QUUSA apologizes for our recent inactivity! After a hiatus on this page, we are back and EXTREMELY excited to share an amazing event that is happening in Kingston this Friday evening, March 3rd at 6:30 pm, and Sunday March 5th at 10:05 am! The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is showing Bitter Harvest on the Queen's University campus in Theological Hall.
In the early 1930s in Ukraine, millions perished in a famine that many historians believe was engineered by Stalin to crush the people’s spirit and bring the country entirely under Soviet domination. Known as the Holomodor, this tragedy is the backdrop for a stirring story of love, suffering and defiance starring Max Irons and Samantha Barks as two young people whose fates become part of the wider struggle. Canadian actor Barry Pepper and the great Terence Stamp are also part of the illustrious cast. Handsomely mounted and consistently compelling, the production was clearly a labour of love for a Ukrainian-Canadian team that includes veteran director George Mendeluk and Kingston native Richard Bachynsky Hoover, whose screenplay presents a neglected chapter of history in very powerful terms.
QUUSA is excited to share this event and we hope that our members and members of both the Queen's University and Kingston community will come out to one of the two showings !
Tickets for the movie can be purchased by following the link below:
Friday March 3rd 2017. Doors @ 5:45 pm- Show @ 6:30 pm
Sunday March 5th 2017. Doors @ 9:15 am- Show @ 10:05 am
No. 6THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 20112
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Ukrainians evacuated from Egypt
KYIV – One hundred twenty-sevenUkrainians working for Ukraine’s state oiland gas company Naftohaz have been evac-uated from Egypt, according to UkrainianForeign Affairs Ministry spokesmanOleksander Dykusarov. He said that onJanuary 31 it was decided to evacuate thestaff of the national joint stock companyNaftohaz Ukrainy and the families of diplo-mats who are in Egypt. At 7:20 a.m. onFebruary 1, a Boeing-737 aircraft leased byNaftohaz was sent to Egypt to bringUkrainian citizens from Cairo. The aircraftis designed for 156 passengers. Mr.Dykusarov said that the Foreign AffairsMinistry had sent to Cairo two employeeswho speak the Arabic language in order toprovide maximum assistance to Ukrainiancitizens. He also said that the Embassywould continue to receive lists of citizenswishing to leave Egypt. As of the afternoonof January 31, about 50 people had contact-ed Ukraine’s diplomatic mission in Cairo.Simultaneously, citizens in Egypt for tour-ism, mainly in the cities of Hurghada andSharm el-Sheikh, did not ask the Embassyof Ukraine for assist their early return home.Earlier, Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Ministryhad strongly recommended that tour opera-tors take all measures and fully inform citi-zens of Ukraine who have purchased or planto purchase trips to Egypt about the minis-try’s recommendation to refrain from thosetrips due to the unstable situation in thatcountry. (Ukrinform)
A pause in talks on Soviet property
KYIV – Ukraine and Russia have pausednegotiations on the disputed property of theformer Soviet Union abroad, Ukraine’sAmbassador to Russia VolodymyrYelchenko said at a news conference inMoscow. “The negotiations on the propertyhave recently come to a halt. Both sideshave assumed extreme positions, and, fail-ing to find a common language, we con-cluded for ourselves [I think the same con-clusion was made by the Russian side] thatit is necessary to take a pause and thinkabout what we should do with this matter,”he said, according to February 1 newsreports. Mr. Yelchenko noted that some of the negotiating positions had lost theirurgency. For example, Kyiv is no longerinterested in some facilities that Russia wasready to transfer to Ukraine in African coun-tries. Mr. Yelchenko said that it was alsonecessary to update the bilateral agreementregulating the activities of diplomatic mis-sions, which will help improve their work.“We will return to this subject as soon as weunderstand that the parties have developednew approaches,” he said. In May 2010, theRussian president’s managing director,Vladimir Kozhin, expressed hope thatUkraine would agree to transfer to Russiaall property of the former Soviet Unionabroad. “Our position was and remainsunchanged: Russia assumed all the debts of the former Soviet republics, and paid themin full. And the entire property abroad wasalso transferred to Russia,” he said.Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovychsaid later that he supported the division of property of the former USSR among all of its member-republics. Commenting on theposition of Russia, which defends its right toretain all the property of the former SovietUnion, he said: “We currently see no solu-tion. We will never recognize that. Webelieve that it [the property] should bedivided among the [former Soviet] coun-tries. However, there’s currently no mecha-nism of how this could be done.”(Ukrinform)
