The plan for covering the sports scene in 2020 certainly included Team Ukraine’s composition, performance and analysis at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Along came COVID-19 to put the world on hold for way too long. Ukraine’s elite athletes were granted an additional year of preparation for the Summer Games thanks to the pandemic.
GREENWICH, Conn. – Faced with the challenge of operating in a structure originally built to house a theater more than a century ago, the New York Branch of Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization recently kicked off a $1.5 million renovation of its headquarters building (“domivka”) in the heart of the Ukrainian Village in Manhattan.
KYIV – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on May 6 paid a one-day visit to Ukraine where he reiterated U.S. government support for the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression.
KYIV – After 506 days in jail, the last of the three suspects in the high-profile murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet was released on April 30 and placed under round-the-clock house arrest with an electronic monitoring device.
WASHINGTON – Members of Ukrainian diaspora communities in Australia, Canada, the United States, France and Germany held protests on April 30 in front of German embassies and consulates in order to voice their opposition on completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken travelled to Kyiv on May 6, where he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It marked the first visit to Ukraine by a senior official in the administration of President Joe Biden, and Mr. Blinken reaffirmed the position that the United States believes Ukraine is a key ally in the fight against Russian aggression.
Sixty years ago, on May 14, 1961, some 20,000 people attended the blessing of the cornerstone for the Manor College building in Fox Chase, Pa.
Bishop Joseph Shmondiuk that afternoon blessed the cornerstone, in a ceremony attended by representatives of the Government of Pennsylvania, Ukrainian organizations, as well as pilgrims and members of religious orders. Founded by the Sisters of St. Basil the Great, the educational facilities included a high school for girls (Saint Basil Academy), the junior college, as well as residence for the students and a monastery for the Sisters.
Marta R. Skorupsky, a noted Ukrainian American editor, translator and journalist who contributed to the popularization of Ukrainianism in the English world, passed away on April 19, 2021. The following commentary was written by her husband, Bohdan Gerulak.
We need more. The recent apparent pullout of Russian troops from the border with Ukraine provides time and opportunity for reassessment. No one believes that hostilities between Russia and the rest of the world have ended, least of all Ukrainians. What has become more apparent is that fortunately the Western world is more sensitive and prepared to oppose Russian aggression, albeit to what extent remains unclear, in this case fortunately.