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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...



08.09.2014

In Ukraine, President Poroshenko has moved on quashing the separatists in the East with heavy armor and fresh troops. As full-scale conflict unfolds, crucial to the outcome of the whole enterprise will be the readiness of Ukraine’s armed forces. It’s no small question. Training, logistical support, equipment, communications – all these things come together to comprise the morale of the front line soldier. Ukrainians have already proved their willingness to fight and die for their democratic revolution, and a fortiori for independence from Moscow. The question is, how ready is their military to manage the task...



08.09.2014

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) calls upon the global business community to support the international condemnation of Russia’s brazen aggression against Ukraine and violation of international law, including the UN Charter, by suspending business travel to Russia, particularly all participation in international conferences and public appearances, that can be perceived as an endorsement of “business as usual”...



08.09.2014

JUNE 30, 2014 - James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, today issued the following statement: “I was pleased to learn that Parks Canada decided to replace the “Russian Ukraine” street sign inside The Forks National Historic Site in Winnipeg...



08.09.2014

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) condemns the wave of kidnappings of children by Russia-backed terrorists in the war-torn Eastern region ofUkraine. According to a report byUkraine’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, on 26 July 2014 a terrorist group kidnapped orphans requiring constant medical care from an orphanage in Luhansk and attempted to illegally transport them across the border to theRussian Federationwithout any documentation...



08.09.2014

James Bezan, MP was pleased to attend the unveiling of the CTO Plaques in Arborg and Beausejour,MB. These Plaques are two of the "100 Plaques to Remember 100 Years - CTO Project" unveiled acrossCanadaby the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association. The CTO Project was funded with a grant from the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund to recognise the internment of Canadians 100 years ago...



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