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Tusk takes up EU post, tells Russia to get out of Ukraine
02.12.14

EUOBSERVER.  BRUSSELS - The EU’s new Polish chairman has urged Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine in his first official statement.Donald Tusk said in a statement on Monday (1 December)...
Ukraine says Russian special forces involved in attacks on airport in east
01.12.14

REUTERS.  The Ukrainian military accused Russian special forces on Monday of taking part in attacks on the strategically important Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine, where fighting has intensified...
RIP! Yevhen Sverstiuk
01.12.14

 Former Ukrainian political prisoner, literary and social critic and political analyst Yevhen Sverstiuk, died earlier this evening, aged 86.Sverstiuk’s name came to prominence in the West in...
Russia announces war games; UK worried by 'extremely aggressive' probing of air space
01.12.14

REUTERS: Russia announces war games; UK worried by 'extremely aggressive' probing of air spaceBY GABRIELA BACZYNSKAMOSCOW Mon Dec 1, 2014 3:13pm ESTRussia accused NATO on Monday of destabilizing northern...
Nazi camp survivor: "This life, it is a blessing"
30.11.14

Battlecreekenquirer.com  Between 1932 and 1933, an estimated 4 million Ukrainians died from starvation in what is now widely accepted as a premeditated famine perpetrated by the Soviet Union.Nina...
Comrade Capitalism
29.11.14

Reuters special report on how Russia does business in the Puting era.Click here to read the full report.
In Ukraine, it is time to call a war a war
28.11.14

FT. Guest blog by Taras Kuzio of the University of AlbertaUS President Barrack Obama dare not utter the word ‘invasion’ and asks his advisers why Ukraine is so important. Russia denies...
Berlin And Washington: The Political Battles That Could Decide Ukraine's Fate
27.11.14

FORBES: Ukraine’s fate may depend upon the battle within Germany’s ruling coalition over its policy towards Putin’s Russia. In the United States, the new Republican Senate will battle...
How to fight information war with Russia
27.11.14

STOPFAKE.ORG  What does the Russian propaganda war mean for Ukraine and the world? How do you fight it? Experts from the United States, Britain and Ukraine attempted to answer these and other questions...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Time for a Hybrid War Against Russia?
26.11.14

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Should Ukraine embark on a “hybrid war” against the Donbas enclave controlled by Russia and its proxies? One of Ukraine’s best military analysts, Yuri Butusov, the...
Holodomor debate in Scottish Parliament (report and transcript)
25.11.14

A debate on the Holodomor took place in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament on 25 November but it stopped short of recognizing the famine as genocide.Proposed by Marco Biagi SMP the motion debated read:“That...
With Ukraine Going Strong, Putin Becomes Lost in Fog of Hybrid War
25.11.14

The Jamestown Foundation.  Last weekend (November 21), Ukraine marked the first anniversary of the EuroMaidan—the public protests in Kyiv that lasted through the hard winter of discontent and...
Holodomor Commemoration - Rochdale
23.11.14

By Taras Melnyk, Rochdale.On Friday 21st November 2014, the Rochdale Friends of Lviv and the Rochdale branch of Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain held a memorial service at the ‘Holodomor’...
Ukraine Defense Minister Says 7,500 Russian Troops Present In Eastern Of Country
23.11.14

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES.By Sneha Shankar@SnehaShankar30 on November 22 2014 7:05 AMUkraine’s defense minister said that 7,500 Russian troops are present in the east of the country, which...
Merkel runs out of patience with Putin
22.11.14

The Globe and MailBy JOANNA SLATERAt a Hilton hotel last week in Brisbane, Australia, they talked for six hours, at first without any aides or other officials present.But whatever transpired at the late-night...
President Poroshenko's address on the occasion of Holodomor Remembrance Day
22.11.14

MFA Ukraine.Fellow Ukrainians!Today all over Ukraine, in every corner of it, and in dozens of countries, we bow our heads in the memory of millions of Holodomor victims of 32-33 years. In the memory of...
David Lidington: Ukraine’s road to reform: one year on from EuroMaidan
21.11.14

FCO.  On the anniversary of the Maidan protests, Minister for Europe, David Lidington reflects on Ukraine's future.Today is the first anniversary of EuroMaidan. A year has passed since Ukrainians...
Podcast: A Year Of Living Dangerously
21.11.14

RFERL. It began -- appropriately for our times -- with a post on a young man's Facebook page. It grew into a revolution that overthrew a president. And it was followed by an undeclared war that rages...
U.S. Delivers Radar Systems to Ukraine
21.11.14

US Department of Defence.By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2014 – The U.S. military delivered three lightweight, counter-mortar radar systems yesterday to Ukrainian...
Russia Wants a ’100% Guarantee’ That Ukraine Won’t Join NATO
19.11.14

TIME. A top adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the Kremlin wants “a 100% guarantee” that Ukraine will be prevented from joining NATO.Dmitri Peskov told the BBC...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Kiev Cuts Subsidies to Separatist-Controlled Enclaves
18.11.14

WORLD AFFAIRS. Here’s the evidence. On November 12th, the press center of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) issued a statement supposedly crafted by the “society”...
UK to send ten armoured vehicles to OSCE Ukraine mission
18.11.14

FCO. Foreign Secretary announces more support for OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine, including staff and ten armoured vehicles.The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has announced that the...
Russia sees no chance of breakthrough on Ukraine in German minister's visit
18.11.14

REUTERS.  Germany's foreign minister said he would assess the chances of making progress to end the crisis in Ukraine during talks in Moscow on Tuesday but Russia said it saw no chance of a breakthrough.Foreign...
US Foreign Policy Briefing on Russia/Ukraine/Europe
17.11.14

US Foreign Policy Briefing (extract):Russia/EuropeUkraine President Obama edged closer to describing Russia’s military incursions in Ukraine as an invasion, saying on Sunday that the Western...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine’s Real and Unreal Elections
17.11.14

WORLD AFFAIRS. The real election, to the Rada (Ukraine’s Parliament in Kyiv), took place on October 26th; the pseudo-election, in the Donbas enclave occupied by Russia and its proxies, took...
David Cameron press conference G20, Brisbane, Australia
16.11.14

FCO. Transcript of press conference with Prime Minister, David Cameron at the close of the G20, Brisbane, Australia, Sunday 16 November 2014Delivered on:16 November 2014 (Transcript of the speech,...
G20: David Cameron warns Russia of more Ukraine sanctions
15.11.14

BBC. Russia could face further sanctions unless it stops "destabilising" Ukraine, David Cameron has said.Speaking at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Mr Cameron said there would "have to be a very different...
Foreign Secretary call to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin
12.11.14

FCO: The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond spoke yesterday to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. The Foreign Secretary restated the UK’s strong support for Ukraine’s government and people...
"Situation in Ukraine continues to be a severe threat to international peace and security"
12.11.14

FCO:  Statement by Ambassador Lyall Grant of the UK Mission to the UN, to the Security Council meeting on Ukraine on 12 November 2014.Mr President,I thank the three briefers for their briefings this...
Putin’s New Nostalgia
11.11.14

 By Timothy SnyderDavid Levine NYR Blogs.  As Russian military convoys continue the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has chosen to rehabilitate the alliance between...
Sad loss - Slawko Kaniuka, RIP!
11.11.14

We are very saddened to share the news that Slawko Kaniuka passed away on 8 November.Slawko was a longstanding member of the AUGB's General Council and National Finance Control Committee in addition to...
Dangerous Brinkmanship and Russia's Hybrid Warfare
10.11.14

Two important documents have been released; the first, Dangerous Brinkmanship, by the European Leadership Network, which documents 40 incidents of Putin’s highly reckless and provocative behaviour,...
Cameron: UK doesn't want new Cold War with Russia but can't ignore Ukraine
10.11.14

REUTERS.  Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday Britain didn't want a new Cold War with Russia, but signalled he was ready to back tougher sanctions against Moscow if it continued to destabilise...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Is Russia Artificial?
07.11.14

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Most people would unthinkingly answer: of course not! Just look at all the Russians inside and outside Russia. Just look at the Russian state. They’re real, aren’t they?...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine's Commitment to Values Ensures Its Independence
04.11.14

 WORLD AFFAIRS.  At the moment, Russia has lots of hard power and very little soft power, while Ukraine has lots of soft power and little hard power. Russia’s determination to exclude soft...
EU says Ukraine rebel vote 'new obstacle' to peace
03.11.14

(BRUSSELS) - The European Union said elections held Sunday by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine were illegal, would not be recognised and created a new hurdle to a resolution of the conflict."I consider...
Ukraine crisis deepens after rebel elections in the east
03.11.14

BY THOMAS GROVE(Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine named a leader of a breakaway republic on Monday after weekend elections which was denounced by Kiev and the West and further deepened a standoff...
Fake Monitors “Observe” Fake Elections in the Donbass
02.11.14

THE INTERPRETERBy Anton ShekhovtsovNovember 2, 2014Vienna, November 1, 2014 – The “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) and “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LNR),...
Ukraine election count almost complete
31.10.14

The Ukrainian parliamentary election vote count is almost complete. Here are the standings of parties that received more than the required 5% threshold. Full details in this week's Dumka.   ...
The Ukraine crisis according to John J. Mearsheimer: Impeccable Logic, Wrong Facts
31.10.14

By Alexander Motyl Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-Newark Friday 31 October 2014 John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the...
Ukraine Counts Its Votes: Here Is What They Mean
28.10.14

BY NEW ATLANTICISTWith 71 percent of Ukraine’s ballots counted today, the official results are broadly tracking the recent days’ polls, suggesting that Ukraine’s next government will...
UK PM: Elections are "clear demonstration" of Ukraine’s commitment to democracy
28.10.14

GOV.UK  Reflecting on election results in Ukraine, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday:Yesterday’s elections were a clear demonstration of Ukraine’s commitment to democracy....
Ukraine Election with 92.8% votes counted (28.10.2014 @ 16.09)
28.10.14

While voting for new MP's in Sunday's election, Ukrainian voters appear to have also indicated who they would prefer to see as their next PM.With 92.8% of the votes now counted, Arseniy Yatseniuk's People's...
Ukraine election exit poll
27.10.14

Yesterday's Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine are set to completely change the political landscape in the country.According to the national exit poll (a combination of the results of three exit polls),...
Ukraine leader wins pro-West mandate but wary of Russia
27.10.14

BY RICHARD BALMFORTH AND TIMOTHY HERITAGE Reuters) - Pro-Western parties will dominate Ukraine's parliament after an election handed President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end a separatist...
Ukraine accuses Russia of "open aggression" as rebels advance
01.09.14

REUTERS.  BY PAVEL POLITYUK AND POLINA DEVITTUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and open aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance...
Petro Poroshenko, Profile - BBC Radio 4
31.08.14

As hostilities between Russia and Ukraine deepen, BBC's Edward Stourton looks at the life and career of the Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko. Click here. 
European Council conclusions, 30 August
31.08.14

 Conclusions adopted by the European Council in Brussels yesterday, 30 August. For Ukraine, see III External Relations (items 8-13):http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/e...
President's blog - Kyiv, 30.08.2014.
30.08.14

If you ever thought politics was boring  then come to Ukraine where politics is a way of life. The day before Russia's invasion in the East, the President announced that Ukraine would be a member...
President's blog - Kyiv, 29.08.2014.
29.08.14

On a beautiful sunny day in Kyiv, life  on the face of it seems quite normal, and certainly doesn't have the feel the country's at war.But you only need to scratch the surface to realise all isn't...
President's blog - Kyiv, 29.08.2014. (#2)
29.08.14

It was the first day of the annual meeting of the World Congress of Ukrainians (CKY) an annual occasion when delegates from all over the world meet to discuss the big issues of the day as well as their...
PM statement on Russia's actions in Ukraine
28.08.14

FCO: The Prime Minister David Cameron made a statement in response to Russia's actions in Eastern Ukraine.The Prime Minister said:I’m extremely concerned by mounting evidence that Russian troops...
President's Blog - Kyiv, 28.08.2014.
28.08.14

KYIV.  Today  the 28th August is a seminal day for Ukraine. I have been worried for several weeks that while the worlds attention was focused on the crisis in the Middle East, Russia would take...
Statement by AUGB General Council calling on UK to uphold its obligation to guarantee Ukraine's territorial integrity
28.08.14

Regular Russian troops have now openly invaded Ukraine making it abundantly clear that President Putin believes the West is too weak to pose any credible response to Russian aggression. Furthermore,...
Glasgow Ukrainians form AUGB Branch
11.08.14

At a meeting held on 26 May 2014, the AUGB's General Council approved a proposal made by Ukrainians living in Glasgow for the formation of an AUGB Branch.The inaugual General Meeting of the Branch took...
Russia holds military exercises near Ukraine border
04.08.14

THE GUARDIAN.  Russia is conducting military exercises with more than 100 aircraft in the country's central and western districts, in a show of strength near the border with Ukraine. A Russian air...
Ukraine: 1 August 2014.
02.08.14

ATOAs a result relentless gunfire in the Luhansk oblast during the past 24 hours, 5 civilians were killed and 9 were wounded (including one child) .   According to the local council press office,...
Ukraine's fightback has surprised the Kremlin
02.08.14

CHATHAM HOUSE.  August 2014, Volume 70, Number 4James SherrAssociate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia ProgrammeUkraine's fightback has surprised the Kremlin - but the Kyiv government still has a mountain...
Ukraine: 31 July 2014.
01.08.14

Main news for 31 July 2014:Arseniy Yatsenyuk remains Prime Minister, ATO, and OSCE Mission reaches MH17 crash site.Closed session of the Parliament Parliamentarians The Ukrainian parliament...
AUGB Letters...
01.08.14

Last week the AUGB wrote to the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond MP reiterrating that "it is now urgent that the West takes much stronger measures against Russia and its agents in Ukraine. The DNR and...
The Kremlin Floats An Exit Strategy
31.07.14

RFE/RL. Sometimes it's a good idea to pay attention to what Andrei Kolesnikov writes.The "Kommersant" columnist is one of the Kremlin's anointed court scribes and is often described as President Vladimir...
EU adopts toughest Russian sanctions yet, targets five Russian banks
31.07.14

BY BARBARA LEWIS AND MARTIN SANTABRUSSELS Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:21pm EDT(Reuters) - The European Union has published a law that will curb arms sales to Russia and to cut off financing for five major Russian...
AP ANALYSIS: PUTIN CORNERED OVER UKRAINE
31.07.14

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV— Jul. 31, 2014 12:12 PM EDTRussian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a meeting outside the Tzar Pushka ( Tzar Cannon) in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia, Thursday, July 31,...
G7 leaders: statement on Ukraine
31.07.14

FCO.  The G7 leaders have issued a joint statement on the ongoing situation in Ukraine. We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President...
RUSSIA/UKRAINE, PUTIN'S SCORECARD
30.07.14

Commentary & Analysis, by Timothy Ash, Standard BankLondon, UK, Wednesday, July 30, 2013LONDON ----- It was notable a few months back, in the immediate aftermath of the Russian annexation of Crimea,...
Moscow fights back after sanctions; battle rages near Ukraine crash site
30.07.14

(Reuters) - Russia fought back on Wednesday over new U.S. and EU sanctions imposed over Ukraine, where fighting between Moscow-backed rebels and government troops has intensified since a Malaysian airliner...
Former US Ambassador to Ukraine, William Taylor on situation in Ukraine (and recommendations)
30.07.14

United States Institute of PeaceAn independent institution established by Congress to strengthen the nation’s capacity to promote peaceful resolution to international conflicts“The Shootdown...
Ukraine: 30 July 2014.
30.07.14

Main news for 30 July 2014:The Anti Terrorist Operation (ATO) has liberated Andriyivka and Russia wants to become a "peacekeeper" in Ukraine.The militants are trying to regain lost ground in Donetsk, Horlivka...
AUGB Statement on the sale of Sydenhurst
27.06.14

The AUGB commenced the process of closing Sydenhurst Residential Care Home last May and the home was closed at the end of August 2013.Marketing of the property began in September 2013 by our agents, Knight...
Map of unrest in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts
17.06.14

 This is a snapshot of the unrest in Eastern Ukraine for the period 13-16 June. Note how the UA forces are starting to cut off the terrorists from the border with Russia in the north and the south....
Demonstrations outside Russian Consulate in London
17.06.14

Ukrainians began a week-long protest outside the Russian Consulate in London on Sunday in protest at continued Russian aggression and military support of terrorist activities in Eastern Ukraine.On...
Ukraine's Poroshenko sworn in and sets out peace plan
07.06.14

BBC:  Petro Poroshenko has been sworn in as president of Ukraine, setting out a plan to bring peace to the conflict-torn east of the country.The 48-year-old tycoon, who won the 25 May election, offered...
Fascism Comes to Ukraine -- From Russia
22.05.14

REAL CLEAR POLITICS.By Cathy Young - May 21, 2014Despite multiple debunkings, claims that Ukraine’s pro-Western revolution brought about by the Maidan protests was really a fascist (if not neo-Nazi)...
Terrorists kill 13 soldiers
22.05.14

 The number of Ukrainian security forces killed during overnight clashes with terrorists in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions has now risen to 13 with at least a further 20 seriously wounded. Eyewitnesses...
Foreign Secretary condemns deadly attack on a checkpoint in Eastern Ukraine
22.05.14

FCO:  The Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned today’s deadly attack on a checkpoint in Eastern Ukraine.Speaking today, the Foreign Secretary said: I condemn the unacceptable attack...
News in Brief (21/05/2014)
21.05.14

Mykolayiv hosted a round table discussion today on the subject of national unity during which PM Arseniy Yatseniuk expressed support for a ‘Geneva II’ meeting involving representatives of the...
BBC Panorama - Behind the Balaclavas
20.05.14

 For last night's Panorama on BBC1 see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b045kql7/panorama-behind-the-balaclavas
News in Brief (20/05/2014)
20.05.14

NEWS IN BRIEF. (20/05/2014).Steel workers at the Illich and Azovstal plants in Mariupol have announced 3-hour daily strikes in protest at the instability in the region. The walk-out is intended to signal...
News in Brief (20/05/2014) #2
20.05.14

NEWS IN BRIEF. (20/05/2014). #2Ukraine’s Parliament today voted in a “Memorandum of Understanding and Peace”. One of its key points related to the formalization of the status of Russian...
From the Autumn of Nations to the Assault on Nations: Eastern Europe between Empire and Fascism
19.05.14

European Network Remembrance and solidarity. By Alexander J. Motyl This text was originally published at http://1989.enrs.eu/#reading-room-analyses in a series of articles analysing the...
News in brief (19/05/2014)
19.05.14

IN BRIEF (19/05/2014): Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has asked the Ministry of Justice to consider the illegal actions of the Communist party of Ukraine , which has allegedly sought to sieze...
Ukrainian acting president dismisses four envoys
16.05.14

Acting Ukrainian President Alexandr Turchynov Friday relieved four ambassadors from their duties, the presidential website said.The interim president decided to sack Alexander Kupchyshyn, ambassador to...
Hague: "Turn back from the brink!"
13.05.14

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague made a statement in Parliament on Tuesday on recent events in Ukraine and during which he called on Russia to “turn back from the brink”. Mr Hague updated...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Separatists Terrorizing, Kidnapping, Beating Citizens in Ukraine
13.05.14

WORLD AFFAIRS. Several weeks ago, I had written of a woman, G, from the town of Druzhkivka, in Donetsk Province, who had noted in her last e-mail to me: “Alexander, they will kill us.” In turn,...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Remembering the Red Army and Rape
09.05.14

WORLD AFFAIRS. As May 9th, Victory Day, approaches and celebrations of the defeat of Nazi Germany take place throughout all the post-Soviet states, it may be worth remembering that many members of the...
Foreign Secretary updated Parliament on 28 April about the current situation in Ukraine and action the UK plans to take.
28.04.14

FCO.  Speaking to Parliament on 28 April, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said:Mr Speaker, with permission I will make a Statement to update the House on the crisis in Ukraine, developments...
Russia's propaganda war is a danger for Ukraine's Jews
28.04.14

The Guardian. Despite what Putin says about antisemitism in the new Kiev government, Ukraine's Jews are committed to independenceBy Timothy Snyder Violence is a distraction from the simple facts,...
G-7 Leaders Statement on Ukraine
26.04.14

THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Press SecretaryApril 26, 2014G-7 Leaders Statement on UkraineWe, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President...
Putin Halts All Talks With White House
26.04.14

The Daily Beast.  As new U.S. sanctions against Russia loom, the Kremlin has shut down—at least for now—intensive high level communications between top U.S. and Russian officials.Since...
As Geneva Fails, Violence Escalates and Russian Troops Are on the Move
25.04.14

 THE JAMESTOWN FOUNDATION - Eurasia Daily Monitor. The agreement to de-escalate the Ukraine crisis, signed at a meeting last week in Geneva by top foreign policy executives of Russia, the United States,...
Russia not easing Ukraine crisis would be 'expensive mistake' – John Kerry
25.04.14

THE GUARDIAN. Secretary of state warns unless Moscow takes steps to de-escalate situation, Washington would impose more sanctionsJohn Kerry said Russia had actively stoked tensions in eastern Ukraine by...
Are Ukrainian emails in the West being targeted?
24.04.14

We suggest that everyone be extra cautious with emails being received from known friends or colleagues within the Ukrainian community. Yesterday we received a string of emails from email addresses of individuals...
Ukrainian forces reclaim town taken by Russian separatists
24.04.14

Los Angeles Times.  By Sergei L. Loiko April 23, 2014, 2:06 p.m.DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukraine government forces on Wednesday recaptured a southeastern town that had been held by separatist...
Further Sanctions on Russia Are ‘Teed Up’ Obama Says
24.04.14

TIME.comBy David Stout 3:13 AM ETU.S. President Barack Obama has announced that the implementation of a new round of sanctions against Russia might be only a matter of days, “not weeks”,...
As Ukraine Moves Against Militias, Russia Begins Military Drills
24.04.14

NEW YORK TIMES. By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN, ANDREW ROTH and ALAN COWELLAPRIL 24, 2014MOSCOW — Russia said Thursday that it would undertake military drills along the Ukrainian border in response...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - In Eastern Ukraine, Terror from Pro-Kremlin Outsiders
23.04.14

WORLD AFFAIRS. For three years now, I’ve been providing a small scholarship to a little girl in the city of Druzhkivka (population: 65,000) in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk Province. Her mother,...
Journalists held by pro-Russians in eastern Ukraine
23.04.14

STATEMENT BY THE COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS  New York, April 22, 2014—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the safety of Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter with the U.S.-based...
Foreign Secretary discusses Ukraine with Sergey Lavrov
23.04.14

FCO. The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, spoke to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about Ukraine on 23 April.The Foreign Secretary called Foreign Minister Lavrov to press for the immediate implementation...
Biden Urges Ukraine to Fight ‘Cancer of Corruption’
22.04.14

TIME.comBy David Stout and Denver NicksUpdated at 7:15 a.m. ESTMOREThree Killed and Thirteen Injured in Ukrainian SkirmishObama to Putin: Tell Troops to Back OffVice President Joe Biden in a visit to Kiev...
Pro-Ukraine activists defy harassment to rally in town on Russian border
22.04.14

The Guardian.  It was a classic political rally. There were emotional speeches, flags and homemade banners. But the small middle-class crowd that gathered on Monday in the eastern town of Khartsyzk,...
Remarks by US Vice President Joe Biden and Arseniy Yatseniuk
22.04.14

THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Vice PresidentFor Immediate Release, April 22, 2014REMARKS TO THE PRESS BY VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AND UKRAINIAN PRIME MINISTER ARSENIY YATSENYUKCabinet of Ministers Club,...
Russia Displays a New Military Prowess in Ukraine’s East
22.04.14

NEW YORK TIMES.By MICHAEL R. GORDONAPRIL 21, 2014WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russia of behaving in a “19th-century fashion” because of its annexation of Crimea.But...
Pope Greets Ukrainians with "Khrystos Voskres"!
20.04.14

Pope Francis made special reference to Ukraine during his Easter message and blessing - “Urbi et Orbi - delivered from the main balcony of St Peter's Basilica in Rome.While his predecessors delivered...
If we want to save Ukraine, we need to call Vladimir Putin’s bluff
18.04.14

DAILY TELEGRAPHBy Andrew WilsonEastern Ukraine is full of masked gunmen, occupying government buildings and calling for Russian “protection”. The central government in Kiev is unable to organise...
Geneva Statement on Ukraine
17.04.14

