Author: Roman Tymotsko

LVIV – Ukrainians around the country united for flag-raising, collective anthem performances and other activities on the newly-established Unity Day on February 16. Two days earlier, amid news of rising pressure on the border with Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the nation and announced that he signed the decree on the new national holiday. “We are told that February 16 will be the day of the attack,” Mr. Zelenskyy said during his address on February 14. “We will make it the Day of Unity. On this day, we will hoist national flags, put on blue and yellow ribbons and…

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KYIV – Members of the expatriate community in Ukraine held a rally in central Kyiv to demonstrate their support for the country amid the continued threat of a new large-scale Russian invasion of the country. About a hundred expats, foreign businessmen, scientists and journalists attended the International Unity March for Ukraine on February 6. “It is time for the international community, along with our Ukrainian brothers and sisters, to show our solidarity in the face of further Russian aggression,” event organizers said on a Facebook page devoted to the rally. Participants gathered in the park near a monument to Taras…

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KYIV – During a contentious meeting on January 31 at the United Nations Security Council in which officials sought to deescalate tensions over Ukraine, the U.S. and Russia traded accusations and each sought to portray the other side as being responsible for the current situation. Russia has steadily built up a military force of some 130,000 personnel, equipment and heavy weapons along the border with Ukraine (including in Belarus), in the occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk, and in Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed in 2014. It is the largest concentration of forces in Europe since the end of the…

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KYIV – Ukrainians marked Unity Day with anxiety and concern that Russia, which has positioned more than 100,000 troops just miles from Ukraine’s border, will once again invade their country. But the symbolism of the day also brought a degree of calm, solidarity and confidence in the Ukrainian army and the country’s diplomats. Ukrainians around the country and the world celebrated the day when, 103 years ago, the Ukrainian National Republic (of central and eastern Ukraine) were unified with the Western Ukrainian National Republic. “On January 22, 1919, a solemn event on St. Sophia Square in Kyiv gathered tens of…

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KYIV – Riding a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Ukraine sent its first satellite in a decade to space on January 13. The optical satellite Sich-2-30 was designed to capture digital photos of the Earth’s surface. More specifically, the satellite, which was designed at the Pivdenne (also known as Yuzhnoye) Design Bureau in Dnipro, Ukraine, will monitor land use, vegetation, forests and water resources. It will also keep an eye on the movement of military troops, equipment and ships, according to Ukrinform. “The purpose of the Sich-2-30 satellite is to monitor the use of land, vegetation,…

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LVIV – The secretary of Ukraine’s National Defense and Security Council (NDSC) has called the downing of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 in 2020 an act of terrorism perpetrated by the Iranian military. “What happened on January 8, 2020, was a terrorist act committed against a civilian aircraft,” Oleksiy Danilov, the NDSC secretary, said during an interview on December 5 with Voice of America (VOA). Mr. Danilov expressed disappointment that Iran has refused to cooperate with an investigation of the tragedy and that Iran will not pay reparations to the victims of the tragedy. Iran has acknowledged that missiles fired…

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Shines spotlight on ‘extraordinary’ citizens who helped build Ukraine LVIV – Speaking to the country in his annual New Year’s message broadcast on December 31, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was adamant that Ukraine is not scared by the looming threat of another Russian invasion of his country. “No army on the other side of the...

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State leaders issue joint statement backing Kyiv, calling for no ‘concessions’ to Russia LVIV – Meeting on December 20 for the Lublin Triangle summit, the presidents of Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland signed a joint statement calling on the international community to step up sanctions against the Russian Federation in response to Moscow’s ongoing aggression against...

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LVIV – The ongoing case against Vitaliy Markiv, the Ukrainian national guardsman who stood trial for the death of an Italian photo journalist and his Russian interpreter, has reached a final denouement. While an Italian appellate court acquitted him of all charges on November 3, 2020, prosecutors appealed the verdict to Italy’s highest court of...

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Kyiv calls Putin’s claim ‘manipulation of facts’ LVIV – Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 12 accused Ukraine of failing to turn over foreign assets of the Soviet Union to Russia. Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Ministry denied the claim, saying the Russian president was twisting the facts of the case. “Russian President Vladimir Putin’s allegation that...

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KYIV – Gennadiy Mokhnenko, pastor of the Church of Good Changes in Mariupol, Ukraine, and founder of the children’s rehab center Pilgrim Republic, was presented with the Light of Justice Award during a ceremony in Kyiv on December 3. The award was given by the Institute of Leadership and Management at the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) to Mr. Mokhnenko, who is a father of 38 children. Speaking during the award ceremony, Borys Gudziak, metropolitan of Ukrainian Catholics in the United States and archbishop of Philadelphia, noted Mr. Mokhnenko’s modesty, selflessness and fidelity to moral principles. “The award’s laureate was born…

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LVIV – Ukraine will be the second country in the world to conduct a national census in partnership with Apple Inc. The 2023 national census will be conducted by Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation, which signed a Memoran­dum of Understanding on November 30 with Apple Inc. and Apple Ukraine LLC. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelens­kyy also...

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