Author: Mark Raczkiewycz

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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CHICAGO – As the second month of Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine comes to an end, Moscow is concentrating most of its strength and military force to seize the remainder of the two easternmost regions of Luhansk and Donetsk that it initially failed to occupy in the ongoing war that started in 2014. “The battle for the Donbas has begun,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced earlier in the week in a nightly address to the nation. Intelligence reports from Ukraine, Britain and the U.S. say that the invasion’s new commander, Gen. Aleksandr Dvornikov, is trying to encircle defending Ukrainian positions in…

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CHICAGO – After winning the battle for Kyiv, Ukrainian forces are preparing for a critical, if not final, chapter in Russia’s full-scale war launched on its neighboring country on February 24. Ukrainian, U.S. and British intelligence are saying that, after Russia failed to quickly conquer the country in the span of 72 hours, Kremlin tyrant Vladimir Putin has chosen to focus on subjugating Kharkiv and the remaining area of the Donbas his forces don’t control. To reportedly accomplish this, Putin appointed a new invasion commander – Gen. Alexander Dvornikov, who is known as the “Butcher of Syria” for his tactics…

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CHICAGO – After winning the battle for Kyiv, Ukrainian forces are preparing for a critical, if not final, chapter in Russia’s full-scale war launched on its neighboring country on February 24. Ukrainian, U.S. and British intelligence are saying that, after Russia failed to quickly conquer the country in the span of 72 hours, Kremlin tyrant Vladimir Putin has chosen to focus on subjugating Kharkiv and the remaining area of the Donbas his forces don’t control. To reportedly accomplish this, Putin appointed a new invasion commander – Gen. Alexander Dvornikov, who is known as the “Butcher of Syria” for his tactics…

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CHICAGO – After Ukrainian forces decimated Russian forces in the vicinity of Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv and the surrounding northern regions, Russian forces retreated to Belarus to regroup for an onslaught on the Donbas region in the easternmost part of the country. In their wake, the withdrawing Russian forces left behind evidence of what is being described as war crimes and even genocide discovered in the liberated suburbs northwest of Kyiv in Bucha, Irpin and Boro­dyanka. Western intelligence reported over the past week that most of Moscow’s forces trying to capture Kyiv, a city of almost 3 million, were rendered…

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CHICAGO – Ukrainian forces have definitively crushed Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin’s objective of regime change and rapidly taking over the country, including its brain center of Kyiv, as Russia’s renewed invasion of the country enters a second stage that purportedly is focusing now on seizing the remainder of the Donbas. As the unprovoked war enters its second month, Kyiv has inflicted heavy losses on the invading forces and stalled their advance by outsmarting and willfully pouncing upon the Russian military. As of the 36th day of the all-out war, bridges have been destroyed around the surrounding Kyiv suburbs, and columns…

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CHICAGO – Determined to see Ukraine withstand Russia’s renewed invasion of the country, and rallying near this city’s iconic Water Tower whose yellow limestone structure survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, hundreds of Chicagoans attended a pro-Ukraine rally at the castellated and now-defunct pumping station on March 27. It was the fifth rally – the third held downtown – that the Illinois Division of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) has held since Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin ordered a multi-pronged assault on the neighboring country that began on February 24. Thousands of civilians and soldiers have died, and…

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CHICAGO – Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine is grinding to a halt as of March 24 with not much new territory being taken in the past two weeks. The Ukrainian military is now describing the multi-pronged invasion as three separate wars – in the north, east and south. Russia is losing in its strategic objective...

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CHICAGO – About $500,000 was raised for the benefit of Ukraine in the U.S.’s third-largest city on March 16 by a family-owned business of dairy products that assembled the metropolitan area’s close-knit community of culinary artists. More than 70 chefs fed 1,700 ticketholders with exquisite sample-size portions at Chicago’s Navy Pier on the shore of Lake Michigan in what was the city’s biggest fundraiser to date to help the Chicago’s sister-city country as it staunchly withstands an ongoing Russian invasion that has entered its fourth week. Lifeway Foods, a nationwide producer of kefir – a dairy drink made from fermented…

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