EUEA.  J O I N T   S T A T E M E N TStatement on Ukraine Representatives of the European Union, the United States, Ukraine and the Russian Federation issued today the following statement:"The...
Europe and Ukraine - Putin’s Project
17.04.14

Frankfurter Allgemeine. Ukraine has no future without Europe, but Europe also has no future without Ukraine. Throughout the centuries, the history of Ukraine has revealed the turning points in the history...
Mr. Putin’s Power Play
16.04.14

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL BOARDAPRIL 15, 2014When President Vladimir Putin of Russia talks about what is happening in Ukraine these days, it is as if he’s looking into a mirror. He says fascists and...
Obama, Putin Talk as Unrest Roils Eastern Ukraine
15.04.14

Wall Street Journal:  White House Tells Kremlin Diplomacy Is Still an Option Despite EscalationBy CAROL E. LEE in Washington, JAMES MARSON in Slovyansk, Ukraine, and LUKAS I. ALPERT in Moscow CONNECTUpdated...
The cost of Putin’s adventurism in Ukraine
15.04.14

Washtington PostBy David Ignatius, Published: April 15As President Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin’s...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Putin’s Russia as a State Sponsor of Terrorism
15.04.14

WORLD AFFAIRS. Putin’s Russia has become what the US Department of State calls a “state sponsor of terrorism.”Here’s how: After the Anschluss of Crimea, Putin had three options....
The West Leaves Ukraine to Putin
14.04.14

Wall Street Journal:  As Russian special forces invade the country's east, Kiev's leaders feel betrayed by the EU and America.By MATTHEW KAMINSKI CONNECTUpdated April 14, 2014 5:39 a.m. ETKiev, Ukraine'We're...
EU to Expand Targeted Sanctions on Russian Officials Amid Ukraine Unrest
14.04.14

       Wall Street Journal: European Foreign Ministers Blame Russia for Eastern Ukraine UnrestBy LAURENCE NORMANUpdated April 14, 2014 2:41 p.m. ETLUXEMBOURG—European...
Putin's Green Men with Masks
14.04.14

Huffington Post: Posted: 04/14/2014 3:59 pm EDT Updated: 04/14/2014 4:00 pm EDTBy Askold LozynskyAt Russia's request, the U.N. Security Council convened in emergency session on Sunday, April 13. The Russian...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Trading Barbs with Putin
12.04.14

WORLD AFFAIRS. One of Ukraine’s richest oligarchs, Igor Kolomoisky, has just taken another rude poke at Russian President Vladimir Putin. And this time the Jewish Ukrainian businessman hasn’t...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Could Russia Occupy Ukraine?
09.04.14

WORLD AFFAIRS. Russian invasion of mainland Ukraine continues to worry Ukrainian and Western policymakers, despite statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that...
The power of Kiev and the West is sinking fast in uncharted waters
09.04.14

The Independent, 8 April 2014.While the West focuses on forces deployed on Ukraine’s borders, Russia has been invading the country by stealth.If an interim report card is needed on the Ukraine crisis,...
Ukraine crisis: Is Russia ready to move into eastern Ukraine?
09.04.14

BBC. By Jonathan Marcus, BBC defence correspondentWith Nato assessments that there are some 40,000 Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian border ready to move at a few hours' notice, the heightening...
Ukrainian Leaders Slam Russia for Attempt to 'Tear Country Apart'
08.04.14

Wall Street Journal.By JAMES MARSON and LUKAS I. ALPERT Updated April 7, 2014 7:26 p.m. ETAntigovernment protesters demanding closer ties with Moscow seized regional government headquarters in two...
Donetsk Republic did not last a day
08.04.14

Ukrainska Pravda has this morning reproduced the following report/statement allegedly issued by the the committee which "declared" Donetsk a republic on Monday:The Committee of Patriotic Forces Donbass...
Foreign Secretary concerned about situation in eastern Ukraine
08.04.14

The Foreign Secretary William Hague has expressed grave concern about Crimea and recent events in the east of Ukraine.Speaking after answering questions on Ukraine in the House of Commons, the Foreign...
Vacancy - Ukrainian Language School in London
07.04.14

Оголошується вакантна посадаДиректора Школи Українознавства ім. Пречистої Діви Марії в Лондоні Школа, що існує...
My Friend the Enemy
07.04.14

Many visitors to this website will have undoubtedly seen some of the works of film producer Wanda Koscia. Two years ago, for example, the BBC screened a series of four excellent documentary films: "Putin,...
AUGB urges "immediate response in strongest possible terms"
07.04.14

Earlier today the AUGB sent a letter to the PM David Cameron, Foreign Secretary William Hague and EU leaders urging an immediate response in the strongest possible terms following the latest orchestrated...
Opinion poll: only 1% of Ukraine population believes Ukraine should be divided into several countries
05.04.14

WEEKLY STANDARD. A new Gallup poll of Ukrainians undermines the main rationale for Russia’s aggression towards its neighbour and calls into question the U.S. approach to diplomacy with the Russians,...
Elections 1Registering to vote in the Ukrainian Presidential election
04.04.14

For information about how to register to vote in the Ukrainian Presidential election on 25 May, click here.
Putin Draws from Soviet 1940s Playbook
03.04.14

Atlantic Council: By Anne Applebaum.The critical step for the US and Europe in responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s authoritarianism and aggression is to reinforce institutions such...
Russia vs. Ukraine: The Cyber Front Unfolds
02.04.14

ATLANTIC COUNCIL:  BY JASON HEALEYRussia’s battle with Ukraine is being fought partly in cyberspace, where it may have greater room for escalation because nations increasingly accept covert...
Ambassador Leigh Turner's Blog: Why Ukraine matters and what happens next
02.04.14

FCO.  This post is also available in: TurkishHeavily armed Russian troops seize Crimea, part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine with a population similar to Latvia and an area larger than Israel. ...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Experts on Ukraine Still Getting It Wrong
31.03.14

WORLD AFFAIRS:  When the West’s leading experts get elementary facts about Ukraine wrong, blithely encourage Russian expansionism, or make illogical arguments, I worry. As should everybody....
How to donate for medical and logistics support for Ukrainian army
29.03.14

As of Friday 28 March, donations for the Ukrainian Army totalled over 60 million hryvnia (over £3 million) had been made by Ukrainian citizens. If you want to make a donation towards medical...
Ukr/Jewish flagsUkrainian Jewish community accuses Putin of lying
29.03.14

Ukraine's Jewish community has written an open letter to President Putin accusing him of lying about the extent of anti-semitism in Ukraine. The letter, signed by 222 Jewish representatives and individuals,...
Putin's Neo-Soviet Men
28.03.14

BY MATTHEW KAMINSKI Simferopol, UkraineLate the other night at 7 Pyatnits ("7 Fridays"), one of a few fashionable restaurant bars in the Crimean capital, the Soviet national anthem came on the karaoke...
More voters?
28.03.14

According to a press release issued today by Oleh Pankevych of the Svoboda Party, he and two other Svoboda MP's have registered a draft law in the Ukrainian Parliament aimed at giving more Ukrainians the...
Yesterday in Parliament: EU reaction to Ukraine - "very timid and hesitant"
27.03.14

David Cameron announced yesterday that the EU had a "strong, robust and powerful" list of sanctions which would come into effect against the Russian Federation if Russia invades Ukraine's eastern border.The...
James Sherr: It is time we stopped praising Ukraine for ‘exercising restraint’
27.03.14

Since Russian troops invaded and took over Crimea, Ukraine’s authorities have seemed largely helpless. The criticism is not easing since many expect that Russia may invade the mainland, citing Russian...
IMF-Ukraine: $14-18 billion preliminary loan programme agreement
27.03.14

 THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2014 Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine The United States welcomes the preliminary agreement between the Government...
ARMED SERVICES LEADERS URGE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ACT ON UKRAINE
27.03.14

Armed Services Committee. Writing “with urgency and alarm, based on new information in the committee’s possession"26 March, Washington, D.C. – Congressman Buck McKeon, Chairman of the...
Catholic Herald - Priests flee Crimea to escape arrest
26.03.14

Father Mykhailo Milchakovskyi, Parish Rector and Military chaplain in Kerch, talks to the Catholic Herald about threats, questioning and beatings of Catholic priests in Crimea."All my parishioners are...
'A chill wind blowing' - David Lidington blog
26.03.14

"I have just returned from Lithuania and Latvia, where memories of the Cold War have been revived by Russia's blatant aggression in Crimea. People are following in great detail what is going on in Ukraine,...
Three ways NATO can bolster Ukraine’s security
26.03.14

By Ian J. Brzezinski, Published: March 24Ian J. Brzezinski, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, was deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and NATO policy from 2001 to 2005.NATO’s...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Is Putin Next?
26.03.14

WORLD AFFAIRS:  Here are a few trick questions. Who was elected democratically—Viktor Yanukovych or Vladimir Putin? Who violated his country’s Constitution? Who enjoyed popular legitimacy?...
Stephen Mulvey on BBC's "From Our Own Correspondent"...
24.03.14

Russian President Vladimir Putin repeated his view this week that the breakup of the USSR, which left Russia and Ukraine as separate independent states, was a great misfortune, and a disappointment to...
Billionaire Sought by U.S. Holds Key to Putin Gas Cash
24.03.14

BLOOMBERG: By Irina Reznik and Henry Meyer - Mar 24, 2014A detained billionaire who made a fortune as a middleman in Russia’s murky gas trade with Ukraine may hold the key for U.S. lawmakers...
FO infographicForeign Office updates on Ukraine
23.03.14

Click here for all the Foreign Office updates on Ukraine, including an excellent piece which nails all Putin's lies about Ukraine and Crimea.
Navalny - How to punish Putin
20.03.14

Alexey Navalny - one of President Putin's key opponents and currently under house arrest - sets out what needs to be done to stop Putin.He says that the West needs to deal a financial blow to Putin's inner...
Thousand march through London condemning annexation of part of Ukraine
17.03.14

Up to ten thousand people marched through central London yesterday in protest at the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  The march took place from Marble Arch to the Russian Embassy in Notting Hill.Ukrainians...
Illegal Referendum stats outdo even best Soviet stats
17.03.14

According to a blog in "Zhyvyy Zhurnal" by Teh-Nomad, 474,137 out of a possible 385,462 citizens of Sevastopol voted for the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea to become a part of the Russian Fereration...
Support for Ukraine from Richard Branson
17.03.14

Richard Branson today issued a statement welcoming EU sanctions over Crimea.He said that the EU and US must treat this with a real sense of urgency as Russia continues to intervene in Ukraine. "However,...
AUGB General Council Statement (17 March 2014)
17.03.14

Ukrainians all over the world are appalled at the cynicism and manipulation with which the Russian government is fermenting civil unrest in Ukraine. Their aggression and destabilisation is being carried...
Why Is Crimea Different From Scotland Or Kosovo?
16.03.14

Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. Russians have accused the West of hypocrisy in its refusal to accept the legitimacy of Crimea's March 16 referendum.Politicians and Russian media have pointed to both the...
Deeper Ukraine Invasion Lurks in Putin's Warnings, 'Provocations,' Clashes in East
14.03.14

BLOOMBERG.  By Lyubov Pronina and Thomas Penny - Mar 14, 2014Russia is outraged by a deadly clash in eastern Ukraine yesterday, though it has no plans to invade the region, Foreign Minister Sergei...
No Ukraine accord in US-Russia talks
14.03.14

BBC.  Russia and the US have "no common vision" on the crisis in Ukraine, Russia's foreign minister has said after talks with his US counterpart. However Sergei Lavrov added that his meeting with...
Austria holds Ukraine's Firtash for extradition
14.03.14

VIENNA (Reuters) - An Austrian court ordered Ukrainian industrialist Dmytro Firtash held for possible extradition to the United States on Friday and set bail of 125 million euros ($174 million), a court...
Kissinger Misunderstands Ukraine
14.03.14

WORLD AFFAIRS: When a renowned American statesman such as Henry Kissinger exhibits alarming ignorance about Ukraine, you’ve got to worry. In a March 5th op-ed in the Washington Post, Kissinger...
March against Putin's Tyranny
13.03.14

A MASS MARCH THIS SUNDAYMARCH AGAINSTPUTIN'S TYRANNYSUNDAY 16th MARCH, 2014MEETING TIME: 1.30pmMEETING PLACE - MARBLE ARCH - on the concrete square underneath and beside itROUTE OF MARCH - down Lancaster...
200th Anniversary of Shevchenko's birth celebrated at National Jubilee Concert
10.03.14

Around 1500 people from all parts of the country gathered at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester yesterday for a National Jubilee Concert marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ukraine's national...
Call to the nations-guarantors of the Budapest Memorandum and permanent members of the UN Security Council
04.03.14

To the nations-guarantors of the Budapest Memorandum and permanent members of the United Nations Security CouncilThe high command of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation issued an ultimatum...
Statement by Ambassador Lyall Grant of the UK Mission to the UN, to the Security Council meeting on Ukraine
04.03.14

Statement by Ambassador Lyall Grant of the UK Mission to the UN, to the Security Council meeting on Ukraine on 3 March 2014Madame President,The pretence is now over. The world can see that Russian military...
Putin - military force would be 'last resort' in Ukraine
04.03.14

REUTERS.  BY VLADIMIR SOLDATKIN AND ALISSA DE CARBONNELMOSCOW/KERCH, Ukraine Tue Mar 4, 2014 1:19pm GMTPresident Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia would only use military force in Ukraine...
Four Steps NATO can Take to Support Ukraine
03.03.14

WORLD AFFAIRS: The NATO Ukraine Commission met on the final day of the NATO Defense Ministerial meetings in Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 27, 2014. (Photo: US Department of Defense/Glenn Fawcett/Public Domain)See...
Ban and Russian Foreign Minister discuss need to de-escalate situation in Ukraine
03.03.14

UN.  3 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine during a meeting in Geneva today, while deputy United Nations...
PM phone calls with Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande: 3 March 2014
03.03.14

FCO. David Cameron discussed the situation in Ukraine with Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande.Following the calls, a Downing Street spokesperson said:The Prime Minister spoke separately to both Chancellor...
Statement by G7 Nations
02.03.14

Statement by G7 NationsMarch 2, 2014We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the President of the European Council and President of the European...
Ukrainian ex-leader Viktor Yanukovych vows fightback
28.02.14

BBC News: Ukraine's ex-President Viktor Yanukovych has made his first public appearance since being ousted last week, telling a news conference in Russia he would fight for his country.He said he was "not...
Ukraine Latest 28 February - UPDATED 20.35 KYIV TIME
28.02.14

 LATEST NEWS (KYIV TIME):2032: Ukraine's prosecutor general's office announces it has started extradition proceedings against former President Yanukovych.1929: Moscow says its Black Sea Fleet are...
Eye Witness Report from Simferopol Airport
28.02.14

By Askold KrushelnyckyI am at Simferopol airport where green uniformed professional soldiers with no insignia took over during the night and are being backed up by local volunteers.The Ukrainian government...
Crimea: Next flashpoint in Ukraine's crisis?
25.02.14

By Yaroslav LukovIn fleeing revolutionary Kiev on Friday, Ukraine's now ex-President Viktor Yanukovych chose to fly to his stronghold in the south-east of the country before heading to Crimea in the deep...
Ukraine reports today
25.02.14

THIS PAGE WILL BE UDATED THROUGHOUT THE DAYAP: Ukraine: No New Government Before Thursday:Reuters: Russia says: Don't force Ukraine to choose between us and WestReuters: Ukraine's leader...
UPDATED AT 23.50 hrs Kyiv time: Ukraine latest 24 February
24.02.14

UKRAINE UPDATE (from latest to approx 1630 Kyiv time): The following key events have taken place this evening; - Parliament dismissed 5 Constitutional Court Judges and proposes that the (interim/new?)...
Plan to deploy army to quash protests
24.02.14

Hlavkom has published a copy of a telegram sent by Yuriy Illiyin, the man appointed last week by Viktor Yanukovych to take control of the armed forces. It was widely reported the the man Illiyin had replaced,...
New Ukraine leaders say Yanukovich wanted for mass murder
24.02.14

10:45am GMTBy Natalia Zinets and Alessandra PrenticeKIEV (Reuters) - Fugitive Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, ousted after bloody street protests in which demonstrators were shot by police snipers,...
Pshonka called for Martial Law
24.02.14

 Letter from former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka to Viktor Yanukovych "and those present" urging the imposition of Martial Law. The document has been revealed by investigative journalist Serhiy...
Statement of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain Limited (24 February 2014)
24.02.14

Ukrainians in Great Britain and all over the world will never forget the events of the past week, which saw over 80 people killed on the streets of Kyiv, a European capital city, for exercising their legitimate...
Foreign Secretary's Statement
24.02.14

 The full text of the statement made in Parliament yesterday by the Foreign Secretary William Hague, and the q&a that followed, is now available here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140224/debtext/140224-0001.htm#1402248000002  ...
Ukraine latest 23 February - constant updates @ 1940 Kyiv time...
23.02.14

UKRAINE LATEST (KYIV LOCAL TIME): 1940: Situation in Kharkiv remains unstable. Two groups of protesters stand opposed to each other separated by a small number of militia. Earlier reports said that the...
Ukraine latest - constant updates @ 2213 Kyiv time...YANYKOVYCH NO LONGER PRESIDENT
22.02.14

Kyiv local time:2213. Maidan Poroshenko shows official proof of laws adopted today - Holos Ukryiny, the official press of Parliament.  Speeches continue... 2200. Yuriy Lutsenko thanks everyone...
Foreign Secretary William Hague working closely with EU partners to support a new government in Ukraine.
22.02.14

Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said:Today I am in close touch with key partners over the extraordinary developments in Ukraine. Events in the last 24 hours show the will of Ukrainians to move towards...
Opposition calls for 3 days mourning as number of dead rises to 77
21.02.14

The number of people killed since Tuesday in Ukraine has risen to 77.After a day which saw protesters regain the whole of Independence Square in Kyiv with Berkut riot police openly shooting live ammunition...
Will the European Union betray Ukraine?
21.02.14

By Mick Antoniw AM, Member National Assembly of Wales and Member of the EU Committee of the RegionsAs I write this article, Ukraine is on  knife edge and the situation is changing hour by hour. After...
Four more MP's resign from the Party of the Regions
21.02.14

A further four MPs have just announced their resignations from the Party of the Regions bringing the total number of such resignations within the past 48 hrs to 18.The letters of resignation have been...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine's Day of Infamy
21.02.14

WORLD AFFAIRS. Tuesday, February 18, 2014, will go down in European history as a day of infamy. It was then that Viktor Yanukovych declared war on his own people.In retrospect, his decision to kill...
Ukrainian president and opposition sign early poll deal
21.02.14

BBC: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders have signed a deal leading to an early presidential poll before the end of the year.The election is part of an agreement to end the country's...
Parliament adopts 2004 constitution
21.02.14

Ukraine's Parliament has restored the 2004 Constitution of Ukraine by an overwhelming vote of 386 votes for the motion. 10 deputies abstained and 1 registered deputy did not cast his vote.In a further...
Protesters push riot police out of Independence Square
20.02.14

As EU Foreign Ministers begin talks today to consider the implementation of personal sanctions against indIviduals deemed to be responsible for violence in Ukraine, the landscape in the heart of Kyiv has...
Ukraine crisis: Renewed Kiev assault on protesters
19.02.14

BBC: Police in the Ukrainian capital Kiev have launched a fresh attack on anti-government protesters as the death toll in renewed clashes has climbed to 25.ontinue reading the main storyThe new attempt...
Ukraine crisis: Viktor Yanukovych blames protesters for violence
19.02.14

Daily Telegraph:  Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych said anti-government protesters had "crossed the limits" by taking to the streets to try to oust him from power, as the number of dead rose...
Statement of the Association of Ukrainians on latest events in Ukraine
19.02.14

The Ukrainian community in Great Britain is profoundly shocked at the violence in Ukraine over the last 24 hours which has led to deaths and bloodshed on the streets of Kyiv. Around 20 Ukrainians have...
Ukraine police close on protesters, at least five reported dead
18.02.14

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian riot police advanced on the heart of 12-week-old protests against President Viktor Yanukovich on Tuesday and security forces set a deadline to end disturbances after at least...
Militia giving protesters 15 minute to move from Independence Square
18.02.14

Kyiv 200 hrs: Reports indicating that the notorious Berkut riot police are preparing to storm Independence Square where some 20,000 protesters have gathered. Protesters are preparing themselves for the...
Minister for Europe David Lidington calls for calm followed by “urgent and genuine steps” to address the causes of discontent in Ukraine.
18.02.14

FCO:  Speaking today, the Minister for Europe David Lidington said: I am appalled by today’s reports of serious violence and deaths in Kyiv. This has no place in a European democracy...
EU-Ukraine:
14.02.14

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle continued EU's political efforts in helping Ukraine to find solution to the political crisis. He held talks with partners...
More on Shevchenko National Jubilee Concert...
13.02.14

Yesterday we posted details about the forthcoming Shevchenko National Jubilee Concert which will take place in De Montfort Hall, Leicester, on 9 March 2014. Tickets for the event are free but De Montfort...
Taras Shevchenko National Jubilee Concert
12.02.14

This year marks the bicentenary of the birth of Ukraine’s national poet, Taras Shevchenko.To celebrate this anniversary we plan to hold a number of events, the first of these being the National Jubilee...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - A Russian Threat to Ukraine?
12.02.14

WORLD AFFAIRS. Let’s start with the alarming question many people are now asking and then consider other forms of possible Russian intervention in the ongoing Ukrainian Revolution. It was on January...
Ukraine unrest: EU and US clash with Russia in Munich
02.02.14

BBC.  Ukraine's future has sparked angry exchanges at a summit in Munich.European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the "future of Ukraine belongs with the EU" while US Secretary of State John...
Ukraine unrest: Rival politicians face off at summit
02.02.14

BBC.  Ukraine's Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko have clashed face to face at a security summit in Munich.The two men appeared in a discussion, during which Mr...
CEO's Blog: In Sickness and in Health
31.01.14

The message from Ukraine's protesters was very clear throughout yesterday: we will continue with the protest!With the Party of the Regions splitting at the seams on Wednesday afternoon, President Yanukovych...
Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the case of Dmytro Bulatov
31.01.14

EEAS.Europa.eu  The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, Catherine Ashton, issued the following statement today:"I...
PACE Resolution on Ukraine
30.01.14

 The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe today passed a resolution on Ukraine by 114 for, 34 against and 12 abstentions. Full details of the votes, the text of the resolution and amendments...
Ukraine: Update and government response
30.01.14

FCO:  Foreign Office Minister David Lidington updated Parliament earlier today on the situation in Ukraine and the UK government’s response.Mr Lidington said:I wish to update the House on the...
Meeting at the FCO
30.01.14

The President and CEO of the Association of Ukrainians in GB, Zenko Lastowiecki and Fedir Kurlak, today met at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with the Director of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia...
NUJ condemns attacks on journalists in Kiev
30.01.14

Statement by the National Union of JournalistsAs the violence continues in Ukraine’s capital city, there have been many reports of widespread abuse, intimidation and violence against journalists.According...
Euromaidan: The Dead, The Missing, And The Jailed
29.01.14

RFE/RL. Since pro-European protests erupted in Kyiv in late November, Ukrainian authorities have jailed dozens of demonstrators and sympathizers. Four civilians have been killed so far, and several...
Regionnaires fan fresh flames - new law will not arrest anger on the streets
29.01.14

AUGB. After two days of talks the ruling Party of the Regions rejected the opposition's calls for the adoption of an unconditional amnesty bill and instead voted in a controversial conditional amnesty...
Euromaidan Working Group deliver Petition to 10 Downing Street
29.01.14

AUGB. A petition calling for sanctions against Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych and all those responsible for violations of Human Rights in Ukraine was delivered to 10 Downing Street this afternoon...
Lukash on presidential concessions
28.01.14

Following a further round of talks last night between Ukraine's President and the three opposition leaders, Justice Minister Olena Lukash issued the following statement:We have once again pointed out the...
UPDATED: RESIGNATION ACCEPTED - Ukraine PM Azarov tenders resignation
28.01.14

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has this evening formally accepted the resignation of PM Mykola Azarov and his government with immediate effect.The announcement has been published on the president's...
Ukraine Parliament repeals anti-democratic laws
28.01.14

