There are various ways to interpret Russian President Vladimir Putin’s lengthy article “on the historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians,” as his story is titled. But to cut through the clutter of the nearly 7,000-word English version of Mr. Putin’s history lesson on Ukrainians and Russians constituting “a single whole,” and after having read the piece in its entirety, one thing strikes us as plainly evident. Mr. Putin is scared.
We are beginning a new stage in relations with the Ukrainian diaspora. At the very least, our program shall simplify the circumstances of living in Ukraine for “foreign” Ukrainians (those from outside of Ukraine’s borders). At best, our program will include them as investors or members of supervisory boards.
commend Askold Lozynskyj’s logical and deductive reasoning in his article “What time is it?” in the June 13 issue of The Ukrainian Weekly. His article included a call to action in the last paragraph for our Ukrainian diaspora “to rise, demand a White House meeting with the president himself (not some surrogate), voice their discontent (to put it mildly) and insist on better behavior by their own president.”
In the 1840s, Karl Marx famously wrote that “religion is the opium of the masses.” That’s no longer true; now it’s sports and I’m addicted. I’m a Cleveland Indians, Browns, Cavaliers fan; I root for the Ohio State football team unless they’re playing my alma mater Notre Dame, and then I root for the Fighting Irish; I root for the U.S. in World Cup soccer; I root for Ukraine in the Euro Cup. No doubt most of you reading this have your own favorites – religious affiliation notwithstanding.
A story on page 4 of this week’s issue of The Weekly highlighted the contributions made over the years by Peter Jarosewycz, a retired attorney who lives in Kansas City, Mo., to the Ukrainian National Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization that performs charitable activities on behalf of the Ukrainian National Association, which is the parent company of this newspaper.
Last month Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reminded Canadians that, “As a Catholic, I am deeply disappointed by the position…the Catholic Church has taken now and over the past many years [of not] showing the leadership that quite frankly is supposed to be at the core of our faith, of forgiveness, of responsibility, of acknowledging truth.” Evocative words, especially delivered in the well-practiced, rather unctuous tone he deploys whenever apologizing for some historical injustice.
The idea that we have held back security assistance to Ukraine is nonsense. Just last week – in the run-up to the U.S.-Russia Summit – we provided a $150 million package of security assistance, including lethal assistance. We have now provided the entire amount appropriated by Congress through the Ukraine security assistance initiative.
In a strange case of he said, she said, the Russian military claimed that it fired warning shots at the British destroyer HMS Defender on June 23. In addition to firing warning shots at the British naval vessel, Moscow said that an Su-24 aircraft dropped four bombs in the HMS Defender’s path in an effort to force it to change course.
Thirty years ago, on August 1, 1991, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush spoke in Kyiv. It was later dubbed the Chicken Kiev speech. In his speech, Mr. Bush said that, “Some people have urged the United States to choose between supporting President Gorbachev and supporting independence-minded leaders throughout the USSR I consider this a false choice.