18.08.2017
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13.07.2017


A charge of antisemitism in contemporary Ukraine leveled by Josh Cohen, is belied by the backdrop posted on Reuters in connection with his commentary. President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine came to power in May 2014, defeating rather handily some twenty opponents in a primary scheduled for a runoff except that Mr. Poroshenko managed to garner more than 50% in the first round, rendering round two unnecessary. Mr. Poroshenko is a Ukrainian Jew, albeit one who accepted Christianity as a practicing religion. Mr. Poroshenko is hardly an aberration in Ukrainian politics. The Prime minister of Ukraine is Volodymyr Groysman, a Ukrainian Jew as well and a practicing one. There are only several hundred thousand Jews in Ukraine, a country of some 45million. Neither Mr. Poroshenko's nor Mr. Groysman's background interfered with their rise to political prominence...

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13.07.2017


Russia is targeting the most capable and dedicated parts of the Ukrainian military. On June 27, Colonel Maksim Shapoval, commander of an elite Ukrainian military intelligence unit, was killed when his car exploded during his morning commute in downtown Kyiv. A few hours later, a massive cyberattack took out computer systems across the city. The next day another car bomb killed a colonel in Ukraine’s Security Service while he was traveling in eastern Ukraine...

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14.06.2017


A 5-year old child putting his ear to the ground on the grave of his skinny mother (buried without a coffin, merely covered in soil) stood strong not to show a tear. He probably showed off his resilience to his two younger sisters who were hardly able to walk, as their father buried his wife by himself, as the village got deserted as people starved to death... All of this was unveiling in the breadbasket of Europe, Ukraine – a country with the richest soil. This heartbreaking scene from “Bitter Harvest” movie has been keeping me awake several nights now, as my own family has been marked by similar horrors in 1932-1933 in Ukraine...

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25.01.2017


Ukraine managed to pass a resolution at the UN General Assembly condemning the violation of human rights in illegally occupied Crimea by Russia. The voting was not particularly impressive or overwhelming. The resolution garnered 70 yea votes with 23 nay and 76 abstentions. Still it was an important vote. All NATO countries voted with Ukraine. The United States led the support which was timely as well particularly as President elect Donald Trump, Putin's close friend is about to take the oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States...

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12.01.2017


Kerry Diotte, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Griesbach is deeply disappointed the majority of Liberals voted to scuttle a bill to recognize an act of genocide against the indigenous people of Ukraine. Diotte's Private Member's Bill proposed to condemn the Soviet Union's 1944 deportation of 200,000 Crimean Tatars as a genocide to be commemorated every May 18. It gained widespread support but was defeated Dec. 13 at second reading in the House of Commons when almost all Liberals voted against it...

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12.01.2017


Mr. Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre, Lib): Mr. Speaker, Crimea’s seductive beauty has enchanted visitors over the centuries. It is also the ancestral home of the Crimean Tatars. As blessed as Crimea is in natural beauty, tragic has been the history of its indigenous peoples, the Crimean Tatars. The Crimean Tatars evolved from an amalgam of tribes who have lived in Crimea since time immemorial. The indigenous people of the peninsula came to be known as Tats, a term to describe converts to Islam not of pure Turkic descent. The Tats were the dominant demographic grouping of the peninsula, and along with the neighbouring Nogai Steppe Tatars, they evolved into the ethnicity of the Crimean Tatars...

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30.11.2016


It is not easy being disabled in Kyiv. It is especially difficult being a disabled child in Kyiv. But, with the help of family and charitable organizations, children with disabilities can experience a full life in a country that is usually seen as unwelcoming of special needs children. This attitude generally stems from the Soviet Union’s lack of compassion for people with disabilities. In 1980 one Soviet representative even went so far as to state in that “There are no invalids in the USSR!” With this state view, it was little surprise that children who were born different were usually placed in orphanages or stayed hidden in the shadows. Soviet infrastructure did not need to build special ramps for wheelchairs since people who needed wheelchairs didn’t exist...

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23.11.2016


Russia’s war against Ukraine is entering its third year. Every day, Russian and proxy forces in the occupied territories of eastern Ukraine, shell Ukrainian military positions and civilian areas in towns along the front. Every day, Ukrainian soldiers fight and die to defend their country. Today the people of Ukraine are fighting the only war in Europe simply because Vladimir Putin’s Russia is compelled to control the countries on its border to ensure the principles of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law do not infect his kleptocratic regime...

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03.11.2016


The President of Israel Reuven Rivlin was not simply politically incorrect. He came to a foreign country which was honoring among others the victims of his own national greatest tragedy and responded with bad behavior. He denigrated his hosts: "Around 1.5 million Jews were murdered in the territory of modern day Ukraine during the Second World War; in Babi Yar, and in many other places of murder. They shot them in the valleys, in the woods, into pits, into mass grave. Many of the collaborators were Ukrainian, among the most notorious the members of the OUN who carried out pogroms and massacres against the Jews and in many cases handed them over to the Germans. It is true, there were more than 2,500 Righteous Among The Nations, lone candles who shone in the darkness of humanity. Yet the majority remained silent."...

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03.11.2016


On the invitation of the Prime Minister and Administration of the President of Ukraine, a Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) delegation led by President Eugene Czolij joined commemorative events in Kyiv, Ukraine, in remembrance of the victims of Babyn Yar on the 75th anniversary of this tragedy. In Babyn Yar the Nazis, during their occupation of Ukraine, murdered over one hundred thousand people, including 33,771 Jews executed on 29-30 September 1941. Those who died at the hands of the Nazis in Babyn Yar also included priests, the local intelligentsia, among them Ukrainian poetess Olena Teliha and her husband Mykhailo (a renowned bandurist), editor-in-chief of the newspaper Ukraiinske Slovo Ivan Rohach, Head of the Kyiv municipal administration Volodymyr Bahaziy, and many members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists...

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