During an extraordinary session held at noon today, Ukraine's Parliament repealed 9 out of the 12 "dictatorship" laws adopted on 16 January 2014.361 (out of the 412 registered) Deputies voted in favour...
Ukraine Parliament: amnesty bill negotiations continue
28.01.14

Ukraine's Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Rybak told Deputies this afternoon that the consultation process on the amnesty bill were moving slowly and proposed that the extraordinary parliamentary session...
ADD YOUR VOICE TO SUPPORT FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IN UKRAINE!
28.01.14

Twitter Storm – 29 January at 14.00 GMTIf you can’t be at the Downing St protest on 29 January in person, you can still join in from your computer, tablet, or smartphone – in seconds!...
Calls for continued dialogue are met with violent attacks by Ukraine's riot-police and hired thugs
27.01.14

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said yesterday that that it is important that repressive restrictive laws are changed in Ukraine.Speaking during an interview on The Andrew Marr Show, Mr Hague said that...
UPDATED: Justice Minister threatens to call for State of Emergency
27.01.14

Ukraine's Justice Minister Olena Lukash warned protesters this morning that she may call for state of emergency becasue of demonstrators breaking into and occupying the ministry's building late...
Yanukovych tries to paper over cracks by offering Premiership to Yatseniuk
26.01.14

Viktor Yanukovych has proposed a return to the 2004 Constitution and the posts of Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister to Arseniy Yatseniuk and Vitaliy Klitschko respectively.  However, he stopped...
No cheers for the leaders - UPDATED @ 1015
24.01.14

 AUGB. Late last night opposition leaders Kitschko, Yatseniuk and Tiahnybok addressed protesters on Hrushevskoho St and in Kyiv's Independence Square following their meeting with President Yanukovych....
Euromaidan Appeal World Community
24.01.14

An appeal has been circulated widely this morning by the non-political sector of the Euromaidan. We are reproducing it in full below both in English and Ukrainian.APPEAL OF THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE TO THE...
"Under the Control of the People"
24.01.14

 AUGB. Latest map shown on HromadskeTV at 1613 hrs Kyiv time under the heading: "Under the control of the People". The red areas shows those oblasts where protesters have stormed the State Oblast...
Ukraine leader pledges government reshuffle ahead of more rallies
24.01.14

Reuters. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, in what appeared to be an offer of concessions to the opposition amid violent protests against his rule, pledged on Friday to reshuffle the government next...
Ukraine protests: Crisis talks after day of bloodshed
23.01.14

BBC:  Ukrainian opposition leaders are due to meet President Viktor Yanukovych, a day after the first deaths in the protests that have gripped Kiev for two months.One of them, former boxer Vitali...
Ukraine in the news... UPDATED @ 1910 hrs
23.01.14

A summary of links to latest reports/articles on events in Ukraine:Fox News: Protesters storm governors' offices in UkraineBBC: Ukraine protests spread beyond Kiev amid crisis talks CNN:  Is...
FCO calls on Ukrainian leadership to match words of reconciliation with action
23.01.14

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office:  FCO watching developments in Kyiv with deep concern. Ukraine’s leaders must show they are committed to peaceful resolution of differences.Following reports...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Yanukovych Invites Violence
23.01.14

WORLD AFFAIRS.  It was all quite predictable. How could the gangster regime of an avaricious sultan not provoke an uprising by a population tired of being systematically and relentlessly plundered...
Phone call between President Barroso and President Yanukovych on the situation in Ukraine
23.01.14

Europa.eu.  In light of the escalating violence in Ukraine, President Barroso telephoned President Yanukovych of Ukraine this morning.During the telephone call, President Barroso made notably the...
Ministry of justice makes haste to implement anti-democratic laws.
23.01.14

Ukraine's Ministry of Justice has wasted no time in posting a reminder that the anti-democratic laws adopted in the Ukrainian Parliamed on 16 January 2014 came into force yesterday.The Notice appears in...
Yanukovych agrees to talks as crisis deepens
20.01.14

AUGB. Over 100 protesters and 70 militia were injured as clashes continued into the night on Hryshevska street in Kyiv.  Two vehicles and four buses belonging to the militia were burned as protesters...
A Petition on Ukraine to the EU
20.01.14

By Oleh MihailikTime runs fast in Ukraine. Only three months ago the whole country was firing on all cylinders to reach the EU Association Agreement: officials trumpeting their near success, media hunting...
EU Foreign Affairs Council expresses deep concern but fails to condemn Ukraine's adoption of anti-democratic laws
20.01.14

The European Union Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels today adopted the following conclusions: "1. Recalling the statement of HR Ashton of 17 January 2014, the Council expresses deep concern...
Ukraine crisis: Clashes as thousands defy protest ban
19.01.14

BBC: David Stern reports from the scene of the protests in KievClashes have broken out in the Ukrainian capital as tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied despite new laws which aim to curb public...
UPDATED. Opposition leaders reiterate call for peaceful protests as Automaidan provokes standoff with militia
19.01.14

Tens of thousands of protesters hve refused to be dispersed on Hrushevska Street (nr the entrance to the Dynamo Kyiv stadium) by police firing tear gas as tensions continue to escalate following another...
Former Ukraine Interior Minister calls for radical action
17.01.14

A former interior minister and opposition figure, Yuriy Lutsenko, has called for more radical action against the Ukrainian authorities following the controversial adoption of anti-protest laws in parliament...
AUGB Statement on the events in Ukraine’s Parliament on 16 January
17.01.14

Ukrainians in Great Britain are appalled at the events of 16 January in Ukraine’s Parliament, when the ruling Party of the Regions, with the connivance of the Communist Party and the Party of the...
Ukraine's president signs anti-protest bill into law
17.01.14

BBC.  Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has signed into law a bill aimed at curbing anti-government protests.The bill was passed in parliament on Thursday with a quick show of hands by MPs loyal...
Serious doubt on Ukraine's commitment to democratic norms as Parliament adopts Soviet style law.
16.01.14

(Reuters) - Supporters of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich hustled a sweeping law through parliament on Thursday in an attempt to curb anti-government protests, sparking an outcry from the opposition...
Euromaidan facing attack tonight?
15.01.14

A former Ukraine Defence Minister has warned that a lightening attack on peaceful protesters in Kyiv's Independence Square is planned for tonight.In a posting which appeared earlier this afternoon on his...
Petition for Sanctions against Viktor Yanukovych
13.01.14

The Euromaidan Working Group in London has been collecting signatures to a petition calling for sanctions against President Viktor Yanukovych and all those responsible for the violation of Human Rights...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - A Free Donetsk?
10.01.14

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Want more proof of the fact that the Yanukovych regime is crumbling? Take a look at recent goings-on in his bastion, Donetsk.Communists ruled the city with an iron fist for decades;...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Taking Yanukovych to the International Criminal Court?
01.01.14

WORLD AFFAIRS.  The savage beating on December 25th of investigative journalist Tatiana Chornovol has led Ukrainians to speculate about three possible explanations. The first is that the Yanukovych...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Rethinking the Euro Revolution and the Yanukovych Regime
25.12.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  The Euro Revolution and the Yanukovych regime’s shameful deal with Putin’s Russia are as momentous conceptually as they are politically, requiring a new way of thinking...
"Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 20 December 2013
20.12.13

This will be the 27th London Euromaidan rally.  Please come along and support if you are able to do so.
Yanukovich offers Ukraine protesters nothing as Russian aid starts. EU says door open to Ukraine, not necessarily to government
20.12.13

Reuters. A $15 billion Russian aid package for Ukraine began to take shape on Thursday as Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich went public in defence of the deal, but offered no concessions to persuade...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Watching Yanukovych's Mafia Regime Squirm
20.12.13

WORLD AFFAIRS. It’s been fun watching the Yanukovych regime squirm these last few weeks. Ukraine has exploded with the Euro Revolution. The world is in awe of the tenacity, spirit, nonviolence,...
"Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 19 December 2013
19.12.13

Euromaidan London protest - the 26th one - continues this evening in Parliament Square. Please attend and give your support if you are able to do so.              ...
UWC alert on persecutions in Ukraine
19.12.13

The Ukrainian World Congress has called on the international community to press Ukraine’s governing authorities to fully respect the fundamental right to freedom of expression and immediately cease...
Yanukovych tells West to keep out of Ukraine crisis
19.12.13

BBC. Ukraine's Russian-backed President, Viktor Yanukovych, has said he strongly opposes Western politicians intervening in the crisis in Ukraine.He also suggested that Ukraine could adopt parts of Russia's...
PM David Cameron: "We should stand with the people of Ukraine"
19.12.13

During yesterday's Prime Minister's Questions in Parliament yesterday, the Chair of the All-Party British-Ukrainian Parliamentary Group, John Whittingdale MP raised the following questions on Ukraine (as...
"Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 18 December 2013
18.12.13

London Euromaidan protests continue this evening in Parliament Square. Please support if you can.
Russia deal saved Ukraine from bankruptcy - PM Azarov
18.12.13

BBC.  Ukraine's decision to suspend a deal on closer EU ties and sign a Russian aid agreement instead has helped avoid bankruptcy, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has told ministers in Kiev.Russian President...
"Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 17 December 2013
17.12.13

London Euromaidan protests continue today in Parliament Square. If you are able to, please attend and support the cause.
Analysis: Russia's carrot-and-stick battle for Ukraine
17.12.13

BBC. Russia has put heavy pressure on Ukraine to join a Russian-led customs union, instead of signing a far-reaching EU-Ukraine pact.As the Russian and Ukrainian presidents meet again on Tuesday, the director...
Russia reaches deal with Ukraine on $15-billion bailout
17.12.13

3:57pm GMTBy Darya KorsunskayaMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia threw Ukraine an economic lifeline on Tuesday, agreeing to buy $15 billion (£9.23 billion) of Ukrainian debt and to reduce the price its cash-strapped...
"Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 16 December 2013
16.12.13

 The Euromaidan rally today will begin at 3.00 pm at the St Volodymyr statue, Holland Park, London W11, and will be followed by a march to the Ukrainian Embassy.          ...
Ukraine protests continue as EU announces decision to halt further discussions and Yanukovych prepares to go fly out to Moscow
16.12.13

THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED WITH FRESH LINKS TO WESTERM MEDIA REPORTS DURING THE DAY.The EU yesterday announced that it is suspending further talks on signing any agreements with Ukraine amid frustration...
Conclusions of PACE Election Observers on re-run elections in Ukraine.
16.12.13

Accusations that the authorities pumped admin and non-admin resources to get their candidates elected have begun to surface this morning. Representatives of the opposition say that many voters were convinced...
Euromaidan activists being pursued for questioning
16.12.13

Citing the leader of opposition party "Svoboda", Oleh Tiahnybok, the Ukrainian Pravda website has reported that activists involved in the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine are being now pursued by prosecutors'...
Ashton seeks to ally Ukraine's economic concerns
16.12.13

BRUSSELS, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Monday she could work with Ukrainian leaders on a possible association agreement.Ashton said Monday from Brussels she...
Letters to President Yanukovych and Stefan Fule
16.12.13

The AUGB today sent an open letter to President Yanukovych calling on him to recognise that he and his government have no international credibility and have lost the confidence of Ukraine’s people.Please...
"Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 15 December 2013
15.12.13

The London protest in support of the Euromaidan continues in Parliament Square and there will be similar rallies held in Manchester city centre (check locally for start time) and Nottingham (Speaker' Corner)...
Two high-ranking officials suspended as Ukraine protests continue
14.12.13

The round-table meeting between the Ukrainian President, Prime Minister, opposition and church leaders and student activist ended yesterday without any concrete decisions being taken to end the current...
MEPs want more concrete EU action to support eastern partners
13.12.13

The following is an extract of a press release issued by the External Relations department at the European Paliament following yesterday's adoption of a resolution on Ukraine:European Paliament.  The...
"Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 13 December 2013
13.12.13

 Protests in London continue. Please share as widely as possible and support #euromaidan.                              ...
Ukraine court frees protesters held after Kiev clashes
13.12.13

BBC. A Ukrainian court has freed nine people arrested during clashes between pro-EU protesters and riot police, a key demand of the protest movement.The nine were arrested during a violent crackdown on...
"Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 12 December 2013
12.12.13

The 20th rally in three weeks.  If you can make it, please attend.  Over 2000 were at last night's protest.                        ...
CORRECTION... "Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 11 December 2013
11.12.13

CORRECTION TO PREVIOUS POSTING.The rally in Parliament Square today will take place from 5.00 pm and not as previously stated.Mr Yanukovych doesn't want the world to see the protests that have been taking...
UPDATE @ 11.51 - "Euromaidan" Stands! Number of protesters on the increase after police attack
11.12.13

THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED DURING THE DAY WITH FRESH LINKS - PLEASE REVISITSeveral thousand of Ukraine's militia/Berkut were deployed in Central Kyiv last night in a move designed to clear the heart of...
Ukraine Question in House of Lords
11.12.13

The question of Ukraine was raised yesterday in the House of Lords:Ukraine: DemonstrationsQuestion3 pmAsked by Lord FowlerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the...
Foreign Secretary William Hague urges calm in light of further violence in Ukraine.
11.12.13

Following reports of riot police taking down protest barriers in Kyiv overnight the Foreign Secretary said: I am deeply concerned by the Ukrainian Government’s decision to send riot police to...
"Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 10 December 2013
10.12.13

This demonstration will begin just prior to the parliamentary debate on Ukraine which will take place this afternoon in Westminster hall. If you are able to attend, please do so. Your participation is...
Police dismantle barricades and camps of protesters
10.12.13

Several thousand Ukrainian militia backed up by Berkut moved in early this morning and dismantled the barricades and camps of protesters demonstrating on the corners of Luteranska and Bankova streets.Unidentified...
Latest statement by Catherine Ashton
10.12.13

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement yesterday evening:"On the eve of my visit to Kyiv,...
FCO Updated Travel Information for Visitors to Ukraine
10.12.13

GOV.UK  Summary Still current at: 10 December 2013 Updated: 10 December 2013 Latest update: Summary and Safety and Security section - increased tension in central Kyiv following the removal of some...
Ukraine: Links to foreign press articles for 10 December (UPDATED 11.44)
10.12.13

THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED WITH FRESH LINKS THROUGHOUGHT THE DAYReuters: Ukraine protesters hold firm, defy riot police BBC: The Yulia Tymoshenko contradictionWashington Post: Ukraine’s...
Ukraine: today's debate in Parliament
10.12.13

The Debate John Whittingdale, the Conservative MP for Maldon and Chair of the All-Party British Ukrainian Parliamentary Group, led a debate this afternoon at Westminster Hall on UK relations with...
"Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 9 December 2013
09.12.13
Parliament Square, London

The 16th daily rally will be take place at 19.00 hrs in Parliament Square, London. If you are able to attend, please show your support and be there.              ...
Independence Square in Kyiv expecting imminent attack by Berkut (UPDATED 1126)
09.12.13

11.26 UK TIME. Moleben Service takes place in Independence Square. Picture unlear but it appears that it is being led by the Head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk.Service...
Ukraine riot police enter central Kiev amid rumours of storm on square (UPDATED 1820)
09.12.13

THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED THROUGHT THE DAY WITH FURTHER LINKSThe Guardian: Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko calls on women and children to leave Independence squareBy Shaun Walker and Oksana Grytsenko...
Details about UK Parliamentary Debate, 10 December 2013.
09.12.13

This is a reminder that the Chair of the All Party British-Ukrainian Parliamentary Group, John Whittingdale MP, has called for a parliamentary debate on recent events in Ukraine and the brutal use of police...
Russia-Ukraine 'closer on gas price' after Sochi talks
08.12.13

BBC. Russia says differences with Ukraine on reducing the price of Russian gas have been narrowed after talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the talks...
Thousands attend pro-EU protest in Ukraine
08.12.13

BBC. Thousands of people have gathered in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, intensifying pressure on the government after it refused to sign a deal on closer ties with the European Union.The protests - now...
Ukraine opposition rally keeps pressure on Yanukovich (UPDATED)
08.12.13

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's opposition leaders urged hundreds of thousands of pro-Europe protesters at a rally on Sunday to keep up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich to sack his government and drop...
Ukraine's Security Service probing into state power seizure (UPDATED)
08.12.13

Leader of opposition party Batkivshchyna Arseniy Yatseniuk announced that President Yanukovych is planning to call a state of emergency.Speaking a short time ago, Yatseniuk called on the military and police...
Cathering Ashton to travel to Kyiv
08.12.13

europa.eu  EU High Representative Catherine Ashton is to travel to Ukraine this week following a telephone phone conversation between President Barosso and Viktor Yanykovych.President Barosso reiterated...
UN Secretary-General expresses "grave concern" to Yahukovych about situation in Ukraine. Meanwhile, National Resistance HQ is being set up.
08.12.13

noodls.com  New York, 8 December 2013The Secretary-General spoke today with the President of Ukraine, Mr. Victor Yanukovich.He congratulated the President on Ukraine's successful Organization...
UK demonstrations in support of peaceful protesters in Ukraine
08.12.13

Over 2000 people took to the streets in Central London today in support of peaceful protesters in Ukraine who have been demonstrating against the recent actions of President Viktor Yanukovych and his government,...
"Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 8 December 2013
07.12.13

The first London Euromaidan protest took place two weeks ago and this will be the 15th such rally which will be take place at 2.00 pm at Old Palace Yard (near the statue of George V, in front of the Houses...
UK Government Petition in defence of protesters in Ukraine
06.12.13

AUGB has written to all branches and community organization to set out what has happened to date to support the protests in Ukraine, what is being planned and how you can help (even if you cannot personally...
"Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 6 December 2013
06.12.13

Peaceful protest to be held from 5.00 pm tonight at Old Palace Yard (near the statue of George V, in front of the Houses of Parliament), St.Margaret Street/Abington Street, London.      ...
Russia and Ukraine leaders seek partnership treaty
06.12.13

BBC. Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have held surprise talks on a "strategic partnership treaty".Mr Yanukovych flew from China to Sochi in southern Russia...
Minister for Europe reaffirmed UK support for OSCE in Kyiv and called on Ukraine to uphold OSCE values & respect right to peaceful protest.
06.12.13

GOV.UK  Speaking at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council in Kyiv today the Minister for Europe, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, reaffirmed the UK government’s...
Ukraine: What the UK and foreign press have been saying today...
06.12.13

Here is a sample of what UK and foreign media outlets have been posting today...Kyiv Post: Russia obstructs OSCE decision on safety of journalists at Ministerial Council meeting in KyivBloomberg: Ukraine...
Ukraine: Yanukoych is Caught in His Own Trap
06.12.13

Chatham House: Unexpectedly, the Vilnius summit turned out to be a historic landmark in revealing the true state of EU-Russia relations, and in shaking up Ukrainian politics.Reality checkAt first...
"Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 7 December 2013
06.12.13

The first London Euromaidan protest took place two weeks ago and this will be the 14th such rally which will take place at 2.00 pm at Old Palace Yard (near the statue of George V, in front of the Houses...
"Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 5 December 2013
05.12.13

Peaceful protest to be held at 7pm tonight: at Old Palace Yard (near the statue of George V, in front of the Houses of Parliament), St.Margaret Street/Abington Street.        ...
"Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 4 December 2013
04.12.13

A rally will take place in London at the St Volodymyr Statue, 79 Holland Park, London W11 this evening in support of the protests taking place in Ukraine. Join us if you can.      ...
OSCE Conference in Kyiv to address brutal dispersal of peaceful protests?
04.12.13

OSCE US Helsinki Commission. WASHINGTON—On the eve of the December 5-6 OSCE Ministerial Council taking place in Kyiv, Ukraine, Helsinki Commission Chairman Senator Ben Cardin (MD) issued the following...
Ukraine PM calls for end to tension, but police brace for action
04.12.13

Reuters.(Reuters) - Ukraine's embattled prime minister Mykola Azarov warned protesters on Wednesday they would be punished if they broke the law after he marshalled his ministers for a cabinet meeting...
Donetsk view: Ukraine 'other half' resents Kiev protests
04.12.13

BBC Ukrainian, DonetskBy Lina KushchWhile big protests against the Ukrainian government continue in Kiev and other cities, there are large parts of the country where the government has more support, and...
Russia urges order in Ukraine as gas talks begin
04.12.13

Reuters.  Russia called on Wednesday for "stability and order" in neighbouring Ukraine as the two countries held their first high-level talks since Kiev pulled out of a trade alliance with the European...
UK Parliamentary debate on Ukraine
04.12.13

The Chair of the All Party British Ukrainian Parliamentary Group, John Whittingdale MP, has called for a parliamentary debate on recent events in Ukraine and the brutal use of police against peaceful protesters.Appropriately,...
Decision on Ukraine Government + Western Media reports of the Day
03.12.13

THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED THROUGHT THE DAY.Ukraine's parliament rejected a vote of no confidence in the PM and his cabinet over the Ukrainian goverment's refusal to sign a historic EU trade and political...
Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament confirms two MPs quit pro-government majority…
03.12.13

Ukrainian Supreme Council (parliament) speaker Volodymyr Rybak has officially confirmed that MPs Davyd Zhvaniya and Inna Bohoslovska, have quit the pro-government Party of Regions faction.“According...
#BBCtrending: How social media is shaping Ukraine's protest movement
03.12.13

The thousands of pro-European protesters on Ukraine's streets organised using Twitter and Facebook from the start - as reported on this blog - and they are now driving a big change in the country's social...
"Euromaidan London" - «Євромайдан Лондон» Protest - 2 December 2013
02.12.13

For the tenth consecutive day, a rally will take place in London at the St Volodymyr Statue, 79 Holland Park, London W11 in support of the protests taking place in Ukraine. Join us if you can.  ...
Opposition puts forward motion of no confidence in Ukraine PM and government
02.12.13

THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY WITH LINKS TO WESTERN MEDIA REPORTS.Several thousand protesters braved strong winds and heavy rain and remained camped in Kyiv's Independence Square through...
Almost 1 million on the streets of Kyiv
01.12.13

Almost 1 million people have turned out in Kyiv in defiance of a court order banning protests in the capital's Independence, European and St Michael's Squares.The reaction follows on from Ukraine's U-turn...
Euromaidan Protest March in London - 30 November 2013
30.11.13
London

SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER, 2013 - SPONTANEOUS PROTEST IN FRONT OF RUSSIAN AND UKRAINIAN EMBASSIES : MEET AT AUGB CENTRAL OFFICE, 49 LINDEN GARDENS, W2 4HG AT 2.00 PMDue to short notice, the police have accepted...
Police attack peaceful demonstrators in Ukraine
30.11.13

Police in Ukraine have forcibly broken up a demonstration in Kyiv against the government's refusal to sign a partnership deal with the European Union.Witnesses said dozens were hurt when police used batons...
FCO Minister for Europe David Lidington concerned at reports of violent disruption at peaceful demonstration in the Ukrainian capital.
30.11.13

Speaking today Britain's Foreign Minister David Lidington said:I was very concerned to hear reports of police violence being used to break up a peaceful demonstration in Kyiv in the early hours of this...
President Yanukovych issues statement 12 hours after brutal police attacks on peaceful protesters
30.11.13

Only 12 hours after #euromaidan protesters were dispersed and beaten by riot police in Kyiv, President Yanukovych expressed his "deep concern" about the violence and said that the perpetrators will be...
Round-up of press articles for 27 November re EU-Ukraine
27.11.13

THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED THROUGHT THE DAY. PLEASE REVISIT.Reuters: Ukraine's Yanukovich says EU should stop meddling over Tymoshenko BBC:  East or West? Contrasting faces of Ukraine (VIDEO)President.gov.ua...
The Vilnius “pause”: a triumph of cynicism? Ambassador Simon Smith's Blog
27.11.13

FCO.  The great dramatist and aphorist Oscar Wilde wrote that a cynic was someone who “knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”By this definition, the recent decision...
Film Screening POSTPONED
27.11.13

Due to the ongoing «Лондон-Євромайдан» - "London-Euromaidan" protests taking place every evening this week in London, the planned screening of Ukrainian classic silent movie...
Fule does not rule out signing of Agreement
26.11.13

Ukrainian News AgencyThe European Union's Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule denies Ukraine's need for considerable investments in order to implement the provisions...
Poroshenko on Hardtalk
26.11.13

 When presented with a historic opportunity to move towards full integration with the European Union, Ukraine walked away. HARDtalk speaks to Ukrainian businessman Petro Poroshenko. See:http://ww...
«Лондон Євромайдан» / "London Euromaidan" protest rallies continue
26.11.13
London

