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No.39 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2009 $1/$2 in Ukraine

U.S. assistant surgeon general Tymoshenko and Yushchenko spar

visits Ukraine to speak on H1N1 over sale of state-owned strategic asset
by Zenon Zawada issued a decree forbidding the sale of the
Kyiv Press Bureau economically strategic factory, which he
said doesn’t adhere to national security inter-
KYIV – In a desperate bid to raise gov- ests.
ernment revenue, Prime Minister Yulia During his three-day visit to the United
Tymoshenko will try on September 29 to Nations, he accused Ms. Tymoshenko of
auction off a state-owned, nationally strate- preparing a fixed auction and called on
gic asset, ignoring at least two court rulings investors to avoid the “show,” vowing any
and a presidential decree issued by Viktor sale would be canceled by the courts.
Yushchenko forbidding the sale. “These backroom deals surrounding the
The Odesa Portside Plant is among the portside plant are my serious complaint that
world’s biggest producers of ammonia and the government has prepared a non-compet-
carbamide, and the State Property Fund has itive, non-market privatization of this site,”
set a starting price of $500 million. he told a September 22 press conference in
However, it’s doubtful a promising buyer New York.
Zenon Zawada
will emerge, experts said, given Ukraine’s A September 29 auction will result in a
U.S. Assistant Surgeon General Boris Lushniak (left) with Academy of Medical highly dubious and disputable title to the
political instability and depressed market
Sciences President Dr. Oleksander Vozianov (center) and First Deputy Health property and repel legitimate investors as a
Minister Oleksander Bilovol, addressed a September 16 conference in Kyiv dis- result, said Ivan Lozowy, president of the
cussing international approaches to the H1N1 pandemic. “The price is not as attractive as it was in
2008,” said Tamara Levchenko, a senior Institute of Statehood and Democracy in
analyst at Dragon Capital in Kyiv, Ukraine’s Kyiv.
by Zenon Zawada A working group of epidemiologists was With his threats of blocking the sale, the
assembled within 30 minutes, Dr. Bilovol top investment bank.
Kyiv Press Bureau president significantly reduced the potential
said. They confirmed the H1N1 virus within “Fertilizer is selling at between $230 and
price for which the plant could sell, which
KYIV – U.S. Assistant Surgeon General 11 hours, using Russian and American diag- $250 a ton, compared to prices as high as
Dragon Capital estimated at only $200 to
Boris Lushniak, a top authority on the H1N1 nostic equipment, as well as with the help of $800 a ton last year. Sales and profits have
$250 million. In July, State Property Fund
virus, presented the latest U.S. government diagnostic tests performed at the declined along with dropping demand relat-
Acting Chair Dmytro Parfenenko estimated
information on the growing pandemic to a Hromoshevskyi Institute of Epidemiology ed to the financial crisis. But I’m not sure the sale could earn as much as $1 billion.
September 16 international conference in it’s worth delaying the sale,” she said.
Kyiv. (Continued on page 10) President Yushchenko on September 17 (Continued on page 10)
Dr. Daniel Hryhorczuk, a professor at the
University of Illinois in Chicago School of
Public Health, and Ulana Mazurkevich,
president of the Ukrainian Human Rights
Ukrainians recall glory days of Rukh
Committee, organized the conference, which by Marta Kolomayets
was Dr. Lushniak’s first visit to Ukraine Special to The Ukrainian Weekly
after he took the oath of office as assistant
surgeon general and was promoted to rear KYIV – Many came to reminisce
admiral on August 31, 2006. He is the high- about days of glory past, to see old
est ranking active-duty Ukrainian American friends and exchange “war stories,”
officer in the U.S. uniformed services. while others came to see President
The conference, which addressed inter- Viktor Yushchenko and offer their sup-
national approaches to coping with the port for his 2010 presidential bid. Still
H1N1 pandemic, was attended by nearly others were curious to see if Rukh, the
100 participants, including public health Popular Movement of Ukraine for
professionals from Georgia, Belarus and the Perebudova, has any relevance in
Russian Federation. today’s Ukraine and if there is a place
“Conferences like this are key to us hav- for it amidst the realities of today’s pol-
ing contact internationally on a very impor- itics.
tant public health matter, which is the begin- Such was the gathering at the
nings of a pandemic influenza,” Dr. Ukraina Palace on Saturday, September
Lushniak said. 12, celebrating the 20th anniversary of
“Without having international coopera- Rukh, which was the precursor to
tion and the ability for nations to talk with Ukraine’s grassroots movement for
each other and describe experiences and independence in the early 1990s. It was
planning efforts, then the pandemic will be the movement that encouraged mass
a much more difficult process to undergo,” demonstrations against the Communist The jubilant scene at the inaugural congress of Rukh, the Popular Movement
he added. regime, raised hopes for an independent of Ukraine for Perebudova, held on September 8-10, 1989, in Kyiv.
Most post-Soviet nations have avoided Ukraine and later gave birth to numer-
the H1N1 virus thus far, with only one ous democratic parties that today make realize independence, to achieve and real- the fall of the Berlin Wall, the heyday of
recorded case in Ukraine – a laborer who up the country’s political landscape. ize our statehood,” President Yushchenko Poland’s Solidarity movement, the birth
contacted the virus through his job selling “I greet you, the people of Ukraine told the more than 3,000 gathered at the of national democratic campaigns in the
vegetables in Detroit, First Deputy Health and the state of Ukraine on this 20th anniversary meeting. Many in the audi- Baltic states, such as Sajudis in Lithuania
Minister Dr. Oleksander Bilovol told a press anniversary of the creation of the ence chanted his name enthusiastically, and the Latvian and Estonian National
conference. People’s Movement of Ukraine. This while some shouted out despondently, Fronts, Rukh stands out as a symbol of
The Ukrainian citizen fell ill upon event changed our lives, changed us “Tell us what to do now,” referring to the democratic rebirth in the region.
returning to his homeland in April and and defined the fate of Ukraine. Rukh impending start of the presidential cam- “Without this Ukrainian movement,
sought treatment in a Kyiv hospital after was the first to specifically and clearly paign.
feeling weakness, a high temperature and shape our main goal: to achieve and In a year that celebrates 20 years since (Continued on page 8)
pain in his joints.

Presidential election campaign New start for NATO-Russia relations has a total of some 16,000 tons, the remain-

paralyzes Ukrainian Parliament

der of which will be disposed of in later,
BRUSSELS – Anders Fogh Rasmussen, planned stages. “This event has been pre-
the new secretary general of NATO, on ceded by four years of hard work by the
September 18 gave his first major public Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the
by Pavel Korduban September 11). Mr. Yanukovych claims
speech, titled “NATO and Russia: A New OSCE. Every step of the way was well
Eurasia Daily Monitor that there are enough funds in the state
Beginning.” Mr. Rasmussen presented his worth it – for the sake of the human and
coffers for the increase, and that Ms.
Ukrainian lawmaking has fallen victim vision of a strategic partnership with Russia, environmental security of this country. This
Tymoshenko only wants to use the issue in
to the presidential election campaign. outlining concrete proposals aimed at project is vital for Ukraine and it is impor-
her election campaign (Inter TV,
Parliament has failed to resume its work improving and energizing this relationship. tant for the security of the OSCE area,” said
September 6).
after the summer vacation as the opposi- Ms. Tymoshenko’s team argues that the Specifically, the secretary general suggested Mr. de Brichambaut. A 400-page
tion Party of Regions of Ukraine (PRU) PRU’s demands are purely populist and focusing on the reinforcement of practical Environmental Impact Assessment Report
physically blocks the rostrum making it that inflation would spiral if they were cooperation, rejuvenating the NATO-Russia found that the deteriorating containers that
impossible to vote. The party is protesting met. “We flatly object to an insufficiently Council (NRC) and conducting a joint hold the noxious substance in Ukraine pose
against the refusal by the pro-government motivated increase of social standards review of new security challenges. He a risk that is “unacceptably high.” Mr.
majority to increase minimum wages and [which would] only add 10 hrv ($1.10) to argued that, “A time-out may have been use- Ivaschenko said: “The problem, the solution
pensions. pensions and later 100 hrv will be lost ful to rethink our relationship. But the inter- for which starts today, is a part of the Soviet
It is likely that the present crisis will because of inflation and devaluation,” said national security environment does not wait legacy inherited by Ukraine. Unfortunately,
persist for some time to come. The two YTB caucus leader Ivan Kyrylenko for NATO and Russia to sort out their act. Ukraine was not able to eliminate the
main players, the PRU and the Yulia (Channel 5, August 31). Quite simply, NATO-Russia cooperation is Mélange on its own due to technical and
Tymoshenko Bloc (YTB) are apparently If the YTB agreed to the increase, the not a matter of choice – it is a matter of financial constraints. Thanks to the coopera-
both satisfied with the status quo. PRU state finances would be unbalanced and necessity.” He also said: “This new relation- tion with the OSCE Secretariat we can say
leader Viktor Yanukovych has attempted relations with the International Monetary ship will require a lot of hard work. But if that it will be solved in the near future.”
to win the hearts and minds of voters by Fund (IMF) would be seriously damaged. we manage to get away from the reflex of Several OSCE participating states are pay-
his populist demands, while Ms. Prime Minister Tymoshenko promised the assuming the worst about each other and ing for the project through voluntary contri-
Tymoshenko hoped that the uncivilized IMF that the budget deficit would be kept focus instead on our common interests, then butions and fund-raising continues. Donors
behavior of her main opponents might to under 6 percent in 2009 and under 4 we can make a genuine new beginning in so far include Sweden/SIDA, Denmark,
increase her own chances for victory in the percent in 2010. This was among the con- our relationship – in our own interest and Norway, Spain, Germany, Finland, the
January 2010 presidential election. ditions for the IMF’s $16.4 billion loan – that of the entire international community.” Czech Republic, Poland and Ukraine itself.
On September 1, at its first sitting after Ukraine has already received three tranch- (NATO) (OSCE)
the vacation, the Verkhovna Rada rejected es totaling over $10 billion. OSCE project to dispose of rocket fuel
the PRU’s proposal to increase the mini- It is an open secret that the PRU is Journalists mark Gongadze anniversary
mum wage. The bill was backed by 200 attempting to fool its potential voters. One KYIV – Secretary General Marc Perrin KYIV – Journalists and rights activists in
votes, 26 short of the required number. Ukrainian weekly noted that PRU mem- de Brichambaut of the Organization on Kyiv marked the ninth anniversary of jour-
The PRU reacted by blocking the rostrum, bers are not interested in increasing pen- Security and Cooperation in Europe and nalist Heorhii Gongadze’s abduction and
saying that it was determined to continue sions and wages, as most of them are busi- Ukraine’s acting Defense Minister Valerii killing. Gongadze was kidnapped on
the blockade until the majority agreed to nessmen who are not ready to pay their Ivaschenko on September 16 signed a con- September 16, 2000. His decapitated body
more than double minimum monthly employees more (Zerkalo Nedeli, tract with a Russian consortium that allows was found two months later. The circum-
wages to the equivalent of $190 and raise September 12). However, by advocating for the safe disposal of more than 3,000 stances of his death became a national scan-
pensions by a similar amount (Ukrayinska this policy the PRU is not risking any- metric tons of toxic rocket fuel component dal and a focus for protests against the gov-
Pravda, September 1). thing, understanding that its demands will stored in rusting containers at two storage ernment of President Leonid Kuchma. Last
Mr. Yanukovych signaled that he would not be met by Ms. Tymoshenko because of depots in Ukraine. Starting in early year, three former officials from the Internal
not stop short of organizing street protests November, the rocket fuel component, Affairs Ministry’s Foreign Surveillance
to increase wages and pensions (UT1 TV, (Continued on page 22) which is known as Mélange, will be loaded Department and the Criminal Intelligence
on to trains that will be transported to spe- Unit were found guilty of Gongadze’s mur-
cialized chemical plants in Russia, where it der and sentenced to long terms in jail. Then,
Ukraine debates the Russian threat will be disposed of. In a process that will
last 12 months, the noxious substance will
on July 22, former Ukrainian police official
Oleksii Pukach was detained; he allegedly
be transported by six trains in total and con- confessed that he was directly involved in
by Taras Kuzio their diplomatic status.” verted into chemical products with industrial killing Gongadze. Gongadze’s relatives and
Eurasia Daily Monitor Mr. Medvedev’s staunch and unprece- uses. The contract signed provides for the their lawyers think the journalist was killed
dented criticism of Ukrainian domestic and disposal of 3,168 tons. According to the
The poor state of Ukrainian-Russian rela- because of his investigative reporting. The
foreign policies was worsened by the fact Memorandum of Understanding between
tions – as vividly noted in Russian President activists gathered near the main post office
that two of the three leading presidential the OSCE and the Cabinet of Ministers of
Dmitry Medvedev’s August letter to candidates – Party of Regions leader Viktor Ukraine on the Mélange project, Ukraine (Continued on page 14)
President Viktor Yushchenko, the expulsion Yanukovych and Front for Change leader
of two Russian spies from Ukraine and Arseniy Yatsenyuk – supported the Russian


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European split on Russia threatens U.S. policy

U.S. President Barack Obama wants to to cut off energy supplies, there’s nothing nies across Western Europe. Among them, companies in Western Europe.
change the nature of Washington’s rela- anybody can do to offset that.” Germany’s E.ON Ruhrgas is helping Still, there are signs Moscow’s recent
tions with Moscow. But analysts say that Many believe January’s shutoff to build a new pipeline directly to Germany actions are encouraging a gradual change
won’t be possible without strong support Ukraine, the second in three years, was bypassing transit countries such as in European attitudes. Russia’s gas shut-
from European countries that are among really punishment for Kyiv’s drive to join Ukraine. The North Stream pipeline con- off to Ukraine prompted new calls to
Russia’s biggest trade partners. Getting it NATO. Moscow’s cutoff was the latest in sortium is headed by none other than for- diversify energy supplies, partly by back-
will be no easy task. In the last of a three- a series of aggressive actions against for- mer Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who ing an alternate gas-pipeline project
part series on U.S.-Russia relations, RFE/ mer Soviet republics, including last sum- took the job only weeks after he left called Nabucco that would deliver sup-
RL reports on obstacles facing a unified mer’s invasion of Georgia, which brought office. plies from Central Asia bypassing Russia.
European policy toward Russia. relations with the West to Cold War lows. Last March, the EU infuriated Moscow
In Washington, the Kremlin is believed Changing attitudes
by promising Kyiv $3.5 billion to mod-
by Gregory Feifer to view relations as a “zero-sum game,” Analysts say Gazprom has been suc- ernize its gas pipeline network in a bid to
RFE/RL in which what’s good for one country is cessful in persuading countries like avoid another shutoff.
seen as bad for the other. It’s an outlook Germany to consider their own national Czech European Affairs Minister Fule
Prague’s central Wenceslas Square is U.S. President Barack Obama wants to interests ahead of a unified European says he sees a developing trans-Atlantic
crammed with stores, cafes and tourists undermine by engaging Moscow on strategy by enlisting their energy compa- consensus on Russia.
from around the world. It’s hard to imag- issues of common concern. nies to act as lobbyists for Russian inter- “There is a huge responsibility of the
ine today how different the atmosphere ests. The strategy reinforces Moscow’s European allies of the United States with-
here was before the Iron Curtain fell 20 Free-for-all
view of European consensus as a threat. in NATO and the European Union itself,”
years ago. The Czech minister for European “If they want to be unified, God bless he said. “And I think that in general the
But although the Czech Republic may affairs, Stefan Fule – whose country held them,” said Viktor Kremenyuk of European Union and the European allies
now be part of the European Union and the European Union presidency during Moscow’s U.S.A. and Canada Institute. of the United States are keen [on] work-
NATO, Czechs are still nervous about January’s gas crisis – says he supports “If they want to work out something like ing in favor of eliminating this zero-sum-
Prague’s huge neighbor to the east. President Obama’s policy as the best way a unified policy toward Russia, it’s their game approach which prevails in Russia.”
Misha Prochazkova, a 40-something to deal with Moscow. problem, not our problem. Our problem is But others believe a real consensus on
Prague resident, says that’s despite the “I don’t have any reason to doubt that to see, ‘Is that something friendly?’” Russia will develop only if people in
fact that Moscow no longer wields the we need a new effort to engage Russia,” Berlin’s policy toward Moscow has London and Paris feel as threatened by
power it did during the Cold War. Mr Fule said, “not because we are glad been among the friendliest. In November Russia as some Czechs do on the streets
“I think it is a threat, even if not to the and we understand or even agree with 2008, German Chancellor Angela Merkel of Prague.
same degree as 20 years ago,” she said. what the Russians are doing in Russia led opposition to the Bush administra-
It’s no longer Red Army tanks that itself and the close neighborhood, but tion’s campaign to put Georgia and Copyright 2008, RFE/RL Inc. Reprinted
people worry about, but Moscow’s con- because we do not agree, we need to Ukraine on a path to NATO membership. with the permission of Radio Free Europe/
trol over vast supplies of oil and natural engage them.” At the same time, Germany blocked pro- Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW,
gas that have fueled Moscow’s resurgence When the Czech Republic’s then-Prime posed EU regulations that would have Washington DC 20036;
in the world. In January, Russia cut off Minister Mirek Topolanek shuttled restricted foreign companies from buying (See
gas to Ukraine during a price dispute that between Moscow and Kyiv in a desperate European energy utilities, a policy aimed European_Split_On_Russia_Threatens_
disrupted deliveries to many European bid to resolve the gas standoff with at slowing Gazprom’s drive to buy up US_Policy/1817814.html.)
countries. Millions were left without heat Ukraine last January, however, his efforts
during record freezing temperatures. were hampered by widespread disagree-

