May 4, 1986
Once again, the country of Ukraine has been desecrated, not only by the Moscow government through its ignorant and reckless use of nuclear power but also by the ignorance of the news media. Some in the media have continued to portray Ukraine and its cities as part of Russia, when this clearly is not the case. Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe, only the country of Russia being greater in size. It is not the Ukraine, a region of the Soviet Union. It is Ukraine, a once-independent country, now held captive by the Moscow government, just as the 14 other so-called "republics" are. In actuality, there is no union, there are no republics.
April 13, 1992 |
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine has been determined to become a full member of the world community. But in the West, Ukraine is seen as unpredictable and unreasonable, particularly in its dealings with Russia. We are often charged with reckless nationalism, but the claim is seldom examined. Ukraine has been losing the propaganda war, creating unwanted and unnecessary dangers for everyone. A principal explanation for the misperception is that news accounts and expert opinion in the West have a pro-Russian bias.
July 31, 2014 |
Yards of yarn, goose feathers by the fistful, even a few cowrie shells - with these and more, Vera Nakonechny painstakingly re-creates a past that is quickly slipping away. The folk artist known for her stunning headdresses, as well as beautiful beadwork, weaving, and embroidery - all rooted in the traditions of her beloved Ukraine - is one of the few links to that country's rich heritage. "A lot of this art has been lost," Nakonechny, 66, says, her eyes filling with tears. She sits in the front room of her modest Oxford Circle home/studio/gallery, overtaken with looms used to weave patterns of yore.
November 23, 2004 |
Tens of thousands of protesters in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, braved freezing temperatures yesterday to denounce the apparent victory of the government candidate in Ukraine's presidential election. With nearly all votes counted, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich led opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko by nearly 3 percentage points, according to the Central Election Commission. Exit polls Sunday night had given the challenger a big lead. But it evaporated overnight as election officials counted the paper ballots.
May 22, 2014 |
KIEV, Ukraine - The crowds are gone from Independence Square, known as the Maidan, where massive demonstrations unseated a Ukrainian president. Yet the signs of struggle remain, sprawling across the Maidan and the surrounding streets: the tents and soup kitchens, the piles of black tires and debris, and the posters of the youthful dead on walls and makeshift shrines that are adorned daily with fresh flowers. Pay attention to this revolution. The Kremlin has tried to crush it by dismembering Ukraine and mounting a fierce propaganda campaign that falsely labels the uprising "fascist.
December 26, 1991 |
Below the soaring blue dome, the strains of the Ukrainian choir swelling from the rear balcony mixed with the voices of the white-robed priests up front. The voices sang in the language of the old country, but spoke of a new country. "Everybody was hoping for so long we would have an independent Ukraine," Bruno Dankowsi said in an accent thick with a life spent in Ukraine until 1939. "It's better now. We're glad we have our independent Ukraine. " Among the wooden pews of the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 830 N. Franklin St., more than 300 Christmas worshipers knelt yesterday, still bundled against the morning chill in overcoats, kerchiefs, scarves and fur hats.
May 1, 1986 |
The Ukraine - the scene of what appears to be the world's worst nuclear accident - is the richest agricultural area in the Soviet Union and one of the country's most densely populated areas. Despite the accident, though, agricultural experts and scientists believe that, based on the informationthat has emerged, the country's food production areas have not yet been seriously endangered. "It appears that the radioactive air mass moved in such a way that it may have limited the impact," said Lester Brown, director of the Worldwatch Institute and a noted agricultural economist.
May 4, 1988 |
As nearly as Olga Prychka can render it in Ukrainian, it's "Nova Jersey ee te - znamunuto razom. " Translation: "New Jersey and You - Perfect Together. " Soviet citizens will have a chance to ponder that assertion next week, according to Prychka. She and her husband, Peter, of Stratford, will leave Tuesday with nine other New Jersey residents on a 16-day "friendship mission" to the Ukraine. The travelers plan to present their hosts with gifts that are typical of New Jersey, so the items being packed include saltwater taffy, Lenox china and packages of information from the state Division of Travel and Tourism.
May 1, 1986 |
Members of the local Ukrainian community have been frustrated so far in efforts to contact friends and relatives in the Ukraine and send relief in the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster, a local Ukrainian-Americ an activist said last night. Ulana Mazurkevich, chairwoman of the Ukrainian-American Human Rights Committee, based in Philadelphia, said attempts to place calls to the Ukraine have been unsuccessful since Monday night. "Everyone that calls, from Washington, from Chicago, they can't get through," she said.
June 12, 2012 |
Andriy Shevchenko is determined to turn the European Championship into a farewell performance to remember, and so far he's putting on quite a show. The 35-year-old, the oldest striker in the tournament, one-upped Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Monday in a battle of past and present stars, scoring two great headers to give co-host Ukraine a 2-1 win over Sweden in their opening match at Euro 2012 in Kiev. After Ibrahimovic had given Sweden the lead in the 52d minute, Shevchenko responded by heading in the equalizer just three minutes later and then added the winner in the 62d. It was an unexpectedly upbeat start for the cohost's home event, which is Shevchenko's last in Ukraine's yellow-and-blue uniform.