About 200 people gathered for the fourth consecutive day in London in support of the ongoing protests in Ukraine against the government's U-turn on Euro-integration.The peaceful rally - "London Euromaidan"...
Tribute to victims of Ukraine famine Holodomor
25.11.13
Nottingham

Nottingham Evening Post.  NOTTINGHAM'S Ukrainian community has remembered one of the worst famines in European history.Commemorations took place over the weekend to mark the 80th anniversary of Holodomor,in...
EU "strongly disapproves" of Russia's action over Ukraine (UPDATED)
25.11.13

BRUSSELS, Nov 25 (Reuters) - The European Union's offer to sign a free trade and political association agreement with Ukraine remains on the table despite Kiev's decision to seek closer ties with...
Ukrainian bloggers say protests to go on despite poor organization
25.11.13

KVU-UKRAINE-BLOG-REAXMedia roundup by BBC Monitoring on 25 NovemberThe opposition appeared absolutely unprepared to see around 100,000 people come to Kiev's European Square on 24 November to protest against...
Ukrainian police use tear gas again against pro-EU protesters
25.11.13

KIEV, Nov 25, 2013 (AFP)by Dmytro GORSHKOV, Zoya ZHMINKOUkrainian police fired tear gas Monday at pro-European demonstrators staging a second day of protests outside the government seat in Kiev over a...
Ukrainian TV producer says sacked for including report on protests in bulletin
25.11.13

Excerpt from report by Ukrayinska Pravda website on 23 NovemberA producer at the Biznes TV channel, Tetyana Melnychenko, has written on her Facebook wall that she was sacked over coverage of the Euro-Maydan...
80th Anniversary commemoration of famine in Ukraine
25.11.13
Rochdale

ROCHDALE ONLINE. A service was held on Friday 22 November at the Rochdale Memorial Gardens to remember those who lost their lives in the Ukrainian Holodomor. The service marked the 80th anniversary of...
Yanukovych to go to Vilnius but not to sign Agreement
25.11.13

Speaking to journalists today, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara said that President Yanukovych will attend the EU summit in Vilnius on Friday but will not sign the Association Agreement because...
Yanukovych Statement
25.11.13

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych appeared beofre cameras this evening to make a statement in which he reassured Ukrainians that he "will never make a move that will bring harm Ukraine and Ukrainians"...
Holodomor Commemoration in Rochdale
25.11.13

By Taras MelnykOn Friday 22nd November 2013 Rochdale commemorated the 80th Anniversary of Holodomor, honouring the memory of 7-10 million innocent victims who perished as a result of Stalin’s man-made...
Ukrainian opposition sets up tents on central Kiev square
24.11.13

Excerpt from report by news and analysis Ukrayinska Pravda website on 24 November.Kiev, 24 November: Rally participants have placed around 24 small agitation tents and 15 large army tents on European Square...
Weekend of Ukrainian protests in London
24.11.13

Outraged Ukrainians have taken to the streets in many cities across the globe in support of pro-EU demonstrations which have erupted throughout Ukraine after the goverment there decreed that it will not...
Ukrainian website removes ex-minister's posting on protests, says blog hacked
24.11.13

Former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko's blog on Ukrayinska Pravda has been hacked, the website said on 24 November, adding that the most recent entry, in which Lutsenko warned of possible casualties...
Tymoshenko calls on protesters to force Yanukovych to sign EU Agreement
24.11.13

BBC Monitoring (Ukraine): Former Prime Minister Tymoshenko, who has been in prison since 2011 on widely-disputed corruption charges, said "Today we are facing a very clear task to force Viktor Yanukovych...
Ukrainian police use tear gas against pro-EU protesters
24.11.13

BBC Monitoring: Ukrainian police confirm they used tear gas against pro-European Union protesters in the capital Kiev today. The Kiev police department said protesters had thrown a smoke grenade at officers...
Huge Ukraine rally over EU agreement delay
24.11.13

BBC.  More than 100,000 people in the Ukrainian capital Kiev are protesting against the government's move to delay an association deal with the EU under pressure from Russia. Opposition leaders joined...
Holodomor: Memories of Ukraine's silent massacre
23.11.13

BBC.  Eighty years ago, millions of Ukrainians died in a famine that many label a genocide by the Soviet regime of Joseph Stalin. As Ukraine prepares to embark on its annual memorial events, the BBC's...
Stefan Fule: “The association agreement with Ukraine could be signed a few months later”
23.11.13

Baku – APA. “The association agreement could be signed at Ukraine-European Union Summit at the end of winter, beginning of spring”, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European...
Protest in London against Ukraine EU U-Turn
22.11.13

Dear FriendsAs you are aware, the Ukrainian government yesterday officially postponed its plan to sign the Association Agreement with the EU just days before the 3rd Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius....
Holodomor Motion in Scottish Parliament
22.11.13

Motion S4M-08375: Marco Biagi, Edinburgh Central, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/11/201380 Years since Ukrainian FamineThat the Parliament notes that it has been 80 years since the Holodomor,...
More on Ukrainian Government's
22.11.13

See:Reuters: Russia steals 'Ukrainian bride' at the altar Spiegel: Ukraine's Complaints Are 'Insolent'FT:  Putin accuses EU of ‘blackmailing’ UkraineThe Guardian: Russia 'blackmailed...
Ukraine Government "suspends" EU integration for "security" reasons
21.11.13

According to a statement posted on its official website, the Ukrainian Goverment has this afternoon announced that it is "suspending" the process of EU-Ukraine integration for "national security" reasons....
Kwasniewski: Association with Ukraine won't be signed in Vilnius
21.11.13

NRCU.  An association agreement between Ukraine and the EU will not be signed at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius next week, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski told the Polish...
Foreign Secretary disappointed at Ukraine decision to put signature of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement on hold
21.11.13

GOV.UK  Commenting on the announcement that Ukraine is putting signature of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement at the Vilnius Summit on hold, the Foreign Secretary William Hague said:This is a missed...
Statement by the AUGB General Council following Ukraine's decision to halt EU integration process
21.11.13

The Association of Ukrainians is both shocked and deeply disappointed at the Ukrainian government's decision today to stop working on the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade...
U.S. Senate urges Kyiv to free Tymoshenko
19.11.13

Interfax Ukraine.  The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution, which urges Ukraine's government to free former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the EU member states to include the ex-premier's release...
European Council and Catherine Ashton Press Releases following yesterday's meeting in Brussels
19.11.13

Press releases relating to yesterday's European Foreign Affairs Council were issued last night. Both make reference to Ukraine.For details see:Councli Foreign Affairs meeting EU High Representative...
State of play in Ukrainian Parliament on Tuesday 19 November
19.11.13

THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED DURING THE DAYThe Ukrainian Parliament was due to meet today to adopt a range of laws which included the release of jailed former PM Yulia Tymoshenko. 1215 (Kyiv local time):...
Holodomor - 80th Anniversary
18.11.13

From Friday through to Sunday (22-24 November) special memorial services will be held across the UK to commemorate the annual Remembrance Day for the victims of the Holodomor.This year is the 80th anniversary...
EU urges Ukraine to act on Tymoshenko to reach trade agreement
18.11.13

DW.DE.  The European Union's foreign ministers have urged Ukraine to take action on jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko before they move ahead with a landmark free trade deal to be signed...
EU or Russia? Watching Russian roulette, Yanukovych-style
18.11.13

Oksana Bashuk Hepburn, a former Canadian government executive, makes an important and very timely observations in her opinion piece posted today in the Lituanian Tribune.Click here for the full article. 
Decision postponed - Ukraine must do more to clinch Agreement
18.11.13

Euronews is reporting that the EU today postponed taking a final decision on whether to sign the Association Agreement with Ukraine.All eyes will be on Kyiv tomorrow after the EU's two envoys, Kwasniewski...
Ukraine's Tymoshenko release hangs in balance
14.11.13

BBC.  A vote scheduled for Ukraine's parliament, on which hangs the fate of both jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and Ukraine's EU hopes, has been cancelled.Attempts to agree a bill that...
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT MONITORING MISSION TO UKRAINE - Mission statement
14.11.13

The following is the text of the Mission Statement of Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament, and Aleksander Kwasnieski, former President of the Republic of Poland, released yesterday evening...
Welsh founder of Hughesovka honoured by Ukraine with museum and commemorative stamp
11.11.13

Graham Henry of WalesOnline reports that Merthyr industrialist John Hughes, the Welsh founder of Hughesovka (today's Donetsk), is to be honoured by Ukraine with a museum and commemorative stamp.For the...
Euro Commission: adopt 'European integration' laws and solve Tymoshenko's issue by November 18
11.11.13

Interfax Ukraine is this morning reporting that Peter Stano, writing on behalf of Euro Commissioner Stefan Fule, has said that the European Commission welcomes the adoption at first reading of the...
Ukraine urged to accelerate reform before the Vilnius summit
11.11.13

GOV.UK  Minister for Europe, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, says Ukraine must deliver more reform to secure signature of Association Agreement with the EU.Speaking today following a debate in Parliament...
Why Tymoshenko matters for Ukraine and the EU
08.11.13

 The presence of EU special envoys Cox and Kwasniewski in the Ukrainian Parliament today, Ukraine's politicians again failed to reach agreement on legislation that would allow jailed former PM Yulia...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - A Ukrainian Blogger for Luhansk Mayor?
08.11.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny may not be the only blogger with a bright political future. Similar prospects could await the “Proctologist,” a critically minded...
Aled Blake: Ukraine will survive Russia's bullying and become a major European power
07.11.13

Wales on line columnist Aled Blake on the power struggle over the future of Ukraine and the role of a heroic Welsh journalist exposing Stalin's greatest crime Former Western Mail reporter Gareth Jones,...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Will EU Embrace Ukraine's Membership Bid in Vilnius?
06.11.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  The European Union is often depicted as a feckless, bumbling institution with lots of sex appeal but little capacity to act and talk tough, even when it’s in the EU’s direct...
Much at Stake in Ukraine
05.11.13

 Writing in "The American Interest", the President of Freedom House, David J. Kramer, looks at the Tymoshenko problem faced by Viktor Yanukovych ahead of the forthcoming EU Summit in Vilnius and at...
Ukraine signs $10 billion shale gas deal with Chevron
05.11.13

 While controversy still reigns in the UK over the development of shale gas on these shores, Reuters has reported that Ukraine has signed a $10 billion shale gas production-sharing agreement with...
Ukraine approves 2022 Winter Olympic bid from Lviv
05.11.13

The Associated Press.  The Ukrainian city of Lviv is entering the race for the 2022 Winter Olympics.The Ukraine National Olympic Committee and Lviv city officials signed letters Tuesday declaring...
Posthumous Award for Metropolitan Sheptytsky
04.11.13

Metropolitan Archbishop Andrei Sheptytsky, the spiritual leader of Ukrainian Catholics who headed the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from 1900 until his death on 1 November 1944, has been posthumously...
Baronness Ashton: Ukraine needs to meet benchmarks
01.11.13

In reply to a letter dated 12 September 2013 from the President of the Ukrainian World Congress, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Baronness Catherine Ashton has this week reiterated that...
William Hague meets Ukraine's Deputy PM
01.11.13

According to a report on the website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague met yesterday in London with Ukraine's Deputy Prime, Kostiatyn Hryshchenko. Mr Hague later...
UK still undecided on whether to support Association Agreement
31.10.13

The details of documents considered by the UK Parliament's Scrutiny Committee on 23 October regarding the Draft Council Decision on the signing of the Association Agreement between the European Union and...
"Ukraine’s Future in Europe," Ambassador Pyatt’s Speech at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
30.10.13

US Embassy. Thank you President Kvit for your kind introduction.  It is an enormous pleasure for me to be here at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with you today.  Since its founding, Kyiv-Mohyla and its...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Questioning War Monuments
29.10.13

WORLD AFFAIRS. If you think the monument wars in Ukraine take the cake, think again. The Polish city of Gdansk is in the throes of a controversy over a statue of a Red Army soldier raping a woman. It was...
Iwan Rawluk RIP
28.10.13

We are very saddened to announce that Iwan Rawluk, who served as the AUGB's Executive Director (1965-1977) and General Secretary (1977-1989) passed away on Saturday 26 October. He will always be remembered...
Vitaly Klitschko to seek presidency
24.10.13

BBC News is reporting that former world heavyweight boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko has confirmed that he will run in the country's 2015 presidential election. This is inspite of the fact that the...
EU Ministers Urge Ukraine to Stop Bluffing on Tymoshenko
23.10.13

VOA citing Reuters. Two European Union ministers urged Ukraine on Tuesday to stop “bluffing” and reach a deal on the release of jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko because time was...
Don't Let Russia Bully Ukraine
23.10.13

Under the banner of "Don't Let Russia Bully Ukraine", the editors of Bloomberg argue that EU leaders should "resist the impulse to pick Yulia Tymoshenko over her 46 million fellow Ukrainians" when...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Kyiv’s Raiders and Monsters
22.10.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  If you’d like to understand the wrenching changes Ukraine’s capital city is currently undergoing, watch for a forthcoming book by Professor Roman Cybriwsky, provisionally...
Ukrainian student admits to murder and bomb explosions
21.10.13

THE TELEGRAPH.  Ukrainian Pavlo Lapshyn claimed “racial hatred” drove him to kill 82-year-old Mohammed Saleem just days after arriving in the UK on a work placement. He pleaded guilty...
Ukraine Days in the UK
20.10.13

The ‘Days of Ukraine in the UK’, organised by billionaire Dmytro Firtash and his wife Lada, ended on Saturday with a country fair held at London’s Potters Field Park.  The three...
Cambridge Makes Way for Taras Shevchenko
16.10.13
Cambridge

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE.  An unveiling of a special commemorative pavement marker takes place today  on the Sidgwick Site at 12 noon to commemorate the Bicentenary of the birth of a painter and...
New exhibition opened in AUGB Gallery
16.10.13
London

An exhibition of the contemporary works of Ukrainian artist Orest Manyuk opened yesterday evening in the AUGB's Gallery in Notting Hill.Manyuk, 57, who is a Member of Ukraine's Union of artists, specializes...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Russia’s Revisionist Claims on Ukraine and Moldova
12.10.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Is President Vladimir Putin readying the rhetorical groundwork for a full-scale attack on international norms regarding the inviolability of borders and state sovereignty? Could be,...
Yulia Tymoshenko ‘extremely close’ to being released in EU deal
12.10.13

THE INDEPENDENT.  By Enjoli ListonThursday, 10 October 2013Ukraine is “extremely close” to securing a deal which would free opposition politician and cause célèbre Yulia...
Putin Leads Assault on Ukraine Favoring EU Over Russian Ties
11.10.13

BLOOMBERG.  By Stepan Kravchenko & Daryna KrasnolutskaRussia is mounting a last-ditch offensive to torpedo Ukraine’s shift toward Europe as President Vladimir Putin seeks to salvage his...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The Holodomor Symphony
11.10.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Stephan Maria Karl is a young Austrian composer who is currently writing a symphony about the Holodomor, the famine-genocide of 1932–1933 that took the lives of some 3 to 4 million...
Firtash donates $2.5 million towards Holodomor Memorial in Washington
08.10.13

Zakordonna Gazette has reported today that in addition to funding the Ukraine Days in the UK, Dmytro Firtash has donated $2.5 towards the Holodomor Memorial in Washington.Mr Firtash said: "The US National...
Mission Accomplished – 20 Years later
07.10.13

Over two decades ago, Kingston’s own Lubomyr Luciuk, now a professor at the Royal Military College, initiated a campaign aimed at recalling an unhappy episode in Canadian history.Between 1914-1920...
Days of Ukraine Festival Arrives in the UK
05.10.13
London

UKRAINSKA DUMKA.  The Days of Ukraine in the UK is the vision of Dimitry and Lada Firtash. Organised by the Firtash Foundation, it is a three day festival of Ukrainian art, culture, fashion...
Ukrainian Orthodox Church (KP) in London
05.10.13
London

A delegation headed by Archbishop Ilarion of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Kyivan Patriarchate, took part in the ordination and consecration of Bishop Jonathan Goodall of Ebbsfleet at Westminster Abbey...
Ukraine falters in Crimean Tatar relationship
29.09.13

HRWF (Kyiv Post) - Ukraine is chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2013, which, ironically or not, makes it custodian of a whole range of human rights issues. One of...
Georgian President condemns Russian expansionist pressures
28.09.13

The Russian delegation at the UN walked out as Georgian President Mykheil Saakashvili delivered a powerful speech condemning President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.    Follow the link to a...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The EU Faces Ukrainian Integration and History
27.09.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  After writing last week’s blog, “Yanukovych Faces EU Integration and History,” I was sorely tempted to write this week’s first draft by simply taking last week’s...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Yanukovych Faces EU Integration and History
23.09.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  It’s not every day that a president gets to look history in the eye. It’s not every day that a leader has to make a choice that will determine both his country’s...
Minister for Europe David Lidington on issues and opportunities in EU-Ukraine relations
17.09.13

GOV.UK  David Lidington, FCO Minister for EuropeEarlier this summer Croatia became the 28th Member State of the European Union. Other countries that were once part of Yugoslavia are working hard to...
Russia’s actions in relation to Eastern Partnership countries breach international principles – Fule
12.09.13

BULLETIN RELEASED: 12/09/13 8:22AM GMT :UKRAINE-EU-RUSSIA-PRESSURE-OPINIONBrussels, September 12 (Interfax-Ukraine) – European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Deconstructing Putin on Ukraine
12.09.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  President Vladimir Putin’s September 4th interview with Russian state broadcaster Channel One and the Associated Press cast a bright light on the incompetence of his public relations...
UWC call on EU assistance to find way to resolve Tymoshenko imprisonment
12.09.13

The President of the Ukrainian World Congress, Eugene Czolij has today written to EU leaders asking them to assist Ukraine in finding the legal mechanism to release former PM Yulia Tymoshenko from prison.The...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Deconstructing Putin on Ukraine
11.09.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  President Vladimir Putin’s September 4th interview with Russian state broadcaster Channel One and the Associated Press cast a bright light on the incompetence of his public relations...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Opting for Deutsch in Ukraine
04.09.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Ukrainians are voting with their tongues, and they appear to be voting for Europe. In a little-noticed statistic just released by Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science,...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The Resilience of Ukrainians, Despite Yanukovych
30.08.13

WORLD AFFAIRS. Nothing quite lifts my spirits about Ukraine’s liberal-democratic prospects like an extended trip to the country. Reading the websites and blogs leaves me feeling pessimistic and bilious....
Ukraine: Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee For the 108th Session of the Human Rights Committee
27.06.13

Amnesty International is submitting this briefing to the Human Rights Committee ahead of its examination of Ukraine’s seventh periodic report on the implementation of the International Covenant on...
Fule: EU-Ukraine: Good progress but still more to be done
27.06.13

Remarks of Commissioner Štefan Füle to the press after the EU Ukraine Cooperation Council in LuxembourgOne year ago, I started the press conference after the Cooperation Council by noting that...
Sunday Politics - East Midlands on the Holodomor
24.06.13

The Sunday Politics programme for the East Midlands yesterday followed up Pauline Latham MP's call during a recent dabate in Westminster Hall for the Holodomor to be recognised as genocide by the UK Government.The...
First academic work on Gareth Jones
21.06.13

In the early 1930s Welsh journalist, Gareth Jones, was one of the first journalists in the Western World to expose the shocking details of the Holodomor, the Soviet Government-induced famine which killed...
TV follow-up on parliamentary Holodomor debate
21.06.13

Pauline Latham OBE MP, who secured the recent debate in Parliament on the Holodomor, will be interviewed this Sunday, 23 June, on the Morning Politics programme, 11am on BBC 1 East Midlands.The programme...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - On Nationalism and Fascism, Part 2
14.06.13

WORLD AFFAIRS. In contrast to fascism, nationalism is not best conceived of as a type of regime, political system, or state (on the same order as fascism, democracy, authoritarianism, dictatorship, oligarchy,...
UK Parliamentary debate on Holodomor
11.06.13

A parliamentary debate took place earlier today in the Grand Committee Room, Westminster Hall, about the Ukrainian Holodomor. Pauline Latham, MP for Derbyshire, called upon the UK Government to follow...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - On Nationalism and Fascism, Part 1
11.06.13

WORLD AFFAIRS. Ukrainian “nationalism” has been in the news these last few years. As usually happens with words that have seeped into our daily vocabulary, nationalism in general and Ukrainian...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Monuments, Ambiguity, and Double Standards
31.05.13

WORLD AFFAIRS. They’re smashing monuments in Ukraine again. In the eastern provinces, it’s Vladimir Lenin who’s under attack. In the western provinces, it’s usually Stepan Bandera,...
EU Delegation to Ukraine: 1.2 million Ukrainians are labour migrants (within EU)
31.05.13

EUROPEAN UNION.  1,2 million Ukrainians are labour migrants, according to the Labour Migration Survey 2012, carried out by the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, in cooperation with the Institute...
Statement on the future of Sydenhurst
26.05.13

At AUGB’s AGM in 2010 AUGB Rada was given a mandate by the delegates to investigate ways of reducing the financial burden that Sydenhurst was placing on the Association.During 2010 and 2011 Rada...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Yanukovych Could Divide and Destroy Ukraine
26.05.13

WORLD AFFAIRS. Start with the president’s overriding strategic interest: survival by reelection. Back in 2010, when he was elected, it was power and wealth. Now, after imprisoning opposition leaders,...
Documentary film, "Golden September. The Galician Chronicles 1939-1941"
21.05.13

Documentary film, "Golden September. The Galician Chronicles 1939-1941" tells of events in Western Ukraine before World War II, the advent of Soviet rule, border changes and the disappearance of entire...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine’s Uninspired Opposition Preferable to Regionnaire Domination
20.05.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  What ails Ukraine’s democratic opposition? Why do most Ukrainians, and especially those who detest the Yanukovych regime, continually gripe about the opposition’s fecklessness,...
"Arise, Ukraine" protest in Kyiv ends in brawl
20.05.13

The culmination of Ukraine's opposition protest under the banner of "Arise, Ukraine" ended on Saturday in fights between "Svoboda" activists and "anti-fascist" youth. A "5 Kanal" (Channel 5) journalist...
Celebrating 1025 and 25 years
10.05.13

A Moleben' service marking 1025 years of Christianity in Ukraine and 25 years since the erection of a statue in London dedicated to Prince Volodymyr will be celebrated jointly by clery and faithful of...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Spy vs. Spy in Ukraine and Russia
07.05.13

WORLD AFFAIRS. The spies have been in the news these last few months. On February 14th, Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, spoke at an expanded board meeting of the Federal Security Service (FSB)....
Fr. Mykhailo Hutornyj - RIP!
06.05.13

We were very saddened to hear the news that the Rev Mykhaylo Hutornyj of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) passed away yesterday, Easter Sunday, aged 89.  For many years he has been...
Happy Ukrainian Easter
05.05.13

Today is Easter Sunday according to the Julian calendar, which is followed by both the Catholic and Orthodox Ukrainian Churches.We wish all of our readers who are celebrating today, a very Happy and Blessed...
PACE Rapporteurs react to Euro Court ruling with regard to illegal arrest of Yulia Timoshenko
04.05.13

 Strasbourg, 3 May 2013. The co-rapporteurs for Ukraine of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Mailis Reps (Estonia, ALDE) and Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin...
New film on the Holodomor
04.05.13

A new documentary film, "Ukraine's Forgotten History - Holodomor", first shown on the Meta channel earlier this year, is available for viewing on youtube (in Ukrainian). Click here for the link.
Pope Francis regards Holodomor as one of the world's worst genocides
03.05.13

 A report carried yesterday by a Ukrainian news site, Express Online, provides a number of extracts from a book written by Pope Francis back in 2010, "About the heavens and about Earth".In it the...
Appeal of Journalists Union of TVi
30.04.13

Following last week's raider attack on Ukraine's TVi channel, the Journalists Union of TVi issued an appeal yesterday, signed by Mustafa Naiem, asking representatives of foreign governments in Ukraine...
TymoshenkoEuropean Court ruling - Tymoshenko rights violated
30.04.13

Ukraine's pre-trial detention of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in 2011 was "arbitrary and unlawful" and her right to a legal review was violated, European judges have ruled.According to the Associated...
EU-Ukraine. Assessing progress and outstanding issues with S. Arbuzov
30.04.13

Brussels.  Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met in Brussels with Sergiy Arbuzov, First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine responsible for overseeing...
"Verbna nedilya"
28.04.13

