White House issues proclamation for Captive Nations Week

The following proclamation was issued by U.S. President Joe Biden on July 16.
From the founding of our nation to today, through the crucibles of war and the struggle of successive generations, America has strived to uphold the ideals of freedom and democracy upon which our country was built and expand the ability of people around the world to freely exercise their rights.

Chairpersons of foreign affairs committees issue statement voicing concern over Nord Stream 2

The chairs of foreign affairs committees representing eight national parliaments released the following statement on July 29.
We, the chairs of foreign affairs committees of our respective national parliaments, are deeply disturbed by the decision of the United States and Germany on Nord Stream 2, which entails resuming completion of works on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

Ukrainian restaurant Oranta opens in the heart of Paris

PARIS – Devoid of the usual fanfare that accompanies the opening of a new business, Alina Wolf simply opened the door of her restaurant Oranta on July 1 and welcomed wandering visitors to try traditional Ukrainian borshch, varenyky and potato pancakes in the heart of the city.

Dealing with a devil

Officials from the United States and Russia met in Geneva on July 28 to discuss strategic nuclear stability, and to specifically find agreement on reducing their respective nuclear arsenals. Experts on the issue believe the two countries account for roughly 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons.

August 3, 1986

Thirty-five years ago, in the August 3, 1986, issue of The Ukrainian Weekly, readers were informed about Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s decision to withdraw six regiments (roughly 6 percent of the estimated 120,000 stationed troops: one tank regiment, two motorized rifle regiments, three anti-aircraft units and all of their equipment) from Afghanistan by the end of 1986.

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.

Shumka underscores Ukrainian-First Nations interaction

In my last column I touched upon the extensive interaction between the Ukrainian pioneers and the First Nations of Canada, and noted that this is an aspect of history that is little known. Lately, however, the first steps have been taken to bring this issue to public awareness.