2018: Ukrainian arts: Influenced by ongoing war

Reactions to ongoing Russian invasions in eastern Ukraine continued to strongly echo across the content of Ukrainians working in film, music, art and theater during 2018. At the same time, today’s war ignited interest in similar defining moments in the past, sparking a desire to learn and preserve the truths about their history. Ukrainians in their homeland and the diaspora coordinated efforts to transmit this information to the world.

Court Advocates honor Judge Hanuszczak

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Onondaga County Family Court Judge Michael Hanuszczak was presented with the Mike Bristol Crystal Award by the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program in recognition of his judicial skills and temperament. 

Manor College Board renews President Peri’s contract nearly a year ahead of schedule

JENKINTOWN, Pa. – After more than three years of ambitious transformation at Manor College, its board renewed President Jonathan Peri’s contract nearly a year early. When Dr. Peri arrived at Manor in late 2015, the college was facing financial challenges. Within seven months he led the college to a balanced budget, erased deficits, created significant excess revenues and restructured debt by fiscal year end. By fall 2017, and for the first time in about 10 years, both enrollment and revenues increased.

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Tymoshenko launches bid for presidency

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has officially announced she will run for president, with polls showing her as the front-runner in the March presidential election. “A great country is my goal, from which I will not back down a single step. That is why I am running for president today,” she told a congress of her opposition Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party in Kyiv on January 22.

Archbishop Daniel joins virtual town hall meeting on Ukraine autocephaly

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Two exarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople – Archbishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. and Metropolitan Emmanuel of France – will be represented on a panel of experts who will answer questions about Ukraine’s Orthodox autocephaly during a nationwide call-in virtual town hall meeting hosted by the Order of St. Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on January 26 in New York. News of their participation was released on January 22.

Experts: Presidential race still ‘wide open’ before March 31 vote

KYIV – The March 31 presidential election is “wide open” and “unpredictable” Ukraine experts and analysts have noted, as findings from fresh public opinion polls were released in the last two months before the New Year. 

Current national lawmaker and two-time Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is the front runner, followed by incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and newcomer Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a showman and perhaps the country’s most popular comedian.

Crimean Tatars see Budapest Memorandum as key to the recovery of their homeland

Mustafa Dzhemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatars, said that the goal of his nation is “the establishment of a platform for the return of Crimea on the basis of the Budapest Memorandum,” the 1994 accord under which Russia and the West agreed to guarantee Ukraine’s territorial integrity in exchange for its surrender of nuclear weapons.

New study on Holodomor presented in five Canadian cities

EDMONTON-TORONTO – The publication in 2018 of “The Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine: An Anatomy of the Holodomor” (CIUS Press) by Stanislav Kulchytsky was an important milestone in the work of the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) at the University of Alberta’s Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS). An updated translation into English of his “Ukraïnskyi Holodomor v Konteksti Polityky Kremlia Pochatku 1930-ykh Rokiv” (2014), this latest work, supported by HREC, can be considered a distillation of 30 years of study of the topic by one of Ukraine’s leading historians. 

Crimean Tatar activist who brought aid to Ukraine POWs is viciously attacked

Risa Asanov, one of the Crimean Tatar activists who recently carried aid to Moscow for the 24 Ukrainian POWs seized by Russia, was viciously attacked on January 2. The two assailants waited for him to regain consciousness to say that this was his “last warning” and that he would not live through the next attack. 

Mr. Asanov has played a major role in supporting political prisoners and their families since returning to Crimea from Poland in 2017, and he is certain that the attack was linked with his strong civil stand against rights violations in occupied Crimea.