Today is Ukrainian Palm Sunday – квітна або вербна неділя. Ukrainian tradition generally dictates that “it is a sin not to attend church when they bless the willow”....
Chornobyl anniversary
26.04.13

Today marks the 27th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster, the effects of which are still being felt today in Ukraine. Please give a moment of your time today in prayerful thought for the victims of the...
Meeting with Myroslav Marynovych
26.04.13

AUGB CEO, Fedir Kurlak, today held a joint meeting with Myroslav Marynovych and Olha Zarichynska of the Ukrainian Catholic University and TV documentary film producer Wanda Koscia.  (Readers of this...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Can a National Salvation Front Rescue Ukraine?
26.04.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  I recently spoke with Sam Patten, an international political consultant, about the run-up to Ukraine’s presidential election in 2015. Patten worked as a media consultant for...
Raider attack on independent Ukrainian TVi channel
23.04.13

Journalists at Ukraine's independent channel TVi have gone on strike in protest at an apparent Raider Attack.Earlier today the channel's website had announced a takeover proclaiming Artem Shevchenko as...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine's Regionnaire Party Panics
22.04.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  The Regionnaires are panicking. They know they’re in trouble and they don’t know what to do about it.On February 28th, the Donetsk provincial leadership met with local...
Request to Yanukovych to pardon Tymoshenko
19.04.13

With Yuriy Lutsenko having been pardoned less than two weeks ago after a request made to Viktor Yanukovych, interfax Ukraine is today reporting that a similar appeal has been sent to the President asking...
EU travel restrictions will be eased for Ukrainians and Moldovans
18.04.13

European Parliament.  Travel to the EU is set to become easier for people from Ukraine and Moldova after MEPs approved plans for visa exemptions for holders of biometric service passports and a simplification...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - A Defining Moment in Ukraine's Future
12.04.13

WORLD AFFAIRS. When, on April 4th, the Party of Regions responded to the opposition’s continued blockade of the parliamentary podium by leaving the Rada premises and setting up its own legislature...
Simon smithUK Ambassador: Association Agreement will be beneficial to all
11.04.13

According to a report on Zaxid.net, UK Ambassador to Ukraine, Simon Smith, has reiterrated the all-round benefits of Ukraine becoming a fully fledged member of the EU.Speaking during a meeting of the...
Amnesty International tells Ukraine: Make the police accountable and stamp out torture
11.04.13

Amnesty International.  The Ukrainian authorities must seize the current political opportunity to stop the high level of torture and other ill treatment being carried out by its police force by creating...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - EU's Double Standards Don't Come Cheap in Cyprus
10.04.13

WORLD AFFAIRS. If you’ve been following the ongoing banking crisis in Cyprus, I bet you’ve experienced a twinge of Schadenfreude upon learning that the Russian oligarch money stashed away in...
UK Minister for Europe's reaction to Lutsenko release
09.04.13

Following the release of Yuriy Lutsenko, Foreign Office Minister for Europe, David Lidington, said today:We welcome the decision of President Yanukovych of Ukraine, in response to a recommendation from...
Joint Statement by Catherine Ashton and Štefan Füle on the pardoning of Yuriy Lutsenko
08.04.13

Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Štefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, yesterday made...
Lutsenko and Filipchuk Pardoned (UPDATED)
07.04.13

President Viktor Yanukovych has pardoned the former Minister of the Interior, Yuriy Lutsenko, and former Environmental Minister, Heorhiy Filipchuk.  The decree pardoning the two has appeared on the...
Parliamentary move - literally!
05.04.13

Whilst the opposition’s blockade of the Ukrainian Parliament continued yesterday, Regionnaire MP’s relocated to a nearby cinema where the Ukraine's Speaker of the House, Volodymyr Rybak,...
EU reaction to Lutsenko Court Ruling
04.04.13

The High Specialised Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases yesterday decided that the original court ruling in the case of Yuriy Lutsenko was correct.  His four year sentence, due...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Snow Storm Shuts Down Ukraine
01.04.13

WORLD AFFAIRS. For a president who regularly engages in snow jobs, you’d think Viktor Yanukovych would have been better equipped to handle the massive snow storm that descended on large parts of...
Vitaliy Klitshcko on BBC's Hardtalk
29.03.13

Vitaliy Klitshcko appeared on the BBC's Hardtalk programme aired on the BBC News channel in the early hours of this morning. To watch the interview see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25q0XiDQZWM...
pace meetingRespect for Council of Europe commitments is an ‘essential stage’ on Ukraine’s path to European integration
27.03.13

PACE: Strasbourg, 27.03.2013 – “I welcome the clear willingness expressed by Ukraine’s highest authorities to scrupulously respect their obligations and commitments to the Council of...
Vitaly Klitschko in London
26.03.13

Leader of the UDAR party, Vitaliy Klitshcko, was in London last night at the Ukrainian Institute where he gave a talk on the work of his Party.Much of his speech and the q&a session afterwards centred...
Heavy snowfalls in Kyiv
26.03.13

For the latest on the heavy snowfalls in Kyiv... click here to enjoy the views, music and the nice punchline at the end. 
Minister for Europe meeting with Vitali Klitschko
26.03.13
London

GOV.UK  David Lidington, Minister for Europe, met Vitali Klitschko, leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party, for the first time today to discuss the situation in Ukraine and their...
Shevchenko concert in Rochdale
25.03.13

The annual commemorative concert dedicated to the works of Taras Shevchenko took place yesterday at the AUGB Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Rochdale.   The choir of the local Association of Ukrainian...
New book on the Holodomor
24.03.13

The first academic study of Gareth Jones, now recognized as one of the first journalists to reveal the horror of the Holodomor, the Soviet Government-induced famine in the early 1930s, which killed millions...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - A Ukrainian Gas-State?
23.03.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Is the shale-gas deal President Viktor Yanukovych signed with Royal Dutch Shell on January 24th good news or bad news for Ukraine? Here, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty,...
Ukrainian Easter Eggs
22.03.13

BBC.  Where would you use beeswax, onion peels and egg shells?  They are all part of the ancient art of decorating Pysanky, Ukrainian Easter eggs.  It’s a skill which has been handed...
Amnesty International Statement on Ukraine
22.03.13

DOCUMENT - UKRAINE: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES COMMITMENTS TO COMBAT POLICE IMPUNITY FOR TORTURE AND OTHER ILL-TREATMENT AND TO UPHOLD THE PRINCIPLE OF NON-REFOULEMENT, BUT REGRETS THE REJECTION OF...
Amnesty International - Ukraine: Arrest of peaceful protesters a worrying step backwards
22.03.13

DOCUMENT - UKRAINE: ARREST OF PEACEFUL PROTESTERS A WORRYING STEP BACKWARDS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT AI Index: EUR 50/002/2013 18 March 2013 The Ukrainian authorities must immediately drop...
Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine - Country Progress Report for 2012
21.03.13

The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy yesterday published on 12 country reports (on developments in 2012 and with a set of recommendations...
Punch-up in Ukrainian Parliament
20.03.13

It is now a fairly common occurrence for brawls to break out in the Ukrainian Parliament.  This video clip run throughout the day by the BBC on yesterday shows one more punch-up. It has raised particular...
Ukraine moving closer to join Customs Union?
15.03.13

Dzerkalo Tyzhnia is reporting that following on from the latest meeting of Presidents Putin and Yanukovych (4 March), governments of Ukraine and the Russian Federation have been tasked to find a mutually...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - An Isolated Yanukovych
15.03.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  A behind-the-scenes powerbroker most people have never heard of has some interesting things to say about the Yanukovych regime and the Regionnaires in a recent interview. The 63-year-old...
New Pope - Ukrainian tutor
14.03.13

News of the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis has led to a host of facts about him coming to the fore.From a Ukrainian perspective, Kyiv Post has reported that the former Head of the...
Stefan Fule: Ukraine needs to reverse recent backsliding
14.03.13

Strasbourg. During a Plenary Session of the European Parliament debating the situation in Ukraine, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, expressed...
Stefan Fule's concluding remarks during EP debate on the situation in Ukraine
14.03.13

Strasborg.  In his concluding remarks at the end of a Plenary Session of the European Parliament, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle,...
Bad news from Ukraine jeopardises its EU association prospects, say MEPs
14.03.13

European Parliament. If Ukraine is still serious about signing an ambitious association and trade deal with the EU by November, then disturbing news such as the recent removal of two opposition MPs'...
UWC President interview: European integration will stimulatie process of democratisation
12.03.13

Ukrainian World Congress President, Ewhen Czolij, has elaborated on the importance of Ukraine's integration into the EU.  Speaking in an interview with UNIAN, Mr Czolij summarised the key issues surrounding...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Yanukovych’s Information Bubble
11.03.13

WORLD AFFAIRS. One of Ukraine’s best investigative journalists, Serhii Leshchenko, recently revealed a tidbit about President Yanukovych that shocked me. Read the following excerpt from his blog...
Orange Revolution Mark II? Ukraine opposition calls for street protests
11.03.13
Orange Revolution Mark II? Ukraine opposition calls for street protests

buisnessneweurope - The frustrations of Ukraine's opposition are becoming palpable and tensions are rising fast in Kyiv. The opposition took the dramatic step of calling on the population to take to the...
VlasenkoVlasenko case - not the European way says Fule - UPDATED
07.03.13

Ukraine's Administrative Court yesterday stripped Serhiy Vlasenko of his seat in the Ukrainian Parliament and of all his parliamentary privileges, including immunity from prosecution. The case was brought...
Meeting religious leaders from Ukraine
06.03.13

Brussels (6th March) - Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met a delegation of the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations in Brussels...
Immigration facilitator from Ukraine jailed for 8 and half years
06.03.13

UK in Ukraine. The head of an organised crime group who facilitated the entry of Ukrainian illegal immigrants into the UK by private yachts and scheduled flights has been sentenced to eight and a half...
Yuschenko's political party dissolved
02.03.13

Ex-President Viktor Yuschenko's party - Our Ukraine (Наша Україна) decided today, at their XIIth annual conference, to dissolve. The vote was carried with 267 for and only 2 against.The Orange...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Citizens Derail Oligarch's Mining Development Plans in Ukraine
01.03.13

WORLD AFFAIRS. The residents of Kremenchuk, a city of 230,000 southeast of Kyiv on the Dnipro River, and its environs are up in arms over oligarch Kostyantyn Zhevago’s plans to build the Bilaniv...
Lutsenko to be freed?
25.02.13

According to a report in Ukrainska Pravda, President Yanukovych last week alledgedly gave an undertaking to his Polish and Slovak counterparts, that Yuri Lutsenko would be freed from prison.Citing the...
EU summitEU-Ukraine summit - grounds for optimism?
25.02.13

The EU-Ukraine Summit has taken take place today with the possible signing of the Association Agreement being the main item for discussion.Ukraine will be required to show tangible progress by May at the...
Vogue UkraineVogue Ukraine - in Russian
25.02.13

The first ever issue of Vogue Ukraine went on sale last week. The publication has been well over a year in the planning and its launch shows how far Ukraine has come, not just in terms of its place in...
Ministers reinforce cooperation in NATO-Ukraine Commission
23.02.13

NATO.  NATO and Ukraine reinforced their cooperation at a meeting of defence ministers in the NATO-Ukraine Commission on Friday 22 February. “NATO and Ukraine are key security partners. For...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Fixing Ukraine’s Villages One House at a Time
22.02.13

If you’ve ever been to Ukraine’s countryside, you may have noticed that many villages look like holdouts from the late nineteenth century. Dirt roads are the norm, water frequently has to be...
The Clock is Ticking - EU-Ukraine Summit
22.02.13

The EU-Ukraine summit will take place in Brussels on Monday 25 February 2013. This is a key meeting on the way to potential signing of the Association Agreement in November. European leaders have made...
PACE rapporteur on Tymoshenko, Lutsenko and definition of political prisoners
21.02.13

PACE. Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), who is preparing a report on “Keeping political and criminal responsibility separate” for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE),...
William Hague on partnership, integration and challenges
20.02.13

UK in Ukraine.  Article by William Hague, UK Foreign Minister in Den' newspaper, 20 February 2013 In a time of economic uncertainty and as we face the challenges and opportunities of globalisation,...
Ambassador's Blog - A successful Ukraine in a successful EU
20.02.13

FCO Global Conversations.  One of the many good things about being British Ambassador to Ukraine is that I get a lot of opportunities to spread the message that Britain welcomes the prospect of Ukraine...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Preparing for Russia's Upcoming Collapse
15.02.13

WORLD AFFAIRS. A just-published report by Russia’s premier political analyst, Lilia Shevtsova, has important implications for the post-Soviet states in general and Ukraine in particular. Titled “Russia...
Cardinal Huzar will not take part in election of new Pope
13.02.13

One of Ukraines most trusted individuals, Cardinal Lubomyr Huzar, will not take part in the Conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI who resigned earlier this week.According to a report posted...
UCCLA: INTERNMENT OPERATIONS MUSEUM TO OPEN IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK
13.02.13

UCCLA.  After decades of effort, spearheaded by the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association and its supporters, a redress settlement was reached between the Government and Canada and the Ukrainian...
Chatham House. A Ghost in the Mirror: Russian Soft Power in Ukraine
12.02.13

See here for an excellent paper written by Alexander Bogomolov and Oleksandr Lytvynenko
UWC Letter to President Yanukovych re EU integration
12.02.13

The Ukrainian World Congress has called upon President Viktor Yanukovych to take concrete steps to uphold Ukraine’s possibilities for Euro-integration. For the full text click here.
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Soviet-Style Imperialism & the Ukrainian Language
11.02.13
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Soviet-Style Imperialism & the Ukrainian Language

An important new book by the distinguished University of Vienna linguist Michael Moser promises to be the definitive account of the anti-Ukrainian language policies of the Yanukovych regime. Entitled Language...
Azarov/FuleEU - Ukraine: a historic window of opportunity, but not open indefinitely
07.02.13

Stefan Fule, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy arrived in Kyiv today for two days of talks to prepare for the planned EU-Ukraine summit on 25 February and the potential signing of...
Yalta Memorial Speech
07.02.13

The UK's Ambassador to Ukraine Simon Smith delivered fifth Yalta Memorial Speech to the British-Ukrainian Society in London on Monday. For the full text click here.
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine’s ‘New Elite’
01.02.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Leonid Brezhnev would have smiled when President Viktor Yanukovych made public his list of “The New Elite of the Nation” on December 29, 2012. The 60 lucky individuals...
EU-UkraineFule-Kozhara meeting: looking forward, but with concerns
31.01.13

Stefan Fule, EU Commissioner for Enlargement, met Ukraine's Foreign Minister, Leonid Kozhara for the first time in Brussels on 30 January. They discussed recent developments in Ukraine and how to take...
Press Freedom 2013Press Freedom in Ukraine - worst since Orange Revolution
31.01.13

The independent organisation, Reporters without Borders, today published its report on world press freedom. Ukraine has slipped ten places to 126th, inbetween Honduras and Algeria, and only two places...
Time for the UK to recognise the Holodomor as genocide - question in Parliament
31.01.13

Pauline Latham, MP for Mid Derbyshire today raised in Parliament the issue of the Holodomor and said it was time the UK government joined other members of the Commonwealth and recognised the Holodomor...
Kiev police chief jailed for Gongadze murder
30.01.13

The Financial Times reports on the sentencing of General Oleksiy Pukach for the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze 13 years ago.  After the verdict, Gongadze's wife Myroslava vowed to continue...
Genocides Remembered
29.01.13
Derby

Twelve years ago the UK held its first Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). The remembrance has since developed and victims of the Holocaust and other genocides are commemorated each year on or about 27 January....
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Run, Regionnaire, Run
28.01.13

When arrogant thugs start talking the language of compromise and reason, you know they’re getting desperate. Look at the Soviet Communists. When they felt on top of the world, they insisted they’d...
Commemoration of Kruty in Manchester
28.01.13
Manchester

By Genia MandzijOn the 95th anniversary of the battle at Kruty members of the Ukrainian Youth Association in Manchester attended a special memorial service to remember those 300 students who on January...
Derby Ukrainians mark deaths of seven million from starvation
28.01.13
Derby

By ZENA HawleyDERBY TELEGRAPH.  THE 80th anniversary of "the biggest lie, the best-kept secret" was commemorated in Derby yesterday by members of the Ukrainian community. Between 1932 and 1933, more...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Run, Regionnaire, Run
28.01.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  When arrogant thugs start talking the language of compromise and reason, you know they’re getting desperate. Look at the Soviet Communists. When they felt on top of the world,...
Christmas Celebrations in Rochdale
28.01.13
Rochdale

By Taras MelnykFeast of St NicholasOn Saturday 15th December at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Rochdale, the annual St. Nicholas play took place.  This year’s play was organised by the...
Ukrainian Catholic Church in Great Britain elevated to status of Eparchy
18.01.13

The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has elevated the  Ukrainian Catholic Church in Great Britain from the status of Apostolic Exarchate to an Eparchy, giving it the formal title...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The Yanukovych Ruin and Its Aftermath, Part 2
18.01.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  While the Yanukovych regime’s likely disintegration (discussed last week in Part 1) is not tantamount to an institutional void, the destruction wrought by sultanism will place...
Message of thanks from Duty Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester
16.01.13

The Duty Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Kath Robinson DL, has written a very warm message of thanks to AUGB MAnchester Branch following Sunday's Christmas concert.  It message reads:Please...
Ukraine and the Customs Union - calling the EU's bluff
15.01.13

A Financial Times blog by Steven Pifer, US Ambassador to Ukraine 1998-2000 analyses Ukraine's current approach to the Moscow-led Customs Union and the EU. It concludes that President Yanukovych is flirting...
Full House at Christmas Concert!
15.01.13

By Bohdan RatyczAnother highly successful Christmas Concert took place at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Manchester on Sunday. The Hall was full to capacity with standing room only - if you could...
HorynMykhaylo Horyn buried in Lviv
13.01.13

Mykhaylo Horyn - leading activist in the Ukrainian human rights movement of the 1960s and 70s - has died at the age of 82.He spent his life fighting the Soviet system and campaigning for justice and human...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The Yanukovych Ruin and Its Aftermath, Part 1
10.01.13

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Although Ukraine may have to endure another three to eight years of Viktor Yanukovych’s misrule—until the presidential elections of 2015 or 2020—the end, fortunately,...
Travelling to Ukraine with Aerosvit? Check before you set out.
08.01.13

KYIV POST.  AeroSvit Airline has cancelled eight arriving flights and nine departing flights as of 0900 on January 8, according to the Boryspil International Airport. The airline cancelled the following...
UWC announces motto and significant anniversaries for 2013
08.01.13

The Ukrainian World Congress has announced that the motto for the Ukrainian diaspora in 2013 is the title of the inspirational poem written by Lesya Ukrainka: “Contra spem spero!” It also...
Happy Ukrainian Christmas...
07.01.13

We wish all of our visitors, who follow the traditional Eastern Rite Church calendar, a very Happy and joyous Christmas, New Year and Feast of the Theophany!
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Is 2013 the End for Ukraine's Regionnaires?
03.01.13

 WORLD FFAIRS. Last year ended with a series of portentous developments for the Yanukovych regime. And, more and more, it looks like the regime’s ready to break down or crack up. Consider the...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine’s President Commiserates with Santa
27.12.12

 WORLD AFFAIRS.Dear Santa,Sorry for writing so late, but I’ve been as busy as a canary in a coal mine and haven’t had the time to get my personal life in order. And I gotta tell ya, Big...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Power Politics in Ukraine's Parliament
20.12.12

WORLD AFFAIRS.  The correlation of forces in the Ukrainian Parliament, the Rada, may have shifted. Not in terms of votes, of course, as the Regionnaires and their allies still have a majority of deputies....
Sheptytskiy archiveMetropolitan Sheptytskiy archive material in British Library
19.12.12

The British Library has added to its collection a catalogue of manuscripts and archive documents from Metropolitan Andriy Sheptytskiy. The catalogue was published by the National Academy of Ukraine.The...
Judge and his family beheaded in Kharkiv
15.12.12

RIA Novosti.  A district judge and three of his family members were slain in a medieval-styled bloodbath in Ukraine’s Kharkov on Saturday, which is Judicial Employee Day in the country. Four...
Representatives of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine launch Bandera catalogue
14.12.12
49 Linden Gardens, London

Director Serhiy Chaikovsky and leadership of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine (NMHU) were in London last night to launch the catalogue from the Bandera exhibition held at the museum in Kyiv...
Parliamentary elections were step backwards for Ukraine, says EU resolution
13.12.12

Kyiv Post.  Strasbourg – The European Parliament (EP) has expressed regret at the fact that, according to international observers' evaluations, the 2012 parliamentary elections in Ukraine failed...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine Government Duped by Conman
13.12.12

WORLD AFFAIRS.  By now, everyone in the world knows about the Yanukovych regime’s embarrassing non-deal with Spain’s Gas Natural Fenosa utility company. On November 26th, Vladyslav Kaskiv,...
Poland and Ukraine in the 1930's and 1940's
12.12.12
49 Linden Gardens, London

Academics from Poland and Ukraine were in London yesterday evening to launch the latest volume in the series of archival documents - Poland and Ukraine in the 1930's and 1940's: Documents from the...
Amnesty International tells Ukraine's new parliament it's time to address appalling Human Rights record
12.12.12

 Amnesty International is urging Ukraine’s newly elected parliament to address urgently the country’s appalling human rights record as the Verhkovna Rada opens its first session today....
Trypillian museumOldest Trypillian settlement in Europe discovered in Ukraine
09.12.12

A team of British and Ukrainian archeologists has discovered what is thought to be evidence of the largest Trypillian settlement in Europe, in a village in Kirovohrad in Ukraine.The settlement, which is...
Cycling to Bush HouseAUGB reception for BBC World Service journalists
09.12.12

On Friday 7 December, AUGB hosted a reception for BBC World Service journalists to mark the World Service's move from Bush House to Langham Place.The World Service has broadcast from Bush House since 1941,...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Hard Times Ahead for Ukraine
06.12.12

WORLD AFFAIRS.  This year has been exceptionally difficult for Ukraine’s economy, and 2013 is unlikely to be any better. Popular discontent with the inability of the Yanukovych regime to provide...
Money2012 Corruption Survey - no improvement in Ukraine
05.12.12

The 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index published by Transparency International shows Ukraine languishing in 144th place, alongside Syria, Bangladesh and the Congo Republic in the bottom third of the...
Commemoration of the 79th Anniversary of the Holodomor – Genocide in Ukraine
28.11.12
Rochdale

 Taras Melnyk On 23rd November the Ukrainian flag flew at half mast from the Rochdale Town Hall to commemorate the 79th Anniversary of the Holodomor – Famine Genocide in Ukraine of1932–1933. ...
UK Ambassador to Ukraine - First impressions and observations
27.11.12

An Interview with the UK's Ambassador to Ukraine, Simon Smith, published last week in "The Day" ("День"), is now available in English on the FCO website. The Ambassador talks about the balance of power...
UWC calls for immediate release of Yuriy Lutsenko
27.11.12

The President of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), Eugene Czolij, has called on the international community to demand that Ukraine’s authorities release opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko...
Holodomor victims remembered in UK
26.11.12

In many towns and cities across the UK, special memorial services, wreath-laying ceremonies and momoents of silence were held over the weekend to commemorate the annual Remembrance Day for the...
Orlyk hold candles to the victims of Holodomor
26.11.12

By Bohdan Ratycz.A remembrance service for Holodomor victims was held at the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Manchester on 24 November. Father Martyniuk said a Mass and Panachyda during which he gave...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Targeting Ukraine's Corrupt Leaders
20.11.12

WORLD AFFAIRS.  A recent policy memo of the European Council on Foreign Relations, “The EU and Ukraine after the 2012 Elections” (pdf), is well worth reading. Its author is Andrew Wilson,...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine’s Indifference Meets West’s Indifference
16.11.12

WORLD AFFAIRS. What, if anything, will President Obama’s policy toward Ukraine be? His October 22nd foreign policy debate with Governor Mitt Romney may hold some clues. Naturally, you wouldn’t...
Election dayFinal election results - almost
13.11.12

The Ukrainian Central Electoral Commission has announced the final results of the election.Two hundred and twenty deputies have been elected in the single-mandate districts, including 113 from the Party...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Understanding Ukraine's Ultranationalist Support
09.11.12

