New York march and requiem commemorate Ukraine’s Holodomor

NEW YORK – Over 1,000 Ukrainian Americans and supporters gathered in New York City on Saturday, November 18, to remember the victims of Stalin’s Famine Genocide – the Holodomor of 1932-1933. The day’s events began with a solemn procession from St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church in the East Village, and then up Third Avenue for two miles before arriving at the landmark St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the heart of Manhattan. With the assistance and escort of the New York Police Department’s 9th Precinct, marchers lined up behind a pick-up truck carrying a church bell from St.

German satirical show pokes fun at Poroshenko; Ukrainians not laughing

KYIV – A satirical animated series produced by Germany’s international broadcaster aims to poke fun at Eastern European leaders and their antics – but Ukrainians aren’t laughing.

Many have expressed outrage at Deutsche Welle after its Russian service aired an episode of the new weekly program, “Zapovednik” (Nature Reserve), saying it portrays Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as an uncouth beggar and aids Russia’s efforts to whitewash its military aggression in Ukraine.

EU Parliament hails Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova reforms; eyes Russia pressure

BRUSSELS – European Parliament lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a resolution praising reforms in Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova and said the three former Soviet republics could eventually be considered for membership in the European Union. The resolution on November 15 also vowed to maintain “collective pressure on Russia to resolve the conflicts in eastern Ukraine, the occupied territories” of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and Transdniester. The move by Parliament members came ahead of the 2017 Eastern Partnership summit scheduled for November 24 in Brussels. The partnership was created in 2009 to deepen EU ties with six Eastern European partners — Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The recommendations had been approved on October 10 by the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

Russian military spreads fake intelligence

The Russian intelligence services and the military regularly use so-called “open source intelligence” – or simply false or misleading materials collected on the Internet – to complement or substitute true data to promote their specific agendas. On November 14, the Russian Ministry of Defense posted on its official social media accounts a report about the Washington-led coalition and the United States military in northeastern Syria supposedly conspiring with Islamic State (IS) fighters. The Russian military accused U.S. forces of refusing to air-bomb columns of IS trucks and armor allegedly fleeing a militant stronghold in Bukamal, on the Euphrates River, on November 9. Bukamal was under attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, supported by the Russian air force (VKS). The Russian Defense Ministry accused the U.S. of not only refusing to hit the IS fighters in the open, while they were vulnerable, but alleged that U.S. jets had actively prevented VKS bombers from attacking the IS columns.

U.S. State Department cites anniversary of Holodomor

The following press statement was issued by U.S. Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert on November 17. This month we remember and honor the millions of Ukrainians who were starved to death in the early 1930s as a result of the brutal Soviet-era policies under Stalin. The barbaric seizure of Ukrainian land and crops leading to the Holodomor, or “death by hunger,” was one of the most atrocious acts of the 20th century and turned Europe’s breadbasket into a land of immense human suffering. Commemorating the Holodomor is a solemn occasion, but we also celebrate the resilience of Holodomor survivors, who carry with them the memory of loved ones lost during this horrific man-made famine. Ultimately, the Soviet regime failed to destroy the identity and independence of the Ukrainian people.

Manor College holds dialogue on U.S. relationship with Ukraine

Opens newly renovated Ukrainian Heritage Museum

JENKINTOWN, Pa. – On October 26, Manor College hosted its fourth Ukraine-focused dialogue on campus. The college welcomed U.S. Congressman and Co-Chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus Brian Fitzpatrick; U.S. Congressman and Ukraine Caucus member Brendan Boyle; the first ambassador of the U.S to Ukraine, Roman Popadiuk; and U.S. Justice Department prosecutor and advisor to the Prosecutor’s Office in Ukraine, Bohdan Vitvitsky. The panel was moderated by Manor College President Dr. Jonathan Peri. The program directly complemented Manor College’s mission, which is to offer students a global vision through education.

New Jersey District Committee holds fall organizing meeting

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The New Jersey District Committee of the Ukrainian National Association held its fall organizing meeting here at the UNA Home Office on Monday, November 13, with representatives of UNA Branches 25, 37, 42, 76, 171, 269, 277 and 287 and in attendance. The UNA Executive Committee was represented by UNA First Vice-President Michael Koziupa and National Secretary Yuriy Symczyk. UNA President Stefan Kaczaraj stopped by the meeting to greet participants, and Treasurer Roma Lisovich briefly addressed them to share the good news that the UNA’s surplus had grown to over $10 million. That growth, she said, was mostly due to insurance operations. Mr. Koziupa was elected to chair the meeting, while George Stanko was tasked with recording the minutes.

Recognition of the Holodomor

The following guest editorial is by Michael Sawkiw Jr., chairman of the U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor-Genocide Awareness. It is adapted from his remarks at the Holodomor commemoration held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York on Saturday, November 18. “To defeat the enemy, only one solution was possible: they would have to be starved out.” The preceding statement describes a conclusion about the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide, or Holodomor, from “The Black Book of Communism,” a book that illuminated the unspeakable horrors of Communist tyranny worldwide. For decades in Ukraine, the Holodomor – Stalin’s genocide that took the lives of 7 million to 10 million Ukrainians by starvation in 1932-1933 – was spoken of only in whispers, if at all.