Voinovich criticizes Obama’s decision

It was a stark reminder of just how ment in Europe over how to deal with
much Europe depends on Russian energy. Russia. Former Soviet-bloc countries
Moscow supplies Europe with one-quar- have issued loud warnings about the dan-
ter of its gas. Some Eastern European
countries rely on Soviet-era pipelines to
ger from Russia. But countries in Western
Europe have been far less willing to criti- on missile-defense plan in Eastern Europe
deliver more than 90 percent of their sup- cize Moscow.
plies. Moscow is planning two new pipe- Political expert Kirill Rogov says that WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. George V. Union. We must heed the words of then-
lines that would make Europe even more doesn’t bode well for Washington’s new Voinovich (R-Ohio) on September 18 President [Vladimir] Putin who declared
dependent on Russia. Russia policy, which he says can only released the following statement on in 2005 that the demise of the Soviet
H a r v a r d U n i v e r s i t y ’s M a r s h a l l succeed with unified European support. President Barack Obama’s decision to Union was ‘the greatest geopolitical
Goldman says that as European countries “There’s no question about that abandon the U.S. missile-defense plan in catastrophe of the century.’
rely less and less on their own coal sup- because otherwise, opportunities for the Eastern Europe. “This move by the United States sends
plies to meet their growing needs, energy United States will be very limited,” he “As a leader in the United States the wrong signal to Russia. Time will tell
is becoming an even more effective tool said. “That’s because Europe is Russia’s Senate on the expansion of the NATO whether it will have any influence on
for foreign policy than nuclear weapons main trading partner while the United alliance and one who has worked dili- Russian cooperation on the Strategic
were during the Cold War. States is a more abstract interlocutor.” gently to improve our image in Europe Arms Reduction Treaty or our efforts to
“Those were almost useless,” Dr, Russia has been working to undermine through the expansion of the Visa Waiver prevent a nuclear-armed Iranian regime.”
Goldman said, “because if Russia were to European unity by cultivating bilateral Program, I am astounded that the Obama
use them, the United States would have relations with individual countries, often administration has turned its back on
retaliated and some of the Europeans as through lucrative deals between state gas some of our staunchest allies in NATO. Sen. Voinovich is the Senate’s leading
well. If Russia today cuts off or threatens monopoly Gazprom and energy compa- The fact that this announcement was champion for NATO expansion. In 2008,
made with disregard to the great political Sen. Voinovich co-sponsored the NATO
capital expended by the leaders of Poland Membership Action Plan (MAP)
and the Czech Republic on missile Endorsement Act and sent a letter to then-
Helsinki Commission urges administration defense leaves the impression that the
United States is dealing unilaterally with
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in
support of MAP status for Ukraine and

to offer ‘strong reassurances’ to NATO allies

Russia without consultation and input Georgia. In 2003 he played a key role in
from our NATO allies. the expansion of NATO membership to
“This decision should also send a shiv- include Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia,
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Benjamin all the countries that have a vested inter- er down the spines of our brothers and Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and
L. Cardin (D-Md.), chairman of the est in regional security and reaffirm our sisters in Eastern Europe and their Baltic Slovenia. The senator continues to fight
Commission on Security and Cooperation strong commitment to the sovereignty neighbors who are concerned with to ensure that the door to NATO remains
in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), and territorial integrity of Russia’s neigh- Russia’s aggressive efforts to reassert its open for all European democracies seek-
and Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-Fla.) bors,” Sen. Cardin said. influence in what was once the Soviet ing to join the Transatlantic Alliance.
released the following statement, on “The decision having been made, I
September 17 regarding the Obama trust the administration offered strong
administration’s decision to abandon
plans for missile defense systems in
assurances to our NATO allies regarding
America’s commitment to their security Quotable notes
Poland and the Czech Republic. as provided for in the North Atlantic
“…it is clear that Russia is heavily committed to persuading Ukraine to aban-
“The administration has been carefully Treaty and will back up its words with
don its road to NATO and the E.U. Russia’s information campaign is also
reviewing missile defense options and actions. The U.S. Helsinki Commission,
focused on defeating support for the European Neighborhood Policy; making
announced a phased, adaptive approach with our long-standing commitment to
Russian the second official language; and on bringing about a ‘favorable’ result
for missile defense in Europe. This strate- Central and Eastern Europe spanning
in the presidential elections. …
gy is based on numerous factors, includ- more than three decades, looks forward to
“The danger is that, as Europe and [the] U.S. are asleep at the wheel, Moscow
ing consideration of the effectiveness of further information about this particular
may encourage separatism, seriously destabilize the Crimea or even eastern
various military security options, costs, decision. The Commission is committed
Ukraine if one of the candidates fails to concede the elections.
threat assessments and support from our to see human rights and democracy at the
“Ukraine is emerging as a flash point in relations between Russia and the
NATO allies. This new approach has core of U.S. policy. We are equally com-
West. 2010 may be the year of Ukraine — and it may not be a pretty sight.”
major significance not only for Poland mitted to a strong and vibrant relationship
and the Czech Republic and their neigh- between the United States and other – Ariel Cohen, in his blog titled “Russian pressure is growing in Ukraine,” on
bors, but for the wider relationship of the OSCE [Organization for Security and the website of The Heritage Foundation, September 15 (see http://blog.heritage.
United States to all of Europe. I continue Cooperation in Europe] participating org/2009/09/15/russian-pressure-is-growing-in-ukraine/).
to support strong U.S. engagement with states,” Rep. Hastings said.

New Jersey governor pledges to set up Eastern European Heritage Commission

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – New Jersey available on the governor’s website.)
Gov. Jon S. Corzine on Monday, The reception at Ms. Huk-Masier’s
September 14, pledged he would estab- home was attended by representatives of
lish an Eastern European Heritage the state’s Polish, Ukrainian, Hungarian,
Commission in the state. Belarusian, Macedonian and Slovak com-
Speaking at a reception at the home of munities. Among those in attendance
Cami Huk-Masier, a member of the were Michael Koziupa, a member of the
Governor’s Ethnic Advisory Council, Governor’s Ethnic Advisory Council,
Gov. Corzine said he would sign an exec- who is also second-vice-president of the
utive order establishing the 16-member Ukrainian National Association, as well
commission before the end of the year, as Roma Lisovich, UNA treasurer.
adding that this would happen regardless Addressing the gathering, Gov. Corzine
of the results of the gubernatorial election paid homage to immigrants and their con-
in New Jersey. tributions to the economy and culture of
Ms. Huk-Masier, who hosted the the United States. “We live in an ethni-
reception as part of Mr. Corzine’s re-elec- cally diverse society. We were raised
tion effort, explained that the executive together, and it is very important that we
order had not yet been signed because the work together. That’s why we need the Markian Hadzewycz
governor ’s office is awaiting more Eastern European Heritage Commission,” New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine (right) is welcomed by (from left) Michael
resumes from potential commission mem- he stated. Koziupa, Peter Eagler and Cami Huk-Masier at a reception at Ms. Huk-Masier’s
bers. She added that the governor’s office Gov. Corzine also said that one of his home in Rutherford, N.J.
is already reviewing resumes and the priorities is the education of young gener-
statements submitted by applicants, and ations, including children from immigrant Governor ’s Blue Ribbon Panel on mented immigrants, including Ukrainians
that funding is being sought. families. Immigrant Policies, which recently sub- and Poles, who are often targeted for
At this time the commission is envi- The governor focused special attention mitted its report to the governor calling deportation. These groups are usually
sioned as being composed of four Poles, on the Polish community, underscoring for, among other things, in-state college hard-working, nonviolent and, because of
three Ukrainians, two Hungarians, and two that “There is no greater supporter [of the tuition for immigrant children who com- their stable lifestyles, easy to trace, Ms.
Slovaks and others, but members will also U.S.] than Poland” and noting that Poles plete high school in the New Jersey. Huk-Masier noted. “We should be work-
be needed to serve on various committees. played a role in establishing this country. M s . H u k - M a s i e r, a U k r a i n i a n ing to help those immigrants who contrib-
(No information about the Eastern The host for the evening reception, Ms. American, has also been involved in ute significantly to our society,” she told
European Commission has yet been made Huk-Masier, was a member of the advocating humane treatment for undocu- The Ukrainian Weekly.

Rep. Frelinghuysen pays a visit to Ukrainian school in Morris County, N.J.

WHIPPANY, N.J. – Congressman there that Rep. Frelinghuysen first became praised the parents for instilling in their president of the Parents’ Committee. He
Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) visited the familiar with the Ukrainian American children respect for the importance of their was introduced to the audience of parents
Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New community, and was deeply touched by Ukrainian culture and history. by Markian Hadzewycz, a former intern
Jersey (UAACNJ) on Saturday, September the Ukrainian song and music he experi- Rep. Frelinghuysen then visited each at Rep. Frelinghuysen’s Washington
12, for the first day of classes at the Lesia enced there. classroom, where he introduced himself to office. Myron Bytz facilitated the con-
Ukrainka School of Ukrainian Studies. Rep. Frelinghuysen first served the local the students and teachers, took questions, gressman’s visit.
Addressing a parents’ meeting, the con- community as a Morris County freeholder posed for photographs and encouraged Community members expressed their
gressman discussed his long ties to the and later as a state assemblyman. students to take pride in their studies and pleasure that the congressman had taken
Ukrainian American community, recalling Comparing this Ukrainian studies visit his office in Washington. time out of his busy schedule (he had
how his father had taken him to St. John school to similar schools in Morris County The congressman was welcomed to the seven other events that day) to visit this
the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in serving children of German, Greek or Ukrainian school, which now boasts near- corner of the Ukrainian American commu-
Whippany, N.J., decades earlier. It was Chinese heritage, Rep. Frelinghuysen ly 190 students, by Lubodar Olesnycky, nity in Morris County.

Markian Hadzewycz
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (second from left) with local community activist In one of the classes, the congressman signs a student’s notebook as another stu-
Myron Bytz and Ukrainian school teachers Oksana Stanko and Olha Maryn. dent snaps a photo with his cellphone.

Capitol Hill briefing focuses on Ukraine

Ukrainian National Information Service tives from the House Foreign Affairs
Committee and its Subcommittee on
WASHINGTON – The Congressional
Ukrainian Caucus, in conjunction with
Additional guests included Michael
the Ukrainian National Information
Sawkiw Jr., director of UNIS; Marta
Service (UNIS), the Washington public
Farion, president of the Kyiv Mohyla
affairs bureau of the Ukrainian Congress
F o u n d a t i o n o f A m e r i c a ; M o rg a n
Committee of America (UCCA), on
Williams, president of the U.S.-Ukraine
September 16 sponsored a briefing ses-
Business Council; and representatives
sion on Capitol Hill with former U.S.
from the Embassy of Ukraine.
Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor.
The hourlong briefing began with
Three co-chairs of the Caucus, Reps.
opening remarks by Ambassador Taylor,
Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio); Roscoe Bartlett
who eloquently described the current
(R-Md.); and, Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.),
political situation in Ukraine and its many
attended the hearing along with over a At a briefing on Ukraine (from left) are: co-chairs of the Congressional Ukrainian
nuances. Topics of discussion included
dozen staffers of the Congressional Caucus, Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.), Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) and Rep. Marcy
Ukrainian Caucus, as well as representa- (Continued on page 20) Kaptur (D-Ohio); and Ambassador William Taylor.


We have weathered the storm, and 2009 looks like a good year
by Roma Lisovich sales and revenues surpassing 2008 fig- advertising efforts, coupled with the is required to hold Canadian dollar
UNA Treasurer ures, but also our investment portfolio engagement of over 100 independent reserves to cover its Canadian policyhold-
remains strong. Total investment income agents led to unprecedented growth in ers. In 2009, as the Canadian dollar
“2008 was among the worst in memory rose from $3.5 million as of yearend 2007 2008. Premium income increased from recovers from the impact of the market
for life insurers’ operating performances,” to $4 million at the end of 2008. We con- $4.7 million at yearend 2007 to $12.7 collapse, the surplus position has
reports the National Association of sider a 15 percent increase in investment million by the end of 2008. increased by $426,000 for the first six
Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). In income in 2008 over the prior year an Many consumers began diverting their months of 2009, after a loss of $465,000
September of last year, the world was excellent achievement given the financial business to smaller institutions when the recorded for the same period in the prior
thrown into turmoil as the financial mar- crisis. large insurers began experiencing signifi- year.
kets and major institutions collapsed The UNA’s investment portfolio has cant losses in the market. The UNA, in Although most fraternals recorded
worldwide. The recession has continued experienced no defaults and continues to this case, benefited from its solid, conser- declines in Total Admitted Assets, the
in 2009, but there is seemingly good perform well, maintaining a yield around vative investment approach. 2009 contin- UNA achieved a healthy 15 percent
news, as most economists predict that a 6 percent through the second quarter of ues to be a banner year and we are right increase in Total Admitted Assets in 2008,
modest economic recovery should begin 2009. As of June 30 of this year, the UNA on budget. Premium income for the first rising from $68.9 million for the year
in the second half of this year. I remain recorded investment income of $2.2 mil- half of 2009 stood at $12.8 million, which ending December 31, 2007, to $76.7 mil-
cautiously optimistic. lion, which when annualized brings total resulted in a modest gain in net operating lion at the end of the recording period in
Can it be true that “the end of the net investment income to a projected $4.4 income. If this trend continues (and we 2008. This positive trend continues in
recession is in sight,” as reported in a million for the year ending December 31, expect it to), the UNA should meet its 2009 and Total Net Admitted Assets as of
recent CNN Money News Report? If the 2009. projected goal of $20 million in premium June 30 of this year were $88.3 million –
insurance industry had one of its worst Pressures continue and yield is becom- income by yearend 2009. an increase of 15 percent over the previ-
years in history in 2008, how did the ing increasingly more difficult to main- We are very pleased with this perfor- ous year ending December 31, 2008.
smaller insurance providers fare? What tain at current levels. A market of falling mance and thank all of our members for We are pleased with our progress so
about fraternal societies, and, specifically rates requires a vigilant and continuous their continued support. The UNA’s solid far in 2009 and will continue to bring you
the Ukrainian National Association monitoring of our offered rates against and simple product line is attractive to updates.
(UNA)? the yields our portfolio achieves. Credit consumers looking to “get back to basics”
According to statistics obtained from risk also has to be considered in this care- and move away from “fancy,” intricate
the NAIC, on the “up” side, when review- ful balancing act. The average life of our products.
ing the entire system of fraternal societ- portfolio remains at just under five years, On the “down” side, the entire frater-
ies, the total premiums collected were and 96 percent of our portfolio remains in nal system in 2008 saw declines in Total
higher for the year 2008 than in 2007, and Agency and/or AAA-BBB bonds. The Admitted Assets and Surplus. In fact, 83
fraternals as a whole reported a net gain UNA’s conservative posture and invest- percent of all fraternal societies reported
from operations. ment policy have served us well through a decline in surplus for 2008 and the
But what about the UNA? The UNA the financial turmoil. worst decline reported was a negative 76
has been fortunate to weather the finan- The UNA’s premium collections per- percent. The UNA was not immune to the
cial storm well and achieve excellent formance beginning in 2008 has been impact of the financial crisis on its sur-
sales and revenue growth. Not only are unprecedented. New marketing and plus and experienced a decline. The UNA




The redress endowment
The Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund was officially
launched on September 14, with the publication of a notice in The Globe and Mail,
Canada’s national newspaper. (The notice was reproduced in last week’s issue of The
Weekly on page 4.). The announcement was the culmination of an agreement reached 2004 and 2009: a study in contrasts
by representatives of the Ukrainian Canadian community with the government of To understand the difference between the spiritual, cathartic experience that resulted
Canada. 2004 presidential elections and this year’s in born-again Ukrainians who gained a new
The endowment received $10 million from the Canadian federal government for campaign, one didn’t need to look any fur- love for their nation and culture.
activities related to the 1914-1920 national internment operations, i.e. commemora- ther than the scene on Kyiv’s Independence When rock stars weren’t singing from
tive, educational, scholarly and cultural projects whose aim is to teach and remind all Square on September 12. the stage, the Orange rebels sang their own
Canadians of this little-known chapter in the nation’s history. The funds are to be Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko kicked folk songs passed down from their ances-
available to Ukrainian and other Eastern European communities who were subjected off a nationwide “Z Ukrayinoyu v Sertsi” tors. The days began and nights concluded
to the internment operations. (With Ukraine at Heart) pop concert tour in with earnest renditions of the national
More than 8,500 men, women and children were unjustly disenfranchised and support of her presidential candidacy. anthem. No one was paid. Well, apparently
interned in 24 camps during World War I when they were branded as enemy aliens Although official campaigning shouldn’t some were paid, but not the bulk. Mr.
simply because of where they’d come from. Some 5,000 Ukrainians were targeted start until October 19, that hasn’t prevented Yushchenko, Ms. Tymoshenko and
because they had the bad luck of to be immigrants from Ukrainian lands then under politicians from sidestepping the rules, par- Ukrainian patriotism, language and culture
control of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. ticularly Ms. Tymoshenko. None of the were fashionable in 2004. The maidan
The endowment fund is the result of 20 years of hard work by a small group of advertising, concert props, songs or state- songs were, “Don’t Sleep, My Dear Land,”
dedicated and determined activists – chief among them Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk. There ments on stage directly endorsed Ms. “There is Hope,” and “I Don’t Want to be a
were many stops and starts along the way, but these undaunted activists continued to Tymoshenko’s candidacy, but tens of thou-
fight for recognition, restitution and reconciliation – for righting a grievous wrong Hero of Ukraine,” Tartak’s beloved protest
sands of concert viewers got the message song.
committed by the Canadian government. loud and clear.
In the beginning, there were those who didn’t believe there could have been intern- The contrast is startling.
Besides the red, black and white colors With the demise of Mr. Yushchenko, so
ment camps in Canada. Even the families of some internees were incredulous – after of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc flags
all, they had never learned about this in school, read about it in history books, or heard fell out of style the bold, unapologetic
throughout the audience, the stage was Ukrainian patriotism he represented also fell
the Canadian government acknowledge this grave injustice. Inky Mark, a member of draped on all sides by the giant image of a
Parliament who represents a riding in Manitoba that is home to many Ukrainian out of style. Noticeably absent from the
red heart and Cyryllic “Yu,” the letter that Tymoshenko event were Tartak, Mandry
Canadians, told The Globe and Mail: “I live in the center of Ukrainian culture in has become synonymous with Yulia.
Canada, and I didn’t know a thing about this period. …These stories need to be told.” It and Oleh Skrypka, artists who express their
Performers like Ruslana, who as early as deep love for Ukraine in their lyrics.
was Mr. Mark’s private member’s bill – The Internment of Persons of Ukrainian Origin two years ago served in the Our Ukraine
Recognition Act – that finally obliged the Canadian government to reach an agreement Consider the songs performed by current
parliamentary faction, offered coded maidan stars, Potap and Nastia Kamensky –
with Ukrainian Canadian community representatives on a redress settlement. endorsements: “We don’t need to believe
Today, thanks to the efforts of the UCCLA and its supporters, there are trilingual “Don’t Screw With My Mind,” “Firm Nut,”
words anymore. We need to believe in and “Have Fun” – all sung in Russian.
(English-French-Ukrainian) markers at most of the internment camp sites, and what’s been done. She seems stronger to me
Canadians are becoming aware of the country’s first national internment operation. The Ukrainian language was sacred dur-
than men.” ing the 2004 movement, which relied heav-
Much more, however, needs to be done. And it will be done, thanks to the docu- To eliminate any doubt what the concert
ment establishing the redress endowment fund that was signed in May 2008 on behalf ily on the Halychany to provide the zeitgeist
was intended for, Ms. Tymoshenko herself that the Soviet tyranny had bled and starved
of the Ukrainian Canadian community by Dr. Luciuk of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil emerged at the concert’s end, her braid
Liberties Association, Andrew Hladyshevsky of the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation from most of Ukraine’s regions.
undone, wearning a pair of jeans, and offer- The rise of Ms. Tymoshenko, who is
of Taras Shevchenko (the entity that manages the endowment fund) and Paul Grod of ing what sounded awfully like a campaign
the Ukrainian Canadian Congress with representatives of the government of Canada. most popular in the central oblasts, reflects
speech: “We can’t allow those dreams, those the triumph of central Ukrainian values that
Dr. Luciuk has said he has only one regret: that so much time has passed that none hopes and that powerful impulse that
of the internees had the opportunity to see the fund created and the injustice perpetrat- esteem both the Russian and Ukrainian lan-
emerged from that maidan several years ago guages.
ed against them addressed. Thought for years to be the last known survivor, Mary to shrink or die,” she declared. “Are you
Manko Haskett, who was 6 when she and her family were sent to the Spirit Lake Indeed, Halychany have become to Ms.
ready to continue this matter?” Tymoshenko what evangelical Christians
camp, died in July 2007. Another survivor of the internment operation, Mary It’s a far cry from the 2004 presidential
Hancharuk, who was born at Spirit Lake in 1915, passed away in January 2008. are to the Republicans – a reliable voter
election, and it’s a reflection of just how base whose interests can be sacrificed
Dr. Luciuk told the Whig Standard: “That is my only sorrow in all this – that the much Ukrainian society has changed in five
last survivors died before they could see this.” However, Mrs. Haskett’s daughter Fran because they will have no other choice
years. when the final vote dawns.
put it all into perspective, telling The Globe and Mail: “If she [my mother] were here, Hundreds of thousands believed that
I think she would just say, ‘At last. I told you.’ ” In 2004, Ukrainians were willing to risk
Viktor Yushchenko would be the man to their lives for Mr. Yushchenko. This time
In the end, the truth will be told and justice will prevail. turn things around – implement the rule of around, Ms. Tymoshenko looks to be the
law, clean up the courts, arrest criminals and lesser of two evils in the probable second
provide the economic conditions for a mid- round run-off vote, set for February 7.
dle class to emerge.
Most Ukrainians don’t support her or any
Turning the pages back...
They genuinely believed in him, and other single candidate, as polls report, yet
they believed in Ukraine’s future. But it was they’ll choose her out of repulsion for a