WORLD AFFAIRS.  What does the ultranationalist “Svoboda” Freedom Party’s 10.5 percent share of the party-list vote in Ukraine’s October 28th parliamentary elections mean? Is...
After the elections, Ukraine is losing room for manoeuver
08.11.12

Visitors to this website may be interested to read a Guest Post by Andrew Wilson which appeared in yesterdays Financial Times. Simply click on the link.
AUGB Executive Committee meeting in London
03.11.12

The Executive Committee (Presydiya) of AUGB's Governing Council (Rada) met in London today for its first meeting after the AGM. The wide-ranging agenda covered many current issues as well as plans for...
EU-Ukraine'Tough love' - next steps for EU-Ukraine relationships
02.11.12

Andrew Wilson, Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and Reader in Ukrainian Studies at University College, London, has published a policy paper for the Council which examines...
Ukraine Election Latest - 2 November 2012 @ 2030 hrs (Kyiv time)
02.11.12

The elections used a mixed voting system.  50% under nationwide party lists (225 seats) and 50% under simple-majority constituencies (225 seats.   THE TABLE BELOW COMBINES THE RESULTS OF BOTH...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - After Ukraine's Elections, What's Next?
02.11.12

WORLD AFFAIRS. The parliamentary elections are over and—surprise!—the Regionnaires won, as they and everybody else in Ukraine knew they would, despite the fact that they are deeply unpopular...
Fistfights, tear gas, sobs as Kiev tallies vote
02.11.12

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Nearly a week after Ukraine's parliamentary election, officials on Friday were still counting votes in eight key districts across the...
Diaspora wastes opportunity to influence election outcome
01.11.12

The attention of everyone following the election in Ukraine held last Sunday centred on whether the polls were free and fair.  On past experiences, this in itself was not completely unreasonable.On...
UWC calls for an end to delays in vote count in highly contested single mandate districts
01.11.12

Kyiv, Ukraine - The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) has determined that extensive delays in vote tabulation in a number of closely contested single mandate electoral districts are associated with manipulation...
Links to articles/reports on Ukraine's Election 2012 (updating)
01.11.12

 CBC News. Ukrainian election dispute stirs up thugs and policeEuronews: Ukraine opposition party to take election fraud to court Bloomberg. Are US Elections Cleaner Than Ukraine's? FT. Ukraine:...
UK MINISTER FOR EUROPE: UKRAINE'S PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS WERE DISAPPOINTING
30.10.12

UK Minister for Europe David Lidington has commented on Ukraine's parliamentary elections held on Sunday by saying: “Ukraine’s parliamentary elections were disappointing. Although voters were...
Joint statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Štefan Füle on the parliamentary elections in Ukraine
30.10.12

Brussels.  Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission and Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement...
UWC International Election Observation Mission - Preliminary statement
30.10.12

During a press conference held on October 29, 2012 at the UNIAN Information Agency in Kyiv representatives of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) Election Observation Mission to the 2012 Parliamentary election...
Tymoshenko announces hunger strike in protest over falsifications at election
29.10.12

According to the Interfax news agency, Ukraine's former PM, Yulia Tymoshenko, has announced a hunger-strike "as a sign of protest against the falsification of Ukraine's parliamentary elections".Her legal...
Ukrainian elections marred by lack of level playing field, say international observers
29.10.12

OSCE.  KYIV, 29 October 2012 – Ukraine’s parliamentary elections were characterized by a tilted playing field, the international observers concluded in a statement released today. This...
(UPDATED) BBC: Ukraine election 'reversed democracy', OSCE says
29.10.12

BBC.  International observers say Ukraine's election has been a backward step for democracy, marred by "the abuse of power and the excessive role of money".The statement from the regional security...
Ukraine elections: MEPs criticise preparations but praise voters’ aspirations
29.10.12

Delegation of EU to Ukraine.  MEPs have expressed strong criticism regarding the preparation of parliamentary elections in Ukraine, but also support to the Ukrainian people for the peaceful process...
Election dayElection day round-up
28.10.12

Polling stations have closed in Ukraine, after a hard-fought election campaign, in which thousands of violations of electoral law were recorded by Ukrainian civic organisations and international observers.This...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Yanukovych after the Fall
27.10.12

WORLD AFFAIRS: What will Viktor Yanukovych do after he falls from power? That’s a question that should concern Ukraine’s current president, especially as Ukrainians are preparing to go to the...
Ukraine election puts democracy under scrutiny
27.10.12

By David SternBBC News, Kiev As Ukraine holds a parliamentary election on Sunday, the country's future direction will once again be in question. Western officials are calling the vote pivotal, billing...
Human Rights Watch condemns disappearance of Asylum Seeker - Russian Opposition Activist Vanished in Kyiv, Turned Up in Russia
26.10.12

For an asylum seeker to simply vanish while lodging his asylum claims and then reappear in the country he fled is profoundly shocking. There needs to be a serious investigation to determine whether any...
Reporters without Borders express concerns on eve of elections
26.10.12

 Reporters Without Borders, issued the following statement on Wednesday concerning the deterioration of freedom of information in Ukraine:The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva will today examine the...
"Initiative Group 1 December" calls on Ukrainians to secure fair elections
26.10.12

 On the eve of the parliamentary elections in Ukraine, the "Initiative Group 1 December" has issued a call for all Ukrainians to report all incidences of possible falsification and/or abuse of Ukraine's...
William Hague: Ukraine's future lies with Europe
26.10.12

In a speech entitled "Europe at a crossroads: what kind of Europe do we want?", delivered during the Körber Foundation Conference in Berlin earlier this week, Foreign Secretary William...
The Malaise in Ukraine
25.10.12

 The business community is fed up with President Yanukovych's corruption and management. With the elections coming up, Anders Aslund, writing in Foreign Policy, asks whether there is any real change...
Ukraine: Who will voters choose? BBC TV news report.
25.10.12

BBC.  Voters in Ukraine go to the polls this weekend to elect a new parliament. There are two main opposition parties, one led by the world heavyweight boxing champion, Vitali Klitchko, and the other...
Journalist protest'A toxic environment' for journalists in Ukraine says Reporters without Borders
24.10.12

The independent organisation 'Reporters without Borders' has written to the United Nations, on the day that the UN Human Rights Council is meeting to review the situation in Ukraine, voicing their concerns...
Clinton and AshtonClinton and Ashton looking for an irreversably democratic Ukraine
24.10.12

In an unprecedented opinion piece in the New York Times, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Baroness Catherine Ashton have delivered a thinly veiled warning...
Independent style with relaxed and optimistic expression
23.10.12

The first major exhibition in the UK of paintings by young Ukrainian artists opened at the AUGB’s London gallery last week to an enthusiastic audience.A large invited guest list got the first chance...
CROSSING BORDERS – ‘UKRAINE’S BEST UNVEILED’
18.10.12

The first major exhibition in the UK of young Ukrainian painters will open this evening with a private viewing at the Association of Ukrainians of Great Britain’s Notting Hill gallery. ‘Ukraine’s...
Canadian election missionVoter access to reliable information getting worse says Canadian Election Mission
17.10.12

The Canadian Election Mission in Ukraine has published its second pre-election report.The report is a stinging indictment of the fragility and failings of Ukraine's electoral processes. Voter bribery continues...
Elections 1Election update: dirty tricks, playing the system and the dash for parliamentary immunity
14.10.12

As we go into the last two weeks of the election campaign, we can expect more commentary and analysis of the Ukrainian electoral system and the fairness (or not) of the election campaign.From the EU, Baroness...
Important Notice - Newspaper delivery delay - free online edition
12.10.12

Readers of the the Ukrainian Thought (Dumka) will not receive their copy of the paper until Tuesday.  The cause of the delay is down to the delivery company failing to deliver the paper today for...
Canadian election missionWidespread irregularities in Ukrainian elections reports Canadian Mission
07.10.12

The Canadian Government has funded Mission Canada to support democracy in Ukraine. Mission Canada has already dispatched more than 60 trained long-term observers throughout Ukraine ahead of the Parliamentary...
Ukraine parliament scraps defamation bill before election
02.10.12
Kyiv

REUTERS - The Ukrainian parliament (has today) on Tuesday scrapped a draft bill which would have made defamation a crime punishable by jail, a move the opposition and media had feared was a step towards...
AUGB sends message of support to Ukrainian journalists
01.10.12

The AUGB and the Editoral team of its newspaper, Ukrainian Thought, have sent a message of support to Ukrainian journalists demonstrating outside the Ukrainian Parliament today.  They stand opposed...
NUJ supports campaign against defamation bill in Ukraine
01.10.12

NUJ  The National Union of Journalists is supporting the call by Ukrainian journalists for the withdrawal of proposed legislation that would introduce criminal responsibility for libel. There must...
Zenko zbory 2011Looking back at 2011 - a year of change and development
30.09.12

Delegates from all over GB gathered in Coventry on 29 September for AUGBs Annual General Meeting.Outgoing AUGB Chair, Zenko Lastowiecki, said that 2011 had been a year of significant milestones: the 65th...
Tymoshenko videoTymoshenko calls on Ukraine to throw out 'criminal' regime
30.09.12

In an emotional video captured on a mobile phone by her lawyer, Yuliya Tymoshenko called on the Ukrainian people to rise up and throw out Yanukovych's 'criminal' regime. She said that the country is being...
Maidan mapElection violation monitoring report presented to European Parliament
30.09.12

The Ukrainian NGO Maidan, which has been collecting evidence of and mapping violations of electoral law, presented its work to the European Parliament on 28 September.Yuriy Lukanov, Head of the Independent...
MapRegister to use your vote on 28 October
28.09.12

Як прийняти участь у голосуванні 28 жовтня 2012 року? Для участі у виборах громадянин України має бути включеним...
Yanukovych UNYanukovych sets out his stall at the UN
26.09.12

President Yanukovych spoke today at the session of the UN General Assembly. In his speech, he pledged Ukraine's help in protecting civilians in conflict areas and said that Ukraine would commit resources...
KorrespondentLibel law proposal dropped, for now.
25.09.12

Party of the Regions deputy, Vitaliy Zhuravynskiy today withdrew his proposed new law which would criminalise libel and defamation. The proposed reintroduction of this Soviet-era law was widely condemned...
Tymoshenko: Elections ‘already rigged, stop this dictatorship’
22.09.12

KYIV POST.  Editor's Note: The following is a statement of Ukraine's imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko in which she appeals to parliamentarians and leaders of democratic countries, international...
Defamation lawSoviet libel law threat to independent media
19.09.12

The Party of the Regions and their supporters in Parliament yesterday took the first steps to reinstate the old Soviet law on defamation which was removed 11 years ago by voting it through its first reading....
Support free visas for Chornobyl Children
19.09.12

The future of vital recuperative holidays for children living with the after effects of the Chornobyl disaster is threatened because the FCO has announced that free visas for Chornobyl Children will end...
'Orchidia' a new novel by Alexander Motyl
16.09.12

Motyl’s latest work of fiction is a lighthearted novella that explores nothing less than memory, time, history, death, faith, and meaning. It features two talkative characters who take a serious...
GongadzeIn memory of Georgiy Gongadze - independent journalist
16.09.12

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the disappearance of Georgiy Gongadze, journalist and founder of 'Українська Правда' (Ukrainian Truth), who was abducted on his way home to his...
Condoleeza RiceCondoleeza Rice urges Ukrainians to push government on democracy
14.09.12

Condoleeza Rice, speaking at the Yalta European Strategy Conference, urged Ukrainians to pressure their own government to reverse the slide away from democratic principles and to ensure that the Tymoshenko...
PoliceUkraine's Orange Blues - Delinquents vs Democrats in Ukraine
14.09.12

Delinquents vs. Democrats in UkraineWord’s out in Ukraine that there is “no difference” between the Regionnaires and the opposition. The implication is obvious: it doesn’t matter...
TVi 2More blows to Ukraine's independent media
12.09.12

TVi, the independent broadcasting station, which has been under continual politically-motivated harrassment for several months, today suffered a further blow to its existence when the Ukrainian tax service...
Opening ceremonyUkraine's paralympians - you did us proud!
10.09.12

Ukraine's paralympians took part in the spectacular closing ceremony on Sunday, knowing that they achieved their best medals total since Ukraine began competing independently. They go home with 84 medals:...
TVi protestDemonstrations in Ukraine in support of media freedom
08.09.12

Demonstrations were held in several cities across Ukraine today, including Kyiv and Kharkiv in support of the TV station, TVi. Harassment of TVi began several months ago when a case for tax evasion was...
YurchenkoUkraine smashes Beijing medals total
08.09.12

Ukraine's paralympians have reached the amazing total of 83 medals, 9 more than they won in Beijing and are firmly anchored in 4th place in the medals table, at home with the best in the world.Day 10 began...
Oksana KhrulUkraine breaks the 70 medal barrier
07.09.12

As day 9 of the Paralympics ends, Ukraine's paralympic team celebrates breaking through the 70 medal barrier and reaching the medals total achieved in Beijing. Ukraine now has 30 gold medals (6 more than...
DementyevNew medals record for Ukraine's paralympians
06.09.12

Ukraine's paralympians today passed their Beijing gold medal total of 24 - ending the day with 27 gold medals.Roman Pavlyk and Yegor Dementyev led the way. Pavlyk added his second gold in the T36 200m...
Global competitivenessGlobal competitiveness 2012-13 - Ukraine up 9 places...to 73rd
05.09.12

The World Economic Forun today published its 2012-13 Global Competitiveness Report, which ranks the competitiveness of 144 countries on a range of criteria that affect the economic landscape, including...
PorushenyaViolations of electoral law growing
05.09.12

The community organisation 'Opora' has published its fifth monitoring report on the Ukrainian election campaign and violations of electoral law.Key violations included:use of official resources for party...
SatsovaUkraine's paralympians - amazing athletes and amazing performances
05.09.12

At the end of day 7, Ukraine has added another 9 medals to its total and is still in 4th place in the medals table with 59 in total.The day began with gold medals from Roman Pavlyk in the F36 men's long...
Katyshev8 more medals for Ukrainian paralympians
04.09.12

Ukraine's paralympians have moved back up to 4th place in the medals table with impressive performances today which added 8 medals to their tally.Long jumper Ruslan Katyshev led the field after his second...
Journalist protestYanukovych security guards stop journalists' protest
03.09.12

Today sees the beginning of the World Newspaper Congress, being held in Kyiv for the first time, and which was opened by a keynote speech from President Yanukovych.Ukrainian journalists were at first prevented...
HolivetsMore medals for Ukrainian Paralympic team
03.09.12

The Ukrainian Paralympic team added 9 more medals to its tally today to bring their total up to 42, but slipped to 5th in the medals table.The controversy over Maria Pomazan's discus gold medal continues....
Maria PomazanAnother great day for Ukraine's paralympic team
02.09.12

Sunday began with the welcome news that the International Paralympic Committee had reinstated Maria Pomazan's discus gold medal, after a scoring error resulted in changes to the top 5 places in the discus...
Paralympics 1Ukrainian paralympians 4th in medals table
01.09.12

On day 3 of the Paralympics, the Ukrainian team are 4th in the medals table, with 22 medals in total: 9 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze medals.3 gold medals were added today: Yuriy Tsaruk in the T35 100m,...
HominBandurist and conductor Yaroslav Babuniak dies
31.08.12

It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of Yaroslav Babuniak, our diaspora's best known and best loved bandurist and conductor.Yaroslav Babuniak was born in Berezany in Western Ukraine into...
mova2Language law - confusion and anger
31.08.12

The working group set up by President Yanukovych to consider amendments to the language law (after he had signed it, acknowledging that it was 'raw' and deficient) has prepared a raft of amendments which...
Tymoshenko appealEU and UK Government disappointed at Tymoshenko court decision
29.08.12

The EU and the UK Government have expressed their disppointment that the Ukrainian High Court has upheld Yuliya Tymoshenko's sentence for abuse of office when she was Prime Minister.They expressed their...
Tymoshenko 3Tymoshenko appeal at European Court of Human Rights
28.08.12

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has begun its hearing of Yulya Tymoshenko's appeal against her conviction for abuse of office in 2009 while she was Prime Minister.The ex-premier alleges...
Paralympic teamUkraine fields biggest ever paralympic team
28.08.12

155 Ukrainian Paralympians are in London for the 2012 Paralympic Games - the biggest team that Ukraine has ever fielded.Ukraine came 4th in the medals table at the Beijing Paralympic Games, with 74 medals...
Independence protestIndependence Day celebration - up to a point
25.08.12

Around 100 people gathered at St Volodymyr's statue to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Ukrainian independence, to voice their concerns about the anti-democratic actions of the current government and...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Street Protests in Ukraine
20.08.12

Talk to Ukrainians and the view you’ll hear from almost everyone is that “they”—Ukrainians—are passive, apathetic, and inert. I’ve heard this line in Lviv, Kyiv, and...
Election observersCall for election observers in Ukraine
19.08.12

CALL TO ACTION FOR FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS IN UKRAINEDo you have a non-Ukrainian passport?Can you be free from October 23rd - 1st November this year?Are you professional?If so then http://www.ucca.org/...
CYM movaUkrainian Youth Association in defence of Ukrainian language
14.08.12

As we have reported before, members of the Ukrainian Youth Association have been both shocked and saddened at the threat to the Ukrainian language posed by the language law. On 12 August, during the traditional...
Language protest 3Language law - what next?
13.08.12

Since President Yanukovych signed the shameful language bill last week, there has been a series of developments, both expected and unexpected.The bill became law on Friday, 10 August. On that day, Hanna...
AUGB letter to Viktor Yanukovych
10.08.12

Click here for a copy of the AUGB's letter to Viktor Yanukovych following his decsion to sign the language bill.
AUGB statement on language law
09.08.12

AUGB unequivocally condemns President Yanukovych for signing and bringing into law the notorious and divisive language bill, which threatens the existence of the Ukrainian language and the cohesion of...
Tabir - language billUkrainian Youth Association reacts to signing of language bill
08.08.12

President Yanukovych today signed the language bill - in spite of acknowledging yesterday that the law was both divisive and flawed, and promising a raft of amendments to remove any threat to the Ukrainian...
Lviv Opera HouseYanukovych seeks unity on Ukrainian language
07.08.12

President Yanukovych today hosted a meeting of 'intellectuals' to discuss the notorious and controversial language bill. Those present at the meeting included ex-President Kravchuk, the rector of...
AUGB Feedback Survey
06.08.12

 Our new AUGB Feedback Survey is now live! This is a great opportunity for you to share your thoughts with us about the information we share with you via our social networking sites. Please click...
UnityPresident to meet 'intelligentsia' on language bill
02.08.12

Hanna Herman, one of President Yanukovych's top advisers has confirmed that the President has received the language bill for signature. She said that he will have a meeting on 7 August with members of...
KlymentyevInternational manhunt for Klymentyev murderer
02.08.12

An international manhunt is underway to find the chief suspect in the murder of the journalist Vasyl Klymentyev.On 11 August 2010, Vasyl Klymentyev, editor of the Kharkiv newspaper 'Noviy Styl', left...
LytvynSpeaker will sign language bill
31.07.12

Speaker Lytvyn has said that he has no choice but to sign the language bill and pass it to the President for ratification.At the extra Parliamentary meeting on Monday, four motions against the language...
Lytvyn signs bill - now to Yanukovych
31.07.12

Speaker Lytvyn has now signed the language bill and it goes to the President for ratification.There is little hope that the President will do anything other than add his signature: we do not believe he...
Iryna KalynetsDissident Iryna Kalynets dies after long illness
31.07.12

Iryna Kalynets, poet, cultural activist and one of the leading dissidents of the 1970s, died today after a long illness at the age of 72.After graduating in philology from university in Lviv, she lectured...
Opposition language bill motions rejected
30.07.12
Kyiv

Ukraine's Pariament has rejected motions put forward today by opposition MP's calling for the controversial language bill to be scrapped.The four motions received only 46, 37, 42 and 38 votes respecti...
ShevchenkoKorolevskaShevchenko becomes political player
28.07.12

Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine's most famous footballer, has announced his retirement from football and his entrance into the political field.There was speculation that he would join Vitaliy Klitschko's party...
Parliament 1Parliament to reconvene - language bill fears
27.07.12

The Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, Volodymyr Lytvyn, has signed an order for a reconvened Parliamentary session on Monday 30 July. The date clashes with the pre-election conference of the United...
VyshAUGB Chair visits Tarasivka
26.07.12

AUGB's Chair, Zenko Lastowiecki, today visited Tarasivka to talk to members of the Ukrainian Youth Association who are attending the first of the Association's annual summer camps - the Leadership camp.The...
Olympic flagUkrainian team ready to take part in the Olympics
26.07.12

The Ukrainian flag was raised in the Olympic village today in an official ceremony. This signifies that the team is ready for the Games. For more photographs of the event click here.Ukraine's archers compete...
Setbacks to media freedom in run-up to elections
24.07.12

Reporters without Borders.  With just over than three months to go to parliamentary elections on 28 October, Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the steady decline in media freedom in Ukraine...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukrainians in a Funk
23.07.12

WORLD AFFAIRS. The Euro 2012 soccer games are over and the heady euphoria of being part of the civilized world has dissipated. Ukraine is back to normal: a brutalized country subjected to the daily...
Bohdan Stupka dies
23.07.12

One of Ukraine's leading actors, Bohdan Stupka, died yesterday, 22 July, aged 71.  He had been suffering from ill health for the past few years.Stupka appeared in over 100 roles on stage and screen...
Fr Borys Gudziak named titular Bishop - updated
23.07.12

The Association of Ukrainians in GB was delighted to hear the news over the weekend that the rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Fr. Borys Gudziak, has been named titular Bishop of Carcabia...
Ukrainians protest in Portsmouth
23.07.12

Ukrainian Ferry workers held a two hour protest over the weekend in Portsmouth to highlight their dissatisfaction over being paid just £2.35 per hour.Condor Ferries, who employ the Ukrainian crew,...
Turning the screw on Ukraine's independent journalists
23.07.12

Whilst the world's media turns its attention this week to the Olympic Games in London, Ukraine's authories continue to turn the screw on Ukraine's free press.Last week the Kyiv Post reported on criminal...
Hunger strike endHunger strike ends, but protest continues
18.07.12

The protesters against the language bill who have been on hunger strike for 11 days outside the Ukrayinskiy Dim in Kyiv have announced that they are ending the hunger strike but that their protest will...
Language montage100 years of fighting for the Ukrainian language
17.07.12

We recommend this short report from the First National Channel in Ukraine. It analyses the attempts to destroy the Ukrainian language over the last hundred years, from banning Ukrainian publications and...
yatseniukOpposition pledges to impeach President Yanukovych
16.07.12

The leaders of the two biggest parties in the united opposition, Arseniy Yatseniuk and Oleksandr Turchynov today launched a campaign 'Ukraine against Yanukovych' and pledged to begin proceedings for the...
Ukraine Charity Appeal
13.07.12

The following is an appeal issued by Ukraine Charity:Dear Friends and Supporters, Ukraine Charity would like to take this opportunity to ask for your support in raising funds to help acquire a very much...
Independent - the real Chernobyl diaries
11.07.12

We recommend this blog from today's Independent by Thom Davies, doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham, who has visited Chernobyl and talked to the people who still live in the exclusion zone,...
Language demo London2Ukrainians in London protest against the language bill
11.07.12

Ukrainians of all ages living in London joined Ukrainians all over the world to protest against the language bill.Around 150 people braved the rain to voice their protest outside the Ukrainian Embassy....
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly urges release of Ukraine's political prisoners
10.07.12

According to a BBC report the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly has called on Kyiv to bring Ukraine’s Criminal Code up to European standards, and in doing so to restrict the current powers of procurators....
CorruptionPoliticians accused of buying support
10.07.12

The Kyiv Post carries an article today which says that 6% of Ukraine's voters are ready to sell their votes to the highest bidder. This could have a significant impact on the forthcoming elections, where...
UK Government declines meeting with Yanukovych
10.07.12

Unian and other news agencies are reporting that the UK Government has declined to meet President Yanukovych when he visits London for the Olympics.The report quotes a Foreign Office source who said that...
Microsoft cupUkrainian students win Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012
10.07.12

Microsoft has announced that a team of Ukrainian students from Donetsk has won the Imagine Cup 2012, which honours students' technical innovation to solve the 'world's toughest problems'.The...
UKRAINIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION STATEMENT REGARDING THE UKRAINIAN LAW "ON THE PRINCIPLES OF LANGUAGE POLICY"
07.07.12

