Author: Mark Raczkiewycz

KYIV – An unlikely partnership has been forged between the U.S.’s most influential Ukrainian advocacy group and celebrity chef Rachel Ray, who is known for her quick-meal preparation recipes. The genesis of the bond between the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) and Ms. Ray occurred when Russia escalated its ongoing war against Ukraine by...

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Kyiv says 1 million Ukrainian troops being marshalled for southern counterattack KYIV – On June 24, a car explosion killed a Moscow-installed official in Russia-occupied Kherson, a port city along the Dnipro River located 450 kilometers (280 miles) south of Kyiv. Dmytro Savluchenko was the collaborator, and he headed the department of family, youth and sports of the civilian administration that the occupying forces had established. He was affiliated with the now-banned Party of Sharia, a pro-Russian party run by blogger Anatoliy Shariy who was detained in Spain in May at the request of Kyiv authorities on suspicion of treason.…

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Decision comes as a show of unity, support for Ukraine amid Putin’s imperialism KYIV – Ukraine moved closer to becoming a member of the European Union (EU) on June 23 as Russia’s grinding full-scale war of the neighboring country is now in its 17th week amid fierce fighting in the Donbas. The European Parliament voted...

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KYIV – Ukraine remained in the epicenter of global geopolitics as four European leaders visited Ukraine in a show of solidarity while China voiced support for Russia’s “sovereignty and security” amid Western pledges for additional security assistance to Ukraine. The prime ministers of Germany and Italy – Olaf Scholz and Mario Draghi, respectively – as...

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Ukraine ambassador says Putin playing ‘hunger games’ with world KYIV – An unbalanced artillery battle is being waged in eastern Ukraine for control over the Luhansk regional city of Severodonetsk, the capital of the non-occupied portion of the broader oblast that Russia invaded in 2014. The region’s governor, Serhiy Hayday, said on Telegram that the...

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KYIV – On the morning of February 24, I woke up in a hotel room in Ivano-Fran­kivsk, a city in one of Ukraine’s westernmost regions, to the sound of explosions. Still half asleep, I presumed that a thunderstorm was approaching the city. It later turned out that military and fuel storage targets were being struck...

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Zelenskyy reveals Ukraine’s current daily casualty numbers LVIV-KYIV, Ukraine – Moscow’s genocidal war against Ukraine entered its 100th day on June 3 as Russian forces continued to advance in the country’s eastern territories known as the Donbas. About 90 percent of the easternmost region of Luhansk has been taken, the local military administration head, Serhiy Haydai, said in a Telegram post. British defense intelligence reported that Russia has taken control of most of Severodonetsk, the Donbas region’s biggest city not fully in Moscow’s grasp. But Kyiv still holds a part of the city and it likely still controls the last…

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Fighting in east, south approaching stalemate CHICAGO – On the 85th day of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. bicameral legislature passed a massive $40 billion emergency aid package for Ukraine as the war-torn country is gaining momentum in the fight against its former colonizer. The Senate on May 19 approved the bill, designed...

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CHICAGO – This year’s special citation to journalists from the U.S.-based Pulitzer Prize Board was awarded collectively to Ukrainian journalists. The Pulitzer Board, located at Columbia University in New York, presents yearly achievement awards in journalism, musical composition and literature. On May 9, the board said Ukrainian journalists were cited “for their courage, endurance and commitment to truthful reporting during [Russian President] Vladimir Putin’s ruthless invasion of their country and his propaganda war in Russia.” The announcement added that, “despite bombardment, abductions, occupation and even deaths in their ranks, they [Ukrainian journalists] have persisted in their effort to provide an…

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Possibility of stalemate looms as war stalls in second phase of fighting CHICAGO – A military stalemate might be approaching in Ukraine as invading Russian forces continue to retreat from areas where their leadership said on April 23 that the renewed invasion would concentrate manpower and combat power to seize the remaining terrain controlled in the eastern part of the country by Kyiv and in the south all the way to Odesa on the Black Sea coast. Ukraine’s counteroffensives remain limited in specific geographic areas while overwhelming Russian forces continue making additive advances in the Donbas. Russia’s objective is to…

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Kyiv poised for more offensives as soon as heavier weapons arrive CHICAGO – Russia’s attempt of conquest in Ukraine continues to falter as the renewed invasion of the neighboring country is entering its 11th week. Any gains Russia is making in the two easternmost regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as in the south, are coming with heavy casualties, daily British intelligence situational reports say. Russian forces are lacking in manpower, having lost about a quarter of its initial invasion force, but it maintains the advantage in weaponry, regular reports from the Pentagon’s press pool said over the week.…

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CHICAGO – U.S. President Joe Biden has requested an additional $33 billion from Congress in additional support for Ukraine on April 28 as the war-torn country resists an all-out Russian invasion. U.S. officials told Reuters and the Associated Press that about two-thirds of the requested amount would go directly to Kyiv for “security and military assistance.” Approximately $8.5 billion would be allocated to help Ukraine’s cash-starved economy and an additional $3 billion would go for humanitarian assistance, press pool reporters at the Pentagon reported. “The proposal would more than double the initial $13.6 billion package of defense and economic aid…

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