more than politics and economics. Those
gathered on the maidan in 2004 described a (Continued on page 22)
Last year, on September 29, 2008, Presidents Viktor
2008 Yushchenko and George Bush held an hourlong meeting at the
White House and discussed the developing bilateral relations
between the two countries and other important issues of shared
Mr. Yushchenko said the talks were “very constructive” and included regional security
issues, Ukraine’s Euro-integration, energy cooperation and other matters of mutual concern.
President Bush commented on Mr. Yushchenko’s “steadfast support for democratic val-
ues and principles.” “A lot of Americans have watched with amazement how your country
became a democracy,” he said. “We strongly support your democracy. We look forward to
working with you to strengthen that democracy.”
Mr. Yushchenko’s visit to Washington lasted just one day, but he was in New York City
for the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly.
While in Washington, Mr. Yushchenko held a press conference at the National Press
Club, a working breakfast with members of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, visited the
journalism museum Newseum and laid a wreath at the monument to Taras Shevchenko.
At the press club, Mr. Yushchenko was questioned on concerns in Crimea after the previ-
ous month’s Russian invasion of Georgia. Like any other area of Ukraine, Crimea “is an
integral and inseparable part of Ukraine,” he said. Ukraine will not take part in any negotia-
tions about its territorial integrity, he added.
Commenting on U.S.-Ukraine relations, Mr. Yushchenko said, “…I am happy to note that
American policy places relations with Ukraine at such a high level” and that it now is a mat-
ter for discussion during a presidential election campaign. Mr. Yushchenko also compared
the U.S.-Ukraine course of development to advancements in Ukraine’s relations with Poland
Tymoshenko Press Service
over the past 10 years.
Pop stars Oleksander Ponomariov (left) and Ruslana (right) join Prime Minister
Source: “Yushchenko meets with Bush, Addresses business leaders, national press,” by Yulia Tymoshenko (center) in singing her campaign theme song, “Red Heart on
Yaro Bihun, The Ukrainian Weekly, October 5, 2008. White,” at a September 12 concert on Independence Square in Kyiv.


From a Canadian Angle
Political rant the number of uninsured. Mr. Obama
himself has cited various numbers. That by Oksana Bashuk Hepburn
out of place
46 million Mr. Kuzma cites include 24
million illegal aliens (Rep. Joe Wilson of
South Carolina brought out that fact), 12

External challenges for Ukraine

Dear Editor: million who do not wish to be insured
I received my copy of the most recent and 12 million who make frequent free
Weekly (September 6) and when I got to use of the ER.
Third, the Republicans have many Despite being seen as the most demo- from other Europeans to turn Germany
the op-ed page, I was shocked to see a cratic of the former Soviet republics, around would be welcome.
disturbing example of a decline in your alternate plans that could solve our
healthcare problems – Health Savings Ukraine faces many challenges. High on Ukraine also needs friends among
editorial standards. the list is becoming a “normal” state – non-European counties. Certainly the
The political rant of your new contrib- Accounts, catastrophic health insurance,
tort reform, etc. Mr. Kuzma should actu- like Canada or the United States – where United States is critical, and on side, but
utor, Alex Kuzma, is entirely out of place rule of law prevails and transgressions it is preoccupied with numerous issues.
on the pages of The Ukrainian Weekly. ally listen to the other side and learn
something. are handled impartially. A daunting task Canada, with 1.2 million citizens of
There is zero “Ukrainian” relevance with- in itself, it is compounded by systematic
Mr. Kuzma also wants to hear from our Ukrainian decent has a special relation-
in this screed, other than comparing the external attacks by an unfriendly Russia.
Canadian neighbors. He enumerates ship agreement with Ukraine and sup-
thoroughly discredited “46 million unin- Yet, despite 18 years of attempted land
claims of their superior system. What are ports its entry into NATO. New initia-
sured Americans” claim to the population grabs, threats of nuclear annihilation,
his sources? I would appreciate some reli- tives like Russia’s interests in Canada’s
of Ukraine. If that is all it takes to place meddling in elections and perennial gas
able facts from reliable sources. So far he northern waters should renew interest in
an opinion piece in your publication, I wars, Russia has been the loser – a
has heard from one of our bishops who Ukraine’s world-class icebreaker build-
can submit articles about the 46 million remarkable achievement for Ukraine.
endorses the Canadian plan. ing know-how. Trade needs encourage-
abortions performed annually around the However, the attacks are accelerating and
My personal experience with Canadian ment. The recent visit to Ukraine by the
world (“equivalent to the population of Ukraine needs help in dealing with exter-
Ukraine”) or the 46 million batteries health care was quite disappointing. A governor general of Canada and the
broken arm over a weekend in Canada nal challenges posed by its neighbor. upcoming one by the speaker of Canada’s
recently recalled by Nokia (“that is one Here are some key challenges.
battery for every citizen of Ukraine”), required my husband to “reach deep into Parliament are important especially if
his pockets” to bribe the doctor because, • Europe’s fear of Russia: The sheer they develop into sustainable relation-
neither of which would be appropriate. size of Russia, its nuclear threat and
The article has zero relevance to a publi- we were informed, they do not set broken ships. An entity working through with
bones on weekends. I suggest that every- dependence on its energy intimidate Ukraine the subtleties of international
cation of Ukrainian interest, is hyperbolic Europe, too often resulting in appease-
and inappropriately vitriolic. I question one should break their bones in the U.S. institutions – backroom politics – would
I know Mr. Kuzma feels a deep kinship ment of Russia. For instance, Russia’s be helpful. Overarching all this is the
The Weekly’s editorial judgment in invit- opposition to Ukraine’s membership in
ing and printing it. and love for his fellow community orga- obvious fact: Canada also lives aside a
nizer, President Obama, but I think Mr. NATO needs to be trumped as it serves global giant. The excellent relations
In all fairness, Dr. Myron Kuropas’ Russia’s and not alliance members’ best
columns have an opposing political bent, Obama was a big mistake. between the two amigos are well worth
interests. emulating.
but if you read his column on the same Lydia Kossak Kernitsky, D.M.D. And, the Black Sea must stay interna-
page, it is clear that: He writes on a topic Colts Neck, N.J. Argentina or Brazil – fellow agricul-
tional, rather than become subject to uni- tural giants – could also make fine men-
that is relevant in a Ukrainian interest lateral domination. In just one year, by
publication; the article appears to be fact- tors for Ukraine, while Japan, Singapore
annexing Georgia’s Abkhazia, Russia has and Taiwan offer brilliant examples of
checked; the language is evenhanded and
Lozynskyj sets
doubled its Black Sea shoreline. Now it’s small states living in the shadow of
not incendiary; and the author eschews seducing Turkey via the proposed South
ad-hominem attacks on those holding sometimes belligerent giants, and suc-
Stream energy pipeline while challenging
opposing views, avoiding calling them
“hysterics” and the like. the record straight Ukraine in Crimea, in what is an ongoing
sport. Canada is smart to pay attention to
A fine asset, in strengthening external
In the future, both authors should be relations, would be a move to have, by
Dear Editor: our Arctic. Politics of the seas may be a 2011 – Ukraine’s 20th anniversary of
reminded not to violate any of the above.
good place to look for bilateral coopera- independence – Ukrainian politicians and
If I wanted to read or view Socialist It has come to my attention that some
tion with Ukraine. other decision-makers speaking English.
apologia, I would only need to turn on statements attributed by me from various
• Energy: Ukraine must convince The rest of the official world does.
CNN, ABC or read The New York Times. I sources to Sen. Charles Schumer in my
stakeholders that the current pipeline • International public image.
subscribe to The Ukrainian Weekly to read article “Beware the Russian Bear”
route through its territory – despite Fortunately, the now better informed and
articles that have a Ukrainian content, and (August 20) cannot be authenticated.
Russia’s energy cut-offs – is the safest sympathetic international media – an
would hope that this sort of editorial lapsus I would like to retract those statements
and most efficient into Europe. Russia is achievement of the Orange Revolution
does not recur weekly. and apologize to Sen. Schumer for mis-
attempting to factor Ukraine out of the and individuals like Anna Mazepa
quoting him if, in fact, I did.
Vsevolod Onyshkevych energy equation by negotiating the Nord Politkovskaya, the executed Ukrainian
However, the senator’s statements
Princeton, N.J. and South stream pipelines through journalist – have little patience with
from The Wall Street Journal dated June
Turkey. This may have more to do with Russia’s bad behavior. It’s latest salvo,
3, 2008, can be authenticated and, relying
controlling the Dardanelles and access to President Dmitry Medvedev’s letter
on those alone, does not detract from the
the Mediterranean and onwards, than
A reaction thrust of my argument.
Askold S. Lozynskyj
with energy.
Ukraine must stress the obvious flaws
accusing Ukraine of anti-Russianism –
e.g., defense of Georgia, standing up to
Russia during the gas crisis – has back-
to Kuzma column New York in the initiative. Russia’s control of the
region is bad for Europe, Turkey and
fired. International media called it crude,
stinging and meddling in Ukraine’s
Dear Editor: Ukraine. It needs to be recalled that such
We welcome your opinion affairs.
perverted logic on the part of the Western
It was not “hysteria” but frustration Getting Ukraine’s perspective across
The Ukrainian Weekly welcomes letters powers forced Ukraine to hand over its
that prompted my response to Alex in the media is encouraging. Ukraine
to the editor and commentaries on a vari- nuclear power to the sole control of
Kuzma’s column “Can reform survive the must push for more. A better understand-
ety of topics of concern to the Ukrainian Russia. Such flawed and dangerous deci-
age of hysteria?” (September 6) He ing of Russia’s gamesmanship with its
American and Ukrainian Canadian com- sions must not be repeated.
claims a desire for rational discourse but neighbor is critical to our understanding
munities. Opinions expressed by colum- • The importance of international
immediately descends into name-call- nists, commentators and letter-writers are of Russia itself.
friends: In dealing with challenges set by
ing. He owes the readers of The Weekly their own and do not necessarily reflect Ukraine’s external challenges are for-
Russia, Ukraine welcomes support from
an attempt at honesty. A few facts would the opinions of either The Weekly edito- friends, like Poland. But it needs others. midable. By finding partners and mentors
be appropriate. rial staff or its publisher, the Ukrainian Germany, in particular, needs attention. in other like-minded states and learning
First Mr. Kuzma should make clear that National Association.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s short-term how to make a strong case on Ukraine’s
Letters should be typed and signed (anon- behalf, Kyiv can move its agenda along.
this proposed health insurance does not need to deal with the pre-elections econ-
ymous letters are not published). Letters are That’s how other countries do it.
apply to members of Congress. President accepted also via e-mail at staff@ukrweek- omy is laying long-term linkages with
Barack Obama and his cronies have a very Russia’s strategic car and ship manufac- However, reality will be quite different The daytime phone number and
elite plan, just for themselves. It is ironic turing, as well as energy. The price, it should Ukraine elect a pro-Russian presi-
address of the letter-writer must be given
that Mr. Kuzma mocks the opposition with for verification purposes. Please note that a appears, is blocking Ukraine’s entry to dent on January 17, 2010. This possibility
references to the gulag when the daytime phone number is essential in order NATO. In 1939, another tough economic is looming.
Communist elite, just like our Congress, for editors to contact letter-writers regarding era, Germany and Russia agreed to
had its special healthcare, just like our con- clarifications or questions. invade what was then Poland. And the Oksana Bashuk Hepburn may be con-
gress does. Please note: THE LENGTH OF LETTERS rest, as the saying goes, is history. Help tacted at
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Ukrainians recall...
(Continued from page 1)
democracy would not have taken root in
the Soviet Union,” said Ilko Kucheriv,
president of the Democratic Initiatives
Foundation, who recently traveled to
Vilnius to collect archives, including poly-
graphic plates from which the early Rukh
newspapers were printed. “The Baltics
were fine-tuned to what was going on in
Ukraine, and they looked to the leaders
here to measure the Communist mood, to
gauge the atmosphere of [Mikhail]
Gorbachev’s perestroika,” he added.
Mr. Kucheriv fondly recalled many trips
to Vilnius in the late 1980s, to the basement
of Liudmilla Zhyltsova’s apartment build-
ing, where materials were mocked up and
printed. Today, those materials are safely
housed in the archives of the National
University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy for
historians to study and analyze.
Ms. Zhyltsova also made the pilgrimage
to Rukh’s 20th anniversary gathering and
spent the day meeting with old friends and
recalling the days of life in the under-
ground. Although she currently lives in
Los Angeles, she said she would not have
missed this reunion, which highlighted the
early days of this civic organization.
For many of the guests at this 20th anni-
versary celebration, however, the day was
bittersweet. Roma Hadzewycz
Unlike 20 years ago, when the air was
A view of the second congress of Rukh held in 1990.
electrified with the promise of change and
hundreds of volunteers worked 18-hour September 1989, preparing materials for
days, sheer adrenalin racing through their print and distributing documents to the del-
veins, this crowd was subdued, a bit older egates at that conclave. Today, Mr. Odarych
and wiser, but nostalgic for a time when is the mayor of Cherkasy, in central
their dream of a free and independent Ukraine, but is often inspired by his days of
Ukraine was only starting to take shape working in the trenches of Rukh.
and anything seemed possible. “Without Rukh, the magnitude of the
“These people here today are those Orange Revolution, the maidan would not
who still believe in a democratic, indepen- have been possible,” commented Mr.
dent Ukraine, people who still believe Odarych, who remembers the organization-
unity is possible,” said Tetyana Serhiyenko, al efforts of Mykhailo Horyn in planning
who worked in Rukh’s Secretariat in the and executing the “human chain” in January
early 1990s, as she listened to Ivan Drach, 1990 to celebrate the unity of the Western
the first head of the Popular Movement of Ukrainian National Republic and the
Ukraine, as he read the list of Rukh mem- Ukrainian National Republic in 1919, or the
bers who have passed away, among them summer 1990 pilgrimage to Khortytsia to
Vyacheslav Chornovil, Vasyl Chervoniy celebrate the glory of the Kozak state.
and Anatoliy Lupynis. Indeed, coverage of the official 20th
This time the hall was sparsely decorat- anniversary celebration, which funded by
ed; just one large banner proclaimed that the Ukrainian government, was light. Few
this was a celebration of the 20th anniver- TV channels aired even brief news clips
sary of Rukh. Unlike past conventions, about this event; some carried short seg-
there was no presidium adorned with blue ments noting that the president had attend-
and yellow flowers, just two chairs and a ed the event. Even on the Internet there Seen during Rukh’s second congress (from left) are: Vyacheslav Chornovil, Ivan
microphone on the stage where Mr. Drach was scant news of the 20th anniversary Drach and Mykhailo Horyn.
and Dmytro Pavlychko took turns leading celebrations.
the two-session anniversary celebration, The manifesto of this 20th anniversary ister of culture. “We don’t have unity the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, chaired
introducing such honored guests as celebration, proclaimed by Mr. Drach at among the so-called democrats,” he the organizing committee of the founding
President Yushchenko, Patriarch Filaret of the end of the four-hour meeting, called explained. meeting. Mr. Drach, who headed Rukh in
the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv for unity in Ukraine and asked Ukraine’s Mr. Tarasyuk jumped the gun and held 1989-1993, could not resist attacking the
Patriarchate and former President Leonid citizens to support a movement that stands his own celebrations on September 6 at absent Mr. Yavorivsky, calling him a poli-
Kravchuk. for democracy and statehood. The mani- Kyiv Polytechnic University. “You might tician who “jumps from one party to
Whereas two decades ago the hall at the festo has not been publicized, and was say that was Prime Minister Yulia another, as is convenient.”
Polytechnic Institute was decorated with regarded by all as a mere formality, not a Tymoshenko’s celebration of Rukh and Others who stayed away from the 20th
banners depicting the various Ukrainian serious document. September 12 was President Yushchenko’s anniversary celebration on September 12
oblasts and ethnic lands, as well as the Scandal plagued the 20th anniversary celebration,” added Mr. Yahovyna. were Serhiy Holovaty, who headed up the
Ukrainian flag (at that point still banned celebration as Borys Tarasyuk’s Rukh Former President Kravchuk took the Kyiv Rukh organization in the early 1990s,
by authorities of the Ukrainian SSR), very Party members did not attend this particu- stage at the September 12 conclave and and Oleksander Lavrynovych, both cur-
few symbols of Ukraine’s statehood this lar conference, having convened its own a Mr. Pavlychko recalled that this introduc- rently in the Party of Regions.
time graced the walls of the Ukraina week earlier. Originally the official Rukh tion was the same honor bestowed upon Mykhailo Horyn, who headed up the
Palace, which was the site in 1990 of anniversary celebrations were planned to him in 1989, when Mr. Kravchuk, then the Secretariat of Rukh for many years, came
Rukh’s second convention. be an event that united all the founding chief ideologue of the Communist Party, to the 20th anniversary celebration, look-
“This celebration honors Rukh, and rec- fathers of the civic movement that has addressed the delegates of the founding ing frail but in good spirits, while his
ognizes its role in the history of an inde- since spent in two. But with the People’s congress. brother Bohdan stayed away, opting to
pendent Ukraine,” said Mykhailyna Rukh Party headed by Borys Tarasyuk and Now, two decades later, Mr. Kravchuk support Mr. Tarasyuk’s celebrations on
Boroday, who in 1989 was in charge of the Ukrainian People’s Party led by Yuriy told the audience to look for compromise. September 6.
logistics for the founding meeting, finding Kostenko, this was not to be. “We will never succeed if we continue to For Yevhen Zherebetsky, who was a
lodging for the hundreds of delegates who Mr. Tarasyuk said that he could not take look for enemies amongst ourselves,” he major organizer for Rukh in Lviv in 1989
came from almost every oblast, from the part in the “presidential celebration,” said, adding that Ukrainians must work and later moved to Kyiv to work for the
neighboring republics and from the because the organizing committee was together to build a strong state and be tol- organization, on September 12 confirmed
Ukrainian diaspora. Today, she resides in composed of the people who in the past erant of others. He was greeted by the something that he has known for 20 years:
Florida, but often travels to Ukraine, keep- had divided Rukh, not united it, referring audience much as he had been 20 years “Rukh was a movement of the patriots of
ing up with the latest political news in her to Messrs. Drach and Pavlychko and anni- earlier – with boos and hisses. Ukraine, people on the grassroots level who
native land. versary coordinator Mykola Porovsky. The Ukrainian leaders who consider worked for the good of the country, not for
“The role of Rukh has been underesti- “Everything was done Ukrainian- themselves national democrats did not their own pockets. I saw those people from
mated over the years,” said Serhiy Odarych, style,” said Mykola Yakovyna, a member move to mark 20 years of nation-building. all corners of the country here again today,
who worked long hours behind the scenes of the first organizing committee from Nowhere to be seen was Volodymyr and they have not changed. Ukraine is its
at the founding meeting of Rukh in Ivano-Frankivsk and currently deputy min- Yavorivsky, who in 1989, as a deputy of people and I believe in them.”


