Thousands take part in 10th annual gay pride parade in Kyiv
In a shift from previous years, this year’s participants did not face violence

KYIV – Some 7,000 supporters of LGBT rights marched peacefully on September 19 in Ukraine’s capital in what was this city’s 10th gay pride parade. Organizers of the march said that, as opposed to previous pride parades that did incur violence, this year’s march was peaceful with only a handful of minor provocations.

This was also the first time that organizers of the march expressed demands on the Ukrainian government. Those demands, published in a manifesto signed by 15 non-governmental organizations, asked the Ukrainian government to adopt a bill to combat discrimination and create a procedure for holding people who commit crimes motivated by homophobia, transphobia and other forms of intolerance legally liable.

Detailing Andriy Shevchenko’s departure from the Ukrainian national soccer team

Andriy Shevchenko’s September 3 press conference sent tremors across Ukraine’s football landscape. The coach rocked and shocked the public when he revealed his reasons for departing the coaching duties of the country’s national team.

Ukraine’s national soccer team performed well at the Euro 2020 soccer championship, benefiting from some good luck, but, nonetheless, exhibiting positive results. Indeed, the quarterfinal showing by the young Ukrainian squad, still in a development stage, turned out to be quite successful.

A forceful response

This has been an unusually busy and eventful week for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.  Having visited the United States a few weeks earlier, he began his week by flying back to the United States to address the 76th United Nations General Assembly on September 22, where he pleaded with world leaders to do more to help end Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Sept. 29, 2016

Five years ago, on September 29, 2016, Ukraine marked the 75th anniversary of the World War II-era mass execution of 33,771 Jews at the Babyn Yar ravine on the outskirts of Kyiv. World leaders attended the official commemoration, hosted by President Petro Poroshenko, which included Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who was on a working visit to Ukraine but had to return to Israel on September 28 after the death of Israeli statesman Shimon Peres.

Entire spectrum of Russian propaganda increasingly aggressive in its messaging, says Russia analyst

Russian propaganda can be classified into three broad categories, and until recently only the last contained aggressive messages, according to Kseniya Kirillova, an investigative journalist who also provides analysis for The Jamestown Foun­dation. But now things have changed, and Moscow has inserted aggressive notions in the other two as well, marking an effort to mobilize a population increasingly alienated from the regime.

In memory of George Sawchak

Dear Editor:

On August 21, the sad news of the passing of George Sawchak stunned the Ukrainian as well as the American communities. I speak for all of his friends, coworkers and all those who had the privilege to know him when I say that this was a man of honor, integrity, commitment and compassion.

A note of thanks to our readers

The staff of The Ukrainian Weekly expresses sincere thanks to all of our readers and social media supporters for their positive reactions to our 30th anniversary issue published on August 22. Space limitations did not allow us to publish all of the information we would have liked, and more coverage of the events leading up to the declaration of Ukraine’s independence on August 24, 1991, can be found in our newspaper’s digital archive.

Chetniks, trust and more

I spent the summer of 1943 on a farm owned by my parents in Parkville, Mich. Mother loved movies, so on many a Friday afternoon mom, my sister Vera and I would trek over to highway M60 and wait to wave down the Detroit to Chicago Greyhound bus. It took us to Three Rivers, Mich., which had a movie theater. As soon as the movie ended, we’d walk to a restaurant where the Chicago to Detroit Greyhound passengers were enjoying a rest stop. The driver agreed to take us to the road which led to Parkville, Mich. Mom always found a way to watch a movie.

Ukrainian Running Club New York marks 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence with Vyshyvanka Run

NEW YORK – Every year since 2015, Ukrainian Running Club New York has celebrated Ukrainian Independence Day with a Vyshyvanka Run. As the name implies, participants must run or walk a certain distance while wearing a traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirts (vyshyvanka) or a T-shirt made to look like an embroidered shirt.

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s Vyshyvanka Run took place virtually. Instead of holding a run in one location, this year Ukrainian Running Club New York took the added pandemic precaution of holding the event in three different locations: Central Park in Manhattan, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y., and for the first time Liberty Park in Jersey City, N.J.

Selfreliance FCU holds 70th Annual Meeting, reports strong financial status

CHICAGO – The Selfreliance Federal Credit Union (SFCU) held its 70th Annual Meeting at the organization’s home office in Chicago.  It reported assets exceeding $700 million, a net income of $1.3 million in 2020 and capital approaching $115 million, the SFCU leadership reported during the meeting.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors Oleh Karawan called to order the meeting, which was held on August 4 with social distancing and occupancy restrictions as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

UECC unveils newly renovated Cheremosh Room

JENKINTOWN, Pa. – The Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center (UECC) hosted a preview showing of its newly renovated space, formally known as the Clubroom, which from now on will be known as the Cheremosh Room.

Eleven organizations and 47 individuals were invited to a sneak peek of the room prior to its opening to the general public.  The invitees were a select group of top UECC donors, each having gifted the Center at least $10,000 since its inception in 1980.

Ukrainian pro sports update: soccer, basketball, hockey
Zinchenko persevered on way to Champions League final

Manchester City star Oleksandr Zin­chen­ko is more careful than most when reminiscing about his eventful past. He was understandably wary of saying something which could have inflamed tensions back home in Ukraine, even as he prepared for the biggest match of his career in late May – the Champions League final. Zinchenko freely admitted it was the “toughest moment” of his life when he fled his native land in 2014 when war broke out in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine to host two international competitions in 2023

Ukraine has won the right to host the 2023 FIFA World Cup for school children and the 2023 Winter World Gymnasium. The decisions were made by the International School Sports Federation and announced by Ukraine’s Minister of Education and Science Serhii Shkarlet on September 17.

Threat to judicial reform defused after meeting of G-7 ambassadors, judicial officials, members of parliament

KYIV – Ukraine’s attempt to reform its unruly judicial system reached a pivotal point on September 13 when the body that disciplines judges failed to appoint three of its own members to a corresponding ethics committee that is supposed to vet members of the High Council of Justice (HCJ).

The body, which mainly hires and fires judges, didn’t appoint three judges to the committee who were to be joined by three international experts that were chosen on September 10 jointly by a delegation of officials from the U.S., the European Union, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Council of Europe, the U.N. Development Program and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.