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19.09.2014

On November 2nd, 2014 the world première of the art songs of four Galician composers will be showcased at the resplendent Koerner Hall: the late romantic Denys Sichynsky, post-romantic Stanyslav Liudkevych, impressionist Vasyl Barvinsky and modernist, as well asUkraine's first female composer, Stefania Turkewich. We invite you to support this unique event which brings the beauty and excellence of Ukrainian classical composition to one of the finest stages. International operatic star Pavlo Hunka, bass- baritone and accomplished piano accompanist, Albert Krywolt, will be...



19.09.2014

On 28 August 2014 in Kyiv in the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine the President of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), Eugene Czolij, joined by members of the UWC leadership, met with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatseniuk and signed a Memorandum on Cooperation between the Ukrainian World Congress and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (Memorandum). Participating in the meeting on behalf of the UWC were First Vice President Jaroszlava Hartyani, Second Vice President Orysia Sushko, Secretary General Stefan Romaniw, Vice President Paul Grod, Director of Humanitarian Initiatives Dr. Ulana Suprun and Deputy Director of the UWC Kyiv Office Sviatoslav Yurash. The participants at the...



19.09.2014

The Ukrainian Australian community is strongly requesting that the Australian Government bring to the UN Security Council, as well as its Western democratic allies, the consideration of logistical and military support forUkraine. Mr Stefan Romaniw OAM, President of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations, who is currently contactable inUkraine, said: “Under Prime Minister Abbott and Foreign MinisterBishop,Australiahas taken an international leadership position in defence ofUkraine’s territorial integrity and...



19.09.2014

Once the Kremlin seized and “annexed” Crimea in late March, it began a campaign designed at a minimum to destabilizeEastern Ukraine. While we cannot know for sure what Mr. Putin’s maximalist goal is, it includes, at least, establishing an autonomous southeasternUkrainesensitive toMoscow’s interests. The Kremlin, however, badly miscalculated. It acted as if it believed its own propaganda, pumped out byRussia’s state-dominated media, that the ethnic Russians and “cultural Russians” inUkraine’s east and south were seriously unhappy about the departure of former...



19.09.2014

On September 17, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko arrived to a warm welcome on Parliament Hill. His first official visit toCanadasince being elected in May 2014 was short but successful, and undeniably memorable for many of those in attendance. Given all that has occurred inUkrainesince the Euromaidan revolution began in late November 2013, Poroshenko’s presence was a meaningful one, symbolizing the close partnershipCanadaandUkrainehave developed in recent history. Hearing the Ukrainian anthem played...



14.09.2014

Ukraine was invaded by Russia and has been dismembered. What happened was not an intervention or an incursion. The Kremlin’s black deeds were not a “stealth war,” nor a Cold War. It was bloodthirsty hot. Ukraine’s Crimea has been under Russian military occupation since March. Heavy weapons fired from inside the Russian Federation have killed Ukrainian soldiers and civilians. More recently, Russian armour and aircraft attacked defending Ukrainian units. Tellingly, POWs were exchanged. Ukraine still faces an (ex)-KGB man turned president-in-perpetuity who barks on how Kyiv ‘s government is “Nazi” even as he parades about cobbling together an ethnic Russian empire. Is “Putler,” as some Ukrainians have...



14.09.2014

Comparisons of Vladimir Putin to Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin are exaggerations, but only because President Putin operates in an era of forced transparency. The world has changed so dramatically that today, if Stalin's GULAG and Hitler's concentration camps were to be exposed to billions on daily news programs, that could not but diminish the numbers of victims as well as the degree of atrocity. Certainly, this development does not make Vladimir Putin any less of a psychopath, only less lethal. Putin has manifested that President Obama's and Secretary Clinton's Russia reset policy announced some five years ago was delusional. Still that reset was predicated on earlier policy which had failed to recognize that the U.S.S.R. was merely a variation of the Russian empire and with the U.S.S.R.'s demise, the same aggressor had merely changed its name. Certainly, even...



14.09.2014

In 2013 the third Holodomor Writing Competition was held under the auspices of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC). This year’s competition, advertised across the country resulted in 26 accepted submissions from many parts of Canada including Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Edmonton, North Battleford, Ottawa, Yorkton and Mississauga. This was also the first time that the competition was promoted in Canadian school boards, and the Toronto Holodomor Education Team is pleased to announce that some of the entries from non-Ukrainians received honourable mentions. The Holodomor Writing Competition was open to high school students 14 to 19 years of age. Using historical facts of the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine, students were able to choose to submit an entry in any of the...



14.09.2014

The Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union (SUSK) supported an English language education program in Ternopil, Ukraine, led by SUSK alumnus Taras Maluzynsky (Vice-President Prairies, 1981-1983). Taras is an experienced teacher from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Over the last two years, Taras has been spending part of his summers in Ternopil, Ukraine, where he teaches children English. This year’s course ran from July 14 through to August 1. As a side-project of the SUSK “Hope/Надія” Shevchenko t-shirt initiative, we partnered to ensure SUSK Shevchenko t-shirts were part of Taras’ English language program. Children aged 6-15 participated in the English language program, which is offered free-of-charge at the Ternopil Children’s Library #5. Participants learned English through interactive lessons, including speaking, listening, reading...



08.09.2014

In the course of most recent reporting regarding the shoot down of Malaysian Airline Flight 17, western media reports and many even in government continue to use an inaccurate term “Ukrainian separatists” to describe the so called “rebels” in the Donetsk region. While media and government spokespersons are prone to hasty semantic deficiencies, this ill chosen characterization strikes at the heart of accuracy in media and paints an entirely erroneous picture of the situation. “Ukrainian separatists” implies that there is a substantial number of Ukrainians ethnically or as Ukrainian citizens who are participating in a revolution to separate their region from Ukraine. Nothing could be further from the truth. Revolutionaries often carry a positive connotation. Invaders and hired guns do not...



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