Lehighton, Pa.
LEHIGHTON, Pa. – The 18th anniver- delivered in Ukrainian, which she learned at
sary of Ukraine’s Independence was cele- home and in the Ukrainian community of
brated during the annual Ukrainian Minneapolis, where she was raised.
Festival that began on Saturday, August The artistic program of the festival
15, at the Ukrainian Homestead in the included Ukrainian dancing by the
foothills of the Pocono Mountains in Barvinok ensemble and school from
Lehighton, Pa. Windsor, Ontario, singing and dancing by
Under glorious blue skies and bright Kazka, folk songs performed by the
sunshine, the large audience loudly wel- Dobriansky Brothers, and lovely melo-
comed NASA astronaut Capt. Heidemarie dies expertly played on the violin by
Stefanyshyn-Piper, who continually and Inessa Tymochko-Dekajlo.
proudly acknowledges her Ukrainian During the intermission, Bohdan
roots. Capt. Stefanyshyn-Piper was invit- Mykytiuk won the varenyky-eating con-
ed to attend the festival by Orest Hanas, test, and guests were able to watch dem-
who met her during a visit to the Embassy onstrations of embroidery, pysanky-and
of Ukraine in Washington. gerdany-making, as well as view a tradi-
Christine Syzonenko
The mistresses of ceremonies for the tional korovai (ornate Ukrainian wedding
program were Dr. Paula Holowiak and bread) and a Ukrainian Christmas Eve President Alex Prociuk of the Organization for the Rebirth of Ukraine and the
Ulana Prociuk, who, after the greeting table featuring traditional courses. Ukrainian Homestead presents Capt. Heidemaire Stefanyshyn-Piper with the
and ceremonial singing of the U.S., In the second half of the program, the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Canadian and Ukrainian anthems, intro- vocal trio Prostory sang favorite folk
duced Alex Prociuk, president of Central songs, and Barvinok, Kazka, the
Executive Committee of the Organization Dobriansky Brothers and Ms. Tymochko-
for the Rebirth of Ukraine. Dekajlo returned with their colorful per-
M r. P r o c i u k w e l c o m e d C a p t . formances. At 7 p.m. everyone was invit-
Stefanyshyn-Piper and presented her with ed to the zabava (dance) to the tunes of
an Outstanding Achievement Award from DJ “Captain Mike.”
his organization, and a gift of a traditional On Sunday morning at the Chapel of
Ukrainian embroidered cloth. St. Andrew, Mr. and Mrs. Prociuk greeted
Capt. Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper Archbishop-Metropolitan Stefan Soroka
was warmly embraced by the audience, of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, who
particularly by the children, who sur- joined the Rev. Eugene Moniuk in cele-
rounded her as she signed autographs and brating liturgy.
regaled her with endless questions about The festival continued throughout the
her experiences. The astronaut was also afternoon with additional entertainment
formally greeted by the Ukrainian by all the performers. Ukrainian books,
Veterans Organization. CDs and crafts, as well as favorite ethnic
Everyone was charmed by Capt. foods along with American fare, were
Stefanyshyn-Piper’s lovely words of thanks available for purchase. The Barvinok ensemble of Windsor, Ontario, performs the “Pryvit.”

by Katya Mischenko-Mycyk Plaza was filled with the sound of the
Ukrainian national anthem as the
CHICAGO – Chicago’s Richard J. Ukrainian flag was raised high above the
Daley Plaza was filled on Friday, August
gathered crowd by members of Ukrainian
21, with hundreds of Ukrainian
American Veterans Post 32. Hundreds of
Americans in Ukrainian embroidered
passers-by, tourists and lunching workers
attire attending the city’s annual
Ukrainian Independence Day flag-raising stopped momentarily and stood in silence
ceremony. as the flag was raised.
In commemoration of the 18th anni- Pavlo Bandriwsky, vice-president of
versary of Ukraine’s independence, the the UCCA-Illinois, served as the master
City of Chicago and the Ukrainian of ceremonies along with board member
Congress Committee of America – Illinois Nadiya Ilkiv.
Division (UCCA-Illinois) coordinated the Mr. Bandriwsky invited Bishop Daniel
lunchtime ceremony in downtown of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox
Chicago. The Ukrainian flag was proudly Eparchy to deliver the invocation in
flown on Daley Plaza alongside the flags English. The Rev. Mychajlo Melnyk of St
of the United States and the City of Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral
Chicago. then delivered a prayer in Ukrainian.
At precisely noon Richard J. Daley Ukraine’s Consul General in Chicago Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas poses with members of Ukrainian
Konstyantyn Kudryk American Veterans Post 32.
addressed the audi- American community in
ence, extending a Chicago is one of the best orga-
warm welcome on nized ethnic communities in the
behalf of the Ukrainian city with its own churches,
government. schools, publications, seniors’
Illinois Secretary of groups, radio programs and pub-
State Jesse White lic institutions. She stated that
thanked Ukrainian the Circuit Court of Cook
Americans for all the County prides itself on the diver-
positive contributions sity of its workforce and com-
they have made in mended Ukrainian American
America and for gra- George Panczyszyn for his con-
ciously sharing their tributions for the past 22 years as
rich culture and history a Circuit Court employee.
with their neighbors. Scott Waguespack, alderman
Fanchion Blumen- of the 32nd Ward, read a copy
berg, chief deputy of the resolution presented to
clerk, of the Circuit City Council of Chicago in
Court of Cook County, observance of the 18th anni-
read a greeting from versary of Ukraine’s indepen-
Chief Clerk Dorothy UCCA-Illinois Vice-President Pavlo Bandriwsky
dence. Mr. Waguespack is on
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas takes a moment to Brown. She pointed receives a community service award from Cook
pose with local Ukrainian American youths. out that the Ukrainian (Continued on page 22) County Treasurer Maria Pappas.

U.S. assistant... When the first H1N1 case surfaced in

Ukraine, a Health Ministry operational staff
(Continued from page 1) was formed; its consists of scientists from
and Infectious Diseases in Kyiv, directed by the Academy of Medical Sciences, Health
Dr. Viktor Mariyevskyi. Ministry officials and medical professionals.
A verification lab in London confirmed A government commission issued
the H1N1 virus within a week. instructions, the government earmarked
“The case was isolated, therapy was funds for preventive and disinfection mea-
conducted, and today he feels well,” Dr. sures, and a special government commission
Bilovol said. strengthened laboratory diagnostics, national
criteria and the formation of an influenza
American epidemiologists, on the other
center, Dr. Bilovol said.
hand, are coping with a pandemic that
Until such a center is formed, its testing
exploded from a single infection in April to
and diagnostic functions will be handled
more than 1 million affected in August, Dr.
by Kyiv’s Sanitary-Epidemiological
Lushniak said. “We are no longer counting Station and the Hromoshevskyi Institute,
cases,” he noted. he said. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health
Americans with basic symptoms such as has already distributed instructions nation-
fever, sore throat or cough are automatically ally on what measures to take to prevent
diagnosed with the H1N1 virus since 98 infection.
percent of all current circulatory influenza Despite such assurances from the govern-
are H1N1, Dr. Lushniak said. ment, Ukraine is not prepared for a national Illya M. Labunka
Vaccines, antiviral drugs and communi- pandemic, said Dr. Yuriy Kundiyev, the Dr. Boris Lushniak (center), rear admiral and U.S. assistant surgeon general,
ty efforts are all critical elements in solv- vice-president of the Academy of Medical addressed a September 16 conference in Kyiv on international approaches to the
ing the H1N1 pandemic, he explained. For Sciences, who helped Dr. Hryhorczuk orga- H1N1 pandemic. The conference was organized by Ulana Mazurkevich (left) of
example, people will need to learn how to nize the conference. the Ukrainian Human Rights Committee and Dr. Daniel Hryhorczuk (right), a
cough and sneeze properly and perhaps Only two institutes at the Academy of professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.
greet each other without shaking hands Medical Sciences, and one academy at the
during the pandemic. Health Ministry, are equipped to address a being prepared at all for a pandemic,” he Prevention measures must be pursued,
Ukraine has prepared about 275 hospital potential pandemic as clinics throughout the said. “Prevention is only being declared, but and information needs to be distributed,
beds and 30,000 reserved observational beds country having been shutting down for lack it isn’t being implemented. There’s no “otherwise scary times await us,” Dr.
in infectious diseases departments through- of financing, he said. Ministry of Health Defense, only a Ministry Kundiyev said. “This conference affirms the
out state hospitals, Dr. Bilovol said. Furthermore, “the material basis is not of Diseases.” need for actions in this direction.”

Tymoshenko and... the Ukrainian media to be interested in the

plant before the president’s decree barred
They are SIBUR Holding, an affiliate of
While the Cabinet of Ministers has
ordered Naftohaz officials to restructure the
(Continued from page 1) the sale, including the world’s biggest fertil- the Russian natural gas monopoly Gazprom; loan, it’s questionable whether the negotia-
izer producer, Yara International of Norway. a firm owned by Russian businessman tions can conclude by the deadline. The
(Mr. Parfenenko became acting chair in Now “it’ll probably be Russian money, Konstantin Grigorishin; and the firm Luxembourg exchange halted trade of these
December after the prime minister dismissed oligarch money or mafia money,” Mr. Nortima, owned by magnates Igor Eurobonds on September 24.
Valentyna Semeniuk-Samsonenko. It is Lozowy said. Kolomoisky and Oleksander Yaroslavskyi, Observers also note that Ms. Tymoshenko
widely believed she was dismissed because As of September 23, only three firms Ukrayinska Pravda reported. rolled over many revenue and spending tar-
she refused to support the Odesa Portside placed the 400 million hrv ($47 million) Mr. Kolomoisky is a Ukrainian-born bil- gets that she couldn’t achieve in the first and
Plant’s privatization.) deposits required to participate in the con- lionaire who resides in Switzerland, and Mr. second quarters into the fourth quarter, fur-
As many as 13 buyers were reported by troversial auction, the State Property Fund Yaroslavskyi is a mega-millionaire construc- ther compounding shortfalls and planting a
tion magnate from Kharkiv, who also owns potential ticking time bomb for herself.
the CherkasyAzot plant, another top ammo- “There’s hell to pay in the fourth quarter,
nia producer. which is why she’s been running around to
Despite their bid, the two businessmen Russia and China looking to borrow
have actively tried to block the September 29 money,” Mr. Lozowy said, adding that sell-
auction, even obtaining a ruling from a Kyiv ing strategic assets is also part of her desper-
district court on September 22 in their favor. ate attempts.
The pair wants to recruit more partners, par- Aware of the prime minister’s financial
ticularly RosUkrEnergo middleman Dmytro woes, her political opponents are doing
Firtash, but they haven’t yet succeeded. everything to ensure she fails, observers
Ms. Tymoshenko is advocating the facto- said, which could devastate her candidacy in
ry’s sale just as her government is facing the January 17, 2010, presidential elections.
mounting budgetary problems amidst a “Yushchenko doesn’t want her to pay the
worsening financial crisis. debts, because that will strengthen her,” Dr.
Thus far she has survived the financial Soskin said. “He wants to push her out of
crisis with three tranches of loans provided government instead.”
by the International Monetary Fund totaling While government coffers are bare, Ms.
$10.6 billion. That money has helped her Tymoshenko has already spent at least $50
cover various debts. On September 16 Ms. million on her presidential campaign, accor-
Tymoshenko announced she had paid down ding to the pro-Russian daily newspaper
$753 million on government bonds sold to Segodnya, including a nationwide pop star
foreign investors in 2006 by then-Prime concert tour, as well as banners, billboards
Minister Viktor Yanukovych and then- and television ads that have blanketed the
Finance Minister Mykola Azarov. country.
Only with IMF loan money, or by selling Mr. Azarov of the Party of Regions of
Ukraine’s foreign exchange (gold-currency) Ukraine labeled the IMF a “financial spon-
reserves, could Ms. Tymoshenko have paid sor” of Ms. Tymoshenko’s election cam-
off this loan, said Oleh Soskin, director of paign. National Parliamentary Deputy
the Western-financed Institute of Society Andrii Parubii of Our Ukraine asked the
Transformation in Kyiv. “I think the IMF Procurator General’s Office to investigate
gave her money so she could pay them back the sources of financing for Ms.
and stabilize the financial currency system,” Tymoshenko’s campaign advertising.
he said. Meanwhile Mr. Yanukovych speculated
Other debts are around the corner, such on September 18 that Ms. Tymoshenko
as the October 7 payment to Gazprom for could use the money from the sale of Odesa
September supplies of natural gas. Then Portside Plant for her campaign. “The haste
there’s Naftohaz Ukrainy, the state-owned with which the government is trying to sell
natural gas distribution monopoly, which state property before the elections attests to
announced on September 23 it could default corruption, as well as the candidate-in-
on $500 million in Eurobond payments due power’s attempts to additionally finance the
September 30. election campaign,” he commented.

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54th USCAK tennis championships held at Soyuzivka

by Petrusia Sawchak
KERHONKSON, NY. – Focused and
determined, both Dennis Chorny of New
York and Olenka Olesnycky of New
Jersey retained their champions’ titles in
the men’s and women’s divisions in the
national tennis championships of the
Ukrainian Sports Federation of the U.S.A.
and Canada (known by its Ukrainian-
based acronym USCAK). The tournament
was held at the Soyuzivka Heritage
Center during the Labor Day Weekend.
Both Chorny and Olesnycky were
awarded substantial monetary stipends
from the Winner Group Inc. owned by
Mr. John Hynansky, who was a frequent
guest and tennis player at Soyuzivka
years ago. They also received USCAK
trophies funded by the Ukrainian National
Association and memorial trophies donat-
ed this year by Roman Rakoczy, one of Petrusia Sawchak
the original organizers of this tournament Trophy winners at the 54th annual tennis championships of the Ukrainian Sports Federation of the U.S.A. and Canada.
and also the tennis director for many
years. USCAK Tennis Director George
Unfortunately, Mr. Rakoczy, who has Sawchak welcomed everyone and intro-
come to every USCAK tournament held duced Marika Bokalo, USCAK’s director
during the Labor Day weekend, was of the swimming competition, who
unable to attend this year to make the pre- wished all the participants much success.
sentations. Omelan Twardowsky, representative of
To win his title for the fourth time, the USCAK, also extended his greetings.
formidable Chorny defeated Mykola Congratulating the players for their par-
Stroynick, 6-4, 6-3, in a highly competi- ticipation and wishing them good luck in
tive match. With his powerful strokes and the competitions was UNA Treasurer
methodical playing style, Chorny has won Roma Lisovich. UNA Secretary Christine
a total of 17 USCAK tournaments, 13 of Kozak also was introduced.
them USCAK-East held in the spring. Sponsors of the tennis tournament
Now a lawyer by profession, he started included the Ukrainian National
playing tennis at Soyuzivka’s Tennis Association, which has provided commu-
Camp years ago and has continued to nity support and funded the trophies for
play every Labor Day since then. more than 50 years, and Mr. Hynansky,
Wiry and fast on his feet, 22–year-old entrepreneur, philanthropist and owner of At the closing ceremonies, men’s winner Dennis Chorny and finalist Mykola
Stroynick, soon to graduate from college, Winner Group Inc. from Wilmington, Stroynick receive their awards; from left are: Mr. Stroynick, Ivan Durbak, Roma
has won several USCAK-East tourna- Del. The Winner Group represents numer- Lisovich, George Sawchak, Mr. Chorny and George Hrabec.
ments and the gold medal in the Ukrainian ous automobile dealerships plus other
Diaspora Olympiad held last year at business endeavors in the United States
Tryzubivka in suburban Philadelphia. and Ukraine. For more than 30 years, Mr.
A blue-eyed blond like her mother, Hynansky has contributed financial sti-
Zenia Matkiwsky, who was a USCAK pends ($3,400 in total this year) to the
champion some years ago, 16-year-old winners in the men’s, women’s and junior
Olenka Olesnycky beat Adrienne (Ada) groups, which help attract players to the
Kowcz, a college freshman from tournament.
Connecticut, 6-1, 6-2 repeating last year’s This year players also contributed an
victory in the finals. Some may remember additional $10 each to Soyuzivka’s
that Olesnycky also won the gold medal Heritage Foundation for the repair of ten-
in the Ukrainian Diaspora Olympiad in nis courts.
the girls’ 18 group last year. Her father, The players came from different parts
sister and brother also competed in the of the United States and Canada. Some of
Labor Day tournament. Ada has been a them entered the tournament in several
counselor at Soyuzivka’s Tennis Camp groups.
for many years. In the semifinals, Chorny beat Yuri
The opening ceremonies for both the Pereyaslawsky 6-2, 6-0, and Stroynick
swim meet and tennis tournament were overcame young Alex Charchalis 6-2,
held by the swimming pool on Saturday, 6-3. In the quarterfinals, Chorny took
September 5. During the ceremonies, the Top women players with tennis committee members (from left): winner Olenka
Paul DeVassal 6-1, 6-2; Pereyaslawsky
national anthems of Ukraine, the United Olesnycky, George Hrabec, UNA Treasurer Roma Lisovich, finalist Ada Kowcz,
defeated Gregory Olesnycky 6-2, 6-4;
States and Canada were played as the semifinalist Olesia Foty, Ivan Durbak, semifinalist Nadia Olesnycky and Petrusia
flags were raised. (Continued on page 18) Sawchak.