The Ukrainian American Bar Association yesterday issued a statement regarding the adoption of the law "On The Principles of Language Policy", saying that it grossly contradicts the Ukrainian Constitution...
Ukrainian parliament breaks for vacation
07.07.12

KYIV POST. Ukraine's parliament closed its session July 6, not before passing a divisive language law and a state procurement law that critics say will fuel corruption. While lawmakers hinted they...
PoliceEuro 2012 - police instructed to leave foreigners alone
05.07.12

Amnesty International said today that, according to Ukrainian police sources, an instruction was issued that police should not touch foreigners during the Euro 2012 tournament.For ordinary Ukrainians,...
DemocracyFreedom House - persisting democratic decline in Ukraine
05.07.12

Freedom House, the independent democracy watchdog, today issued a new report "Sounding the Alarm, Round 2: Protecting Democracy in Ukraine", which follows up an earlier report in 2011.Freedom House found...
Mova3The language battle - day 3
05.07.12

It has been a day of continuing protests by the people against the language bill, and confusion in Parliament.Civil activists in towns and cities around Ukraine have been organising demonstrations and...
Language montageThe language battle - day 2
04.07.12

Today has been a bitter battle of assertion and accusation between the opposition, the ruling Party of the Regions and Government Ministers.The day began with clashes between protesters and riot police...
Euro Court rules in decision on Lutsenko - update 2
03.07.12

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has today declared Yuri Lutsenko's detention unlawful and politically motivated. According to Lutsenko's legal representative, Valentyna Telychenko, the...
mova2Language bill - update 2
03.07.12

The controversial Ukrainian language bill was passed today with 248 MPs voting, amidst scuffles between Party of the Regions and opposition MPs.The 2000 amendments proposed to the bill were still being...
votingLanguage bill reactions
03.07.12

Reaction to the Party of the Regions ambush which passed the language bill today and left the opposition in disarray is starting to come thick and fast.Many MPs and commentators are scrutinising the procedure...
movaSecond reading this week - maybe, maybe not
02.07.12

The speaker of Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's Parliament), Volodymyr Lytvyn, has said that the second reading of the controversial language bill will not take place this week. He says there are two main reasons:...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Germany, East Central Europe, & Morality: Part II
02.07.12

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Germans view the interwar period and World War II through the lens of Nazism and the Holocaust. Central and East Europeans view the interwar period and World War II through the lens...
Tymoshenko2Tymoshenko trial delayed - reaction and analysis
26.06.12

Legal proceedings against Yuliya Tymoshenko have today been deferred until the middle of July. Read the BBC report in Ukrainian here and in English here.A second trial, for tax evasion, has been deferred...
Party of Regions deputies support language bill protest
25.06.12

The Party of the Regions organisation in the Volyn region in the northwest of Ukraine has associated itself with the Volyn Regional Council's protest against the language bill which would allow other languages...
Euro 2012: a crossroads for Ukraine
23.06.12

Read Yuri Bender's latest blog on Ukraine which appeared in the FINANCIAL TIMES on 23 June 2012. 
UWC President: reach out to the Ukrainian people and strengthen Ukraine’s fragile civil society
22.06.12

Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij took part in the XIX Meeting of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, where...
Credit/Debit cards accepted
22.06.12

 You can now make payments to AUGB via credit/debit card over the phone or in person. This is good opportunity to test the system out by buying from the Gift Shop, paying for Dumka subscription, etc.,...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Germany, East Central Europe, and Moral Responsibility for the Holocaust: Part I
22.06.12

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Since June 22nd marks the day Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union in 1941, it’s an appropriate time to consider the question posed by Paul Hockenos, an accomplished journalist...
Ukrainian NOC official expelled
21.06.12

Last month, Volodymyr Gerashchenko – the former General Secretary of the Ukrainian National Olympic Committee -  was accused of attempting to sell tickets for the London 2012 Olympics for...
Rooney goalUkraine's Euro 2012 campaign over - but disallowed goal did cross the line
20.06.12

The Ukrainian team bowed out of the Euro 2012 championships with a 1-0 defeat to England. Wayne Rooney scored after the ball slipped through Ukraine goalkeeper Pyatov's hands.The Ukrainian team did not...
children'Social' orphans, street children and football - updated
19.06.12

The BBC 4 documentary, "Ukraine's Forgotten Children", highlighted the best and the worst of Ukraine. The worst is a social system still stuck in Soviet times, with disabled children and adults hidden...
Ambassador's blog - A subtle story of the horrors of war
19.06.12

This post is also available in: Ukrainian The table is set for a banquet. Dozens of glasses are lined up, interspersed with samovars and accordions. Around, in the darkness, thousands of faces look on....
Time for a change
16.06.12

We are disappointed to see that the UK's media continue to refer to Ukraine's capital as Kiev.  One banner on page 1 of today's Daily Telegraph, for example, proclaims "England triumph in Kiev".We...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Urban Politics and Regionnaire Corruption in Ukraine
16.06.12

WORLD AFFAIRS. Two recent studies cast interesting light on urban life and Regionnaire policy in Ukraine. Unsurprisingly, most of the cities they misrule are sorely neglected slums, while the only two...
Yuri BenderGuest blog - Yuri Bender. "Something to smile about - for now"
15.06.12

Yuri Bender, as his Twitter profile says, is a journalist for the FT, interested in "finance, football and future of Ukraine... but not necessarily in that order". He's in Ukraine for Euro 2012 and is...
AUGB HQ intern programme launched
13.06.12

AUGB launched an intern pilot programme today - the first such programme in AUGB's history.The two interns who have volunteered to take part are Yvanna Kurlak, a second year history student at Exeter University...
Ambassador's blog - Axle weights and Andriyivskyy Uzviz
12.06.12

This post is also available in: Ukrainian On the steep cobbled slope, stalls display Ukrainian souvenirs to curious visitors. In the distance, a river glistens. On a terrace overlooking picturesque 19thC...
Ambassador's blog - #EURO2012 in #Donetsk
12.06.12

 This post is also available in: Ukrainian UK police officers in action in Donetsk “So, you’re an England fan?” “Yes.” “Where are you from?” “We are...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukrainian Govt's Monolingualism Diagnosis
12.06.12

WORLD AFFAIRS.  I’ve often remarked on the jaw-dropping stupidity of the Party of Regions currently misruling Ukraine. Whatever they do, they do badly. It’s not just that they’re...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Two New On-Screen Looks at Ukraine
12.06.12

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Here are two recommendations from this year’s Kinofest, a New York film festival featuring works from Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries: The Other Chelsea and Firecrosser,...
Shevchenko goalUkraine heads Group D after historic win (Updated)
11.06.12

After going a goal down, Ukraine beat Sweden 2-1 with two goals from Shevchenko - the 35-year old striker whom many doubted would even be selected for the Ukrainian squad. This is Ukraine's first win in...
TV and radio interviews on racism and issue of Ministerial boycott of Euro 2012 - UPDATED
11.06.12

Click on links to watch/listen:Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4, 11 June, interview with Eugenia Tymoshenko.Sunday Morning Live, BBC1 TV, Sunday 10 June, included contributions from AUGB CEO and Ukraine's Ambassador...
UK Ukrainians in the news
09.06.12

The UK media have been in touch with the AUGB at local and national level to gauge our position on various issues relating to the Euro 2012 championships.Here are two of the most recent examples.  The...
TymoshenkoUK Ministers to boycott England games in Ukraine - updated
07.06.12

The BBC is reporting that UK Government Ministers will boycott England's Euro 2012 matches in Ukraine in protest at the 'selective justice' being applied to Yuliya Tymoshenko.A Foreign Office spokesperson...
Ukrainian World Congress condemns draft law on language
07.06.12

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) has condemned the adoption of the Draft Law on the Principles of the State Language Policy by Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada. The Draft Law contravenes the Constitution...
EU commissioner reiterates need for equal access to media for Ukraine's Parliamentary elections
07.06.12

Interfax Ukraine. EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule has urged the Ukrainian authorities to ensure equal access to media for all the participants of the upcoming...
Freedom HouseYanukovych pursuing 'Putinisation' of Ukraine, says Freedom House
06.06.12

Freedom House today publish their latest analysis of democratic trends in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, 'Nations in Transit 2012'.The report warns of rising anti-democratic tendencies in...
Language protestMPs vote through Bill to give Russian language higher status
05.06.12

With supporters and opponents demonstrating outside the Ukrainian Parliament, MPs voted through the first reading of the controversial Bill which would allow Russian to be used officially, alongside Ukrainian...
Ukraine's president downplays Euro 2012 racism fears
01.06.12

BBC.  Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has downplayed fears of racist attacks during the Euro 2012 football championships in the country.In an interview with the BBC's Daniel Sandford, he said...
Ukraine and Racism - Ambassador Khandogiy letter in The Times
31.05.12

In a letter published in today's issue of The Times, the Ambassador of Ukraine to the UK acknowledged that there are isolated cases of racism in Ukraine but that these are effectively dealt with by the...
Ambassador's blog - Ukraine: challenges, optimism and the AUGB
31.05.12

This post is also available in: Ukrainian Can one be an optimist about Ukraine? When I visited the UK recently I was invited to visit the central office of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain...
Ambassador's blog - Why Kyiv is brilliant
31.05.12
Kyiv

This post is also available in: Ukrainian The view is astounding.  Below, a mighty river winds through a brilliant green landscape.  A steep bluff studded with golden domes tumbles down to the...
TymoshenkoCome to Euro 2012 says Tymoshenko's daughter
30.05.12

In an interview with the BBC, Yuliya Tymoshenko's daughter says that Euro 2012 should go ahead in Ukraine as planned - although she fully understands why European leaders are considering a boycott."We...
Ukrainian community organisations speak out against racism
30.05.12

All Ukrainians have been shocked by how ready the media has been to label the Ukrainian people as racist on the basis of the actions of an unrepresentative and abhorrent minority.AUGB published a statement...
Statement by the AUGB's General Council on racism in Ukraine
29.05.12

We were as concerned as many others about the images of mindless and unacceptable intolerance and extremism that were shown on last night's Panorama programme. We were also concerned that the police...
From the cradle of democracy - AUGB comment on Ukraine today
28.05.12

AUGB is often asked what position it takes on events in Ukraine. Although we are not a political organisation, we stand firmly on the side of European standards of democracy, human rights, media freedom...
KlitshkoKlitschko says come to Ukraine and ignore the government
28.05.12

BBC Ukrainian carries an interview (in Ukrainian) with Volodymyr Klitschko, the Ukrainian boxing champion, who is calling on all football fans and European political leaders to come to Ukraine for Euro...
Ukrainian Olympic Committee General Secretary resigns
28.05.12

According to the website of Ukraine's National Olympic Committee, its General Secretary Volodymyr Herashchenko resigned today pledgштп his readiness to cooperate with the independent commission...
Bring the fans IN... Europeans are not prepared to be ripped off
25.05.12
Bring the fans IN... Europeans are not prepared to be ripped off

We are running a piece below published by Kyiv Post which makes depressing reading for anyone associated with Ukraine.On the one hand, Ukraine's politicians have well and truly bodged things up.  Of...
MPs brawl in Ukraine parliament chamber
25.05.12

BBC News. Opposition politicians in Ukraine are demanding an investigation into why a session of parliament descended into a fist-fight. Members of the Rada were debating a bill that would give the Russian...
Ambassador's blog - England fans are coming!
25.05.12
Kyiv

 This post is also available in: Ukrainian There’s growing excitement in England about the build-up to Euro 2012 in Ukraine. The British Embassy in Kyiv is working hard to ensure that the thousands...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine’s Opposition Declares War
25.05.12

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Ukraine’s united democratic opposition recently adopted an Action Program that defines its goals in stark opposition to the Regionnaire regime of President Viktor Yanukovych....
UK's Foreign Minister for Europe letter to AUGB
24.05.12

Following the pubication of its statement on Euro 2012, the AUGB wrote to the Uk's Foreign Minister for Europe, the Rt Hon David Liddington MP.The following is the text of his reply:Thank you for your...
Ambassador's blog - Coming soon – Ukrainian Paralympic glory
24.05.12

This post is also available in: Ukrainian 21st May marked 100 days to go to the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. I’m here at the HQ of the Ukrainian National Paralympics Committee (NPC)...
European parliament adopts resolution on Ukraine
24.05.12

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT.  In its resolution adopted on May 24 the European Parliament has called on the Ukrainian authorities to release "figures imprisoned on political grounds." The EP "reaffirms its...
Bubka suspends Ukraine's National Olympic Committee General Secretary
23.05.12

 According to its website, the President of Ukraine's National Olympic Committee, Sergey Bubka, has suspended the organisation's General Secretary, Volodymyr Gerashchenko, following a BBC News report...
MoneyUkraine in bad and corrupt company
23.05.12

The stream of bad news from and about Ukraine shows no signs of abating. The BBC Ukrainian Service reports that Ernst & Young research shows that Ukraine, along with Colombia and Brazil is in the top...
EU Parliament. Stefan Fule Statement on Situation in Ukraine, Case of Yulia Tymoshenko
22.05.12
Strasbourg

The European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood, Stefan Fule, delivered a statement this morning before the EU Parliament on the situation In Ukraine and the case of Yulia Tymoshenko.The...
Metropolitan Constantine's death mourned in UK
22.05.12

 The clery and laity of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Great Britain are today mourning the loss of the Head of their Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan Constantine, the Ruling...
More bad news for Ukraine - Olympic official 'willing to sell tickets to black market'
22.05.12

 BBC News is reporting that the General Secretary of Ukraine's National Olympic Committee, Volodymyr Gerashchenko, allegedly told a reporter posing as a UK ticket tout that he would have up to 100...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - A Looming Soccer Disaster in Ukraine?
21.05.12

What could possibly go wrong? As it turns out, everything—thanks to Regionnaire greed and incompetence. For starters, the Regionnaires built too few medium-category hotels, preferring five-star establishments...
Savant Books Releases Mila Komarnisky's Epic Novel, "Wretched Land" in multi-eBook Formats
18.05.12

PRLog (Press Release) Dmytro Verbitsky, an impoverished Ukrainian aristocrat, is actively engaged in WWI, the Ukranian Civil War and WWII. Despite the cruelty of Stalin’s regime, he manages...
Ambassador's blog - IDAHO in Ukraine
18.05.12

This post is also available in: Ukrainian On the eve of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) I’m delighted to meet in Kyiv old friend Clare Dimyon, a British human rights...
Blogs.ft.com - Ukraine’s boycott blues
18.05.12

May 18, 2012 5:18 pm by beyondbrics By Andrew Wilson of the European Council on Foreign Relations Sporting boycotts are back in fashion. Azerbaijan hosts the Eurovision Song Contest on 26 May, with Armenia...
Facebook and Twitter
18.05.12

We have set up facebook and twitter accounts and are encouraging everyone to follow us to get the latest news (or sign up if you don't yet have, say, a twitter account.  Search out the respective...
Ambassador's blog - Concrete and blood-red wax: British art in Kyiv
18.05.12
Kyiv

This post is also available in: Ukrainian A feast of British art is heading for Kyiv. First up is a major new exhibition of sculptor Anish Kapoor.  Kapoor has been one of my favourite artists...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The Inevitability of Regime Fraud in Ukraine's October Elections
16.05.12

WORLD AFFAIRS.  At a recent meeting with David Kramer, the Executive Director of Freedom House, President Viktor Yanukovych “underlined [3]” that the parliamentary elections scheduled...
Full text of Ambassador Leigh Turner's address at AUGB's Central Office
16.05.12

We recently wrote about Ambassador Leigh Turner's address at AUGB's Central Office.  The text published in the Ukrainian Thought is now available to read in A4 format. Simply click here.
Yuriy Lutsenko Appeal rejected
16.05.12

The Ukrainian News Agency has reported that the Kyiv Appeal Court has rejected the appeal earlier today brought by former interior affairs minister Yurii Lutsenko. The decision was announced by a panel...
Ambassador's blog - Football and politics
16.05.12

This post is also available in: Ukrainian The images are powerful.  A woman prisoner displays bruises which she says were caused by mistreatment by prison guards. Allegations by ex-prime minister...
Consideration of Tymoshenko's appeal postponed until 26 June
15.05.12

 Interfax-Ukraine has reported this morning that the Higher Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases has postponed the consideration of an appeal by Yulia Tymoshenko against her seven-year...
EU publishes fresh reports on Ukraine
15.05.12

The EU has carried out a major review of its European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).  A package of reports (relating to several countries) presented earlier today assess the first year of implementation...
Ukraine's MFA continues to miss the point
15.05.12

According to an Interfax-Ukraine report, a spokesman for Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Oleh Voloshyn, welcomed the position of European Foreign Ministers, who have decided not to boycott...
Stefan Fule: Ukraine’s commitment to political association will be judged on the basis of its commitment to reform
15.05.12

Brussels, 15 May 2012 Remarks by Commissioner Füle following the fifteenth EU-Ukraine Cooperation Council "The Minister has set out very clearly how we believe Ukraine can get back on the road to...
Yanukovych says he shares concerns of Europe over Tymoshenko
14.05.12

The question of Yulia Tymoshenko and cooling of relations between Europe and Ukraine have provoked comments from Ukraine’s President, Viktor Yanukovych. On Friday, according to Interfax-Ukraine reports,...
EU ministers mull Euro 2012 boycott of Ukraine
14.05.12

ASSOCIATED PRESS. SLOBODAN LEKIC, Associated Press – 2 hours ago  BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers were debating on Monday whether to boycott this year's European soccer...
Baroness Ashton Press Conference Statement leaves decision on participation of European politicians at Euro-2012 matches open
14.05.12
Brussels

Following a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, Baroness Catherine Ashton gave a press conference...
Tymoshenko bruisesTymoshenko to be treated by German doctor
09.05.12

After 20 days, Yuliya Tymoshenko has ended her hunger strike and been moved to the Kharkiv 'Ukrzaliznytsya' hospital for treatment on a herniated disc in her spine. She was moved early this morning with...
Euro flagUkraine postpones European summit
08.05.12

The Ukrainian government has postponed a European summit, which was due to be held in Yalta this week, after 14 out of 19 invited European Presidents said that they would not attend. Several gave the scandalous...
Yulia Tymoshenko daughter speaks out
07.05.12

BBC World News.  Germany says the EU is prepared to delay a trade agreement with Ukraine, ratcheting up the pressure over the treatment of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. But Poland has...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The Regionnaire-Burson-Marsteller Axis
07.05.12

WORLD AFFAIRS.  The Regionnaires must be getting desperate. When the vast majority of Ukraine’s population thinks of you as thugs, crooks, and vandals a few months before an election you...
Yulia Tymoshenko's plight becomes PR disaster for Ukraine
05.05.12

 THE GUARDIAN.  For Viktor Yanukovych it was supposed to be a moment of triumph. On 1 July Ukraine's president hosts the final of the Euro 2012 football championship in Kiev's impressively refurbished...
Polish opposition wants Euro 2012 final to be moved to Warsaw
05.05.12

 EURONEWS.  WARSAW (Reuters) – The leader of Poland’s main opposition party called on Saturday for the final of Euro 2012 to be moved from Kiev to Warsaw in protest against the Ukrainian...
Economist: A dangerous direction for Ukraine
04.05.12

In the ongoing and shameful spotlight that is currently on Ukraine's leadership, an article in the Economist says that Ukraine's President, Viktor Yanukovych, is "mauling" Ukraine's fragile democracy,...
Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter in emotional plea to free her mother
03.05.12

THE TELEGRAPH.  By Tom Parfitt, Moscow   7:00AM BST 03 May 2012 In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Yevgeniya Tymoshenko, 32, called on President Viktor Yanukovych to release her mother...
AUGB letter to UK Foreign Minister re Euro 2012
03.05.12

The AUGB has followed up its statement issued yesterday regarding the Euro 2012 Championships in Ukraine with a letter to the Minister for Europe, David Liddington, in which it urges the Minister to give...
UK ministers 'may boycott' Euro 2012 games in Ukraine
03.05.12

BBC NEWS.  UK ministers may boycott Euro 2012 games in Ukraine in protest at the treatment of imprisoned former PM Yulia Tymoshenko, the foreign secretary says. William Hague told the BBC the situation...
AUGB Statement: Should Euro-2012 in Ukraine be boycotted?
02.05.12

A debate has ensued following German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s apparent decision to boycott the Euro-2012 Championships in Ukraine. The German President, Joachim Gauck, has already stated he won’t...
Ukraine: Euro 2012 jeopardised by criminal police force - New Amnesty report
02.05.12

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL.  In a briefing released today on human rights violations in Ukraine, Ukraine: Euro 2012 jeopardised by criminal police force, Amnesty International has demanded urgent...
An audience with Ambassador Leigh Turner
01.05.12
London, 49 Linden Gardens

An audience with the UK's Ambassador to Ukraine, Leigh Turner, took place last Thursday at AUGB's Central Office in Notting Hill, where he was warmly welcomed and introduced by AUGB President, Zenko...
Guardian: Euro 2012 faces diplomatic crisis over Ukraine's jailed opposition leader
01.05.12

 THE GUARDIAN.  The 2012 European Championships were heading towards a diplomatic fiasco on Monday after more EU leaders said they would join Germany in a boycott of the event next month unless...
UEFA raises concern on political situation in Ukraine
01.05.12

According to a UEFA press release, during a meeting yesterday of the EURO Steering Group led by Michel Platini, "UEFA alerted the Ukrainian delegation about the concerns raised by the political situation...
Is Germany preparing to boycott Euro-2012?
30.04.12

According to a report in today’s Guardian, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to boycott next month's Euro 2012 football tournament in Ukraine unless imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko...
"Vsesvit" magazine latest victim of thuggish raider-attack in Ukraine
30.04.12

According to the deputy editor of Ukraine’s Vsesvit magazine, Dmytro Drozdovskyy, a raid took place on 26 April on the main offices of his publication resulting in the hospitalization of its 83-year...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Yanukovych's Shady Royalties
29.04.12

WORLD AFFAIRS.  President Viktor Yanukovych has stepped into another scandal, this one over his assets. He declared his total income for 2011 as being 17,362,024 hryvnia, which, at 8.03 hryvnia to...
Dnipropetrovsk27 injured in blasts in Dnipropetrovsk
27.04.12

There are several reports, including on the BBC website about four explosions in Dnipropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine, which have injured at least 27 people, including 9 children. No-one has died,...
Tymoshenko bruisesTymoshenko bruising - photos released
27.04.12

The state of Yuliya Tymoshenko's health and her mistreatment last week by prison officials has unleashed a whirlwind of negative publicity for the Ukrainian government, as pictures released today seem...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Tymoshenko Beating: Business as Usual in Yanukovych's Ukraine
27.04.12

WORLD AFFAIRS.  It had to come to this, of course. When thugs throw an innocent person in jail, how can they resist showing her who’s boss? How can they resist beating her up?They can’t....
TymoshenkoTymoshenko on hunger strike, says lawyer
24.04.12

Lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko, speaking outside the walls of Yuliya Tymoshenko's prison in Kharkiv, told Interfax news agency that the ex-Prime Minister began a hunger strike last Friday.BBC news reports...
Ambassador's blog - Ukraine’s 2012 elections: a welcome move
23.04.12
Kyiv

This post is also available in: Ukrainian Photo: ubtur.com.ua I blogged last week about how an early invitation to OSCE/ODIHR* to send observers to the October 2012 parliamentary elections would be...
Ambassador's blog - Will October's elections be free and fair?
20.04.12
Kyiv

This post is also available in: Ukrainian I recently wrote a blog in which I welcomed the announcement that Ukraine had written formally to invite OSCE/ODIHR* to send observers to the October 2012 parliamentary...
Ambassador's blog - London Olympics: 100 Days to Go
19.04.12
Kyiv

 This post is also available in: Ukrainian The athletes crouch down. The signal is given and, muscles straining, they cover the run in a few seconds. There are 100 of them, aged 10-12. All around,...
Ambassador's blog - HIV/AIDS and needle exchanges in Ukraine
17.04.12
Kyiv

This post is also available in: Ukrainian Ukraine is, with Russia, amongst the countries in Europe with the highest rates of HIV infection.  In Ukraine around 60 people are infected daily and over...
TymoshenkoWhat next for Tymoshenko? A murder charge?
10.04.12

BBC news is reporting that Yuliya Tymoshenko is now being implicated in the murder in 1996 of MP Yevhen Shcherban.Yevhen Shcherban, a wealthy businessman, was shot dead with his wife at Donetsk Airport....
Ambassador's blog - Ukraine: a land of opportunity?
05.04.12

