KYIV – In his speech to the nation on the occasion of Ukraine’s 30th Independence Day celebrations and with representatives of all 30 NATO member countries in attendance President Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized Ukraine’s “restored statehood” and its emergence as a “powerful” nation.
KYIV – As a 29-year-old lieutenant in the country’s National Guard, Nataliya Manko has only known a free and independent Ukraine. She said she does not want Ukraine to revert to what she calls the “nightmare” of the nation’s past as a subordinate republic of the USSR or Russia.
The sudden collapse of the Afghan National Army and security forces, the fall of Kabul without a fight, President Ashraf Ghani fleeing the country and the victorious Taliban taking everything are currently a source of mass revelry for the state-controlled Russian media.
The non-governmental organization Ukraine-2050 extends greetings to the hierarchs and clergy of Ukrainian churches, the president, chair of the parliament, prime minister and the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the leadership of the Ukrainian World Congress, all Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine worldwide on the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed Independence.
Ten years ago, on August 30, 2011, Oleksii Pukach, the prime suspect in the killing of Ukrainian investigative journalist Heorhii Gongadze, stated at his trial that former President Leonid Kuchma was among those who ordered the murder. Gongadze’s headless body was discovered in a forest outside of Kyiv in late 2000.
People see events differently, but there are certain criteria in the civilized world, and in historiography in particular, that use suggested or generally accepted frameworks for respecting sources and interpreting them reasonably by researchers and scholars who work with them.
As a Ukrainian-American, I would like to state that all of the Ukrainian Olympic athletes (whether they took a medal or not), along with their coaches, team advisors, and support personnel, have much to be proud of. Whether from Ukraine proper, or representing some other nation, via their sporting activities, the entire world has learned much more about Ukraine. To all of them I say congratulations and my heartful thanks. I very much look forward to the soon upcoming 2022 Winter Games. Glory to all!