The top players in the men’s 55 group, winner Jaroslaw Sydorak (center) and The winner in the older boys’ group, Gregory Olesnycky (second from right) and
finalist George Walchuk (second from right), are flanked by George Hrabec, finalist Paul DeVassal (second from left) with (from left) George Hrabec, Roma
Roma Lisovich and Ivan Durbak. Lisovich and Ivan Durbak.

ART SCENE: Ilona Sochynsky’s works at the Ukrainian Institute

by Jeffrey Wechsler or “Night Shadows,” or they may domi-
nate a surface, presenting nothing but
NEW YORK – The Ukrainian Institute what would normally be considered a
of America will present a major solo mere detail, such as the textured surfaces
exhibition by artist Ilona Sochynsky titled of “Fragments” #13 and #14. In such
“Fragments. Fetishes. Capriccios” from works the potential for abstraction inher-
October 8 through November 1, with an ent in a detail becomes the visual building
artist’s opening reception on Friday, block from which the total image is gen-
October 16, at 6-8 p.m. erated.
The exhibit, which features over 25 oil With their highly irregular contours,
paintings on canvas in varying levels of relatively large size and pinwheeling
abstraction, is the artist’s fourth solo show complexity of imagery, the “Capriccios”
at The Ukrainian Institute. Exhibit hours are perhaps the most spectacular of the
are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 series, and also the most demonstrative of
p.m. Ms. Sochynsky’s methodology. In these
The diversity of art of the modern era paintings, objects have been eccentrically
has sometimes been viewed as a conflict fragmented, usually to the point of unrec-
between two basic approaches: the realis- ognizability, and then cunningly arranged
tic and the abstract. How enlightening and interspersed so as to produce power-
and enjoyable it is, therefore, to see an ful conjunctions of color and shape.
oeuvre that renders the issue moot An odd yet compelling psychic state is
through a hybrid art that encompasses created, like the tug of imprecise memo-
both realism and abstraction, delving into ries, or the enticement of a partially
the visual and conceptual potential of obscured scene. The effect may be
both of these artistic worlds. humorous, providing the viewer with a
The paintings of Ms. Sochynsky, as game of perceptual hide-and-seek – is
represented by the several series in the that a golf ball over there, a bit of a tooth-
current exhibition, demonstrate that the brush over there? But the works are also
visualization of the non-objective and the puzzling, sometimes even unsettling, in
natural may be marked by a surprising their frenetic press of unknown things,
mutual interrelationship, and that a fasci- providing a sense of the allusive and the
nating art can be built on the borderline mysterious.
of the two approaches. In the “Fragments,” Ms. Sochynsky
While this selection covers a relatively forgoes complication and presents pri-
brief chronological range, from 2006 to marily single-image, small paintings that Ilona Sochynsky’s “Capriccio #20” (2006, oil on shaped canvas, 79.25 by 80 inches).
2009, it displays the ongoing develop- focus down upon a detail. With their
ment and transformation of the artist’s reduced dimensions inviting close-up
vision into connected yet distinct themes, inspection, the “Fragments” enjoin the
each partaking of essential aspects of Ms. viewer to appreciate the visual properties
Sochynsky’s basic concepts of image of the tiniest bits of reality and the stark
construction. or sensuous compositions that reside
Crucial to Ms. Sochynsky’s art is the within them.
emphasis upon, and appreciation of, the “Fragment #5,” with its vague sugges-
detail. In general, paintings are usually tion of a folded surface and linear net-
perceived as a whole, after which an work, almost seems a mathematically
observer may study various small parts – derived abstraction of graph paper. But its
details – that comprise the full image. Ms. imagery and diamond shape offer it as a
Sochynsky’s paintings can be apprehend- possible transitional work to the
ed as overall compositions, of course, as “Fetishes,” the most recent series on dis-
all well-made paintings should be, but play. Here Ms. Sochynsky has decided to
they are in essence created from details. embrace, to some extent, a more straight-
They may coalesce from bits of shattered forward realism, with images that are
imagery that interlock, as in “Odyssey” immediately recognizable as folded fab- “Conundrum” (2008, oil on linen, diptych, each panel 16 by 16 inches).
rics upon which a delicate mesh has been
Jeffrey Wechsler is senior curator at overlaid. the use of mesh materials in fishnet stock- imagination toward an animation of the
the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum Indeed, the “Fetishes,” as may be sur- ings, lingerie and the like. But as with vir- abstract. In its impingement upon geo-
at Rutgers, The State University of New mised by the series title, add to this oeuvre tually all imagery in Ms. Sochynsky’s art, metric art and near non-objectivity (see
Jersey. a flirtation with eroticism, acknowledging it is a fragment, a fleeting suggestion, ulti- “Fetish #5”), this art acknowledges both
mately subsumed within the overall struc- the underlying structure of nature and the
ture of the composition. artificial constructs of human intelli-
In its evocation of vaguely organic gence.
forms – the indistinct flickerings of sug- Ultimately, through the blending of the
gested vegetal or flesh-like surfaces in the naturalistic and the abstract, the ongoing
“Capriccios” or the seductive involutions stylistic progression of Sochynsky’s art
of fabric in the “Fetishes” – Ms. offers both stability and transformation,
Sochynsky’s work prods the viewer’s and an art of intriguing effect.

“Fragment #5” (2006, oil on canvas, 12 by 12 inches). “Odyssey” (2008, oil on linen, 66 by 48 inches).

To find the missing “G”: My trip to the Sanok lands

by Michael Buryk had just come back from a trip to
Germany looking for some temporary
CONCLUSION work picking strawberries. Her daughters
Olya and Anna just returned from univer-
The archives again sity. Then there were Pawel and Eric.
After finishing lunch, Vladek drove us
On Tuesday morning Volodya and I down Przemyska Street to Aunt
rose early as usual and had our usual very Katarzyna’s house.
filling Polish breakfast downstairs. We
packed our bags and dropped them off in To Siemuszowa once more
my tiny rented Opel, which had sat lonely It was about 2:30 p.m. and I had still
in the back parking lot since Saturday. hoped to get back to Siemuszowa one
Then it was a climb up the long hill to the more time to visit the cemetery so that
Sanok archives again to arrive there Vladek could point out where he thought
shortly after 8 a.m. when they opened for our great-grandmother Maria Gbur was
the day. buried. I also wanted to search for the
We agreed the previous night to meet former homestead of the Gburyk family,
the Romaniuks at our hotel at noon for any trace of which had escaped us on our
lunch. Our hope was to put in a good Sunday morning trip.
chunk of time that morning trying to fill So, as we all sat with Aunt Katarzyna
in the blank spots of our family tree. Four telling her stories of who married whom
hours melted away like four minutes as I from Siemuszowa and who left and went
followed genealogy threads of not only elsewhere, I brought out my digitally
the Gbur/Gburyk families but also the printed copy of parts of the village land Michael Buryk
Szwajlyks and Charowskis, all of whom map from 1852 in the hopes that some- View of Bieszczady Moutains south from Slonne Mountains serpentine road.
were distant cousins. Volodya focused thing would jog her memory and she
strictly on the Czerepaniaks and seemed would immediately give us the important Unlike in America where we bring flow- made a left at the fork in the road and
totally engrossed in his work. clue as to where to find the Gburyk land. ers to place at our family graves only on drove up a steep hill to park on the prop-
Noon came quickly. It was time to It didn’t happen. But, the 45 minutes special occasions, the custom in Poland erty of a very newly built stuccoed house
hand back the green-covered metryky or so we visited the Patulak homestead on and probably the rest of Eastern Europe is with a red tiled roof. No one objected
books that held all the secrets of our Przemyska street was full of contrasts. to keep that candle burning as long as there since the owner obviously was not
ancestral past in Siemuszowa. If only Aunt Katarzyna and the Patulaks spoke possible. Volodya and I had seen this the around. So we jumped out and began to
there was some way to digitize both only in Ukrainian along with Volodya. previous day when we visited the recent head to the top of the grassy hill on foot.
books, which would probably not last The Romaniuks only spoke in Polish. grave of Vladek’s mother, Paraska Gbur- Volodya and I were armed with my
another 10 years in their current form. There were the melodious sounds of Romaniuk. I had also seen it several years copy of that part of the village on the
Still I was very pleased and grateful for Ukrainian folks songs floating from the ago during my visit with the Hlibs in 1852 map that the Przemsysl archives had
these hours we spent digging for dead kitchen into the dining room where we all Gorszow. thankfully sent me two months earlier in
relatives and the bumper crop it produced. sat. And yet, everyone understood each And so, all of us were immediately return for about $60. It was a steal at any
All the previously disconnected threads other. It was as if we were all part of the tasked with finding some spark of fire price! It was the digital version of this
on both the Czerepaniak and Gburyk side same family and had known each other with which to light Jozef Tymczak’s eter- map that had allowed us to locate the
now led back to the earliest known ances- for years. I really felt at home. nal flame. And Cousin Vladek came to Czerepaniak homestead and now we were
tors who were archived in the Austrian Finally, it was time to go. Some family the rescue by digging deep for a piece of closing in on the Gburyk property.
cadester (land census) of 1785. photos were taken to record the historic tissue in his pocket and borrowing a light Melaniya soon caught up and then the
Both Kost (Konstantine) Czerepaniak moment and Cousin Melaniya agreed to from a candle on another grave. Romaniuks and all of us headed down the
at house No. 43 and Seyka (Simeon) come along since she had grown up in the Apparently, this tactic was entirely other side of the hill toward the forest.
Gbur (Gburyk) at No. 35 had an almost village and knew her way around from acceptable. After a short moment of Volodya pointed out that there was a
complete list of descendants stretching herding cows there. silence at the Tymczak grave with its re- small stream on the map that ran parallel
right down to the 21st century. If only lit- The three of us hopped into the Opel lit white candle, we all headed up the hill to the Gburyk property that encircled the
tle Benjamin Buryk, just 6 weeks old now with the Romaniuks chugging behind us to the old cemetery. house on building lot No. 103 (and house
and the son of my brother’s son Peter and up the serpentine road one last time over Now as luck would have it, the usual No. 35). Melaniya immediately remem-
his wife Missy, could know that he now the Slone Mountains. Before long there unpredictable and constant rain had bered where it was from her days of cow
had more ancestors than most European was the usual left turn at Tarawa stopped and the sun broke through the herding, and so we set off through a
Royals. One day he would get his very Woolskin, past the official Siemuszowa clouds. It was as if our Siemuszowa thicket of trees and tall grass. Now the
own copy of the completed chart. green sign and up the main road into the ancestors were rolling them back to give Romaniuks were not exactly dressed in
Volodya and I reluctantly said good- village. We then drove up the steep hill us a brief opportunity to search the old L.L. Bean style since they had on their
bye to the archives and trudged down the and parked next to the church. cemetery once more for hints of long- Sunday best, but wore high rubber boots
long hill to the hotel. The Romaniuks gone relatives and then to look for the on their feet. They really got into it any-
The unmarked graves
arrived just as we did and we all went Gburyk homestead. way. I was beginning to work up quite a
down into the basement restaurant for Melaniya’s father, Jozef Tymczak, was As we waded through the tall, thick sweat since the day was humid and we
lunch. The food was good as usual. While buried in one of the rows of the “new” grass and wildflowers, Vladek pointed to were doing a lot of walking up and down
we were there, Volodya got a call on his cemetery in front of the church. She the grave of one Rozalia Hlib, one of his hills and through thick clumps of trees.
cell inviting all of us to Aunt Katarzyna’s immediately went hunting to try to find great-grandmothers. He said that next to Finally, Volodya and I arrived at the
house so that we could meet the other something with which to light a covered her was buried Maria Gbur, our common spot on the map where it seemed that the
members of the Patulak family who candle on his grave. In Poland, this is the great-grandmother who was the mother “G” family had lived, grown, married,
weren’t there on Saturday. Cousin thing you must do. The dead are never of my grandfather Mike. Nothing distin- died and emigrated to the four corners of
Melaniya, Aunt Katarzyna’s daughter, forgotten and never left alone for long. guished the grave from the rest of the the earth. I walked around a bit, taking a
grass in the area. I took a photo of the panorama in photos of this very special
area for future memory. place close by the forest of the Slone
Melaniya then pointed out where at the Mountains. There was tall grass in the
top of the hill by some birch trees was fields and pine trees everywhere. But we
probably the final resting place of Sydor searched in vain for any trace of a wood-
Czerepaniak and Ksenia Hirniak, our en hut. The house had long since been
great-grandparents on the Czerepaniak recycled into the earth.
side. Similarly, nothing distinguished the Volodya suggested that one spot with a
site. Hopefully, one day there will be a particularly thick growth of bushes could
monument or at least some marker to be the place where the house had once
show where these very important people stood. He took a few photos of me stand-
in our lives had finally come to rest on ing there with my map on my chest point-
this beautiful hill overlooking the green ing back to the bushes. It worked for
rolling hills of Siemuszowa. me…
At last, the missing “G” It was getting late, and I still had a
two-hour drive back to the Dwor Ostoya
It was time to complete our final task that night in Jasienka near the Rzeszow
of the day and the roots trip. There had airport. So it was time to go. Everyone
been some discussion previously about gathered up some wildflowers from the
the best plan of attack this time to find fields and gave them to me as a memento
the Gburyk homestead. We all drove of our visit to the Gburyk homestead. We
down the steep church hill again and climbed the hills once more and finally
turned right into the heart of the village reached our cars.
instead of heading directly past Pani Once again I shot off a quick e-mail to
Bosak’s house to the dead end by the
Typical 19th century local farm house in Sanok skansen ethnographic park. rented cottage near the forest. We then (Continued on page 20)

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presence of international observers in elec- registration without proper guarantees for a
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since it is divided.” According to Bishop
electrons. The website
called this a “sensation in the scientific
governmental forum on Ukraine’s strategic
relationship with the other countries of the
(Continued from page 14) Evstratiy, the unification process will proba- world.” The pictures will be soon published world, is taking place in Yalta’s Livadia
parties discussed a whole spectrum of bly take years, but it should result in unifica- in the journal Physical Review B. Inside Palace on September 23-27. It will be
issues regarding Ukraine-Turkmenistan tion of the Churches. As previously earlier, Science News Service reported on devoted to post-crisis development of
relations, in particular, intensifying bilater- the Holy Synods of UOC-KP and the UOC- September 14: “This is the first time scien- Ukraine and the world. Taking part in the
al trade and reducing Ukraine’s negative MP had resolved to set up working groups tists have been able to see an atom’s internal work of the summit will be over 200 polit-
trade balance. Ukraine expressed interest to hold a dialogue between the two structure directly. Since the early 1980s, ical leaders, top businessmen and public
in developing cooperation in machine- Churches. (Ukrinform) researchers have been able to map out a figures, including: the International
building, and expanding participation of material’s atomic structure in a mathemati- Monetary Fund’s mission chief for
UEFA president notes Ukraine’s progress cal sense, using imaging techniques.
Ukrainian companies in Turkmenistan’s Ukraine, Ceyla Pazarbasioglu; the World
infrastructure projects, including in the KYIV – President Michel Platini of the Quantum mechanics states that an electron Bank’s vice-president for Europe and
fuel and energy sector, aircraft construc- Union of European Football Associations doesn’t exist as a single point, but spreads Central Asia, Philippe Le Houerou; adviser
tion, conducting space research and agri- (UEFA) on September 16 noted progress in around the nucleus in a cloud known as an to the Nabucco Pipeline Project and for-
culture. The Ukrainian president confirmed Ukraine’s preparations for holding the orbital. The soft blue spheres and split mer Foreign Office minister of Germany,
his invitation for President European Football Championship finals in clouds seen in the images show two arrange-
Joschka Fischer; special representative of
Berdimuhamedov to visit Ukraine and that 2012, which Ukraine will hold jointly with ments of the electrons in their orbitals in a
the president of the Russian Federation on
a meeting of the intergovernmental com- Poland. At a meeting of the UEFA Executive carbon atom. The structures verify illustra-
economic relations with countries of the
mission for economic cooperation be held Committee, Mr. Platini said that the estima- tions seen in thousands of chemistry books
because they match established quantum Commonwealth of Independent States,
within the framework of the presidential tion of Ukraine’s preparation level for the former Russian prime minister and a for-
visit. The two presidents also discussed Euro 2012 has been raised from red to the mechanical predictions.” To create the imag-
es, the researchers used a field-emission mer ambassador to Ukraine, Viktor
renewal of aregular air travel between orange. “It is perfect news for us, although Chernomyrdin; the chairman of the
Kyiv and Ashgabat. The two presidents the aim is to move from orange to green. We electron microscope, or FEEM. They placed
a rigid chain of carbon atoms, just tens of Parliamentary Committee on Foreign
signed a joint statement as well as a pack- have not realized it, but I see that we are on Affairs of Sweden, Goran Lennmarker; the
age of intergovernmental documents: a the way,” Mr. Platini said. (Ukrinform) atoms long, in a vacuum chamber and
streamed 425 volts through the sample. The vice-chairman of the China Institute of
cooperation agreement between Ukraine’s Strategy and Management, an ambassador
Agrarian Policy Ministry and Vinnytsia to have Polish Consulate atom at the tip of the chain emitted electrons
onto a surrounding phosphor screen, render- and former permanent representative of
Turkmenistan’s Agricultural Ministry; a KYIV – An official of Poland’s Consulate China to the United Nations, Wu Jianmin;
protocol of cooperation between the for- ing an image of the electron cloud around
General, Andrzej Slomski, on September 17 the nucleus. David Goldhaber-Gordon, a the chairman of the board of the National
eign ministers of the two states; an agree- signed with local authorities in Vinnytsia a physics professor at Stanford University in Bank of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko; and a
ment between the Ukrainian and Turkmen tenancy agreement for Poland’s future California, called the research remarkable. former president of Poland, Alexander
chambers of commerce and industry on Consulate in the city. Poland’s fifth
establishing a business council; a coopera- “At the moment it’s more important for dis- Kwasniewski. During the series of discus-
Consulate in Ukraine will be located in the playing quantum mechanics very directly sions, the top candidates for Ukraine’s
tion agreement between the National city center on Kozytsky Street. Poland
Transport University (Kyiv) and the than for learning new things about materi- presidency, including Prime Minister Yulia
already has consulates in Odesa, Lutsk, Lviv als,” he said. “But that could change if [the Tymoshenko, Party of Regions Chairman
Turkmen State Institute of Transport and and Kharkiv. (Ukrinform)
Communication (Ashgabat). While in Ukrainian team] develop new capabilities,” Viktor Yanukovych, and the leader of the
Ashgabat, Mr. Yushchenko laid flowers at Ukraine counts oldest trees David Goldhaber-Gordon said. (Ukrinform, Front of Change, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, will
the Taras Shevchenko monument, which Inside Science News Service) present their vision for the future of
was originally unveiled in 1926. The mon- KYIV – The Kyiv Ecological and Ukraine. YES is an international indepen-
Cultural Center (KECC), in association with Yalta to host European strategy summit
ument was destroyed by an earthquake in dent organization founded in 2004 by
1948 and in 1972 a new monument was the State Service of Reserve Management KYIV – The sixth summit of the Yalta Ukrainian businessman and public activist
unveiled. In September of this year, under and Studies of the Environmental Protection European Strategy (YES), a major non- Victor Pinchuk. (Ukrinform)
the auspices of the Embassy of Ukraine Ministry, have started a census of Ukraine’s
and the Ashgabat city administration, the oldest trees: oaks aged over 600 years, lime
monument was reconstructed and removed trees aged over 500 years and other trees

