Currently there is a serious threat of a Russian strike on Ukraine. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is a challenge not only for Ukraine but for the international community. The bigger the footprint in Ukraine, the more dangerous the situation for Europe and internationally.
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.
NORTH PORT, Fla. – Members of Branch 56 of the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America stepped forward this Easter to decorate the libraries of the Sarasota County Public Libraries in southwest Florida with traditional Ukrainian crafts, artifacts and art forms. The project was organized by Jaroslawa (Slava) Stefanyshyn, the branch’s cultural and museum coordinator. The president of Branch 56 of is Alexandra Popel.
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – Dedication has always been at the forefront for the board members, staff and volunteers of the Ukrainian American Archives and Museum of Detroit (UAAM). This didn’t change when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the museum to close its doors to the public for a time. Instead, an array of projects were gathered up to be completed within the confines of various homes.
Kyiv extends COVID lockdown The Ukrainian capital Kyiv will remain on lockdown until April 30 as the daily number of new coronavirus cases and coronavirus-related deaths continues to climb. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko announced the decision in a televised briefing on April 14, saying there was “no other choice, otherwise the medical system would not be able to cope with a further rise in the number of patients, otherwise there will be even more deaths.”
OMAHA, Neb. – The parish community of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Omaha, Neb., led by the Rev. Taras Mylyan, on March 14 celebrated the birthdays of Taras Shevchenko (March 9, 1814) and Lina Kostenko (March 19, 1930).
Philadelphia Flyers’ development coach Kjell Samuelsson had just finished observing a group of slick-skating defensemen competing in a five-on-five scrimmage at the club’s 2019 development camp. The 6-foot-6, 14-year veteran blueliner was totally cognizant of the sport’s current trends – today’s hockey features mobile defensemen.
The World Boxing Council (WBC) has named Vitali Klitschko among the world’s best all-time heavyweight boxers, taking the eighth spot in the rankings. The news was posted to the klitschko-brothers.com website on April 8. The list is topped by Muhammad Ali, followed by Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Larry Holmes, Evander Holyfield, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Sonny Liston and Ken Norton. Lewis (Great Britain) and Klitschko (Ukraine) were the only non-American boxers on the list.
KYIV – Territorial defense units have been called up in Ukraine’s southern regions as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged NATO to accelerate his country’s bid to join the defensive military alliance amid a massive mobilization of Russian troops near the state border.
KYIV – With 13,276 new cases reported on April 5, Ukraine topped the list of European countries with the highest COVID-19 infection rate, according to the statistics portal Worldometer. The following day, Ukraine also saw record numbers of hospitalizations and fatalities since the pandemic began more than a year ago, with 5,587 people hospitalized and 481 dead on April 6.
The current escalation of tensions around eastern Ukraine is dangerous and may appear untimely and inopportune while Europe and Russia seek to focus on managing the latest COVID-19 pandemic wave as well as addressing its accumulating economic and social consequences. Nevertheless, a deliberate political choice is dictating the uptick in violence in the Donbas war zone, raising the risk of renewed major military conflict.
Train convoys of heavy Russian military equipment, seen on multiple videos on social media, reportedly shipping from Siberia to the border regions of Ukraine. The Kerch Strait Bridge to the occupied Crimean Peninsula shut down briefly, apparently for a major shipment of weaponry.
The non-governmental organization (NGO) Ukraine-2050 welcomes the following “Joint Statement by Members of the European Parliament on increased tensions over Russia’s military build-up in eastern Ukraine” issued on April 2:
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is deeply concerned with Russia’s recent build-up of military forces at Ukraine’s border and violation of its ceasefire agreement. Equally troubling are the series of provocative statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin, other officials and Russian media personalities regarding Ukraine. All these developments have raised the prospect that Moscow might launch a new offensive in Ukraine.