Threat to judicial reform defused after meeting of G-7 ambassadors, judicial officials, members of parliament

KYIV – Ukraine’s attempt to reform its unruly judicial system reached a pivotal point on September 13 when the body that disciplines judges failed to appoint three of its own members to a corresponding ethics committee that is supposed to vet members of the High Council of Justice (HCJ).

The body, which mainly hires and fires judges, didn’t appoint three judges to the committee who were to be joined by three international experts that were chosen on September 10 jointly by a delegation of officials from the U.S., the European Union, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Council of Europe, the U.N. Development Program and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Kyiv seeks upgraded military hardware as Russia concludes massive Zapad-2021 war games

KYIV – Russia’s massive quadrennial Zapad (west) war games ended on September 16 as Belarusian authorities reported that shots were fired at a border sign post from Volyn Oblast in Ukraine.

The Zapad-2021 drills, held partly with military forces in Belarus, included 200,000 soldiers, 240 artillery installations, 290 tanks, 80 aircraft and 15 vessels, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.

Zelenskyy says Ukraine is determined to host Winter Olympics

LVIV – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he is determined to see his country host the Winter Olympics.

Speaking during a celebration that marked the 30th anniversary of the creation of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine on September 11, Mr. Zelenskyy said  he believes there will come a day when the Olympic Games will be held in Ukraine.

Ukraine at 30: What does the mirror show?

Independent Ukraine in its most modern and sustained incarnation has just turned 30. But now that the celebrations are over, it’s important to pause and take stock.

What do we actually know about the real state of things beneath the opaque, yet distracting, surface of crude politics and still pervasive corruption?  These are unpleasant factors, yet they overshadow the enduring resolute resistance to Russia’s aggression, ongoing complex systemic transformation and the evolving self-identification and aspirations of the state and its people.

UAB Steering Committee releases statement following Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s White House meeting

The following statement was released by Ukrainian Americans for Biden (UAB) on September 14 following the working visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the United States.  

The meeting between Ukrainian Presi­dent Volodymyr Zelenskyy and U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House, as well as President Zelenskyy’s meetings with key Cabinet officials and Congress­ional leaders in Washington was a solid success with tangible results. The most important outcome: U.S.-Ukraine relations are back on solid ground. The agreements signed and decisions made during the working visit advance U.S.-Ukraine relations. Ukrainian Americans for Biden (UAB) welcomes the return to normalcy and stability in a relationship both exploited and neglected by the previous administration.

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Lawmakers try to reverse NS2 waiver

A group of bipartisan lawmakers is seeking to undo U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to waive sanctions on the Russian-owned operator of the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline in a last-ditch effort to stop it from pumping gas to Europe. An amendment introduced on September 14 by Reps. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), and about eight other lawmakers orders the president to impose sanctions on any entity responsible for the planning, construction or operation of the NS2 pipeline. It also authorizes new mandatory sanctions to foreign entities and individuals responsible for the planning, construction and operation of NS2.

Ukrainians in Illinois mark 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence with parade and festivities

CHICAGO – The last weekend of August was filled with celebration here as the Ukrainian community marked the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence.

The festivities began on August 27 with the raising of the Ukrainian flag in Chicago’s Daley Plaza by members of Post 32 of the Ukrainian American Veterans. The flag was raised alongside the flags of the United States and the city of Chicago.

Ukrainian community of Illinois holds ecumenical prayer and gala concert to mark 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. – Members of the Ukrainian community in Illinois marked the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence with a gala concert and an ecumenical prayer on August 28.

The event, held in collaboration with the Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago, was hosted by St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Bloomingdale, Ill.

Budding Odesa-based volunteer NGO celebrates fourth anniversary
Group aims to build a culture of volunteering throughout Ukraine

ODESA – The Odesa-based non-governmental organization Ukrainian Volunteer Service (UVS), a group that aims to promote a culture of volunteering, celebrated its fourth anniversary on August 29 with a gathering at the Odesa Fine Arts Museum.  The event drew together members, partners and participants of the group’s projects in order to highlight the successes and chart a course for the future.

Crippling NS2

We knew that it would take some time to see whether Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy did enough to persuade U.S. President Joe Biden during their White House meeting on September 1 that the U.S. president needed to do more to help Ukraine fend off a barrage of ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine.  That belligerence has taken on various forms, be it via Russia’s design to use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as an economic weapon against Ukraine, or through an all-out war in eastern Ukraine, where the country’s military has come under increasing assault in recent weeks.