Myron R. Lucyshyn
to a new, more convenient location. Mr. older than 200 to 300 years.
Yushchenko also met with pupils of the Environmentalists note that, unfortunately,
local Sunday school and presented there is an extremely negative attitude
toward old trees in Ukraine and many are was born on August 22nd, 1923, in the village
Ukrainian state flags to them. (Ukrinform)
destroyed. Ukraine is estimated to have only of Juskowyczi (now Yosypivka), Ukraine. He left this
Holodomor monument for Tallinn 2,600 old trees remaining. While conducting world on September 7th, 2009, in Phoenix, Arizona.
the census, the KECC has already found 16
KYIV – Ukraine’s Ambassador to Our father was a true Patriot of Ukraine. At the age of 13 he joined the
unique and rare trees that are over 1,000
Estonia Pavlo Kiryakov and Vice-Mayor of OUN and fought for Ukraine’s independence for more than 8 years until
years old. These include eight oaks, two pis-
Tallinn Taavi Aas have discussed the ques- he was captured by Germans in 1944. He spent the last days of WWII
tachio trees, three yews, two junipers and
tion of erecting a memorial plaque to the
one strawberry tree. The oldest oak was in Dauchau, where he was freed by America’s 7th Army. After the war,
victims of the Famine-Genocide and politi-
cal repressions, the Ukrainian Foreign
found in the village of Stuzhytsia, Myron was a major force in helping and gathering together other
Zakarpattia region. It is 1,100 to 1,200 years Ukrainians in the DP camps in both Regensburg and Munich. There, he
Affairs Ministry’s website noted on
old and is 30 meters high and 9.10 meters in helped secure a place to hold Ukrainian Catholic liturgies (at a local
September 17. The most influential interna-
diameter. (Ukrinform) Jewish Synagogue). A brief snippet of his life was forever immortalized
tional organizations, particularly the United
Nations, the Organization for Security and Kuzhel meets with Chamber of Commerce in the novel “Sliders, the Novel” by Brad Linaweaver, published in the
Cooperation in Europe and the Parliamentary US, UK and Germany. Myron graduated with a degree in Political
Assembly of the Council of Europe, have KYIV – On September 22 the American Science from the University of Heidelberg in 1950. At that time he had
condemned the actions of totalitarian Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine hosted a
an opportunity to travel to America and chose to go to Chicago. There
regimes and declared them as acts commit- discussion with Oleksandra Kuzhel, head of
the State Committee on Regulatory Policy he met Theresa Schwabauer at a dance and they were married a few
ted against humanity. Estonia was the first
and Entrepreneurship, and Jorge Zukoski, months later. Myron’s career included tavern and grocery store owner,
country to recognize the Famine of
1932-1933 in Ukraine as an act of genocide president of the chamber, highlighting issues stage hand at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, real estate and insurance
against the Ukrainian people, Ambassador regarding regulatory policy reform that is salesman.
Kiryakov said. The Embassy of Ukraine and designed to improve the business and invest-
the Ukrainian community in Estonia have ment environment for small, medium and For the last 18 years of his life, Myron devoted his time and energy
proposed building a memorial to the victims large companies with both domestic and bringing to light the plight of orphans in Ukraine. From 1991 until 2004
of the Holodomor and political repressions, foreign capital. Attendees of the meeting, he travelled to Ukraine yearly to visit the orphans and bring money and
as the peoples of Ukraine and Estonia have which took place in the chamber offices, aid. During this time and after he could no longer travel, he published
both lived through the torment of totalitari- were senior managers of many large multi- articles and continually sought financial support from the diaspora. He
anism. (Ukrinform) national companies represented by the
was very active in the Ukrainian community and wrote many articles in
American Chamber of Commerce. Issues
Churches to begin dialogue raised during the discussion included: cus- papers published in Canada, the U.S. and Ukraine, about the orphan’s
toms policy (implementation of customs plight, political dissertations about the current state of affairs in Ukraine
KYIV – The first meeting of working
export declarations), taxation (recent Cabinet as well as championing the importance of the Ukrainian language.
groups of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-
Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) and the of Minister’s resolutions on the value-added
Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow tax and corporate profit tax administration), Myron is survived by his sons Andrew, Joseph and P. Alex Lucyshyn,
Patriarchate (UOC-MP) will be held early in waste package management and recycling daughter Janina Jordak, grandchildren Alexis, Alana, Andrew, Misa,
October to launch a dialogue on unification, issues to protect the environment, and dereg- Bryce, Roman Lucyshyn and Melody Jordak, and a host of nieces and
the head of the Information and Publishing ulation of the pharmaceutical market to nephews living in Ukraine. As a father, he was always teaching, always
Department of the Kyiv Patriarchate, Bishop increase the availability of life saving drugs. expecting the best out of us. He will be dearly missed as we’re sure
(American Chamber of Commerce)
Vasylkivsky Evstratiy (Zorya) told a press there was still much he had to teach us. Our father’s dying wish was to
conference on September 21. “We will first First detailed photos of atoms be buried near his parents in the village cemetery. His son, Alex, will be
have an official opportunity to sit down at taking him there sometime later this year. If anyone has interest in con-
the negotiating table and start work,” he KYIV – Ukrainian scientists from the
tacting the family, please send your correspondence to Alex Lucyshyn,
said, adding that the dialogue has become Kharkiv Institute for Physics and
possible as “more and more believers and Technology have for the first time photo- 1387 Oak Bend Way, Lawrenceville, GA 30045.
clergymen are sure that the state of graphed the structure of an atom down to its

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with a header from Gerson Magrao off a Martial arts
(U16) won bronze at the European Youth the individual all-around final, rope, and
pass from Artem Milevsky. Magrao U10-18 Chess Championships in Fermo, ball disciplines at the 29th Federation of Ukraine won sixth place among 97
scored again in the 81st minute, and Oleh Italy, on September 15. The tournament International Gymnastics (FIG) Rhythmic teams in the team’s classification at the
Gusev completed the scoring with a goal attracted 860 chess players from 46 coun- Gymnastics World Championships in 2009 Judo World Championships in
in the 88th minute. Dynamo leads Group tries. Mie, Japan, on September 7-13. Other Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on August
F with three points and goes against • Ukraine’s women’s team won third members of Ukraine’s team included 26-30. Heorhiy Zantaray (60 kg) won
Barcelona on September 29. Group F also place at the Women’s World Team Chess Alina Maksinenko and Anna Rizatdinova. gold, and Maryna Pryshchepa (78 kg)
includes Italy’s Internazionale. Championships in China, held on Albina Deryuhina, Bessonova’s trainer, won silver.
• Shakhtar Donetsk is tied for first place September 9-11. The Ukrainian team fin- said this was Bessonova’s last world
with Toulouse FC at three points in Group ished with 20.5 points, behind China (first championship as she intends to retire Shooting
J of the UEFA Europa League, which place) and Russia (second place). The from the sport. • Ukraine’s participants won 18 medals
includes FK Partizan and Club Brugge tournament included teams from Armenia,
KV. Shakhtar defeated Belgian Club Pentathlon (six gold, seven silver and five bronze
Georgia, India, Poland, Vietnam and the meals) and won second place at the 2009
Brugge 4-1 on September 17. Scoring for United States. Pavlo Tymoshchenko won the silver
Shakhtar in the first half were Oleksiy Gai, World Running Target Championships in
• Grandmaster Vasyl Ivanchuk medal at the Modern Pentathlon World Heinola, Finland, on August 26-30.
Willian and Darijo Srna. Karel Geraerts Cup Final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on
increased his World Chess Federation Ukraine’s junior team won bronze in the
responded for the Belgian squad in the September 15. The international competi-
(FIDE) score by 22 points and ranks 50-meter, the 50-meter mixed, the
second half and Shakhtar scored again in a tion included 26 athletes from around the
eighth (2,756 points) after he won the 10-meter and the 10-meter mixed events.
75th minute free kick by Konstantyn world, with each country sending three
FIDE Grand Prix in Jermuk, Armenia, on Vladislav Prianishnikov won silver in the
Kravchenko. Shakhtar is scheduled against competitors.
August 24. Other Ukrainian players 10-meter event, and Ukraine won bronze
FK Partizan on October 1.
among FIDE’s top 20 included Ruslan Deaflympics in the team category for the same event.
• UEFA signed an exclusive agreement
Ponomarev – 13th place (2,741) and Igor Matskevych won silver in the junior
with the National Television Company of
Serhiy Karyakin – 20th place (2,722). Ukraine’s athletes won 67 medals at 10-meter event. Ukraine’s women’s team
Ukraine (NTU) on September 18 for the
the 21st Summer Deaflympics in Taipei
broadcasting rights during the Euro-2012 Boxing on September 5-15. Ukraine won 20 gold
of Galina Avramenko (gold), Tetyana
soccer tournament. As part of the agree- Yevseyenko (silver) and Viktriya Zablotna
• Vitali Klitschko, the WBC heavy- medals, 22 silver medals and 25 bronze (bronze) swept the 10-meter event, and
ment, NTU ensures live broadcast and
weight champion, is reported by medals, and won second place in team Zablotna won silver in the 10-meter
highlights programs of all 31 matches,
Ukrinform to be in talks with American classification. mixed event. Valentyna Gontcharova and
which will be available on the Internet
and mobile phones. Kevin Johnson for a title defense fight. Pole vault Liudmyla Vasyluk won gold and silver,
• Ukraine was evenly matched in its Johnson, 30, is undefeated in his profes- respectively, in the junior 10-meter event.
0-0 draw against Belarus in the World sional boxing career, and last fought on • Maksym Mazuryk won the gold In the junior 10-meter mixed event,
Cup qualifier on September 9 in Minsk. May 15 when he defeated 2004 Olympic medal in men’s pole vault at the IAAF Vasyluk and Gontcharova won gold and
Ukraine, in third place in Group 6, trails bronze medalist Devin Vargas. World Athletics Finals in Thessaloniki,
silver, respectively.
behind England (group leaders) and • Tetiana Kob defeated Sweden’s Greece, on September 14. Mazuryk
• Ukraine’s large-caliber pistol shoot-
Croatia, and is vying for second place. Shipra Nilsson (54 kg) and won the cleared a height of 5.7 meters.
ing team won the gold medal at the 44th
On September 5 Ukraine defeated E U B C V I I Wo m e n ’ s B o x i n g • Mazuryk cleared 5.52 meters and tied
World Military Shooting Championships
Andorra 5-0, keeping pressure on its Championship in Mykolayiv, Ukraine, on for first place with Russia’s Viktor
Chistakov at the Rieti Grand Prix in Italy in Zagreb, Croatia, on August 16. The
group challengers. Andriy Yarmolenko September 21. Silver medalists for competition, held under the auspices of
scored a header off a corner from Oleh Ukraine included Ivanna Krupenya (54 on September 7.
the International Military Sports Council,
Gusev, Artem Milevsky scored off of kg), Yulia Tsyplakova (57 kg) and Liliya Rowing attracted 500 participants from 41 coun-
Andriy Voronin’s crossing pass, and Durneva (75 kg). Oksana Shtakun (46
• Oleksander Salyuk and his team of tries.
Andriy Shevchenko, Milevsky and kg), Yana Zavyalova (64 kg), Oleksandra
Yevgen Seleznov each scored on penalty Sydorenko (60 kg), Tetiana Ivashchenko rowers from Ukraine won the 5th Prime New sports
kicks. (69 kg) and Ina Shevchenko (+91 kg) Yalta Rally on September 13. The three-
won bronze medals. The competition day rally included 12 categories; seven of • A committee of the Family, Youth
• Kyiv has been chosen as the site of and Sports Ministry of Ukraine granted
the Euro-2012 final match, after a meet- attracted 113 athletes from 24 countries. Ukraine’s rowing teams, in addition to
• Vasyl Lomachenko (57 kg) defeated Salyuk’s team, finished among the top 10. the Dance Sports Federation of Ukraine
ing with UEFA Chief Operationg Officer
Russia’s Sergey Vodopiyanov 12-1 and Teams from 14 countries competed in and the Water Ski and Wakeboard
Martin Kallen and UEFA expert Marc
won the gold medal in the featherweight races totaling 600 km, with special sec- Federation of Ukraine national status.
Timmer on August 17-18. “The final ver-
division at the AIBA World Boxing tions covering 230 km. The Dance Sports Federation of Ukraine
dict regarding the ability of four cities to
Championships in Milan, Italy, on • Ukraine’s women’s team of Yana operates in 23 regional centers and two
hose the UEFA Euro-2012 will be made
on December 10,” First Vice-Prime September 12. Lomachenko won bronze Dementyeva, Anastasia Kozhenkova, cities, and the Water Ski and Wakeboard
Minister Ivan Vasiunyk told a meeting of and silver medals at the 2007 AIBA Tetiana Kolesnikova and Svitlana Federation operates in 15 regional centers
mayors of Euro-2012 host cities. Other World Championships and the silver Spiriukhova won the gold medal at the and one city.
cities in Ukraine that will host matches medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. 2009 World Rowing Championships in • Ukraine hosted the Open Water
include Donetsk, Lviv and Kharkiv. Roman Kapitonenko won the silver medal Poznan, Poland, on August 31. Skiing Championships in Dnipropetrovsk
Donetsk’s new Donbas Arena opened on in the over-91 kg (super-heavywieght) on August 14-16. The international com-
Archery petition attracted teams from the U.S.,
August 29 and Khariv’s Metalist Stadium division.
is scheduled for opening on December 5. • Wladimir Klitschko confirmed on Viktor Ruban and Viktoria Koval won Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain,
Mr. Vasiunyk said that construction on September 2 that he would not enter the the 2009 Archery World Championships France, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Russia
Kyiv’s stadium is on schedule. ring this year. His next bout against man- in Ulsan, South Korea, on September 7. and Belarus. The tournament included
• Ukraine’s U-21 team defeated Turkey datory WBO challenger Eddie Chambers The Ukrainian duo defeated China’s Lin three categories: special effects, slalom
1-0 and won the seventh Valeri may take place in March 2010. Klitschko Hsiao and Xue Hai Feng 149-147. and jumps.
Lobanovsky Memorial Tournament off a underwent shoulder surgery earlier this
penalty kick by Mykola Mazuryk in the year.
13th minute. Germany defeated Iran 1-0
for third place.
• During the World Boxing Organ-
ization’s congress in Budapest on August Want to see
24-28, the Klitschko brothers were hon-
ored as “The Best Heavyweight Boxers in your name in print?
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54th USCAK... Dziwak could not compete due to injury.

This year for the first time there was a
(Continued from page 11) men’s 65 group. Hrabec won in a round-
Charchalis won over Craig Pearson 2-2 robin format by defeating Bohdan Kutko
(retired); and Stroynick beat Mykola 6-0, 6-1 and Dziwak, who withdrew due
Nalywayko 6-1, 6-2. to knee injury.
Mykola Nalywayko retained his title There were two boys’ groups. In the
for the third time in the men’s 35 divi- older boys’ group, Gregory Olesnycky
sion, which was played in a round-robin retained his title by defeating Paul
DeVassal of Pennsylvania 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 in
format. He took first place by defeating
the finals. In the semis, Olesnycky ousted
Danylo Oscislawski 6-0, 6-0 and Stefan
Adam Oscislawski 6-2, 6-1, and DeVassal
Sosiak 6-1, 3-0 (retired). Sosiak took sec-
beat Andres Konowalskyj (another first-
ond place in the group with a win over time player) 6-2, 6-1. In the quarterfinals,
Oscislawski 6-3, 7-6. Oscislawski defeated Orest Pyndus 6-1,
In the men’s 45 group Sosiak defeated 6-2.
George Petrykevych 6-2, 6-4. In the semi- In one of the nicest matches in the
finals, Petrykevych won over Lubodar tournament, Andres Konowalskyj won
Olesnycky 6-1, 6-2, and Sosiak overcame first place in the younger boys’ group by
George Walchuk 3-1 (retired). defeating Oscislawski 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. In
Jaroslaw Sydorak of California the semis, Konowalskyj also battled
emerged victorious against George Adrian (Adi) Charchalis 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 vic- Petrusia Sawchak
Walchuk of New Jersey 4-6, 5-2 (retired) tory in a very well played match, and The Mary Dushnyck Sportsmanship Award was given to nine-year-old Adam
in the finals, thereby retaining his title in Oscislawski took Oliver Chernyk 6-0, Oscislawski, seen with (from left) Ivan Durbak, Roma Lisovich, George Hrabec,
the men’s 55 group. In the semis, he beat 6-1. In the quarterfinals, Charchalis beat and George Sawchak.
George Hrabec of Massachusetts 6-0, 5-7, Adrian Kuchtaruk 6-1, 6-1, and
6-3, and Walchuk battled and won his Oscislawski won over Matthew In the women’s semis, Olenka Victoria Kuritza of Illinois 6-1, 6-2; and
match against Petrykevych of Connecticut Kuchtaruk. Olesnycky beat Olesia Foty 6-2, 6-2, and Kowcz defeated Lisa Balaban 6-0, 6-2.
3-6, 6-1, 6-2. In the quarterfinals Hrabec The younger boys’ group consolation Kowcz overcame Nadia Olesnycky Olenka Olesnycky also won the
beat Serhij Palko of New York (a first- play was between two brothers, Matthew (Olenka’s sister) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. In the 18-and-under girls’ division, defeating in
time participant) 6-1, 6-3, and Walchuk and Adrian Kuchtaruk, with Adrian win- quarterfinals, Foty defeated Christine the final Foty of Canada 6-3, 6-1. Both
advanced without play since Walter ning 6-1, 6-1. Toth 6-1, 6-0; Nadia Olesnycky won over girls were a delight to watch with their
beautifully executed strokes. No doubt
they have a wonderful potential in tennis
if they continue to play as they have. In
the semifinals, Olenka Olesnycky beat
Kuritza 6-2, 6-0, and Foty took Nadia
Olesnycky 6-3, 6-1. Prior to her loss to
Olesnycky, Kuritza ousted Diana Weston
7-6, 3-6, 7-5.
In the women’s feed-in final, Toth
defeated Kuritza 6-2, 7-6, (8-6 - an abbre-
viated score tie breaker in the second set
in lieu of the third set), and in the men’s
feed-in Nalywayko won over Gregory
Olesnycky 7-6 (5), 10-4 (super tie breaker
in lieu of the second set).
The closing ceremonies were held on
Sunday after all the matches were com-
pleted. Mr. Sawchak thanked all the play-
ers for their participation, the tennis com-
mittee, the sponsors, UNA staff and Mr.
Hynansky from the Winner Group for
their support, as well as the manager of
Soyuzivka, Nestor Paslawsky, for his
cooperation. Other speakers included
Ivan Durbak, who represented the host
club, the Carpathian Ski Club (KLK).
The winners and finalists were awarded
their trophies and stipends by the tennis
committee comprising Messrs. Sawchak,
Hrabec and Durbak as well as Ms.
Lisovich of the UNA, and Petrusia
This year’s winner of the coveted Mary
Dushnyck Good Sportsmanship Trophy
was 9-year-old Adam Oscislawski. The
award is given each year to a player who,
as determined by the tennis committee,
has demonstrated exemplary behavior
and character both on and off the courts.
The late Mrs. Dushnyck was a longtime
supreme vice-presidentess of the UNA
and participant of this tennis tournament
beginning in 1956. She was much loved
and contributed much to the Labor Day
tournaments for many years.
In addition to the UNA trophies award-
ed to all the winners and finalists, the fol-
lowing memorial trophies were also
awarded: the Roman Rakoczy Trophies to
the women’s and men’s winners (as men-
tioned earlier), men’s – Bohdan Rak
Trophy, women’s – Constantine Ben
Trophy, men’s 35 and over – Jaroslaw
Rubel Trophy, men’s 45 and over – Dr.
Wolodymyr Huk Trophy, and the men’s
55 and over – Dr. Petro Charuk Trophy.
Ms. Lisovich officially closed the 54th
annual USCAK tennis tournament by
congratulating all the winners and final-
ists and urging everyone to continue to
support Soyuzivka and the Ukrainian
National Association.


