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   THE LEAGUE OF UKRAINIAN CANADIANS XXVII NATIONAL CONVENTION

The League of Ukrainian Canadians (LUC) recently held its XXVII National Convention during which Roman Medyk was elected as the new President. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of BCU Foundation, is Executive Producer of the ForumTV Ukrainian Program and Chair of OMT Hospitality Inc. Mr. Medyk is also an Honorary Director of Buduchnist Credit Union (he is Past Chair and a former Director) and a member of the LUC-Etobicoke Executive. In the recent past...

May 30, 2017

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   THE LEAGUE OF UKRAINIAN CANADIAN WOMEN XXI NATIONAL CONVENTION

The League of Ukrainian Canadian Women (LUCW) recently held its XXI National Convention during which Oksana Kuzyshyn was elected as the new President. While growing up in Montreal, she was an active member of the Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada (CYM). While living in Calgary, she remained an active member of the Ukrainian community. She continued to participate in the local chapter of CYM, has served on her local church committee, and is currently the President of the LUCW -Calgary Branch. Her extensive...

May 29, 2017

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   RUSSIA REALITY CHECK

As the Republican Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Democratic Ranking Member held a press conference Wednesday about their investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election, a nearby sign highlighted their effort: 11 open hearings, 100-plus people interviewed, 4,000 transcript pages and 100,000 pages of documents. As for results, Senators Richard Burr (R., N.C.) and Mark Warner (D., Va.) didn’t disclose much more than we already knew. First, Russia was meddling in the elections. Second, there are no “initial findings” about Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with the Russians because they don’t have any. The investigation remains “open.” Meanwhile, for all the...

October 09, 2017

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   TIME FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO ARM UKRAINE

The Russian occupation of eastern Ukraine produced one very hot summer. Through August, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe recorded between 1,000 and 1,500 nightly cease-fire violations, a large majority committed by Russian-led forces. Ukrainian soldiers and civilians continue to be killed or injured on a daily basis. While the attacks have tailed off since Labor Day, Moscow this month teed up a huge military exercise in western Russia, Belarus and Kaliningrad that stoked fears of an even broader assault. Since invading Ukraine three and a half years ago, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has mastered the tactical rheostat, turning up the...

October 09, 2017

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   MOSCOW’S NEW STRATEGY IN BERLIN

Russian pundits expressed satisfaction at the results of the 24 September federal elections in Germany, which saw a surge in support for the populist, right-wing Alternative for Germany party (AfD)—even though Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc won the largest number of Bundestag seats, taking over 33 percent of the total. The result was the ruling bloc’s smallest share of the vote since the 1940s. Russian senator Alexei Pushkov attributed the result to “a syndrome of fatigue with Merkel.” He pointed to her open-door refugee policy as a major reason for the AfD’s unexpected third-place finish. “Populism lost to common sense in the...

October 09, 2017

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   WEAPONIZING FACEBOOK FOR RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE

Mark Zuckerberg turned a billion people into unpaid data entry clerks and then weaponized Facebook for Russia. The Internet is supposed to be about using technology for human liberation and for free communication, but the Facebook piece of it has become a medium for Russia to wage information warfare and subvert democracy all around the world. Prominent in the news now is the way that Russian intelligence services (FSB, GRU, SVR) and Facebook worked together to falsify the United States presidential election that was held on 8 November 2016. But the Russia-Facebook alliance goes back at least to...

October 09, 2017

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   HOUSE OF COMMONS ADOPTS MAGNITSKY ACT IN UNANIMOUS VOTE

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) welcomes the unanimous adoption of S-226, the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law) by Canada's House of Commons on October 4. The Sergei Magnitsky Law, sponsored by Senator Raynell Andreychuk, provides "for the taking of restrictive measures in respect of foreign nationals responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights." It passed the House of Commons in a 277-0 vote. The law allows Canada to target foreign officials who are responsible for human rights abuses and corruption by...

October 09, 2017

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   PRESIDENT OF AUSTRALIAN SENATE MEETS PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE PRIME MINISTER, SPEAKER OF THE VERKHOVNA RADA AND HIGH-RANKING OFFICIALS IN KYIV

Australian -Ukrainian relations continue to strengthen with official meetings this week on Monday October 2, 2017 in Kyiv between The President of Australian Senate Senator Stephen Parry and The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, Speaker of the Parliament Andrij Parubij, Minister for Interior Affairs Minister Avakov and other high ranking Ukrainian Government officials. Building on the recent reactivation of the Australia -Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group (AUPFG)headed by Chris Crewther and Senator Catryna Bilyk, this week’s meetings reinforced the strong ties between Australia and Ukraine. The Minister for...

October 04, 2017

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   EVEN IN DEATH, THE SPY KIM PHILBY SERVES THE KREMLIN’S PURPOSES

Bereft of friends in Western capitals since its 2014 annexation of Crimea, Russia is celebrating the memory of the British K.G.B. spy Kim Philby, a stalwart supporter who stood by it through thick and thin – and spent the last 25 years of his life in Moscow, often drunk and miserable but still loyal. Mr. Philby, a notorious double-agent who defected to Moscow in 1963 and died there in 1988, was recently honored with a portrait in a Russian state art gallery and is celebrated in a soon-to-be broadcast film on state television. The adulation has now reached a new level with the...

October 04, 2017

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   UKRAINIAN MILITARY OFFICIALS VISIT WITH KINGSTON COUNTERPARTS

Senior members of the Ukrainian armed forces, in Canada to cheer on their nation’s athletes at the Invictus Games in Toronto, were in Kingston on Wednesday to meet with Canadian military officials involved in military training and educating. Major-generals Anatoliy Petrenko and Oleh Hruntkovskyi, and colonels Yurii Finohenov and Viktor Siromakha paid a visit to the Royal Military College and the Canadian Defence Academy to discuss ongoing co-operation between the two militaries. Of the 17 nations taking part in the Invictus Games, Ukraine has the distinction of being one of only three, along with Afghanistan and Iraq, that has an...

September 29, 2017

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   STALIN'S WAR AGAINST UKRAINE: 'I BELIEVE IT WAS GENOCIDE'

The latest book by Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian Anne Applebaum, Red Famine: Stalin's War On Ukraine, sheds new light on one of the seminal events in Ukrainian history – the deadly famine of 1932-33 that Ukrainians call the Holodomor. Some 4 million Ukrainians were killed in a famine that was engineered by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin to eliminate a perceived threat to central Soviet power. RFE/RL Russian Service correspondent Natalya Golitsina spoke with Applebaum about this tragedy and the role it continues to play in Ukraine's relations with Russia. RFE/RL: What caused the Holodomor? Anne Applebaum: The Holodomor was created...

September 29, 2017

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   STALIN WAS FULLY COMMITTED TO USING HUNGER AS A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION; RED FAMINE REVIEWED

In 1933 my aunt Lenina Bibikova was eight years old. She lived in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Every morning a polished black Packard automobile would draw up to the door of the handsome pre-revolutionary mansion her family shared with other senior Party cadres to take her father to his job as Party boss at the Kharkiv Tractor Factory. When he returned in the evening her father would be carrying bulging packets of sausages and meat from the factory canteen. Lenina did not remember wanting for anything. Yet in reality Kharkiv, like all Ukraine’s cities in that terrible year, was an island of plenty in a sea of starvation. All over Ukraine millions of peasants were...

September 29, 2017

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