Ukraine takes a big step toward judicial reform

Ukraine took a potential landmark step toward judicial reform in mid-July when members of parliament adopted two laws that should establish credible foundations for the reboot of the country’s legal system.

Svoboda awarded 2020 Antonovych prize

WALTHAM, Mass. – Svoboda, the oldest continually published Ukrainian-language newspaper in the world, has been awarded the 2020 Antonovych prize, according to the Omelan and Tatiana Antonovych Foundation.

Putin’s fixation on Ukraine is demagogic, delusional and dangerous

World leaders rarely publish their visions of current affairs in the form of essays, but President Vladimir Putin developed a habit of doing just that since returning to the Kremlin in 2012. His latest treatise, “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians,” stands out among his other works representing this vast body of literature.

UCEF wins four stars, a top rating from Charity Navigator

HARTFORD, Conn. – For the third consecutive year, the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation (UCEF) has won the highest four-star rating from the prestigious Charity Navigator rating service in recognition of its strong performance as a cost-effective and mission driven charity. UCEF is known throughout the Ukrainian community as the primary fundraising arm of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, widely recognized among the finest institutions of higher education in Ukraine.

EU includes Ukraine on its ‘green zone’ list

BRUSSELS – The Council of the European Union announced on July 15 that Ukraine has been added to its list of countries it believes no longer require certain travel restrictions. Member states of the EU use those recommendations to decide whether to impose COVID-19-related travel restrictions.

UCU senator emeritus Mykola Kmit awarded Order of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky

LVIV – During a national pilgrimage to Zarvanytsia, Ukraine, on July 18, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (UGCC) presented Mykola Kmit, senator emeritus and benefactor of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), the Church’s highest honor, the Order of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky.

Cyprus archbishop puts dissenting bishops on notice, while one dissenting bishop releases book on Ukraine

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Archbishop Chrysos­tomos, primate of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, issued a statement that he will implement methods to put in place members of the Synod of the Church of Cyprus who do not agree with the decision to recognize the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) that was granted by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in January 2019.

Repeating the Budapest Memorandum

It is disheartening to hear that, despite the lengths to which Ukraine has gone to protect Europe’s eastern flank from Russian aggression, key allies in Europe are still unwilling to support even a Membership Action Plan (MAP) for Ukraine.

July 25, 1991

Thirty years ago, on July 25, 1991, the last henchman of the Stalin regime – Lazar Kaganovich – died in Moscow at the age of 97. The Ukrainian Weekly’s editorial of the August 4 issue that year reminded readers that the man known as the “Iron Commissar” helped Joseph Stalin institute and maintain his reign of terror in the USSR during the 1930s and 1940s.

War criminal numbers have been ‘grossly exaggerated’

We always suspected it. We tried to tell reporters, politicians, RCMP investigators, even a few of those who were against us in the public arena, about what we were certain was true – but they wouldn’t believe us. I can’t blame them. There was no hard proof, not in the 1980s, to confirm Soviet agents of influence had initiated “active measures” to undermine the anti-Communist Ukrainian community in the West.

Ukrainian Canadian churches vandalized

Since the remains of 215 children buried on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia were found on May 27, the issue of residential schools and the treatment of indigenous people has dominated Canadian media. More such discoveries followed, including 751 children at a former residential school in Cowessess, Saskatchewan, and another 160 at the former Kuper Island Industrial School site near Chemainus, B.C.

Lifting Lenin

As improbable as it may seem to us today, the United States saved the Soviet Union twice: the first time was in 1921, during Lenin’s rule when famine struck Russia and thousands were perishing from hunger; the second time came during Stalin’s tenure, when the Soviet Union was desperate for American military assistance. Let’s look at the first instance.

Soyuzivka Heritage Center: alive and hopping as 2021 cultural festival kicks off summer season

KERHONKSON, N.Y. – For more than 12 months, the Soyuzivka Heritage Center in Kerhonkson, N.Y., had rested in eerie silence, and for the second straight year, odds for the Soyuzivka Cultural Festival seeing light of day appeared slim indeed. But after many grim warnings regarding COVID-19 and mandated lockdowns, the Ukrainian community was parched for an opportunity to reconnect and to celebrate the cultural ideals that bind its members together.