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20.09.2017


MML Inc: “Recovery Room”, the multi award-winning feature documentary film directed by Adriana Luhova and produced by Yurij Luhovy, has just been accepted as Official Selection at the 2017 Equality International Film Festival in California. In the notification received by Ms. Luhova, it stated, “The festival will screen some of “the finest cinematic works worldwide and your project exemplify our mission, vision and value.” As an Official Selection, “Recovery Room” will be screened during the Festival to participants...

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20.09.2017


On 14-15 August 2017 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij together with his spouse Anna fulfilled his first visit to Singapore where he presented to its high-ranking government officials important Ukrainian issues and discussed with the local Ukrainian community ways of further cooperation with the UWC. During the meetings with high-ranking government officials the UWC President expressed gratitude for the strong objection of Singapore to the invasion of Crimea by the Russian Federation, the support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine, the implementation of customized courses for Ukrainian officials on anti-corruption strategies and the facilitation of other training courses through the Singapore Cooperation Program...

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07.09.2017


On 7 and 9 August 2017 in Canberra, and 1 and 10 August 2017 in Melbourne, Australia, Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij held meetings with Australian high-ranking government officials to discuss issues related to continued support for Ukraine and securing peace and stability in the world. The UWC President thanked Australia for supporting Ukraine in countering the hybrid warfare of the Russian Federation, particularly noting the provision of winter uniforms for the Ukrainian army, training courses for Ukrainian officers, and sanctions against the Russian Federation. He also expressed gratitude to Australia for recognizing the Holodomor as a genocide of the Ukrainian people...

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07.09.2017


The Centennial Commemoration of the Battle of Hill 70 took place at the Hill 70 Memorial Park in Loos-en-Gohelle, France on August 22. The Hill 70 Memorial Park was officially opened to the public yesterday. On August 15-25, 1917, the Canadian Corps battled the German army near Lens, France. The objective was to relieve pressure on allied forces at Passchendaele and to seize high ground - Hill 70. Canadian forces were successful, capturing Hill 70 and holding it against counterattacks - at an immense cost of almost 9000 soldiers killed or wounded. Corporal Filip Konowal, a Ukrainian Canadian, was one of six Canadians awarded the Victoria Cross for his valour at the Battle of Hill 70. A Konowal Walk is part of the Hill 70 Memorial...

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07.09.2017


Ukraine marks 26 years since the Declaration of Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The day is not only celebrated in Kyiv with a patriotic and large-scale military parade, but also observed and celebrated across the world wherever Ukrainians reside. In Toronto, the League of Ukrainian Canadians (LUC) and the League of Ukrainian Canadian Women (LUCW) organized an official Ukrainian flag-raising event in front of the Ontario Legislative Building at Queen’s Park. The celebration was attended by the Ukrainian Community members as well as politicians of federal, provincial and municipal levels. During the speeches many of the politicians greeted the crowd with the patriotic “Slava Ukraini” or “Glory to Ukraine!” The program began with an ecumenical prayer delivered by His Grace Bishop Stefan Chmilar of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada and the Very Rev. Archpriest Bohdan Hladio of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, Eastern Eparchy...

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23.08.2017


Enemies call each other names. They also tell fibs about the foe. I was recently reminded of this as I moved along the frontlines in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. These territories were invaded by the Russians in February 2014. A war, euphemistically described by Kyiv’s politicians as an ‘Anti-Terrorist Operation,’ is still being fought there, daily. Vulgarities aside, many Ukrainian soldiers have taken to mocking the so-called “separatists” by calling them vatniks, the name used for the padded winter jackets worn by the Russian military, in this context meaning their opponents are nothing more than a dull-witted bunch of drunks and criminals. For their part the “separatists” and their Russian backers have tried to retaliate, ridiculing Ukrainians by referring to them as ukrop, the word for dill, which many Ukrainians admittedly do enjoy with just about anything they may be eating, from boiled potatoes to borsch. Instead of taking offence, however, Ukraine’s soldiers and even the public have embraced this once-derogatory term for their nation, so robbing it of offensiveness. You can buy a T-shirt declaring yourself an ukrop from many stalls found along the roadway descending from St Andrew’s Church in Kyiv’s upper town to the historically commercial neighbourhood of Podil. I did...

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17.08.2017


Western governments should take a number of measures to more resolutely support Ukraine’s national security and economic prospects. In recent months, Russia has refrained from triggering another major escalation in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region similar to those that led to the large battles at Ilovaisk in 2014 and Debaltseve in 2015. The Kremlin’s continuing low-intensity warfare against Ukraine is designed to avoid raising broad attention in the West, where many have come to believe that the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is frozen...

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17.08.2017


As the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army UIA (also known by its Ukrainian acronym UPA) is being observed in Ukraine and throughout the Ukrainian Diaspora, discredited allegations are again being dredged up to defame the UIA, its commander Roman Shukhevych, and the Ukrainian liberation struggle during WWII. One such allegation is that the Nachtigall Battalion, commanded by Roman Shukhevych, carried-out pogroms in Lviv in the summer of 1941...

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17.08.2017


“Sanctions were not discussed at my meeting with President Putin, ” Donald Trump tweeted Sunday. “Nothing will be done until the Ukrainian & Syrian problems are solved!” Hours before the two presidents met, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson underlined this tough line on sanctions by appointing Russia hawk Kurt Volker as chief U.S. envoy on Ukraine. Messrs. Trump and Putin made limited progress on Syria, but Moscow has been intensifying its efforts to destabilize Ukraine. Mr. Putin has been reluctant to deploy large military forces, but fighting in Eastern Ukraine claims five or six lives a week. Of late the Kremlin has escalated its aggression with military attacks on civilian targets, assassinations, cyberattacks to cripple the state and economy, and the economic and partial political integration of the occupied region into Russia...

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17.08.2017


I’m not as good a runner as I used to be. This revelation came somewhere between the ninth and first floors of a murky, bomb-ravaged building located at the edge of no-man’s land in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. I began scrambling downstairs after our sentinel, positioned nearby, yelled “run!” I did not ask why, or linger to consider how only minutes before we had inched up these very same stairs, stepping carefully in each other’s footsteps to avoid setting off any booby-traps secreted to maim, mutilate, or murder anyone scouting this abandoned edifice. Children’s toys, full bottles of alcohol and other seemingly innocuous household items can be the disguised agents of destruction, something I learned a few days earlier at the Ukrainian Armed Forces Demining Centre in Kamyanets-Podilsky. No matter. I ran for my life. It was only after I got outside and turned a corner into the comparative safety of shadows behind the building that I was told a Russian tank had emerged from the distant rubble, maneuvering to take a shot. We didn’t offer the enemy a chance for target practice...

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