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17.12.2014

Last month, a team of 25 specialized Canadian health care professionals travelled to Ukraine to perform difficult reconstructive surgical procedures on victims of the Euromaidan revolution and the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine. The team was comprised of surgeons, anesthetists, and nurses from across Canada, including Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto. Throughout the ten-day mission the team worked alongside Ukrainian doctors and nurses to assess over 60 patients from across Ukraine with complex post-traumatic injuries and deformities. In total the mission was able to perform...



12.12.2014

“They were continuously thanking me for all the supplies I was able to bring, the letters, t-shirts with their logo… But mostly they were just thankful that someone cares enough to come visit them from a country as far away as Canada – especially a girl!” Twelve GPS Garmin Navigators, two packages of various medical supplies from Health Partners International of Canada, hand warmers, Celox, and Halo Seals are amongst the many items Ukrainian Canadian Ania Jacyniak was able to personally deliver on a recent trip toUkraine. Although she has been a...



08.12.2014

Nineteen-year-old Vasyl Pelysh, a volunteer with the Aidar battalion, knows what it is like to make unimaginable sacrifices in the name of freedom for one’s country. While being held captive by Russian forces he had his right arm cut off. His Russian captors had found the Ukrainian coat of arms, the trident, and the words “Slava Ukraini! (“Glory to Ukraine!”) tattooed onto his shoulder. They made sure he would pay dearly for his patriotism. It is young Ukrainian war amputees such as Pelysh that Gene Berzovski and John Broadhead have made it their mission to help. Berzovski is a native of Kyiv, having come to Canada ten years ago. He has been involved with local Ukrainian community events, but this past summer something triggered him to do more. “I saw [online] a double...



30.11.2014

On November 13th, Ukraine commemorated the anniversary of the destruction of Baturyn, Chernihiv Oblast, by Russian forces in 1708. Like every year, the Baturyn National Historical and Cultural Preserve organized mass meetings, concerts, and memorial services for victims of this tragedy in the town. The local state administration, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, professors and students from the Chernihiv National University who study Baturyn’s antiquities, Cossack organizations, the media, town residents, and guests took part in this solemn commemoration. In 2013-14, Canadian and Ukrainian archaeologists and historians continued their annual summer excavations in Baturyn...



18.11.2014

Just how many unmarked tanks, rocket systems, and fighters have to cross the Ukrainian/Russian border before the international community calls it an “act of war”? How many tonnes of bullets, guns, and cash have to be fed to pro-Russia rebels before Russia is recognised as “a state sponsor of terrorism”? How many innocent men, women, and children - whether Ukrainian or non-Ukrainian - have to die for the sake of Russian territorial expansion? The precise number of weapons and combatants which Russia sent across the Ukrainian border is hard to count. But it is enough to...



18.11.2014

Mr Schuler wrote: "I also had the Honor of visiting a Ukraine Military Hospital in Kyiv. I spoke to several front line wounded Soldiers and they were very, very pleased that a Canadian Politician would visit them. I was not allowed to ask about their deployment, neither could we take any pictures of them. It was very emotional for me as one of the wounded who is all of 20 years old, asked if I would like to see his wounds, unknown to him I swallowed very hard, I felt a little nauseas, but I smiled and said of course I would love to! I realized he could be my son. He had been hit "5" times and showed me where the bullets and shrapnel hit him. As he spoke I realized that his spirits were high, but after what he's been...



18.11.2014

On 28 October 2014 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij spoke to members of the University of Ottawa Ukrainian Students’ Club in Ottawa, Canada, on the topic World Crisis with Ukraine in the Forefront. In his address the UWC President noted that EuroMaidan was testimony to the maturity and unity of the Ukrainian nation in the fight for the ideals of democracy and Ukrainian statehood, and debunked the myth about the invincibility of the Russian Federation. He also emphasized that events surrounding the annexation of Crimea by Russia and its current aggression in Eastern Ukraine constitute a global crisis. Eugene Czolij further shared information about the work of the UWC dedicated to...



18.11.2014

In the House of Commons, James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake gave the following statement on the illegal elections held in Eastern Ukraine: “Mr. Speaker, “Just one week after the Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections, the Kremlin-backed terrorist groups of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics held pseudo-elections in Eastern Ukraine that were illegal and illegitimate. “Ballots were cast in the presence of armed men, and information was actively spread that those who did not come to vote would be deemed "disloyal" and judged according to martial law. “Pensioners were told...



18.11.2014

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America's Kharkiv mission consisted of 11 persons who came from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. They monitored in four election districts within the City of Kharkiv (#s 168,169,171, 173) and two election districts (#'s 175 and 180). District #175 was specifically suggested because of its proximity to Russia and suspicions raised by local Kharkiv NGO's regarding probabilities of voter fraud or irregularities. The general consensus was that the elections were conducted in a reasonably free and democratic fashion excepting some irregularities: Several precincts in electoral district # 175 failed to display properly the voting bloc/party posters bearing the names and photos of the first five candidates of each bloc/party and the platform. In two precincts visited the...



18.11.2014

Every November Ukrainians around the world pay homage to the millions of victims of the 1932-1933 Holodomor, a man-made genocidal famine that took place in Ukraine, imposed by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and his cronies. Eight decades later, Ukraine is again facing a Kremlin foe that is employing many of the same tactics used in Ukraine in the 1930s. As things stand, Ukraine is on the brink of all-out warfare with the Russian Federation. Up until this point, however, the war raging in Ukraine’s east has been an unofficial conflict...



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