Congressional Ukraine Caucus issues statement on Naftogaz corporate governance

The following statement was released on October 5 by Congressional Ukraine Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), and Andy Harris (R-Md.).

The Congressional Ukraine Caucus is closely monitoring the open competition to fill the independent supervisory board seats at Naftogaz consistent with standards set by the international community.

Global effort needed to curb enablers of offshore money laundering

Amid the third massive leak of offshore account records in the past six years, known as the Pandora Papers, this newspaper urges U.S. President Joe Biden to reinvigorate the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in line with his campaign promises.

Unlike the previous leaks, in 2016 and the following year, the Pandora Papers – a trove of records received by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) – is twice as big in volume (nearly 3 terabytes of data from 14 offshore service providers) as the Panama Papers, which came from one law firm in the murky industry that shelters wealth.

Joseph Biden and Ukraine: an assessment

Nearly one year after Joseph Biden was elected president of the United States, it is time to assess the implications of his presidency for Ukraine, the United States and the world.

In November 2020, American Ukrainian voters faced a dilemma. Neither of the candidates was an ideal choice for the office of the president. The only option for the electorate was to choose between the lesser of the two bad choices. Today, with the benefit of hindsight, it is evident that Mr. Biden was the inferior choice.

Ukrainian Congress Committee of America marks the 80th anniversary of the massacres at Babyn Yar

The following statement was released by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America on September 28.

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the representative organization of the nearly two million Americans of Ukrainian descent, recalls with deep sorrow one of the darkest chapters in the history of genocide – the Massacres at Babyn Yar. At the end of September 80 years ago, during the Nazi occupation of Kyiv, the gruesome slaughter of tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children began at Babyn Yar (which means “old women’s ravine” in Ukrainian). Although this was but one site among many of the Shoah that terrorized all Europe’s Jews, it is a site of particular tragedy for Ukraine.

Sen. Portman announces National Defense Authorization Act increases funding for Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced on September 23 that the Senate’s fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) extends the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and increases funding from $250 million to $300 million per year, including at least $75 million specifically for lethal assistance. These funds are used to help train, equip and provide support for the Ukrainian government in their effort to defend their territory and autonomy against ongoing Russian aggression.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The following is a guest editorial by Alexandra Holyk, editor of Student, a publication of the Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union (SUSK), third-year journalism student at Ryerson University in Toronto, and online editor at The Eyeopener, Ryerson University’s independent student newspaper.

As Ukrainians around the world mark the 80th anniversary of the tragedy of Babyn Yar, the Ukrainian diaspora community in Canada also honors the victims of yet another tragedy.

Interested in non-partisan Ukrainian news

Dear Editor:

In the September 19 edition of The Ukrainian Weekly, Askold Lozynskyj wrote the following: “President Trump was a military buffoon, often embarrassing the Pentagon and he was considered totally incompetent by the generals there.  President Biden is a little more astute with no military background.”  I suppose he chose to ignore Joe Biden’s recent inept surrender in Afghanistan that also resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. soldiers.

Ukraine’s Paralympians spark national pride

Dear Editor:

I did not know that Ukrainian athletes would be in the Paralympics. As I watched them perform, I was moved to tears and a high national pride. To all of them, and their coaches, trainers and supporters, I can attest that worldwide Ukrainians (and many non-Ukrainians) are truly proud of you. Now, let’s move on to the Winter Games!

Ukraine boldly goes where no NATO member dared go

Last month, Ukrainian special forces conducted a daring operation in Kabul to rescue 19 Afghan refugees, among them translators, including one whom worked for Canada’s leading newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and another who served in the Canadian military, as well as their families. They arrived in Kyiv on August 29.

This rescue was coordinated by the Ukrainian military, the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and The Globe and Mail. Mark MacKinnon, the Globe and Mail’s senior international correspondent, not only broke the story but was integral in co-ordinating the rescue, reported CTV News.

Musings on current state of U.S.-Ukraine relations

U.S.-Ukraine relations are back on solid ground. Despite U.S. President Joe Biden’s ill-advised decision earlier in the year to lift the waiver on Nord Stream 2 sanctions, the overall trajectory is in a positive direction, especially following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s recent Washington visit.

Some words that came to my mind in describing the visit are “encouraging,” “reassuring” and “heartening,” especially after some of the turmoil, neglect and even exploitation that our bilateral relations experienced under our previous president.