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March 3, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Russia's apparent seizure of Crimea stirred new outrage Saturday from Philadelphia-area descendants of the former Soviet republic, and spurred plans for a demonstration to protest what they call the "aggressive military provocation. " "Events have escalated to an emergency level," said Mary Kalyna of Mount Airy, an organizer with the local group Razom, United for Ukraine, which is cosponsoring a 2 p.m. Sunday rally on Independence Mall. Also expected to demonstrate with banners and flags are members of the Belarus, Georgian, Polish, and Russian communities of Philadelphia.
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February 25, 2014 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
At once saddened and inspired by historic events unfolding in Ukraine, demonstrators solemnly gathered Sunday in Center City to bring attention to the loss of life in the Eastern European nation - and to pray for peace. About 200 people assembled in Thomas Paine Plaza across from City Hall initially intended to mourn the loss of nearly 100 lives in Kiev. But news of the swift dismantling of President Viktor Yanukovych's government boosted spirits. "We are both mourning and celebrating," said Mary Kalyna, 59, an organizer who lives in West Mount Airy.
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February 21, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
To understand why President Obama's Syria policy has failed so badly, look no further than the brutal regime crackdown on political protesters in Ukraine. The link is Vladimir Putin. U.S. officials foolishly banked on the Russian leader to squeeze Syria's dictator into a political compromise at Geneva peace talks. But Putin - who prides himself on displays of bare-chested machismo - disdains political compromise. He prefers strongmen, whether in Syria, Ukraine, or elsewhere, and will back Bashar al-Assad, no matter his war crimes.
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February 21, 2014 | BY DIANA DAVID, Daily News Staff Writer davidd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
THE RAIN, ice and lingering snow yesterday did not stop Ulana Mazurkevich. "We are here to show solidarity," Mazurkevich said. With about 20 cohorts, Mazurkevich - president of the Ukrainian Human Rights Committee, a Philly-area group - held a candlelight vigil on Independence Mall in support of rebels in Kiev who have been defying the Ukrainian government. They held signs: "Sanctions; No Going Back to the Gulag!" and "President Obama - Do Not Let Putin Dictate U.S. Foreign Policy.
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January 27, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
The deaths last week of antigovernment demonstrators in Ukraine rocked the former Soviet republic and shocked the large Ukrainian immigrant community of Philadelphia and its suburbs. Pennsylvania has the nation's second-largest Ukrainian-descended population, after New York. New Jersey ranks fourth. "We were raised in households that told us to remember where we came from, cherish our heritage, and keep it going," said Zoriana Strockyj, 21, of Philadelphia, a Temple University junior.
SPORTS
December 6, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
ANYONE WHO has ever heard Michael Buffer intone "Let's get ready to rummmmmble" knows ring announcers can come up with some very clever and creative banter. If Vitali Klitschko gets his way, he may one day have the most unique introduction in boxing history. We can hear Buffer now: "Ladies and gentleman . . . In the blue corner, at 6-7 and weighing in at 243 pounds, the man known as Dr. Ironfist, the heavyweight champion of the world - and president of Ukraine - Vitali Klitscho-o-o-o-o.
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December 3, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Born in Ukraine and now a resident of Philadelphia, Marta Sydoryak gathered with other demonstrators Sunday afternoon outside the Liberty Bell Center to protest what she called "a night of tragedy" in her homeland. Bearing banners and chanting slogans, Sydoryak and about 40 others stood on Independence Mall freely denouncing the violent treatment of demonstrators thousands of miles away - in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine. Riot police there on Saturday used billy clubs and tear gas to disperse hundreds of peaceful demonstrators protesting President Viktor Yanukovych's refusal to sign a key agreement with the European Union.
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June 19, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The woman who survived nearly 13 hours in the rubble of the Salvation Army thrift shop collapse lost both legs at the pelvis because of injuries she sustained, her lawyer said Monday. Mariya Plekan, 52, an immigrant from Ukraine who lives in Hunting Park, was in serious condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, said the lawyer, Andrew Stern. She was initially misidentified by city officials as Myra Plekan, 61. Plekan, who was undergoing a subsequent surgery Monday, suffered renal failure and a compromised liver, and developed a "very bad" infection during her ordeal, Stern said.
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May 24, 2013
Two bombings kill 26 in Niger NIAMEY, Niger - Suicide bombers in Niger detonated two car bombs simultaneously on Thursday, one inside a military camp in the city of Agadez and another in the remote town of Arlit at a French-operated uranium mine, killing a total of 26 people and injuring 30, according to officials in Niger and France. A surviving attacker took a group of soldiers hostage, and authorities were attempting to negotiate their release. The timing of the attacks, which occurred at the same moment more than 100 miles apart, and the fact that the bombers were able to penetrate both a well-guarded military installation and a sensitive, foreign-operated uranium mine, highlight the growing reach and sophistication of the Islamic extremists based in neighboring Mali.
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