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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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   HOW PUTIN’S RUSSIAN AGENTS STOLE THE 2014 WINTER OLYMPICS

Among his many “accomplishments,” Donald Trump has once more emboldened Russia, courtesy of the ongoing collusion scandal that has shined a spotlight not only on his team’s desire for power at any cost but also on the eagerness of Vladimir Putin’s regime to do whatever it deems necessary to achieve its ends. Only the most willfully blinkered believes that Putin’s administration operates on the up and up, given that the murderous depths of their nefarious scheming and double-dealing are constant topics of domestic media discussion. For those still not...

August 16, 2017

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   AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY “RECOVERY ROOM” HOLDS SCREENINGS

The award-winning feature documentary film “Recovery Room” directed by Adriana Luhova is now being screened across Canada and in the United States. The film tells the story of the impact of the current war in eastern Ukraine and the diaspora’s response on a humanitarian level. It shows the courage and sacrifice of the young Ukrainian soldiers defending their eastern territory against Russian aggression. The documentary is under the patronage of the Ukrainian World Congress. A highly successful Montreal screening was organized by the...

August 16, 2017

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   SPECIAL REPORT: VLADIMIR'S VENEZUELA - LEVERAGING LOANS TO CARACAS, MOSCOW SNAPS UP OIL ASSETS

Venezuela’s unraveling socialist government is increasingly turning to ally Russia for the cash and credit it needs to survive – and offering prized state-owned oil assets in return, sources familiar with the negotiations told Reuters. As Caracas struggles to contain an economic meltdown and violent street protests, Moscow is using its position as Venezuela’s lender of last resort to gain more control over the OPEC nation’s crude reserves, the largest in the world. Venezuela's state-owned oil firm, Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), has been secretly negotiating since at least early this year with Russia's biggest state-owned oil company...

August 16, 2017

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   THE DANGEROUS LIFE OF PRO-UKRAINIAN ACTIVISTS IN OCCUPIED DONBAS

In the proxy statelets Russia helped carve out of Ukraine, the Luhansk and Donetsk “People’s Republics,” expressing pro-Ukrainian sentiments will get you, at best, expelled from your home, at worst – imprisoned or even killed. Most people supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity have left the areas which the Ukrainian government is mulling designating as being under Russian occupation – but not all. Those disagreeing with the self-proclaimed pro-Russian republics’ uncertain views for the future are regularly detained, imprisoned and tortured, as recent news from the “republics” reveals. As we reported earlier, the occupation authorities of the...

August 16, 2017

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   UCCLA MEDIA RELEASE - REMEMBERING CORPORAL FILIP KONOWAL, VC, IN UKRAINE

Corporal Filip Konowal, a Ukrainian Canadian whose valour at the Battle of Hill 70 near Lens, France in August 1917 earned him the highest medal of the British Empire, the Victoria Cross, is being remembered in Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine, thanks to the efforts of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (www.uccla.ca) and their Ukrainian partners on this project, Free People (Vilni Lyudy). From 15 August to 15 September 2017 a billboard (see attached images below) has been erected to honour the only Ukrainian ever distinguished with the Victoria Cross. Commenting, UCCLA’s director of research, Dr Lubomyr Luciuk, observed: “On 22...

August 16, 2017

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   RUSSIA INCREASINGLY PROPPING UP N. KOREAN REGIME

Russia has roughly doubled oil shipments and other exports to North Korea even as the international community is working to turn off the spigot for the belligerent regime. Moscow is fast emerging as a powerful backer of Pyongyang at a time when even China seems to be having second thoughts, and has been at the forefront of blocking discussion of further sanctions in the UN Security Council. A government official in Seoul said on Monday, "There's something going on that the traditional Pyongyang-Moscow friendship alone isn't enough to explain. Moscow seems to be trying to...

August 16, 2017

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   PUTIN STILL IN DENIAL OVER THE LOSS OF UKRAINE

When Kremlin proxies in eastern Ukraine declared the foundation of “Malorossia” in mid-July, most people laughed. This bizarre attempt to replace Ukraine with a “Little Russian” vassal state was seen as one more indication of how hopelessly out of touch Russian policymakers are with Ukrainian public opinion. However, at least one man in Moscow failed to see the funny side. Key Putin aide and Ukraine curator Vladislav Surkov called it a way of sparking debate within Ukraine while emphasizing that the Donbas is not fighting to separate from Ukraine but for the country’s future. “Kyiv wants a pro-European utopia,” he commented. “The Donbas...

August 11, 2017

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   DISINFORMATION ACROSS AGES: RUSSIA’S OLD BUT EFFECTIVE WEAPON OF INFLUENCE

It may have seemed like any other Thursday in Moscow. The dismally overcast sky and near-freezing temperature lay heavy on the city, heralding the darkening days of winter. On that morning, the historical Art Nouveau-style Hotel Metropol Moscow, situated between the Kremlin and the FSB (formerly KGB) headquarters, was slowly and quietly filling with important guests. It is unlikely that many passers-by noticed the members of Russia’s power elite, headed by President Vladimir Putin, arriving one by one at the hidden entrance. It was 10 December 2015. Russia’s global propaganda television channel RT (formerly Russia Today) was...

August 11, 2017

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   THE CURIOUS CASE OF ‘NICOLE MINCEY,’ THE TRUMP FAN WHO MAY ACTUALLY BE A BOT

On Saturday, President Trump tweeted his gratitude to a social-media super-fan, ­NicoleMincey, magnifying her praise of him to his 35 million followers. Here’s the problem: There is no evidence the Twitter feed belongs to someone named Nicole Mincey. And the account, according to experts, bears a lot of signs of a Russia-backed disinformation campaign. On Sunday, Twitter suspended the Mincey account, known as @ProTrump45, after several other users revealed that it was probably a fake, created to amplify pro-Trump content. The incident highlights Trump’s penchant for off-the-cuff tweeting — and the...

August 11, 2017

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   STRANGE BEDFELLOWS ALIGN AGAINST RUSSIA SANCTIONS BILL

How a handful of far-right media outlets, Redditors, and Twitter accounts tried to stop the Russia sanctions legislation in the U.S. On July 25, by a vote of 419 to 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a new bill to place new sanctions on Russia, North Korea, and Iran, and also give Congress the power to block any effort by the executive branch to ease sanctions on American adversaries, including Russia. Ahead of the vote, pro-Kremlin and Kremlin-backed outlets pushed an opinion piece by former Texas congressman Ron Paul attacking the draft legislation. Subsequently, alt-right activists on Twitter and Reddit called for a grassroots campaign opposing the...

August 11, 2017

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