Author: Mike Buryk

October 14, 2022 marks the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (Ukrainska Povstanska Armiia, “UPA”) in Western Ukraine. From 1942 to 1954 this group of young Ukrainian partisans fought against Germany, the Soviet Union and Poland for Ukrainian independence. Christina Kotlar, the daughter of Julian “Levko” Kotlar, talks about her father’s activity in UPA from 1944-1947 and his life-long effort working with UPA veterans and helping to chronicle their valiant struggle during World War II and afterwards. She also touches on the current situation with Ukrainian partisans in the south of Ukraine during the Russian occupation.…

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Yurii Kovryzhenko is a Ukrainian chef and cofounder of the London neo bistro Mriya (the Dream). He talks about his vision for this new restaurant and how it should become a very special Ukrainian cultural gathering place in the UK. The restaurant was opened on August 31, 2022. In an effort to help these newcomers in London, Mriya is staffed solely by Ukrainian refugees. www.facebook.com/mriyaneobistro

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Urban Space Radio was started by the NGO Teple Misto (“Warm City”) in the western Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk in 2015. Initially the media platform only offered popular music produced by Ukrainian musicians, but added podcasts in 2018. CEO Nadiia Hulchuk talks about the history of the media platform and its efforts to bring together, inform and entertain Ukrainians around the country and abroad. urbanspaceradio.com

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Volodymyr Yermolenko is a Ukrainian philosopher, editor-in-chief of UkraineWorld, director of analytics at Internews Ukraine and host of the “Explaining Ukraine” podcast. In this interview, he explores Ukraine’s national identity and how it was shaped. He also looks at Putin’s views about Ukraine and why he thinks a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine is almost impossible at this point. ukraineworld.org

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Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, it is estimated that nearly 12.8 million people have been displaced. About 7.7 million people are internally displaced within Ukraine and in need of housing. Slava Balbek, the founder and CEO of the architectural firm Balbek Bureau, and John Shmorhun, the Chairman of the NGO MoveUkraine, discuss their respective plans to provide housing for Ukraine’s internally displaced people. www.balbek.com www.moveukraine.org

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Jaroslaw (Slavko) Martyniuk is a retired energy economist and sociologist. He was born in Ukraine at the start of World War II. His family made a narrow escape from Communism and settled in Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany. Eventually, the family emigrated to Chicago in the U.S. Some members of his extended family who remained in Ukraine ended up in the Gulag in the Soviet Union. Martyniuk worked for Amoco Oil in Chicago, and in 1979, his oil industry experience led him to a diplomatic post with the International Energy Agency in Paris. In the mid-eighties, in a career switch, he joined…

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Meest-America, the international package and freight delivery service for Eastern Europe, has played a key role in delivering much-needed humanitarian supplies to Ukraine during the war. COO Natalia Brandafi talks about how the company was forced to pivot from its primary mission after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 to transport humanitarian supplies to Ukraine. Its work with major Ukrainian-American non-profit and charitable organizations is also highlighted. us.meest.com

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On June 23, 2022 the European Union formally approved Ukraine’s candidate for membership status. Prof. Alexander Motyl, professor of political science at Rutgers-Newark University in Newark, N.J. and an expert on Ukraine, Russia and the USSR, talks about the significance of EU candidate member status for Ukraine and what the next steps might be to full membership. He also provides a recap of Ukraine-EU relations in the last 30 years. www.newark.rutgers.edu/about-us/have…exander-motyl

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Sergiy Kyslytsya was appointed by President Zelenskyy as the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations in 2019. He is a career diplomat who has served Ukraine in various roles since 1993. In this interview, Ambassador Kyslytsya talks about various aspects of the Russo-Ukraine war and his efforts to gain greater assistance and support for Ukraine from the global community. ukraineun.org/en/ukraine-and-uns…nt-representative

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Ostap Kryvdyk is a foreign policy and international security expert. His many roles include advisor and consultant to important Ukrainian government and education institutions. Mr. Kryvdyk talks about the Russian occupation of southern Ukraine and the growing resistance to it and partisan activity. His personal profile. www.linkedin.com/in/kryvdyk/

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Drones are playing a key role in the defense of Ukraine in the war with Russia. Valerii Iakovenko, a cofounder and the CEO of the Ukrainian tech firm DroneUA, points out that his company’s primary mission is to provide drones for agriculture. However, it had to pivot to assist Ukraine’s military during the Russo-Ukraine war with drones for air reconnaissance, directing weapons fire and conducting search and rescue operations. drone.ua

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Roman Popadiuk was the first U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 1992 to 1993. The former ambassador talks about the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and its impact on Ukraine’s global security. He believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not interested in a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine. The Honorable Mr. Popadiuk emphasizes that Ukraine must be strong militarily to ensure its own sovereignty. www.thepresidency.org/roman-popadiuk

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