Russian court orders Pavlo Hryb to be imprisoned for six years

Father laments ‘death sentence’A Russian court has sentenced ailing 20-year-old Ukrainian Pavlo Hryb to six years in prison after convicting him of “promoting terrorism,” a charge he contends was fabricated by the Federal Security Service (FSB).Mr. Hryb’s father, Ihor, condemned the March 22 verdict as a “death sentence for Pavlo… who needs an urgent medical operation in order to live.”

UAV and Ukraine’s Embassy in U.S. co-host visit by minister of veterans affairs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Ukrainian American Veterans, working with Ukraine’s Embassy in Washington, helped organize an official U.S. fact-finding visit on February 27 through March 4 for Iryna Friz, Ukraine’s newly minted minister of veterans affairs. As the low-grade war in Ukraine continues with no end in sight, more and more veterans there find themselves in need of medical and support services. Confirmed in November 2018 by Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, Minister Friz now faces the daunting challenge of creating a new ministry from scratch and helping those who bravely served Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression. 

Ukrainian space sector anticipates big changes

On February 27, during a meeting between Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, Valeriy Chaly, and the head of the National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA), James Bridenstine, the U.S. side expressed interest in including Ukrainian companies in projects pertaining to lunar exploration (Tvzvezda.ru, February 28). 

The stillborn Western naval convoy to the Azov Sea: Lessons learned

On November 26, 2018, a day after Russia attacked three small Ukrainian naval vessels attempting to pass through the Kerch Strait, German Chancellor Angela Merkel received official notification about this incident from Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko. In addition to sharing with Ms. Merkel the details of the act of aggression at sea, Mr. Poroshenko informed her of Kyiv’s response, including the introduction of martial law (Unn.com.ua, November 26, 2018).

Quotable notes

“Today, the United States, EU and Canada took coordinated action in response to Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine by imposing sanctions on individuals who orchestrated the unjustified November 25 attack on three Ukrainian naval vessels near the Kerch Strait. Additionally, the United States imposed sanctions on six Russian defense firms, including shipbuilding companies; two individuals involved in the November sham ‘elections’ in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine; and two Russian energy and construction companies operating in Crimea.

Chicago commemorative event emphasizes: “Heroes Do Not Die”

CHICAGO – Chicagoans commemorated the fifth anniversary of Ukraine’s Euro-Maidan, honoring the Heavenly Hundred who sacrificed their lives for the independence of Ukraine. Around 200 people came on February 22 to pay their respects to the fallen heroes. “Heroes Do Not Die,” was organized by the Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America – Illinois Division and the Ukrainian National Museum. 

UNA CELEBRATES 125 YEARS: A snapshot from history, 1975

Seen above are women of the UNA Supreme Assembly (today known as the General Assembly) at that body’s 1975 annual meeting at Soyuzivka. From left are: Supreme Advisor Anne Chopek, Supreme Treasurer Ulana Diachuk, Supreme Vice-Presidentess Mary Dushnyck, Supreme Advisor Tekla Moroz and Supreme Advisor Anna Haras. The meeting took place on May 19-23; it was the first annual session of the 26-member Supreme Assembly after the 28th UNA Convention held in 1974 in Philadelphia. A statement issued by the Supreme Assembly at the conclusion of its meeting noted: “The Ukrainian National Association, considering its organizing and financial status, its publications and its diverse activity over the past 12 months, has not only retained and justified, but also strengthened its long-time appellation and standing as the veritable ‘Ukrainian Fortress beyond the Sea.’”

A photo archive of UNA history has been launched on the UNA website. It is a work in progress that will be expanded and refined.