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Ukrainian news round-up – August 11, 2008

Donate to Ukrainian flood victims

From Ukrainian Canadian Social Services in Canada:


Western Ukraine has been hit by storms and non-stop rain from July 23 – 25, 2008 causing the banks of rivers and tributaries to overflow and to flood villages throughout the regions of Vynnycka, Ivano-Frankivsk, Zakarpatia, Lviw, Ternopil and Chernivsti. 22 lives have been lost already. Buildings are roofless; roads, overpasses and bridges have been washed out; crops are destroyed. Local medical resources are stretched. Residents moving to higher ground watch as their homes and livelihood lay in ruin. And still the rain comes…

The volunteers and donors to Pomich Ukraini at Ukrainian Canadian Social Services are aware of the great need for humanitarian relief in western Ukraine as a result of this disaster. Please help us to bring this appeal to the attention of those of good will in our Churches, organizations and governments.

1. Your monetary donation can be conveniently made on-line: Click Donate Now (also a French link)

2. Or, please feel free to send your cheque to Pomich Ukraini – Flood Relief. Send your cheque directly to the local branch of Ukrainian Canadian Social Services (addresses located on the home page for each UCSS branch) or to national headquarters at:

Ukrainian Canadian Social Services
2445 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M6S 1P7
204 942 4627

Thank you for your generosity at this time of great need!

From United Ukrainian American Relief Committee in the US:

Help your Brothers and Sisters in Western Ukraine, who are suffering from a natural disaster that befell them: heavy rains, landslides and floods.
Tens of thousands Ukrainians are without a roof over their heads and have no means of subsistence.

22 people have perished and the number of victims is increasing daily.

Emergency relief requested

Bedding: sheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases, sleeping bags
Items of personal hygiene
Rubber footwear

Financial aid is needed for purchase of food and other needed items in Ukraine, and to defray the cost of shipment of the above-mentioned articles.

Location of collection site:

UUARC Home Office
1206 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

All donations are tax-deductible
For more information see:

Russian anthem for the Toronto Zoo?

This is a commercial for Stingray Bay at the Toronto Zoo where two sailors are looking for the elusive Sting rays. One of the sailors reminds them they have to head back to Minsk first and the commercial ends with the Russian Anthem playing.

Perhaps someone should have pointed out to them Minsk is in Belarus and not Russia. Also the coordinates they show at the beginning of the commercial point to the Black Sea, where the Russian Black Sea fleet is stationed in Sevastopol, Ukraine until 2017. Ukraine has stated they will not renew the agreement to lease its Crimean base, but Moscow insists it will be there forever.

Former Soviet Republic + Tsar’s Anthem + Imperial Outpost begs the question… who’s making these ads?