Edmonton’s Ukrainian Youth Association celebrates 60 years

by Yuri S. Broda
EDMONTON, Alberta – The Ukrainian
Youth Association’s (UYA) Edmonton
branch this year celebrated its 60th anni-
versary with activities ranging from con-
cert performances and family barbecues
to summer camps and leadership confer-
In March, our members performed at
the annual Taras Shevchenko concert in
Edmonton. The performers presented a
wide variety of artistic and cultural activi-
ties, the highlight of which surely wasd
UYA Calgary’s stunning dramatic song
and dance rendition of Taras Shevchenko’s
“Kateryna.” This all-female cast, which Ukrainian Youth Association members at their summer weekend reunion for young adult members.
goes by the name Svitanok, just recently
came into existence under the artistic members were recognized with various
direction of Beata Pasieka, and has been awards and commendations.
wowing audiences since day one. UYA Throughout the year, UYA Edmonton’s
Edmonton’s Yaroslav Broda skillfully por- artistic arm, the Verkhovyna Ukrainian
trayed young Taras Shevchenko in his cos- Song and Dance Ensemble worked tireless-
tumed recitation of the poem “Meni ly to prepare an outstanding concert pro-
Trynadtsiaty Mynalo.” gram titled “The Letter” for their anniversa-
At the beginning of May, some of the ry tour. The Verkhovyna Choir, under the
branch’s young adult members, known as artistic direction of Halyna Lazurko, along
the “Druzhynnyky,” traveled to Winnipeg to with the Dunai Dancers, under the direction
attend a weekend-long leadership confer- of Tamara Tatuch and Shawn Owchar, cre-
ence put on by the Winnipeg. The program ated a touching and thought-provoking pro-
included seminars and workshops as well as gram providing a unique representation of
a variety of guest speakers, including such the life of Ukrainians in Canada.
notables as Dr. Walter Zaryckyj of New The program included the first major
York University and Dr. Myroslav Shkandrij artistic representations of the internment of
of the University of Manitoba. It was an Ukrainians during World War I, as well as
opportunity for the future leaders of the a piece honoring the work and dedicated
organization to get together and discuss the community-building efforts of the post-
issues that are relevant to them, to their World War II Ukrainian immigrants. New members of the Ukrainian Youth Association are sworn in.
peers, and to the future of their organization. The Verkhovyna Ensemble began its
Also in May there was a wonderful tour with performances in Lviv and then season began. The Edmonton branch orga- reunion to the founding members of our
family barbecue at the Ukrainian Youth traveled to Poland, where they performed nized two camps at Camp St. Basil’s at Edmonton branch. Irene Jendzjowsky,
Unity Complex, as part of the branch’s at the Lemkivska Vatra, and wrapped up Pigeon Lake: a two-week camp for youths president of the Canadian National
year-end wrap-up event. The day began with a show in Banja Luka, Bosnia. The age 4-18, and a weekend reunion orga- Executive, made a short presentation hon-
with a divine liturgy at St. George ensemble will perform its Anniversary nized by young adult members, the oring Hryhorij Prockiw and Volodymyr
Ukrainian Catholic Parish, with the Rev. show in Edmonton at the Northern Alberta Druzhynnyky, to celebrate 50 years of Stebelsky, the first commandant and first
Anton Tarasenko as celebrant. Afterwards, Jubilee Auditorium on October 10. UYA camps in Alberta. head counselor, respectively, of the inau-
the contributions and involvement of A few short weeks later, summer camp Special recognition was given at the gural Alberta summer camp held in 1959.

Boston UAYA branch

honors heroes of Ukraine
by Anna Nosal ry of the birth of Stepan Bandera, 130th
anniversary of the birth of Symon Petliura
BOSTON – The Boston Branch of the and 240th anniversary of the birth of Ivan
Ukrainian American Youth Association Kotliarevsky. Youths held posters of the
(UAYA) held its annual “Sviato Heroyiv” heroes that they made with the help of our
honoring Ukraine’s heroes on June 14. counselors Hania Kurniawka and Stefanie
This year’s program was led under the slo- Fedynyshyn.
gan “One who fights for his beliefs can Anna Nosal opened the program noting
attain the world.” the anniversaries being commemorated
The commemoration began with uni- while paying homage to all commanders,
formed members attending a divine litur- leaders and regiments of the Ukrainian
gy at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Insurgent Army (UPA), leaders and mem-
Church in Jamaica Plain, Mass., celebrated bers of the Organization of Ukrainian
by the Very Rev. Archpriest Yaroslav Nationalists (OUN) and all heroes who sac- Members of the Boston branch of the Ukrainian American Youth Association at
Nalysnyk – dean of Boston. Youth mem- rificed their young lives for a free Ukraine. their “Sviato Heroyiv” event honoring heroes of Ukraine.
bers carried a wreath honoring the heroes. One of the branch’s youngest members,
Following the liturgy, Ukrainian American Natalka Reid, recited the poem “O Ukraine.” “Ne Pora, Ne Pora,” while Ryan Reid program ended with everyone singing
Veterans Post 31 in Boston presented the Ms. Saxe then read a brief acount of the life played the melody of the hymn on the vio- “Rosty Cheremshyno,” led by Ms. Baryski
national colors during a memorial service of Bandera, revolutionary, politician and lin. All the members sang “Zaplakaly Kari on the guitar.
(panakhyda) held in memory of heroes ideologue of the Ukrainian nationalist move- Ochi,” led by Ms. Baryski on the guitar. Following the solemn program an assem-
who gave their lives for an independent ment and member of the OUN leadership. Ms. Kurniawka read about the life of bly was held to distribute awards that were
Ukraine. Olya Baryski recited a poem in Bandera’s Kotliarevsky, Ukrainian author, poet, drama- earned by the UAYA branch’s members dur-
A program was held at the newly reno- honor, “Immortal,” written by an anony- tist, father of modern Ukrainian literature, ing the past year at camps and sports com-
vated Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic mous author identified only as a “woman on whose poem “Eneida” was the first literary petitions. In addition, Teresa Reid was
Church Rectory. Nicholas Zozula, Vice- the other side of the Dnipro River.” Justina work written in the vernacular Ukrainian awarded the rank of counselor for her work
President of the UAYA Branch, led mem- Zozula recited the poem “Hero Stepan language. Daniel Fedynyshyn and Krystyn with the youths in Boston’s UAYA and at
bers in the opening of the assembly and the Bandera of Ukraine” by John R. Brown. MacDougall recited the poem “Ridna summer camps.
singing of the Ukrainian national anthem. Zenovij Prots, president of the Boston Mova,” and Benjamin Fedynyshyn and UAYA members entertained the audience
Maria Saxe, secretary, read the special Chapter of the Ukrainian Congress Katrina Steiner recited the poem “Yedyna with a Ukrainian dance performance and a
orders of the day, and Michael Nosal, presi- Committee of America, gave a narrative on Ukraina.” Natalie Rockwell recited a poem re-enactment of the song “Vyrostesh Tu
dent, welcomed everyone and led the assem- the life of Petliura, statesman and publicist, written by Ivan Kotliarevsky, “Viye Viter, Synu.”
bly in a moment of silence. supreme commander of the Ukrainian Viye Buinyi,” and Camilla Bobiak and Ryan There were also organized various out-
This year’s program commemorated the National Republic army, and president of Reid recited the poem “Vyrostesh Ty Synu”; door games and sets of volleyball, in which
following anniversaries: the100th anniversa- the Directory of the UNR. Tara Reid recited both played the song on their violins. The several generations took part.

To find the missing... chat in Ukrainian. Yes, for some strange

reason I could understand everything they
older and a younger brother. There were
hearty hugs all around and the usual
Frankfurt, Germany, once more where I
would stay the night before returning to
(Continued from page 13) were saying and could answer back with a three-cheeked kisses for the ladies. America on the Thursday 11:20 a.m. flight
Alexis, Steve and my brother Ron to let few words or very short sentences. It made Now it felt like I was emigrating to the to Newark, N.J. Mission accomplished!
them know of our triumph and to digitally me think that if I spent any amount of time New World for the first time. I could only
with the both of them I’d be chatting away Postscript
stitch the 18th century with the 21st. As imagine what it must have been like when
usual in Poland, my Blackberry worked like a pro. Unfortunately, we soon reached Grandpa Mike and Baba Julia left As I sit here writing the last few sen-
like a charm and those e-mail communi- Jurowce after passing several very old for- Siemuszowa in the early 1900s never to tences of my Sanok-Siemsuzowa trip trav-
mer Greek-Catholic and now Orthodox return again. elogue, it’s still hard to believe it all really
cations packets went floating off into
churches. We all got out of our cars and it It was time to go. I hopped in the Opel, happened. I’m back in the throes of IEEE
some Internet connection in space. It was
was time to say good-bye. My intensive waved good-bye as I passed Vladek’s car recruitment, family life with my kids leav-
all rather difficult to comprehend, but it
Ukrainian lesson was over for now. and drove off to the right up the road to ing for various U.S and international desti-
worked like a charm.
Jasienka. After several heavy downpours nations, and cutting the grass each week-
The road back to Jasienka
Our good-bye at Jurowce and a few late breaks of sunshine from the end in North Caldwell. N.J. But, both my
My roots adventure was winding down setting sun, I arrived about an hour and a day and night dreams are filled with scenes
Vladek agreed to lead us down togeth- quickly. Volodya’s plan was to spend the half later at the Dwor Ostoya once more. from Siemuszowa and Sanok.
er to the nearby town of Jurowce, which night with the Patulaks and then take the This time I knew my way around so I The family tree is now fully hung with
would bring me to the road that lead to train the next day from Sanok to a nearby picked up my key at the big house and as many relatives as Volodya and I could
Rzeszow and Jasienka. Volodya and border crossing into Ukraine. Once in his headed for the peasants quarters. After capture in our notebooks and on disk.
Melaniya climbed into my Opel once more, homeland, he’d board a bus for the not- cleaning up a bit and a quick dinner of And, we’ve exchanged a lot of e-mails
and we wound our way down hilly too-long ride back to Lviv. And so it was pierogies served in the dining room, I set- since then talking about this or that ances-
Siemuszowa and made a left to the wooden, time to part. Vladek had agreed to drive tled in for the night in my tiny room. tor. I’d definitely like to go back again
clanking, rickety bridge near Tyrawa Solna. Melaniya and Volodya back to Sanok. It seemed like home here too. I had my one day to see all the local sites that four
Volodya ran out to take several photos I made a point of saying “Do zobacze- one bottle of “strong” Polish beer, a cou- intense days in this very pleasant country
of me in the car with Melaniya as we slow- nia” (see you soon) to let the Romaniuks ple of Polish potato chips and a wireless wouldn’t allow. Hopefully I will be able
ly made our way across the bridge. I had know that I hoped to return one day. “Do Internet connection that just would not to keep the communication lines open
tempted fate once more and won! Then it pobachenia” (see you later in Ukrainian) stop. A Polish evening soap opera droned with the Romaniuks despite the very high
was across the old steel bridge that precari- was appropriate for Melaniya and on in the background while I dashed off a Polish language hurdle.
ously spanned the swiftly flowing San Volodya. I gave him an extra hug and few final e-mails for the evening before And, despite some serious medical
River and down the road to Jurowce. called him “miy brat” (my brother) since falling into a very deep sleep. problems that threatened to keep me per-
Volodya, Melaniya and I continued to our relationship did seem like that of an Wednesday would take me back to manently sidelined here in North
Caldwell (if not worse), I had walked in
the footsteps of my paternal grandparents.
The circle is now whole again, and the
fog has been lifted. Maybe I’ll go back
again, or possibly not. Who knows what
the next year or two will bring? But, my
ancestors are shadows no more.
Siemuszowa is as familiar to me now
as North Caldwell, and I’ll always see its
green rolling hills in my mind and that
church by the old and new cemeteries
where hundreds of years of our family
lives have steadily passed. And it’s a very,
very good feeling.

This article is an excerpt from my much

longer Sanok/Siemuszowa 2009 travel-
ogue. I would like to hear from readers
with family and ancestors from this area of
Poland. Please contact me at: Michael. Copyright Michael J.
Buryk 2009 All Rights Reserved.

Capitol Hill...
(Continued from page 4)
energy security, NATO enlargement, the
presidential election in January 2010; and
future relations with Russia.
A lively substantive dialogue ensued
on Ukraine’s significance to the stability
of the European continent and the future
of East-West relations.
Comments by members of Congress
included a question from Rep. Kaptur,
who asked Mr. Taylor “to recommend
congressional actions that can be taken to
assist and aid in Ukraine’s continued
development as a strategic partner of the
United States.” Of utmost importance, the
ambassador stressed, is the need for “stra-
tegic patience” when dealing with
Ukraine’s reform processes. He stated
that Ukraine’s independence is vital to the
United States for the stability of the entire
Commenting on the proceedings, Ms.
Farion of the Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of
America stated: “Access to global infor-
mation is the key to educating Ukraine’s
population to actively engage them in the
country’s political, economic and social
Mr. Sawkiw noted: “It is no wonder
that Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski stated in his
book ‘The Grand Chessboard’ that
Ukraine is the linchpin of security in
Europe. Its independence must be pre-
served. The Ukrainian community is
grateful for the assistance provided by
Members of Congress in dealing with
Ukrainian matters.”

