Author: Roman Tymotsko

LVIV – It’s not easy to run 13.1 miles.  It’s even harder to do so every day for 31 days straight. But Nazar Kiryk, 22, completed his fundraising goal of running a half-marathon every day in July in order to raise money for a thermal imaging drone that he intends to give to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In total, Mr. Kiryk ran just over 406 miles in July. By the last day of his campaign, Mr. Kiryk had gathered 272,000 hryvnia (roughly $7,400) in cooperation with the Plast branch in Lviv. A correspondent for The Ukrainian Weekly joined Mr.…

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LVIV – On July 16, Kyiv began to enforce aspects of a language law that makes it mandatory for websites in the country to be in Ukrainian. The law, “On Ensuring the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language as a State Language,” was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament in April 2019 and entered into force on July 16, 2019. However, aspects of the law only came into force three years later, on July 16, in order to give Ukrainian citizens time to make the website changes needed to adhere to the new law. “The norms of the law that strengthen the…

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LVIV – In a few days Andrii Burda, 30, a senior engineering manager at a Ukrainian tech company, will celebrate three months since the birth of his first child, Eva. But, as his wife, Iryna, was forced to flee the country and the war launched against the Ukrainian people by Russian President Vladimir Putin on...

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LVIV – Ukrainian Minister of Defense Oleksiy Reznikov said that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has ordered a massive counteroffensive to beat back Russian forces along the country’s southern coast.  Together with Western weapons, Ukraine is already gathering a “million-strong fighting force” for the battle, Mr. Reznikov said. Mr. Zelenskyy said the task of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and each Ukrainian citizen is to rid the entire country of Russian forces. “I can say that the task of all our military is to de-occupy our entire territory. I think this is the task of every citizen of our country. If you don’t…

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At least 20 dead, more than 40 people still missing LVIV – A pair of missiles fired by the Russian military struck the Amstor shopping center in the central Ukrainian city Kremenchuk on June 27, killing at least 20 people with more than 40 people still missing. Another 59 people were injured in the attack....

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LVIV – After nearly four months of terror living under Russian occupation in Kherson, the southern Ukrainian city’s residents have begun to grow hopeful that the Armed Forces of Ukraine might soon liberate their besieged city, which was taken by Russian forces on March 2. By various accounts of locals who decided to stay in...

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LVIV – Ukraine has lost about a quarter of its usable farmland as result of Russia’s full-scale war on the country, according to government officials and industry experts. While that loss of agricultural land, officials have said, will not threaten food security inside what has long been called the breadbasket of Europe, it will have...

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BUCHA, Ukraine – For a month, towns northwest of Kyiv were occupied by Russian troops trying to invade Ukraine’s capital. After the invading forces fled from the area on March 30, the world saw the horrors perpetrated by Russian soldiers in those towns. The massacre in Bucha, Ukraine, became symbolic of the kinds of atrocities...

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LVIV – Since Russia launched its full-scale war on Ukraine on February 24, people throughout the country have had to make the difficult choice of either fleeing their homeland or staying to help with the war effort, either as warriors who have taken up arms or as volunteers who are doing what they can to support their country’s military. Over the course of three months, many Ukrainians have mastered the art of fundraising, finding creative ways to raise money for the cause, while others have simply auctioned off their valuables. Eurovision trophy Members of the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, which…

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LVIV – Ukraine took center stage at this year’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on May 22-26, as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged world leaders to provide further support for the besieged and battered nation and impose “maximum” sanctions on the Russian Federation. Mr. Zelenskyy, who spoke via video link from...

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LVIV – Just three weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an unprovoked and premeditated war against Ukraine on February 24, Lviv has become a massive hub for refugees fleeing indiscriminate violence throughout the country. Ukrainians of all ages have fled bombardments using cars, buses and trains – they have even moved on foot – as many people throughout Ukraine have grown desperate to flee their homes after it became evident that the Russian military was targeting civilians. Russian forces have bombarded apartment buildings, public spaces, private homes, apartment buildings and, in one instance that has garnered international condemnation, a…

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LVIV – As Russia’s unprovoked and premeditated war against Ukraine stretches into its third week, Russian and Ukrainian officials met to discuss the terms of a possible ceasefire and the establishment of humanitarian corridors that would be used to safely move refugees from areas hardest hit by the violence. Russian forces have been slowed in their advance on various Ukrainian cities and they have instead focused on indiscriminate shelling civilian, non-military locations, including hospitals, residential apartment complexes, homes and even the very humanitarian corridors that were previously established to ferry civilians out of danger. Despite being severely outgunned and outmanned,…

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