ON THE ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE
A visual documentation of the years leading up to, during and after the
historic proclamation of Ukraine's independence prepared by Tania D'Avignon,
associate photographer of HURI, is provided in this four-page photo essay.
- The exclusion zone around Chornobyl, site of the 1986 nuclear accident
that fanned popular opposition to Moscow and Communist Party rule in Ukraine.
- The largest of new mass organizations, Rukh, held its founding congress
in September 1989.
- Ukrainian Greek-Catholics retake possession of St. George Cathedral
from the Russian Orthodox Church in August 1990.
- A student hunger strike in Kyiv in October 1990 led to numerous political
concessions by the Soviet Ukrainian government, including the removal of
Prime Minister Vitaliy Masol.
- A cultural festival in Kyiv in the spring of 1991, one of many signs
of re-emerging interest in historical and cultural traditions.
- A mass demonstration at the foot of the Lenin Monument on October Revolution
Square (soon to be renamed Independence Square) on August 23, 1991.
- A pro-independence rally in front of the Supreme Council on August
- Demolition of the Lenin monument on Independence Square in September
- Debates in the Supreme Council during the fall of 1991.
- The first president of independent Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk (December
1991 - July 1994).
IN DEFENSE OF INDEPENDENCE
- Speakers at a rally on the seventh anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster
held in Kyiv in April 1993: Volodymyr Yavorivsky (left), chairman of the
Parliament's Committee on the Consequences of Chornobyl, and Dr. Yuri Shcherbak,
minister of environmental protection.
- Russian-language graffiti in Kyiv in September of 1991 demonstrate
that support for Ukrainian independence transcended linguistic and ethnic
- A vocal defender of Ukraine's statehood in Parliament, Larysa Skoryk.
- Ukraine's first minister of defense, Kostiantyn Morozov (1991-1993).
- Crimean Tatars express their support for independent Ukraine in Kyiv
at the time of the August 29, 1991, visit of a Russian delegation led by
Vice-President Aleksandr Rutskoi to discuss Ukrainian-Russian relations
in the aftermath of Ukraine's proclamation of independence.
FIVE YEARS OF UKRAINIAN STATEHOOD
- A 1994 placard of the Democratic Party of Ukraine demonstrates the
emergence of political pluralism.
- Adm. Volodymyr Bezkorovainy of the Ukrainian Black Sea Fleet and Metropolitan
Filaret at a dedication ceremony launching the coast guard ship Sahaidachny
in Kerch in June 1994.
- The Parliament of Ukraine in plenary session in 1992.
- And life goes on. A young couple shops for a wedding dress in Zapo-rizhzhia
- U.S. President Bill Clinton with President Leonid Kuchma, reviewing
the honor guard at the Mariyinsky Palace in Kyiv on May 11, 1995.
Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, August
18, 1996, No. 33, Vol. LXIV
| Home Page | About The Ukrainian Weekly | Subscribe | Advertising | Meet the Staff |