Rada OKs amendments to Constitution
KYIV – The Verkhovna Rada hasapproved amendments to the Constitution,setting the date of the next presidential andparliamentary elections. The bill to amendthe Constitution was supported by 310members of Parliament. The Rada plannedto consider the bill in its second reading atthe plenary session on February 3. However,given the high turnout, it was decided toconsider the issue on February 1. OnNovember 19, 2010, the ConstitutionalCourt of Ukraine had ruled constitutionalthe holding of parliamentary elections inOctober 2012. The same day, Parliamentapproved preliminary changes to theConstitution, establishing the date of thenext elections to Parliament as October
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A typographical error in a headline inthe print edition of our newspaper(January 30) misstated the amount of thedonation made by the Trenton, N.J.,branch of the Ukrainian American YouthAssociation for the Capital ImprovementProject Campaign at the UAYA camp-ground in Ellenville, N.Y. The correctamount – $100,000 – did, however,appear in all other instances in the storyand the photo caption.The photo accompanying the story“Conductor Kirill Karabits debuts withNational Symphony Orchestra” (January30) should have been credited toEmbassy of Ukraine (not Yaro Bihun asnoted).
by Taras Kuzio
In the last 100 years, Ukraine hasexperienced three cycles of national re-birth and democratization followed oneach occasion by conservativeRussophile counter-revolution.Ukrainians were deluded into thinkingthat the cycle had run its course in 1991when the Communist Party of Ukraine(CPU) was banned, as the party had bythen shrunk to a small coterie of “imperi-al Communists” who supported theAugust 1991 putsch in Moscow. But theywere sadly mistaken.Although only 5 percent of its Soviet-era 3.5 million members re-joined the re-legalized CPU after 1993, a more seriousthreat emerged eight years later in theform of the Party of Regions. The CPUand the Party of Regions have both inher-ited the Russophile, conservative “impe-rial Communist” ideological wing of theSoviet CPU.As we approach the anniversary of twodecades of Ukrainian independence, it isthe Party of Regions that is Ukraine’smost disciplined, best financed and mostorganized political force in Ukraine.While national democrats are fractur-ing into ever more political parties andunable to unite, the Party of Regions hassuccessfully merged with four formerpro-Kuchma parties and attracted,through various means, many defectorsfrom the senior ranks of the opposition,including some who voluntarily defected,such as Taras Chornovil and SerhiyHolovaty.Is it Ukraine’s fate, therefore, to expe-rience repeated cycles of national rebirth-democratization followed by conserva-tive, Russophile counter-revolution? Letus hope not.From the 1920s until the early 1930s,Ukraine experienced indigenization andUkrainianization that facilitated a nation-al revival in culture, the arts and drama.Ukrainian peasants moving to the grow-ing towns were becoming the newUkrainian-speaking working class.National Communists defendedUkraine’s Ukrainianization program andsovereignty. Ukrainianization wasaccompanied by political and economicliberalization.If permitted to continue easternUkraine’s urban centers would have
Ukraine must break vicious cycle
become Ukrainian-speaking and the lasttwo decades would have seen a differentpolitical class emerge in independentUkraine. In 2004 all of Ukraine wouldhave supported the Orange Revolution –not just western and central Ukraine.The tragedy is that Ukraine’s Russianspeakers and Russian minority havevoted for counter-revolutionary politicalforces, whether the CPU in the 1990s orViktor Yanukovych and the Party of Regions since 2004. In Eastern Europe,national minorities have supported demo-cratic revolutions against autocrats andstrongly backed their country’s integra-tion into Europe; in Ukraine they havedone the opposite.From the early 1930s until the mid1950s, the height of Stalinism wasaccompanied by a massive counter-revo-lution against everything Ukrainian, withthe teaching of history returning to theglorification of imperial Russia. TheStalinist counter-revolution began withthe Holodomor (Famine-Genocide) thatled to the deaths of between 3.5 millionand 4 million Ukrainians in 1933.Timothy Snyder’s excellent new book“Bloodlands” calculates that 5.5 millionpeople died from famine in the USSR, of whom 3.5 million were Ukrainian and 1million were Kazakhs; Russians were in adecided minority. In addition, Prof.