

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After it was announced that the International Judo Federation was admitting Russian and Belarusian teams to its upcoming competition in Mongolia under neutral flags, Ukrainian Olympic Committee President Sergey Bubka exhorted full compliance with International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommendations. Speaking at the General Assemblies of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the...

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Vitali Klitschko’s courageous fortitude earned him world heavyweight championship titles during his illustrious boxing career. Today, he shows his fearlessness and heroism as mayor of Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv. He has resolved to protect his countrymen from Russian forces and President Vladimir Putin, who launched a full-scale war on Ukraine on February 24. These days,...

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After eight years of being exiled from its home city by Russian aggression, Ukraine’s top soccer team has been relegated to hosting UEFA Champions League play in neighboring Poland and planning a humanitarian tour of matches in the United States. Shakhtar Donetsk has not played a home game since the Russian war in the Donbas...

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