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22.02.2018

A case study developed by the UCU Leadership Center together with the UCU Lviv Business School (LvBS) will be used at Canada’s Ivey Business School. The case study involves the conduct of reforms at the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine after the Revolution of Dignity. A group of researchers and experts from the UCU Leadership Center and the UCU Lviv Business School worked on the case study. It includes the history of the work of the so-called “volunteer troop,” activists and volunteers who worked at the ministry after the revolutionary events of 2013-2014 and set a goal of introducing changes in the area of Ukraine’s defence...



22.02.2018

Changes to the law on the Institute of National Remembrance, targeting the Ukrainian national liberation movement, point to dangerous trends in the political life of the Republic of Poland. Much of the political elite leadership want to return Polish society to the worst times of confrontation with Ukrainians. Today, the Polish leadership is not guided by European traditions of dialogue and seeking understanding and reconciliation. Instead, there is a return to tragic traditions of occupation, political repressions, (including the Bereza Kartuzka concentration camp), polonization, and negation of the right of the Ukrainian nation to self-determination and independent statehood...



22.02.2018

On 28 January 2018 in Rome, Italy, Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij extended greetings on behalf of the UWC and the 20-million strong Ukrainian diaspora to His Holiness Pope Francis during the latter’s visit to St. Sofia Ukrainian Greek Catholic Sobor. In his address to the local Ukrainian community and thousands of faithful the Holy Father empathized with their anguish for their homeland that is suffering from war, prayed for an end to the war in Ukraine and called on them to not lose faith...



22.02.2018

Early in February the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins, together with MPP Yvan Baker, travelled to Ukraine to meet with President Poroshenko, Vice Prime Minister Zubko, and Acting Minister of Health Dr. Ulana Suprun. Ukraine is currently planning vital health care reforms to transform the way care is provided to its citizens. Those reforms were discussed in meetings between government officials from the Ontario and Ukrainian governments, and follows a series of consultations between the two parties over the past few months. In November 2017 a bilateral meeting between Minister Suprun, Minister Hoskins, and MPP Baker highlighted telehealth and telemedicine as important potential concepts for reform in Ukraine...



22.02.2018

Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine began on 20 February 2014. Four years later, about 7% of Ukraine remains under occupation, more than 10,000 people are dead, 25,000 maimed and nearly 2 million internally displaced, even as the urban-industrial infrastructure of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (the Donbas) has been destroyed. From the start of this hybrid war, Moscow has utilised every imaginable tactic of subversion and destabilisation, from targeted assassinations and terrorist bombings, to cyber attacks against critical infrastructure targets such as electricity grids, to fomenting ethnic, political, religious and social divisiveness within Ukrainian society, even defaming Ukrainian diaspora leaders such as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland...



24.01.2018

The life and work of Rhea Clyman, who was one of the few journalists to witness and report on the Holodomor, was the topic of the 20th Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture delivered by Jars Balan, Director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, on November 28th, 2017 at the University of Toronto. Following introductory remarks delivered by Dr. Frank Sysyn of the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, a co-organizer of the event, Balan offered a captivating account of this ambitious and unrelenting journalist. He began by setting the context of Clyman’s childhood years, describing Toronto in the early 1900s when the Clymans, a poor immigrant Jewish family, emigrated from Poland and settled in the city...



24.01.2018

A leading publisher in Istanbul, Yapi Kredi Yayinlari, has recently released what is probably the first scholarly book about Ukraine in the Turkish language. The book in question is This Blessed Land: Crimea and the Crimean Tatars, by Professor Paul Robert Magocsi, Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto. This Blessed Land, which first appeared in 2014 in three separate English-, Russian-, and Ukrainian-language editions, is now available to readers in Ukraine’s strategically important neighbor to the south—Turkey. What follows is Professor Magocsi’s new preface written specially for the Turkish edition...



10.01.2018

Montreal: The Ukrainian-language educational version of the documentary film “Okradena Zemlya” has been completed ushering in the upcoming 85th anniversary of the 1932-33 Famine Genocide in Soviet Ukraine. The new documentary release will add to the resource material available for Ukrainian-language teachers in Canada, the United States, Ukraine and other countries. This documentary is a shortened version of the original 75 min feature documentary directed and edited by filmmaker Yurij Luhovy. The Ukrainian-language educational release includes two versions for teachers to select from (28 min and a 54 min), on one DVD. Teachers of the Holodomor can choose the version that better fits into the length of their class time...



10.01.2018

On a Sunday afternoon in the hall of Holy Spirit Church in Hamilton, a film premiered about Metropolitan Josyf Slipyj. U Spravakh Ryfy (“The Ryf Cases”) was presented by Ihor Yatsiv, the press secretary of Patriarch Sviatoslav. This documentary film was produced in Ukraine but uses archival material and interviews from Ukraine, Rome, Italy and the United States. The film’s title is a reference to all of the criminal investigations and operations attempting to liquidate the Church in western Ukraine during the post-war Soviet period. All of these operations were put into one KGB folder codenamed “Ryf.” It features the first years of Metropolitan Slipyj’s life until 1963, when he was finally released from the GULAG in the Soviet Union and returned to Rome...



10.01.2018

Western leaders were getting far too rich off Russia to consider it a threat. For nearly two decades, the Russian government and Russian companies spent money with a view to corrupting business relationships and undermining great democracies. “I feel like we sort of choked.” That’s how one former administration official recently described President Barack Obama’s failure to react to intelligence reports on Kremlin attempts to influence the U.S. election. Plenty of other people — including, with extraordinary cynicism, President Donald Trump — have also asked why more wasn’t done...



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