Seven years of Russian military aggression in eastern Ukraine: it must be stopped!

Seven years ago, Russia invaded eastern Ukraine and since then has ruthlessly and overtly destroyed, with total disdain, people and property alike.

The statistics are dreadful, and they only get worse as time goes by.

Owing to Russia’s incessant military aggression against Ukraine, since 2014 over 13,000 individuals have been killed and over 33,000 injured in Donbas (including civilians and military), and there are currently over 1.5 million internally displaced persons in Ukraine.

The problem with our diaspora is focus

The Ukrainian diaspora is one of the more tireless diasporas. Richard Nixon once complemented Ukrainians in the United States by comparing the effectiveness of the Ukrainians to Jews in America. That may have been a stretch, but there is little doubt that Ukrainians are dedicated and hardworking. At the same time, this diaspora is also quite disorganized, at least on issues, if not on ideology or structure.

My friend Professor Bohdan Medwidsky

On Sunday, March 28, I was waiting for the dreaded phone call and it came. My friend Bohdan Medwidsky had passed at 4:30 p.m. from the coronavirus. This severed a virtually 30-year friendship.

The complexity of Ukrainian Jewish relations

Let me preface my remarks with a caveat. This is a personal analysis but not anecdotal with few stereotypical examples and conclusions and, unfortunately, some bias. Also, this is a very sensitive topic, which may offend even some of my friends who are Jewish, those who are very thin skinned.

Who lost Crimea?

I read with interest the two letters to the editor from Messrs. Martyniuk (January 29) and Mirchuk (January 15) and the two responding letters from Messrs. Lomacky and Vitvitsky challenging their accuracy (“spouting nonsense”), and seeking an apology for “provocative allegations against our president” and “spreading false information.”

Bigotry, disrespect, and proper international behavior

To my personal dismay, since I have been hoping to see a Catholic from Western Ukraine elected president of Ukraine, on its 30th anniversary, Ukraine has been a model of diversity, though it has not included my own preference. Ukraine has had presidents from Volyn, Chernihiv by way of Dnipro, Sumy, Donetsk, Vinnytsia and Dnipro.

Another attempt by faceless vandals to desecrate Bandera’s grave in Munich

The spirit of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) leader Stepan Bandera lives on in Ukraine and internationally.

As a perennial exercise, a group of cowards once again defaced Bandera’s grave in Munich over the weekend, thinking that this somehow will diminish or eradicate his spirit. These actions only highlight and strengthen Bandera’s spirit and are a reminder of how strong this spirit is. If it was not, why would they bother to risk sneaking around a cemetery at night to deface a place of rest. Despicable!!