Thirty-five years ago, on April 26, 1986, during a test meant to simulate an electrical outage, power to the No. 4 reactor at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant unexpectedly dropped to a near-zero level. Reactor operators, who were not scheduled to work and were not properly prepared to run the test, tried to restore power. The core of the reactor, which had become unstable and suffered from various design flaws, exploded twice, spewing radioactive material across a large swath of Europe.
Thirty-seven years ago, on May 8, 1984, the Soviet Union announced it would not participate in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles that summer. Following suit, East Germany and Bulgaria announced that they would also not be sending teams to the Games, with similar statements made by other Soviet satellite countries. Other countries that boycotted the 1984 Games included Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Cuba, South Yemen, North Korea, Ethiopia, Angola, Iran, Albania, Libya, Afghanistan, Laos, Vietnam and Mongolia.
Thirty-five years ago, the word Chornobyl first entered our lexicon and left an indelible mark on the world’s consciousness. This catastrophe, the largest nuclear accident in history, had monumental health, environmental, social, political and economic consequences that linger to this day.
The recent buildup of Russian troops along the border with Ukraine once again brought the question of Ukraine’s path to NATO to the forefront. Even though Russia decided to pull back their troops, the threat remains constant. One can only speculate whether this simply was a military exercise whose goals were completed, as Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu claims, or whether Russian President Vladimir Putin actually blinked, as some pundits would have us believe.
CHICAGO – To mark the 35th anniversary of the tragic disaster at Chornobyl, the Belarusian community of Chicago hosted a tree-planting event in memory of the victims of the nuclear disaster on the morning of April 25. The Park District of Chicago supplied tree saplings and bushes, which were planted on the beach at Toughy Ave. and Lake Michigan.
SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J. – The Saint Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Society in 2020 marked its 30th anniversary since it was founded in December 1990. The organization’s mission continues to support the rebirth of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Ukraine and to promote Christian ideals through charitable and humanitarian efforts. Its humanitarian aid projects have helped refugees in Ukraine, with aid provided in Kyiv, Pereyeslav, Chernihiv, Ternopil, Chernivtsi and Mariupol. Through its Soup Kitchen Program, which is boosted by the annual Souper Bowl Sunday soup fundraisers that are organized by local chapters of the Ukrainian Orthodox League of the U.S.A., over 4,000 hot and nutritious meals are provided per month at cafeterias, churches and social service centers in Ukraine. While in Kyiv during March of this year, Archbishop Daniel, who was joined by the Rev. Taras Naumenko of St.
CHICAGO – The ongoing capital campaign, “Building Our Faith Together, in Unity and with Gratitude,” of the St. Nicholas Eparchy began nearly two years ago on May 12, 2019. It was undertaken to sustain the long-term viability of the St. Nicholas Eparchy and to restore the 114-year-old Cathedral in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village, particularly the cupolas and roof. Considerable progress has been made in the eparchy’s effort to raise funds for the project, as campaign donations have surpassed $2.4 million.
It was only a little over a decade ago that a 12-year-old girl in Oshawa, Ontario, suffered through the trauma associated with being told by a teammate to, “Shut up, you stupid n—–,” in a hockey arena’s dressing room. This, of course, was not the first time Saroya Tinker experienced the disgust of racism. The first times go back to when she was a little girl on the ice who was occasionally shunned by her fellow skaters, made to sit in a certain area of the dressing room and not always included in off-ice activities. Sometimes the racism was more covert and ignorant, like the time her Ukrainian Canadian mother, Mandy, was asked which girl was her daughter, and when she pointed Tinker out, she was told, “Crossbreeds make the best athletes.” Tinker, whose father is Jamaican, still has difficulty comprehending that the episode really happened.
PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Ukrainian investment company Concorde Capital announced on March 14 an internal IPO for the Ukrainian soccer club NK (Narodniy Klub) Veres Rivne, based in Rivne. This is the first time in 15 years that such a move has occurred in Ukraine and the first time that a professional Ukrainian team is to be publicly listed.
KYIV – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy challenged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to a meeting in the war zone of eastern Ukraine as the country’s warring neighbor has now amassed more military forces than when it first invaded in 2014-2015 amid a high-intensity war.
In addition to deploying 120,000 troops around Ukraine’s state border and in occupied Crimea, Moscow has limited maritime traffic through the Azov and Black seas, and vastly reduced the supply of diesel fuel, a critical component of the country’s industrial economy.