Archive for May, 2009

Are ‘Ukrainian Christmas’ and ‘Ukrainian Easter’ coming to an end?

May 28th, 2009 9 comments

From the Kyiv Post:

GENEVA (AP) _ Christianity’s largest ecumenical movement expressed hope Thursday that churches were moving closer to a common Easter for the world’s Christians, despite a historical debate nearly as old as the religion.

Catholic and Protestant congregations will celebrate their belief in Jesus’ resurrection on the same day as Orthodox churches in 2010 and 2011 because of a coincidence in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. The common holiday has happened three times this decade.

But the World Council of Churches says consensus is emerging that these should not just be occasional occurrences.

At a recent meeting in Lviv, Ukraine, theologians representing nearly the breadth of Christianity agreed in principle on a strategy for all the faithful to continue observing their feast together.

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It’s official – RCI Ukrainian bureau is closed

May 27th, 2009 No comments

From rci_action’s twitter page:

It’s now official. Colleagues have received their letters of "redundancy" today as part of the CBC budget cuts at Radio Canada International


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Ukrainian news round-up 5/26/09 – Putin calls Ukraine ‘Little Russia’, Crimea Tartars struggle in Russian-dominate Crimea and remembering Bykivnya

May 26th, 2009 No comments

“Any move by the West towards the former Soviet republics is seen as damaging Russia’s interests" the Russian media quoted Putin, "He has a discussion there about Big Russia and Little Russia — Ukraine" quoting a White Army commander during the Bolshevik Revolution. Putin’s reference on Sunday to "Little Russia" — a term used during the Russian Empire to describe parts of modern-day Ukraine that came under Tsarist rule — has raised hackles in Ukraine, where many consider it demeaning and offensive. A political analyst remarked"Russia is engaged in a propaganda war against Ukraine, designed to convince the West not to support Ukraine. Russia doesn’t understand cooperation with equals, only with subordinates."

Ukraine and Russia are again in the midst of a heated battle — this time, about the countries’ shared Soviet past. As Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko this week lamented that Ukraine had become "a hostage in the fight between two totalitarian regimes — fascist and communist" and called for Soviet-era symbols around the country to be torn down. He also called for Ukraine to "finally purge itself of the symbols of a regime that destroyed millions of innocent people," saying that 400 such monuments were taken down last year. His Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev ordered the creation of a presidential commission "to counter attempts to harm Russian interests by falsifying history". Last Tuesday, Medvedev announced the creation of a presidential commission to work to protect Russia’s history from being revised or re-evaluated in any way that tarnishes Russia’s image, but intellectuals fear a manipulation of Russia’s past.

65 years ago, after being falsely accused by Stalin of mass collaboration with the Nazi German invaders, the entire Crimean Tatar population was loaded onto trains and deported to Central Asia over a period of just three days in May 1944. Almost half would die over the following year. Twenty years since they first began to return, there are over 250,000 Tatars in Crimea, around 13% of the population. Once back, though, the Tatars’ troubles were hardly ended. The houses many had once owned or lived in were now occupied by Russian settlers. The State Security Service of Ukraine is establishing a special unit to investigate Stalin-era crimes against Crimean Tatars.

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Carassauga 2009 – Ukraine pavilion pictures

May 24th, 2009 1 comment

Looking for this year’s Carassauga post?

Just wanted to highlight a few quick pictures I took last night from Carassauga:


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See the Ukrainian pavilion at Carassauga 2009 this weekend

May 22nd, 2009 No comments

Looking for this year’s Carassauga post?
Update: I’ve added some pictures from the event

Each year Mississauga, Ontario has it’s Carassauga weekend festival which features a Ukrainian pavilion packed with many different artists. This year it will be held today, tomorrow and Sunday at Dormition of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church (St. Mary’s) – 3265 Cawthra Road, Mississauga, ON. Mississauga Transit is providing free transit and shuttle bus services.

Here’s the itinerary:

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