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.

The White House summit

In the history of U.S.-Ukraine relations, it was a long-time coming. The Biden-Zelenskyy summit did happen within the language of “this summer.” There were two brief postponements, but, if anything, they contributed to the duration of a meeting scheduled for only one hour but one that actually lasted for two. At least Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy boasted that the length of the meeting was indicative of success. More likely, length was irrelevant, at best a concession to or reward for President Zelenskyy’s patience.

It’s now or never. Biden must stop Putin’s beloved pipeline

For the first time in over four years, a Ukrainian president is coming to the White House.

On Tuesday [Editor’s note: the meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday, August 31, but was later moved to Septem­ber 1], President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine will meet with his American counterpart. They’re likely to cover a variety of issues: the state of relations with Russia, Ukraine’s fight against corruption and the challenges of the pandemic. After thanking President Biden for America’s continued support and assistance, the Ukrainian leader may gently inquire about NATO membership.

Putin’s alternative history

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.

Ukraine’s renewed independence: why it matters!

This year, Ukrainians and our friends throughout the world will commemorate the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence and the fulfillment of the visionary words of our legendary prophet Taras Shevchenko who, in 1845, wrote in “The Great Vault” (Velykyi lokh):

30 years after independence, Ukrainian is now the lingua franca in U.S.-Ukraine diplomatic relations

Marta Zielyk, a recently retired U.S. State Department civil servant, spent 25 years working as the United States’ senior diplomatic interpreter for Ukrainian. Prior to that, she was an international broadcaster working with the Ukrainian Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in New York, Washington and Munich, and with the Ukrainian Service of the Voice of America in Washington.

A reflection on 30 years of Ukraine’s renewed independence

This is an exhilarating and emotional time! It is, after all, a celebration of the resurrection of a much-persecuted people, the proverbial spring of an old nation which has experienced glory in the past as well as incomparable tragedy. Nothing is as wonderful as at long last establishing oneself as master of one’s own land with great hope for the duration, retrieving what was once ours but lost because of the criminality of others.

Behind the Iron Curtain after the coup: an American recalls her time in Ukraine just days before independence

On August 19, 1991, as hardline Communists stormed the Russian capital in an attempted coup d’état, a group of American teenagers and young adults – members of Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization – found themselves in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, just 865 miles west of Moscow. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence, one of the individuals on that trip, Adrianna Melnyk, shared her recollection of being in Ukraine during that historic and momentous period.

Historical memory in a time of war

By profession I am a historian who was raised and educated in the United States, and who has taught the history of Ukraine for over four decades at the University of Toronto in Canada. I come to you, then, as someone who has developed a professional and personal love and appreciation for the rich cultural heritage that your ancestors created on this beautiful land called Ukraine.

War criminal numbers have been ‘grossly exaggerated’

We always suspected it. We tried to tell reporters, politicians, RCMP investigators, even a few of those who were against us in the public arena, about what we were certain was true – but they wouldn’t believe us. I can’t blame them. There was no hard proof, not in the 1980s, to confirm Soviet agents of influence had initiated “active measures” to undermine the anti-Communist Ukrainian community in the West.