100th anniversary of the Act of Union marked in Kyiv with human chain

KYIV – A human chain forms along Kyiv’s Paton Bridge over the Dnipro River on January 22 to symbolically mark the 100th anniversary of Unity Day, when the Ukrainian National Republic and the Western Ukrainian National Republic united into one independent Ukrainian state in 1919. Numerous events in Ukraine’s capital and throughout the country are held to commemorate the historic unification of eastern and western Ukrainian lands in the aftermath of World War I. Such human chains across the Kyiv bridge have become a tradition on Unity Day, which became a national holiday in 1991. The first human chain symbolizing Ukraine’s unity was formed on January 21, 1990, when 450,000 people united the cities of Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv and Kyiv.

Germany sidelines Ukraine, negotiates with Russia on Kerch Strait

On January 18, German Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas submitted to his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow a freshened-up German proposal for Russia to “ensure” unimpeded shipping through the Kerch Strait. In that case, a German-French group would monitor the traffic to certify that it is free (Interfax, RIA Novosti, January 18, 2019).

Quigley appointed as co-chair of Congressional Ukraine Caucus

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Represent-ative Mike Quigley (D- Ill.) released the following statement on his appointment to serve as co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Ukraine Caucus. Rep. Quigley will join fellow Co-Chairs Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)

Current yet eternal

After more than a decade of weekend liturgies at a transit garage in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Parish opened its doors to an actual church in 1910 to serve immigrants who had come for jobs in the industrial valley just down the street and in businesses which sprouted within walking distance:  stores, restaurants, bakeries, saloons, agencies sending money to relatives in the village back home.  

2018: For Ukrainians in the U.S.: A year of major anniversaries

Major anniversaries were marked this year by Ukrainians in the United States. The year began with celebrations of the centennial of the historic date, January 22, 1918, when Ukraine’s Central Rada, headed by historian Mykhailo Hrushevsky, declared independence and broke ties with Russia. The Central Rada evolved into the fundamental governing institution of the Ukrainian National Republic and established the precedent for Ukraine’s parliamentary democracy and national independence that formed the basis for national identity throughout the 20th century, as well as the declaration of independence after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. 

2018: Academia: Conferences, courses and curricula

Academia held many conferences about the Holodomor, and its place within genocide studies was often the topic of discussion this year. Ukrainian language offerings are becoming widespread at universities, as are Ukrainian studies programs. In addition, 2018 often saw Ukraine as the focus of many research projects, books and presentations.