Author: Mike Buryk

Dora Chomiak is the president of Razom, an international grass-roots organization established during Ukraine’s Euro-Maidan revolution in 2014. Razom now has 100,000 active volunteers and donors, and, since Russia launched its full-scale war on Ukraine on February 24, the organization has raised more than $12 million for the purchase and delivery of humanitarian and other relief aid to Ukraine. Ms. Chomiak discusses this effort and gives her perspective on what has made the organization so successful. razomforukraine.org

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Serhii Plokhii, author, historian and director of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, offers his perspectives on the Russia-Ukraine war. He discusses Russian President Vladimir Putin and his motives for the invasion. Prof. Plokhii also talks about nuclear power plants in Ukraine and the global risks from repeated attacks by the Russians. huri.harvard.edu

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The Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine is playing a key role in the country’s defense in the Russia-Ukraine war. Deputy Minister Alexander Bornyakov talks about the creation of a volunteer IT Army of Ukraine and efforts to encourage major Silicon Valley tech companies to stop doing business with Russia. He also reviews the use of crypto currency for helping to raise funds for the army of Ukraine. thedigital.gov.ua

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The situation with nuclear power plants in Ukraine during the current war with Russia poses a significant global risk. Sergii Mirnyi is a Ukrainian international expert on nuclear accidents who was commander of the radiation reconnaissance platoon at Chornobyl in 1986 when the nuclear disaster occurred. He talks about what is happening now with nuclear power plants in Ukraine and the potential for new major disasters as the Russians attempt to capture and control them during the war.

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Mykhailo Veselsky, a businessman, philanthropist, and the founder of the Radowell Project, talks about his efforts to improve the lives of all the citizens of Radowell, Ukraine. The Radowell Project includes activities in education, medicine, the local economy, and the encouragement of entrepreneurship. radowell.org.ua/en/

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Natalya Poshyvaylo-Towler was born near Poltava, Ukraine. She left for New Zealand in the late 1990s and eventually settled in Melbourne, Australia. She is a regional vice president with the Ukrainian World Congress, an organization focused on the global Ukrainian diaspora. Ms. Poshyvaylo-Towler discusses her family history, her travel to the southern hemisphere, and her life there. She also offers her observations about the Ukrainian communities in New Zealand and Australia. It’s a fascinating conversation on Ukrainian diaspora life down under.

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Bohdan Shandor is a Ukrainian American who is very active in the community in the U.S. He is President of Shandor & Co., LLC, a management consulting firm. His father was Dr. Vincent Shandor, a Ukrainian activist in Zakarpattia and head of the Carpatho-Ukrainian Representation to the Prague (Czechoslovakia) Federal government preceeding and at the beginning of World War II. Bohdan himself was a witness to the events in 1991 that led to Ukraine declaring formal independence from the Soviet Union and confirming it in a referendum. This special edition episode of Krynytsya was produced for The Ukrainian Weekly, a…

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