BOOK REVIEW: Historical perspective of psychology in Ukraine

“Psychology in Ukraine: A Historical ogy. He introduce important contributors Prof. Holowinsky’s use of psychology to
Perspective,” by Ivan Z. Holowinsky. and presents their theories and work. interpret occurrences, especially within the
Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, Prof. Holowinsky establishes that in the realms of language, Russification and the
2008. ISBN-13: 978-0-7618-4046-6. 83 pp. beginning psychology was often fused with 1991 declaration of Ukraine’s indepen-
the field of philosophy in Ukraine. But in dence.
It has been over 20 years since my last the 19th century, psychology was recog- He notes the appreciation of work by
lecture class with Prof. Ivan Holowinsky. nized as a separate scientific discipline. Shevchenko and surmises that “language
Yet, as I delved into the chapters of his new During that time, Ukrainian psychology was controls behavior through indoctrination,
book, “Psychology in Ukraine: A Historical in concert with European development of education and propaganda, as well as politi-
Perspective,” the words on the pages trans- psychology, and even in tandem, where eth- cal pressure.” A particular effect of
formed into his familiar voice. no-psychology was concerned. Of special Russification was evidenced in professional
Prof. Holowinsky presents a history of interest are comparisons between Russians schools. Often, works published in the West
the field of psychology in Ukraine by first and Ukrainians. have identified Ukrainian psychologists as
grounding the field within social and politi- Prof. Holowinsky describes Soviet psy- Russian by giving their names in Russian
cal arenas. Once the stage is set, the reader chology as having a turbulent history, transliteration.
is taken through the changes within psychol- impacted by political and ideological cur- In discussing the declaration of indepen-
rents. Interesting to the professional are ref- dence in Ukraine, Prof. Holowinsky cites
Oka Hrycak, Ed.D. (educational psy- erences to reflexology, Pavlovian condition- the work of earlier writers who present the
chology, Rutgers University, 1990), is ing and Vygotsky’s cognition. He discusses construct of introversion as a “crucial psy-
currently at Barnard College (Columbia the basis of Soviet psychology as based on chological trait in Ukrainians.” Another
University), where she is the learning Marx and Lenin, and the creation of a “new view looks at the Ukrainian “national char-
disabilities coordinator. She was a stu- man.” acter” and how it manifests two central
dent and advisee of Dr. Holowinsky. Most interesting to Ukrainians will be traits: individualism, which is associated fre-
quently with independence and love of free-
dom, and lack of submissiveness and
humanness. mate expectation that “psychologists well-
Ukraine debates... ing him the sixth most “popular” candidate.
Messrs. Horbulin and Badrak concluded Within this study of psychology in trained in the understanding of human nature
(Continued from page 2) that following the 2008 Georgian-Russian Ukraine, Prof. Holowinsky presents the evo- and human behavior will contribute to con-
war “international law” no longer works in lution of psychology in Ukraine. The work flict-resolution and to building of peaceful
believe the quarreling Ukrainian elites could
dealing with Russia. Moscow wants to alter and theories of contributors are impressive. societies.”
mobilize Ukrainians against a foreign
“the Ukrainian foreign policy trajectory, Most interesting to me, is how Prof. Dr. Holowinsky is professor emeritus at
split the country and annex portions of its Holowinsky uses psychology to explain out- Rutgers University, where he was a member
Russia is held back from direct military
territory, and indefinitely extend the basing comes and events in Ukraine, and his ulti- of the graduate school’s psychology faculty.
intervention in Ukraine, Ukrainian experts
believe, due to two factors. Firstly, that of the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. Russia
would destroy any hope of CIS integration. seeks a ‘politically loyal, pro-Russian
Secondly, “a war with Ukraine could destroy Ukraine’” (Ukrayinsky Tyzhden, August
28-September 3). In the January 2010 elec-
Wherever you are,
Russia as a state” (Ukrayinsky Tyzhden,
August 28-September 3). If Russia success- tions, Moscow also wants to see the election The Ukrainian Weekly can be there with you
fully took Crimea, “Moscow would forever of a “Kremlin vassal who would lead the
lose Ukraine,” Messrs. Horbulin and Badrak
asserted (Zerkalo Nedeli, September 12).
country as a Little Russia” (Zerkalo Nedeli,
September 12). Check out THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY online at
Although any Russian invasion into east- Two conclusions can be drawn from this
ern Ukraine or Crimea might at first be suc-
cessful, it would eventually be met by fierce Firstly, Ukraine is being given an impos-
resistance from guerrilla and loyal Ukrainian sible task by western EU and NATO mem-
units. Interestingly, no Ukrainian experts bers: to pursue good relations with Russia at
believe that Russian aggression would be a time when it seeks to undermine Ukraine’s
prevented by Moscow taking Western sovereignty and assassinate its pro-Western
responses into consideration; this itself leaders (Ukrainian investigators reached the
reflects the European Union and NATO’s conclusion earlier this month that the
ineffectual response to the Russian invasion Russian authorities were behind
of Georgia. Yushchenko’s 2004 poisoning). Moreover,
Anatoliy Grytsenko, the former Ukrainian Ukrainian-Russian relations might deterio-
defense minister and the head of the parlia- rate further in the next eight years as the
mentary Committee on Defense and deadline approaches for Russia to withdraw
National Security, has advised the military its Black Sea Fleet from Sevastopol.
to develop additional spetsnaz (special forc- The recent adoption of the Russian law
es) units capable of taking conflict deep into on military intervention abroad provides for
enemy territory (Profil, August 20). “the ability for a direct military threat from
Mr. Horbulin, the director of the National the Black Sea Fleet” (Zerkalo Nedeli,
Institute on the Problems of International September 12). Messrs. Horbulin and
Security, affiliated with the NSDC, and Mr. Badrak advised the SBU to ensure “control
Badrak, a senior expert at the Kyiv think- over extremist and radically oriented
tank Center for Research into the Army, Ukrainian groups in the south and southeast
Conversion and Disarmament, advised the of the country” (Zerkalo Nedeli, September
NSDC to relocate special forces Security 12).
Service of Ukraine (SBU) and Internal Secondly, the West’s reputation is at stake
Affairs Ministry units to southern and east- in dealing with countries such as Iran and
ern Ukraine. North Korea. Ukraine gave up the third larg-
Mr. Grytsenko also warned the EU and est nuclear weapons stockpile in 1994-1996
NATO to not continue to ignore the Russian in return for “security assurances” from the
threat, as any conflict in Ukraine might risk five nuclear powers, one of whom, Russia,
damaging the gas pipelines crossing constitutes its main threat. In 2003, less than
Ukraine. Europe could not stand aside from a decade after the “Budapest Memorandum,”
such a conflict, as it could severely under- Russia sought to annex Tuzla Island off the
mine European energy security. Crimean coast.
Critical, but diplomatic, responses to As Messrs. Horbulin and Badrak argued,
Russian President Medvedev were given by the nuclear powers are “de facto demonstrat-
Mr. Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yulia ing a rejection of their responsibilities” and
Tymoshenko. Ms. Tymoshenko, who is run- “those who are not speaking of a repetition
ning second in the polls and is likely to face of Munich in 1938 today in Europe and
Mr. Yanukovych in the second round of the Ukraine are only ignoring the facts”
presidential election, has adopted a pragmat- (Zerkalo Nedeli, September 12-18). If
ic nationalist position that has permitted her Tehran interprets Western policy toward
to court western and central Ukrainian vot- Kyiv as weak, then it is less likely to halt its
ers while continuing a dialogue on energy nuclear weapon ambitions.
and economic issues with Russia. Mr.
Yushchenko, in contrast, has moved toward The article above is reprinted from
a more nationalistic position that has nar- Eurasia Daily Monitor with permission from
rowed his support to only Halychyna, giving its publisher, the Jamestown Foundation,
him just 3 percent in opinion polls and mak-

2004 and 2009... Mr. Nayem reported. They even manage

Ms. Tymoshenko’s schedule and personal Presidential election... itself, and blamed Ms. Tymoshenko and
Mr. Yanukovych for the current impasse.
(Continued from page 6) time. And they have their work cut out for (Continued from page 2) “The intrigues of two political forces are
Viktor Yanukovych presidency. them. the economic crisis. behind this. These are essentially intrigues
Not a bottle of alcohol was visible during Yulia has serious baggage – attempts to The YTB is not willing to accept the by two individuals,” he said (Ukrayinska
the 2004 concerts. This time, it was impossi- derail local elections, a much-criticized nat- PRU’s conditions not only due to the eco- Pravda, September 2).
ble to take 10 steps without kicking beer ural gas agreement with Russia, ties to noto- nomic situation, but also since Ms. Ms. Tymoshenko’s party indirectly con-
bottles, which clanged and bounced off peo- rious oligarchs like Viktor Medvedchuk, Tymoshenko apparently believes that the firmed that it is happy with the status quo
ple’s feet. sabotages of Parliament, hostage-taking of blockade of Parliament works against her by suggesting that Parliament should not
They pledged their allegiance to God and judges, underhanded political maneuvers main rival in the election campaign. gather until after the election, and that
Ukraine in 2004. Now the pop stars are and a pattern of deceit, among a whole laun- According to her team’s findings, Mr. deputies should work in their constituen-
singing the praises of Yulia, a charismatic dry list of sins. Yanukovych is losing potential voters cies instead (Ukrainski Novyny, September
The pop star tour is reportedly costing the because of the blockade, while Ms. 9). Parliament Chairman Volodymyr
Machiavellian who’s building a personality
Tymoshenko campaign an astounding $59 Tymoshenko may use the blockade to her Lytvyn, an ally of Ms. Tymoshenko,
cult. Her campaign is drawing comparisons
million (500 million hrv) at a time when the advantage by claiming that the PRU actu- grudgingly accepted this proposal and
again to the White Brotherhood of the early
prime minister is considering selling the ally makes the approval of higher social blamed the PRU for the situation.
1990s – all the performers wore white jack-
Odesa Portside Plant, a state-owned strate- standards impossible by disrupting the leg- Many PRU senior members apparently
ets, emblazoned with the trademark red
gic asset, because she’s desperate for money islative process (Segodnya, September want the dissolution of Parliament, in par-
heart/YU. to pay pensions, wages and foreign debt.
When the Kamenskys did sing in 15). ticular unofficial party spokeswoman Hanna
Where’s she getting the money from? The blockade of the Verkhovna Rada Herman and Shadow Finance Minister
Ukrainian, it was a Yulia worship tune – And why not “give it away so bravely” for
“Yulia, Yulia, The Only One” – the refrain makes impossible both the appointment of Mykola Azarov, who holds pro-government
better use? the new ministers of finance, foreign deputies responsible for rubber-stamping
repeated over. Now Mr. Skrypka has met with Ms.
Why vote for Yulia? “If you want to affairs, defense and transportation – sever- laws to fit Ms. Tymoshenko’s election
Tymoshenko and is considering joining the al of these positions have been vacant promises (Channel 5, September 2).
achieve your goals, go together with her, tour, her press service reported on September
and go together with us,” Mr. Kamensky since as early as February – and the timely However, Mr. Yanukovych spoke vehe-
22. That would be like Bob Dylan cam- adoption of the state budget for 2010. mently against Parliament’s dissolution in
rapped. paigning for Lyndon Johnson. What’s left of
For the finale, the hired guns wrapped However, election campaign consider- one of his most recent television appear-
the maidan if even Mr. Skrypka sells out? ations apparently come first for both the ances (Inter TV, September 6). It appears
each other arm-in-arm to deliver joyfully the The 2004 presidential election campaign
campaign theme song, which resembles a PRU and YTB, and neither of the two par- that the Verkhovna Rada will be unblocked
had a divine innocence to it, and like all ties is interested in resuming the normal only if either Mr. Yanukovych or Ms.
hymn from a contemporary evangelical innocence, it never returns.
Church: “A red heart on clean white, she work of Parliament. Tymoshenko, or both, find that the stale-
In 2009, once the music stopped, the It is unclear what can be done practical- mate spoils their chances in the presiden-
gave it away so bravely, not forgetting for crowd began emptying the maidan and most
even a day, that there’s you, that there’s me.” ly to reboot Parliament. According to the tial election campaign.
didn’t even glance back when Yulia took the Constitution, President Viktor Yushchenko
A sinless, selfless sacrifice on behalf of stage. They were there for the music. And
the masses – are they singing about Yulia or has lost the right to disband it and call snap The article above is reprinted from
then she brought up 2004: “We love the elections six months before the January Eurasia Daily Monitor with permission
Jesus? maidan, we believe in it and today our hearts
That the campaign has adopted a person- 17, 2010, presidential poll. He suggested from its publisher, the Jamestown
are wakening,” she said. “And I am con- instead that Parliament should disband Foundation,
ality cult approach comes as no surprise vinced that no disappointments, no disillu-
given that the same political technologists sionments will ever settle in our hearts. And
who crafted the Barack Obama campaign if the first attempt didn’t work out, then cer-
are now working for Ms. Tymoshenko,
reported Mustafa Nayem, among Ukraine’s
tainly the second one will.”
It’s not a slogan worth repeating, and Chicago... reception. Mr. Bandriwsky thanked
Treasurer Pappas and her staff for hosting
top journalists. The depth of involvement of Yulia’s better off not referring to the maidan (Continued from page 9) the reception and for being a longtime
Obama campaign advisors, led by Larry of 2004. That was something sacred com- of three Aldermen who represent the friend of the Ukrainian American com-
Grisolano, will be unprecedented for any pared to the travesty that is unfolding before Ukrainian Village neighborhood’s inter- munity of Cook County.
Ukrainian presidential election campaign, our eyes. ests before the City of Chicago. Ms. Pappas is committed to serving
George Panczyszyn, President of the her Ukrainian American constituents and
Ukrainian Democratic Organization, read her office is the only county treasurer’s
a proclamation from Illinois Gov. Pat office in the United States that has made
Quinn. Peter Bencak, vice-commander of property tax documents available in print
UAV Post 32, extended his greetings on and on the Internet in the Ukrainian lan-
behalf of post members of Post 32. guage. (Cook County tax pamphlets can
Dr. Oles Strilchuk, president of the be found in Ukrainian at: http://www.
UCCA-Illinois, then spoke about the
struggles Ukraine has faced over the past aspx?ntopicid=293.)
Guests gave Ms. Pappas a warm round
centuries in its quest to become a free and
of applause after she was introduced by
democratic nation. He paid respect to the
Mr. Bandriwsky. The treasurer, who is of
millions who gave their lives in the
Greek decent, said that she identifies with
course of Ukraine’s struggle for indepen-
the Ukrainian American community’s
dence. He spoke of the 10 million victims
determination to keep the Ukrainian lan-
of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide – the
guage, Ukrainian religious traditions and
Holodomor of 1932-1933 and the mil-
Ukrainian culture alive in the diaspora.
lions who fell victim as Germany and the Four outstanding members of the
Soviet Union devastated Ukraine during Chicago’s Ukrainian American communi-
World War II. ty were awarded certificates by Treasurer
Dr. Strilchuk then read a proclamation Pappas for their work in preserving the
from Mayor Richard M. Daley proclaim- Ukrainian culture, promoting education
ing August 24 as Ukrainian Independence and ethics within the Ukrainian American
Day in Chicago. community of Chicago.
Ms. Ilkiv then began the cultural seg- Honored were: Maria Krutiak, presi-
ment of the program. Four extremely tal- dent of the Women’s Association for the
ented children took to the stage in a beau- Defense of Four Freedoms for Ukraine,
tiful display of Ukrainian poetry and Alla Horska branch; Nadija Chojnacki
song. Adrian Petrykiv, a student at School and Luba Markewycz, respectively, the
of Ukrainian Studies, recited a poem in former director and the new director of
Ukrainian; Denys Heryavenko and the School of Ukrainian Studies affiliated
Solomiya Furdas, both students at the St. with St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic
Volodymyr and Olha Parish Studio, enter- Cathedral; and Mr. Bandriwsky, vice-
tained the crowd with their upbeat sing- president of the UCCA-Illinois. Mr.
ing; and Diana Sobchuk wowed the Bandriwsky also received an award at a
crowd with her beautiful voice. separate ceremony held at the Cook
The ceremony concluded with Roman County Treasurer’s Office on August 14.
Sidoruk singing contemporary Ukrainian The event culminated with a ceremoni-
songs and soprano Alla Kuryitsiv offering al cake cutting by Ms. Pappas and all the
a selection of Ukrainian operatic melo- members of the clergy who were present.
dies. Afterwards, guests were invited to par-
Guests were then invited to attend a take in the refreshments and have their
Ukrainian Independence Day reception photographs taken with the treasurer.
and awards presentation hosted by Cook Additional photos from the flag-raising
County Treasurer Maria Pappas. ceremony and treasurer’s reception can
The Rev. Viktor Polyarny of St. be viewed at the UCCA-Illinois event
Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church led archives album at http://www.uccailli-
the guests in prayer at the opening of the


Current through October 4 Art exhibit, featuring works by Maria Eurasia,” Johns Hopkins University,
Toronto Pryimachenko, Ukrainian Canadian Art 202-663-5796
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October 17 USCAK Chess Tournament, Ukrainian
October 3 Carpathian Ski Club (KLK) 85th anniversary Whippany, NJ Sports Federation of the U.S.A. and
Kerhonkson, NY banquet and tennis tournament, Soyuzivka, Canada, Ukrainian American Cultural
845-626-5641 or 732-297-0786 Center of New Jersey,
October 3 Table wars – beer pong and billiards,
Philadelphia Ukrainian League of Philadelphia, October 17 Dance, featuring Klopit, Ukrainian American
215-684-3548 Palatine, IL Youth Association – Palatine Branch,
October 3 Film screening followed by questions for
Houston, TX the director, “Folk!” by Roxy Toporowych, October 17 20th anniversary of Rukh, “Quiet Revolution
Rice University, Whippany, NJ of Ukraine,” with Volodymyr Yavorivskyj
and Taras Hunczak, Ukrainian American
October 3-4 Battle of Konotop re-enactment, Ukrainian Cultural Center of New Jersey,
Lehighton, PA Homestead, 703-528-5618 973-585-7175
or 610-377-4621
October 17-18 60th anniversary of the Assumption of the
October 3-24 Gerdany (bead-stringing) workshop, The Ottawa Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox
New York Ukrainian Museum, 212-228-0110 Cathedral, 613-422-0163 or 613-596-5906

October 18 Concert, featuring violinist Zino Bogachek

October 3-4 Pilgrimage, Sisters of the Order of Saint
Alexandria, VA and Friends, The Washington Group Cultural
Fox Chase Manor, PA Basil the Great, Basilian Spirituality
Fund, 301-299-2615 or 703-838-4994
Center, 215-379-3998 or
October 18 Film screening, “Okradena Zemlya” by Yurij
October 4 Panel discussion, “Evolution of Ukrainian
Winnipeg, MB Luhovy, Manitoba Museum, 204-586-3445
Chicago Language,” Ukrainian Language Society,
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art,
October 19 Lecture by Ines Garcia de la Puente, “East
Cambridge, MA or West, North or South? Reassessing
Trade Routes in Rus’,” Harvard University,
October 4 Concert, featuring pianist Elena Ulyanova, 617-495-4053
McLean, VA St. Luke Catholic Church, 703-356-0670
October 20 Literary evening with poet Yuriy
October 4 77th annual Card Party, St. Vladimir Washington Andrukhovych, Woodrow Wilson Center,
Scranton, PA Ukrainian Catholic Church, 570-346-2414 202-691-4243
October 4 Hetman Awards, Ukrainian Canadian October 21-22 Conference, “Ukraine’s Quest for Mature
Edmonton, AB Congress – Alberta Provincial Council,
Washington Nation Statehood – Roundtable X,” Center
Chateau Louis Hotel, 780-414-1624
for U.S.-Ukrainian Relations, Library of
October 4 Lecture by George Gajecky, “Women in
New York Ukrainian Education (Seventeenth-
October 23 Concert, “Fine Arts/ Folk Arts: Two
Century),” Ukrainian National Women’s
New York Counterpoints – String Text,” The Ukrainian
League of America – Branch 64,
Museum, 212-228-0110
October 24-25 Archpastoral visit with Patriarch Filaret of
October 4 Film screening, “Okradena Zemlya” by Yurij
Bloomingdale, IL Kyiv and all Rus’-Ukraine, St. Sophia
Lachine, QC Luhovy, St. Basil Ukrainian Catholic Church,
Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Englewood
Resort, 630-628-8133
October 5 Lecture by George Grabowicz, “Taras
October 24 Gala Concert, “40 Years of Spirit and
Cambridge, MA Shevchenko’s Archetypes,” Harvard
Winnipeg, MB Song,” featuring the Hoosli Ukrainian Male
University, 617-495-4053
Chorus, Pantages Playhouse Theater,
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November 1 Sochynsky, Ukrainian Institute of America,
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Washington Yevshan Ukrainian Vocal Ensemble, Holy
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October 10-11 Oktoberfest, Mountain View Manor,

Glen Spey, NY 845-856-1105

October 11 Luncheon and Fashion Show, Ukrainian

Parma, OH National Women’s League of America –
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or 440-884-1647

October 13 Book presentation, “My Grandfather’s Mill

Toronto – Journey to Freedom” by Andrew Melnyk,
Toronto Ukrainian Genealogy Group,
St. Vladimir Institute, 905-841-6707

October 15-18 62nd Ukrainian American Veterans National

Venice, FL Convention, UAV Post #40, Best Western
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October 16 Conference, “Countering Democratic

Washington Regression in a Newly Divided Europe and

Soyuzivka’s Datebook Saturday, October 3
NEW YORK: Music at the Institute will
Adriana Helbig, Oksana Buranbaeva and
Vanja Mladineo. The presentation and
book signing will take place in the lower
present a tribute concert, honoring the
club staring at 3 p.m. Dr. Adriana Helbig
memory of concert pianist Alexander
September 25-27 Wedding week- October 9-11 Wedding weekend will discuss the challenges of writing this
Slobodyanik, performed by his friends and
end book and how she and her co-authors
colleagues: Oleh Chmyr, baritone, Yuriy
September 28-30 Mittenwald October 16-18 Plast USA (KP Mazurkevych, Yuriy Kharenko, violinists; researched the material for it. Admission is
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Fouxman and Mykola Suk, pianists. The NEW YORK: The New York Friends of
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program will include works by Lysenko,
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