Author: Matthew Dubas

Boxing • Junior lightweight (super featherweight), Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1-0, 4 KO) added the WBO title to his collection after a fifth-round KO of Roman Martinez (29-3-2, 17 KO) of Puerto Rico on June 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Lomachenko, 28, landed a series of hits followed by an uppercut that stunned Martinez, and he followed it up with a right hand that sent the Puerto Rican to the canvas. The Ukrainian national anthem was sung by 16-year-old Ania Kosachevich, a member of Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization and dance with Iskra Ukrainian Dance Academy of Whippany, N.J. •…

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NEW YORK – The end of an era, some have called it, but then again nothing stays the same forever. Whatever we tell ourselves, the closing of the Surma Book & Music Company “The Ukrainian Shop” on Seventh Street is a tough one to process. Markian Surmach, the third-generation owner of the store and grandson of the store’s founder, Myron Surmach Sr., spoke with The Ukrainian Weekly on June 3, to break the news directly to the readers. We began our conversation where the last one left off, in April 2015, when Mike Buryk wrote in The Weekly: “I asked…

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UNITED NATIONS – The 30th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster was commemorated during the opening of the 92nd plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on April 26 by Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark, president of the General Assembly, representatives of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, and speakers representing other regions of the world. Mr. Lykketoft said: “Many of us remember the horror and the fear we felt 30 years ago, when the nuclear accident happened at Chornobyl, in what is now Ukraine. The most severe accident in the history of nuclear power industry. The accident caused the huge release…

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NEW YORK – Approximately 200 people attended the 40th anniversary banquet celebration for The Ukrainian Museum in New York on April 17 at the Tavern on the Green in Central Park. They came to honor an institution that has served not only the Ukrainian community, but the arts community at large, with its high-quality and expansive exhibits and collections. Among the honored guests were: Ambassador of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko and his wife, Iryna; Consul General of Ukraine in New York Igor Sybiga and his wife, Natalia; Bohdan Kurczak, CEO, and Stefan Kaczaraj, chairman of the board,…

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Soccer  • In the UEFA Champions League, Dynamo Kyiv lost 1-3 against Manchester City in Kyiv on February 24 in the first-leg match of the Round of 16.  Man City opened the scoring in the 15th minute by Sergio Aguero, in the 40th minute by David Silva; Ukraine’s Vitaliy Buyalskiy scored the lone goal for...

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More than 1,000 march to White House WASHINGTON – More than 1,000 activists took part in an early evening march on November 7 from Union Station, the location near the recently unveiled Holodomor monument, to the White House. Marchers, who carried blue-and-yellow flags of Ukraine and many dressed in Ukrainian embroidery, snaked through the streets...

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PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Ukraine finished in eighth place in the medal standings with 31 medals – eight gold, 17 silver and six bronze – at the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade (student youth games) on July 3-14 in Gwangju, South Korea. Artistic gymnast Oleg Verniaiev won six medals – gold medals in the individual all-around, men’s...

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KERHONKSON, N.Y. – Approximately 6,000 people attended the ninth annual Ukrainian Cultural Festival under the theme “Solidarity with Ukraine” during a beautiful summer weekend on July 10-12 at the Soyuzivka Heritage Center. That spirit of solidarity could be seen all around the Soyuzivka grounds, not only the stage show, but among the vendors, the delicious food, the exhibits and film screenings, with the sounds of “Glory to Ukraine, Glory to the Heroes” echoing throughout the festival. The schedule of events offered festival-goers a variety of things to enjoy. Friday’s evening stage show got under way promptly at 6 p.m. with…

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PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Telecom giant Verizon has drawn the ire of the Ukrainian community in the United States and around the world with its offensive advertisement that showed a couple channel-surfing, and complaining that anything would be better to watch than Ukrainian dancing. The advertisement on its website has been modified (replacing the Ukrainian dancers with a pottery demonstration and a wildlife documentary) since a campaign was launched by the Ukrainian members demanding that Verizon remove  the ad and issue a formal apology. The ad, believed to be created by McCann Advertising Agency (which, incidentally, has an office in Kyiv…

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PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Ukraine finished in eighth place in the medal standings with 46 medals (eight gold, 14 silver and 24 bronze) at the Baku 2015 European Games on June 12-28. Following is The Weekly’s report on the results of the final three days of the European Games. Inna Cherniak (57 kg) won the blind...

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PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Ukraine is in 11th place in the medals standings with 35 medals (six gold, 11 silver and 18 bronze) at the Baku 2015 European Games on June 12-28. Ukraine’s team is represented by 241 athletes, among the 6,000 competitors representing 50 participating countries in 20 sports disciplines. Twelve of the sports –...

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