Author: Marta Farion

Marta Farion is president of Kyiv Mohyla Foundation and co-chair of the Government Relations Committee of the UCCA Illinois Division.

CHICAGO – On June 24, U.S. Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski addressed an audience of members of the Polish community and invited guests, among them members of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America-Illinois Division, the Selfreliance Ukrainian Credit Union, Ukraine’s Consul General Serhiy Koledov, as well as the city’s political leaders, including Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas and Pastor John Harrell. The presentation was held at the city’s Union League Club.  Mr. Brzezinski, who spoke via video conference, was unable to attend in person because the same day he received a call from U.S. President Joe Biden requesting a personal…

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CHICAGO – On a bitter cold winter day, over 100 members of the Ukrainian community gathered at the historic Water Tower in Chicago on December 9 to protest Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine and the looming threat of another invasion. The rally was organized by the Illinois Division of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA). The rally came a day before meetings between officials from the United States and Russia met to address the growing tension around Ukraine. It sought to raise public awareness of the security issues that threaten Ukraine’s independence. U.S. Reps. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and Mike…

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CHICAGO – The Illinois Division of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) announced plans for a rally to be held at the historic Water Tower on Michigan Avenue in Chicago on January 9. The Polish, Lithuanian, Estonian, Latvian and Belarusian communities, and other friends of Ukraine, are expected to join the rally at 3 p.m. in solidarity with the Ukrainian community of the Chicago metropolitan area. “We stand with Ukraine and against Russian aggression on a sovereign nation. Our rally rejects the disinformation being spread by Russia about the non-existent threat Ukraine poses to Russia,” said Ihor Diaczun, president…

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CHICAGO – Valery Khmelko, an internationally renowned sociologist who was the chairman of the sociology department at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and the president and co-founder of the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS), died on October 31. He was 82. Mr. Khmelko’s scholarship focused on the relationship between personality and social structure,...

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Sen. Durbin, Reps. Davis and Quigley join tribute CHICAGO – On January 25, Chicago’s Ukrainian community honored senior member of Congress Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) in a tribute hosted by the local division of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America. The tribute was part of the annual Ukrainian Unity Day, commemorating the anniversary of January 22, 1918-1919, when Ukrainians declared independence and a year later united the nation’s east and west in a manifestation of independence in Kyiv. In the packed hall of Ss. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Cultural Center, the audience welcomed senior Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Reps. Danny…

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