This post is also available in: Ukrainian Will Ukraine seize the once-in-a-generation opportunity of Euro 2012 to showcase its European credentials? How about the October parliamentary elections –...
Ambassador's blog - Ukraine: a land of opportunity?
05.04.12

This post is also available in: Ukrainian Will Ukraine seize the once-in-a-generation opportunity of Euro 2012 to showcase its European credentials? How about the October parliamentary elections –...
Ambassador's blog - UK-Ukraine leadership training in Crimea
04.04.12

 This post is also available in: Ukrainian Guest blog by Major Kirsty Baxter, Assistant Military Attaché Kyiv There is an explosion; then we hear the screams for help.  Quickly we turn...
EU Association Agreement initialled, but...
30.03.12

The EU press office has issued a short statement about the initialling of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine, as follows:"At the 15th EU-Ukraine Summit in December 2011, the leaders of...
Freedom House1Freedom House on Ukraine - systematic abuse of political power
30.03.12

Following publication of their 2012 "Freedom in the World" summary report (click here for our earlier news item), Freedom House, a leading independent democracy and human rights monitoring organisation,...
Legislation to support non-profit civil organisations in Ukraine
30.03.12

After a spate of criticism of Ukraine's worsening civil rights record, there are some glimmerings of positive change.Mark Rachkevych, writing in the Kyiv Post reports that, after more than four years of...
Holodomor filmNew Holodomor film released
28.03.12

A new feature-length documentary film, "Holodomor: Ukraine's Genocide" has been released and is available for sale.The film was directed by Bobby Leigh and produced by Marta Tomkiw with the help of generous...
Obama/YanukovychObama raises Tymoshenko concerns but wants strategic partnership with Ukraine
28.03.12

During a short meeting at the nuclear security summit in Seoul, President Obama raised with President Yanukovych the USA's concerns about the Yuliya Tymoshenko case.At a conference in Washington, White...
EU reply to AUGB letter
22.03.12

 We recently wrote on this website about the AUGB’s letter to the President of Ukraine regarding an attempt to publicly discredit the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC).   Copies of the letter...
Ambassador's blog - Ukrainian economic success?
22.03.12
Kyiv

March 22, 2012 This post is also available in: Ukrainian I am frequently alerted by commercial contacts to difficulties with the Ukrainian business environment; and have often blogged on this subject. ...
Ambassador's blog - Changing seasons in Kyiv... and Vienna
21.03.12

This post is also available in: Ukrainian There are many excellent cities in Ukraine. But I have always had a soft spot for Lviv since I spent two weeks staying with a family there to learn Ukrainian....
Ambassador's Blog - Buzzwords, Barclays, and a Ukrainian economic success
20.03.12

This post is also available in Ukrainian.Do you know your C++ from your Sybase? Do you know the difference between SQL and ORM? If you do, high-paying jobs could be yours – in Kyiv, Lviv or Kharkiv.Back...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Soft and Hard Power Threats to Ukraine
16.03.12

WORLD AFFAIRSUkrainians like to blame their country’s ills on “Moscow and the Muscovites,” but the UK’s highly respected Royal Institute of International Affairs (a.k.a. Chatham...
Ambassador's Blog - Girls allowed
16.03.12

This post is also available in Ukrainian.I blogged recently about the good example set by women ambassadors, and about the growing number of British women ambassadors. Those interested in these issue (NB...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukraine’s 2012 elections: OSCE/ODIHR observers
12.03.12

This post is also available in Ukrainian.The atmosphere in the press conference is electric.  TV and video crews cram the aisles.  Finally, the OSCE/ODIHR mission announce that, in their view,...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The Mega-Stupidity of Imprisoning Yuri Lutsenko
09.03.12

WORLD AFFAIRSThrowing opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko in jail was profoundly dumb, but sentencing her minister of the interior, Yuri Lutsenko, to four years was jaw-achingly, eye-poppingly dumber. After...
Ambassador's Blog - Ambassadors in high heels heading your way?
07.03.12

This post is also available in Ukrainian.This time last year I published a blog, Ambassadors in high heels, drawing attention to the importance of female diplomats both as high-impact top performers and...
Ambassador's blog - Ukraine/EU: article by 5 European Foreign Ministers
06.03.12

This post is also available in: Ukrainian The Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany have published an important article in the International Herald Tribune...
Remembering Dr Margaret Siriol Colley
05.03.12

A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Dr Margaret Siriol Colley took place over the weekend on Saturday at St Michaels and All Angels Church in Bramcote, Nottingham. Speaking to a packed congregation,...
The Holodomor and the Holy See
03.03.12

The recently published book, “The Holy See and the Holodomor”, received its launch AUGB’s Central Office in London.   Researched and co-edited by Rev. Dr. Athanasius McVay and Prof....
Ambassador's blog - New ways for teenagers to save energy
02.03.12

This post is also available in: Ukrainian Click on the front door and you can enter the house.  Indoors, links lead to practical tips for how people can save energy and, in doing so, save money. ...
LutsenkoLutensko sentenced - reactions
29.02.12

The former Interior Minister, Yuriy Lutsenko, was yesterday sentenced to a 4-year prison term with confiscation of his property and wealth, on charges of misappropriation of state property and exceeding...
Ambassador's blog - EU/Ukraine: more important technical stuff
29.02.12

 I blogged recently about what needed to happen before the Association Agreement and linked Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) could begin to work for Ukraine. At the end of that...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Yanukovych Squints at a Second Term
29.02.12

WORLD AFFAIRS.  In case you missed it, President Viktor Yanukovych gave a two-hour interview on Ukraine’s popular ICTV channel in February. You’ll be pleased to learn that Ukraine is in...
Ambassador's blog - Piracy and Ukraine: why the London conference on Somalia matters
28.02.12

Guest blog by Olena Sadovnik, Media and Digital Comms Officer, British Embassy Kyiv Most of our knowledge about pirates comes from adventure books and movies featuring characters like Long John Silver...
Ambassador's blog - Multi-culturalism, the Ukrainian “Brand”, and politically-motivated trials
27.02.12

 This post is also available in: Ukrainian Interview with Korrespondent I gave an interview to Korrespondent magazine recently which appeared in Russian in the paper edition on 24 February. It’s...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Cars, Chutzpah, and Crashes in Ukraine
24.02.12

 WORLD AFFAIRS.  As visitors to Ukraine know, the country’s automobile drivers are a menace to society. They drive too fast and too carelessly, they drink and drive and then drink some...
AUGB's response to Ukraine's 1970's rhetoric - UPDATED
23.02.12

The AUGB has reacted to Ukraine's recent attack on the Ukrainian World Congress with a letter to the President of Ukraine.The issue revolves around a piece that appeared on the website of Ukraine's National...
Vatican Secret Archives Documents book launched in London
22.02.12
49 Linden Gardens, London W2

AUGB Head Office was the venue last night for the launch of a book detailing documents on the 1932-33 Holodomor contained in the Vatican's Secret Archives.  The book was presented by one of its co-editors,...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine's Future Amidst an Unstable Russia, EU
17.02.12

WORLD AFFAIRSI wrote in a recent posting for this blog that Europe’s troubles and Russia’s turbulence herald an “unhappy new year” for Viktor Yanukovych and the Regionnaires. Let’s...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukraine: Is Discounted Gas Good?
15.02.12

This post is also available in Ukrainian.Gas matters. The embassy follows closely talks between Kyiv and Moscow on gas supplies; and between the Ukrainian authorities and the IMF about prices for...
Ambassador's Blog - London 2012: Gymnasts, Judo and Climate Change
14.02.12

This post is also available in Ukrainian.  Last week the embassy hosted a reception to celebrate the fact that the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games this summer in London will be the greenest and...
Ambassador's Blog - EU Integration and Ukraine: Next Steps?
10.02.12

 This post is also available in Ukrainian. What has to happen in order for Ukraine to start benefiting from the Association Agreement with the EU, and the associated Deep and Comprehensive Free...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Yanukovych Brings in Russian Thugs for Back-Up
10.02.12

WORLD AFFAIRSThe good news is that President Viktor Yanukovych has finally gotten around to firing some of the deadbeats in his Cabinet.The bad news is that he’s replaced them with two individuals...
AUGB Workshop - looking at the future
06.02.12
Leicester

On Saturday 4 February, AUGB Leicester branch hosted a conference of branch delegates. Over 50 people from branches all around the country - from Edinburgh to London and all points inbetween - braved the...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Media Censorship and Controlling Freedom in Ukraine
02.02.12

WORLD AFFAIRSThe Regionnaires’ inability to understand just what freedom is and how it works was amply on display in the last few weeks. With something that elementary beyond their grasp, it’s...
PACE calls for charges against Ukraine's former government members to be dropped
27.01.12
Strasbourg

 The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has called for charges against former government members in Ukraine, including former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, to be dropped. It...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Who’s Afraid of Yulia Tymoshenko?
27.01.12

Which two Ukrainians most detest Yulia Tymoshenko, most fear her, and most obsess about her?It’s the two Viktors, of course: Yushchenko and Yanukovych.Most Ukrainians have very strong opinions about...
Ambassador's Blog - Freedom of the Media in Ukraine
26.01.12
Kyiv

 This post is also available in: UkrainianBack in July 2010 I wrote a blog called How to stop censorship in Ukraine.  Based on a discussion with journalists, I noted both areas for concern and...
Ryanair to fly to Ukraine?
25.01.12

Interfax News Agency has reported that Ryanair Holdings Plc (RYA) may begin flights to Ukraine in May.Citing the country’s Infrastructure Minister Borys Kolesnikov's comments following...
Ambassador's blog - Social entrepreneurship in Ukraine?
24.01.12
Kyiv

This post is also available in: Ukrainian On a deeply snowy winter’s morning I visit Pushcha-Vodytsya, on the outskirts of Kiev, to address the participants of a week-long training course on social...
Ambassador's Blog - Moldova overtakes Ukraine in Freedom House rankings
22.01.12
Kyiv

This post is also available in: UkrainianIn a recent blog “Is Ukraine democratic?” I noted an “Economist”, report, The Democracy Index 2011 (pdf file), which showed Ukraine’s...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Taxing Ukraine
22.01.12

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Paying Taxes 2012, the annual study from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation, was released a few weeks ago. The study “measures...
Can you help?
21.01.12

 APPEAL:My father Peter Baczkur, is known in the Ukrainian community in Peterborough and recently has been having serious health problems. In 2002, aged 45, he was diagnosed with leukaemia, which...
"An extraordinary interview with former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma...", UPDATE
20.01.12

Apologies for the oversight in providing misleading info yesterday about the "Putin, Russia and the West" programme show last night.  Viewers will have quickly realised that it was episode 1 of 4...
Freedom HouseFreedom in the World 2012 - 'a series of negative developments' in Ukraine
20.01.12

Freedom House has published its 2012 report 'Freedom in the World'. This authoritative and independent report assesses 'freedom' in terms of significant respect for civil liberties, open political...
Younger members capture the heart of the Lord Mayor
19.01.12
Manchester

Two younger members of the Ukrainian community managed to get an autograph from the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Harry Lyons, at the Christmas Concert held in Manchester last Sunday.  It made...
BBC Radio Derby broadcasts local Ukrainian celebration of Christmas
18.01.12

The Ukrainian comminity in Derby celebrated Ukrainian Christmas with a special concert of carols and traditional Ukrainian dishes.  The event was attended by the Mayor & Mayoress of Derby and...
Ambassador's blog - Meanwhile in Antarctica
18.01.12

 This post is also available in: Ukrainian One hundred years ago, the great British explorer Captain Scott and his companions arrived at the South Pole.  To mark this occasion, British Prime...
Democracy watchSpecial Performance Report on Ukrainian Government in 2011
17.01.12

People First is a foundation dedicated to building democracy in Ukraine through dialogue and active communication with all the people of Ukraine and the monitoring of the development of democracy in the...
AUGB on Ukraine's World Service Radio
16.01.12

Ukraine's World Service Radio last week approached the AUGB for information about its work and history.  Fedir Kurlak provided an interview on behalf of the organisation, which will be aired as a...
Was Western Mail journalist Gareth Jones killed for defying Stalin?
13.01.12

By Aled Blake, WalesOnline He was the pioneering journalist who exposed the deaths of 10 million people at the hands of Stalin’s regime. Now, investigative reporter John Sweeney tells Aled Blake...
BBC broadcasts on the Holodomor
13.01.12

 BBC.  Truth-tellers and cover-up artists: John Sweeney takes a classic example from Stalin's great famine of the 1930s which killed up to 10 million peasants, with a famous and feted journalist...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine's Presidential Portraits and Newtonian Physics
13.01.12

WORLD AFFAIRS:  Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion—to every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction—has just been confirmed in Ukraine. President Viktor Yanukovych...
Ambassador's Blog - How to learn English
12.01.12

British diplomats spend a lot of time learning foreign languages.  Before each of my last four postings (in Vienna, Moscow, Berlin and Kyiv) I had the privilege of spending between four weeks and...
Ambassador's Blog - Helping Prevent Child Exploitation in Ukraine
11.01.12

People sometimes wonder what an embassy does; and what international co-operation really means.  By way of an interesting concrete example, the British Embassy organised a visit late last year by...
Ambassador's Blog - Is Ukraine Democratic?
06.01.12

 In January 2011, I wrote a blog called “Is Ukraine free?”  In it, I noted that for 2011, in the ranking produced by the US-based NGO Freedom House, Ukraine fell back into the “Partly...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Language Intolerance in Ukraine
06.01.12

The Ukrainian language is back in the news. The Venice Commission, the Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional matters, recently ruled on the Regionnaire-proposed draft law, On Principles...
Ambassador's Blog - Could Ukraine win the anti-corruption league?
04.01.12

Back in 2009 I wrote a blog entitled “How to win the anti-corruption league”. In that blog I lamented the fact that Ukraine now stood at place 146 out of 180 countries in the Corruption Perceptions...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - An Unhappy New Year for Ukraine's Regionnaires
31.12.11

Expect 2012 to be a wild ride for Viktor Yanukovych and his merry band of Regionnaires. Indeed, they may even fly off the roller coaster.Consider the following likelihoods.For starters, the world will...
Ambassador's Blog - 12 Blogs of Christmas
30.12.11

With the New Year looming, here are 12 of my blogs from 2011:January: Is Ukraine Free? (Freedom House rankings)February: MI6, Art and Freedoms (“A Year with MI6”)March: Brilliant British Business...
Ambassador's Blog - BBC Book of the Year
29.12.11

One of my favourite events in Kyiv is the BBC Book of the Year Award, sponsored by the BBC Ukrainian Service.  I’ve presented the winner with the prize for the last four years, including in...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The Yanukovych–Santa Letters
23.12.11

Dear Santa,I gotta tell ya, big guy, 2011 ain’t been a good year. This joint’s falling apart, everybody hates me, and the skirts in my life are driving me crazy. I mean, like, first there’s...
Ambassador's Blog - EU-Ukraine Summit interview
22.12.11

Ahead of the 19 December EU-Ukraine Summit in Kyiv, I did an interview on 15 December with the Levyi Bereg website.  It was published today.  You can read the full interview here (in Russian)....
European Court of Human Right to ‘fast track’ Tymoshenko arrest complaint
20.12.11

Kyiv Post.  The European Court of Human Rights will “fast track” a hearing based on an August complaint by Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko concerning her detention in Kyiv. ...
Ukraine pact with EU founders over Tymoshenko case
20.12.11
Kyiv

 Kyiv Post.  A summit intended to bring Ukraine into Europe's mainstream foundered on Monday after the EU said it would not sign a landmark political and trade deal until Kyiv resolves the case...
Ambassador's Blog - How the EU helps Ukraine: An Example
20.12.11
Kyiv

 Everyone knows that one of the benefits of Ukraine’s potential integration with the EU is that the EU will help Ukraine to adapt the quality of its administration to EU standards.  In...
‘Svyatyy Mykolai’ in Rochdale
19.12.11
Rochdale

The annual show commemorating St. Mykolai’ (St. Nicholas) was held at the Rochdale AUGB Branch on Saturday 17th December.  This year’s show was called “Nebesniy Mishok” (“The...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Putin’s Black Eye and Yanukovych’s Beauty Sleep
17.12.11

WORLD AFFAIRS. Regardless of how the current post-election protests in Russia turn out, the many thousands of ordinary Russians who took to the streets to demand their rights deserve three big cheers....
PACE committee calls for charges against former government members in Ukraine to be dropped
16.12.11

Strasbourg, 16.12.2011 – The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has called for charges against former government members in Ukraine, including former...
Ukrainian Christmas tree in Rome
16.12.11

 VATICAN CITY (AP) — Ukrainian pilgrims sang folk songs and carols and recalled the late Pope John Paul II's visit as the Vatican lit its Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square, a 25-meter (82-foot)...
Ambassador's Blog - British Ambassador Serves Ukrainian Wine
15.12.11

How good does wine have to be to be served at the residence of the British ambassador in Ukraine?  The answer is that taste in wine is a pretty subjective issue; but that I’m always on the look-out...
Ambassador's Blog - Britain – Open for Business
14.12.11

Several people have asked me this week what the outcome of last week’s meeting of EU Heads of State and Government, the European Council, means.  I can’t do better than point you towards...
Ambassador's Blog - Rule of Law in Ukraine: When More and More means Less and Less
13.12.11

‘Surely,’ my Ukrainian interlocutor says, ‘you must accept that Tymoshenko is guilty of something, even if it’s impossible to prove.  Everybody knows it.  Look how many...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Will Yanukovych Start Cracking Heads?
09.12.11

Many Ukrainians think so, and they may have a point.Here’s the way their argument goes. Start with the fact that President Viktor Yanukovych is so widely detested as to be bereft of the least shred...
Ambassador's Blog - Corporate Raiding a Serious Threat to the Ukrainian Economy
08.12.11

The UNIAN news agency interviewed me this week.  In case you have not seen it you can read the full interview here (in English) or here (in Ukrainian).Leigh Turner
Ambassador's Blog - Ukrainian Economy: How to be Optimistic
07.12.11

It’s often said that bureaucrats and businessmen do not mix.  But the opposite is true when I hold a reception at the residence to mark the national rollout of “Youth Business Ukraine”.I’m...
Ambassador's Blog - Donetsk, Ukraine and the EU
06.12.11

What would the great Welshman and founder of Donetsk, John Hughes, think of Ukraine today?I was privileged to be invited to Donetsk recently to give the inaugural John Hughes memorial speech. My audience...
Ambassador's Blog - The First Mosque in Kyiv
05.12.11

Shortly after I arrived in Ukraine in 2008, the Mufti of Ukraine, Sheikh Akhmed Tamim, invited me to visit him at the site of the proposed new Kyiv mosque, the first in the city.  I was pleased to...
Ambassador's Blog - Top-End British Design in Kyiv
02.12.11

 There are few things which make me happier than to see the ambassador’s residence here in Kyiv packed with British business types.  So I was delighted recently when the residence hosted...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - What Should Europe Do about Ukraine?
02.12.11

As the December 19th summit between the European Union and Ukraine approaches, the petulant President Viktor Yanukovych seems determined to thumb his schoolboyish nose at EU concerns about rule of law...
Ambassador's Blog - Triumphs and Challenges of Communism and Cossacks
01.12.11

Which Ukrainian city is famous both as a Cossack stronghold and as the home of one of the Soviet Union’s biggest electrification projects?The answer is of course Zaporizhia, a city of three quarters...
Journalism - a dangerous game
30.11.11

 The case of Georgiy Gongadze is well known, but attacks on journalists and murders are not a thing of the past.14 media-related organisations, including Reporters without Frontiers, the Ukrainian...
EU-US summitEU-US summit
30.11.11

At the annual summit of the Council of the European Union and the US Government, both sides once again reiterated their calls to the Ukrainian government to make good on their commitments to uphold democratic...
Ambassador's Blog - EU Help for Ukrainian Borders
30.11.11

Last year I wrote a blog about three big seizures of cocaine in Ukraine.  So I was interested when the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) held a seminar on counter-narcotics recently for Ukrainian...
Ambassador's Blog - Brilliant British Education #9
29.11.11

I always seem to be talking about education in these blogs.  That’s partly because the UKhas some of the best universities in the world as well as a schools sector which attracts people from...
Ambassador's Blog - London 2012: Counting Down with Prizes
29.11.11

What could be better than meeting famous Ukrainian Olympians Serhiy Bubka and Valeriy Borzov?  With 242 days to go until London 2012, I was delighted to welcome them, plus six winners of our Online...
Ambassador's Blog - Rugby: Building Character in Ukraine
28.11.11

The rain is pelting down and the temperature has sunk close to zero.  On the pitch, two teams of boys and, in some cases, girls, run, dodge and tackle as they dispute possession of an oval-shaped...
Commemorating Holodomor in Rochdale
26.11.11

 About 70 people gathered at Rochdale Town Hall yesterday to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the “Holodomor” in which some 7 million Ukrainians lost their lives.  Among the distinguished...
Ambassador's Blog - British Approach to Managing Migration: Tackling Problems at Source
24.11.11

Guest blog by Svitlana Yavorska, EU Co-ordinator, British Embassy KyivLast week I attended a seminar delivered by UKBA experts for their Ukrainian colleagues at the State Migration Service of Ukraine.Following...
Ambassador's Blog - Blogging about Blogging about Blogging
23.11.11

Back in March I wrote a blog which wasn’t really a blog at all.  Instead, it was a plug for an interview I’d done about blogging, for the Ukrainian weekly “Delo” (an interview,...
Holodomor Expo opens at Bolton Museum
22.11.11
Bolton

 The Bolton Branch of AUGB organised the showing of an Exhibition on the Holodomor in Bolton Museum.  It will be open to the public from 14-26 November. The exhibition, situated on the mezzanine...
Ambassador's Blog - UK-Ukraine Air Services Agreement
22.11.11

To the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to sign, alongside Foreign Minister Hryshchenko, a new Air Services Agreement between the UK and Ukraine.  This is a formal ceremony: as ambassador, I...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Yanukovych: The Man Who Would Be King
22.11.11

Viktor Yanukovych owes African Americans an apology.Not for permitting his Regionnaire pals to devastate Ukraine. For that he should apologize to his own people, who elected him to improve the country...
Sad news
21.11.11

AUGB has received the sad news that Dr Margaret Siriol Colley passed away yesterday aged 86.For over a decade she worked tirelessly with her son Nigel to publicise some extraordinary previously...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - A KGB Assassin Speaks
21.11.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  One of the KGB’s master assassins reared his head in Kyiv this summer. Bohdan Stashynsky killed two Ukrainian émigré nationalists in Munich in the late 1950s...
Ambassador's Blog - Why European Governments Think Opposition Trials are Flawed
18.11.11

I’ve referred in two recent blogs, What next for Ukraine and What next for Ukraine #2, to what needs to happen in order to move towards the signature and ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukrainians Studying Worldwide #2
17.11.11

Three young Ukrainians approach me at a conference.  Having confirmed my identity, they take me to one side to say how much they have enjoyed doing Masters degrees in the UK and how different it was...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukraine on the way to London 2012
16.11.11

Combine hundreds of enthusiastic schoolchildren, top sporting figures signing autographs, music and razzmatazz and you’re guaranteed a lively event.  This was the scene at the “Ukrainian...
AUGB Stockport celebrates 60th Anniversary
14.11.11
Stockport

AUGB Stockport Branch held an evening of song and dance on Saturday evening to celebrate the 60th Anniversary since its formation.  Performing to a packed hall, the local Ukrainian choir, dance ensembles...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Finding Ukrainian President Yanukovych’s Book
13.11.11

WORLD NEWS.  I have some really swell news.I finally managed to get my hands on Viktor Yanukovych’s bestselling book, Opportunity Ukraine. No one I know in Ukraine has ever laid his or her eyes...
Formation of the Ukrainian Medical Association in the UK
11.11.11
London

The Ukrainian Medical Association of the UK (UMAUK) held its Inaugural Conference at The Ukrainian Institute in London  on Saturday 5th November 2011.  It attracted 68 delegates from...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukrainians... Together
10.11.11

The metal of the factory gleams in the sun.  Around it, gathered on walkways around three steel structures and massed in the space in front, stand hundreds of workers, some in hard hats, others in...
Ambassador's Blog - Why I Wear a Poppy
09.11.11

Once again, as November begins and temperatures dip towards freezing in Kyiv, Ukrainian friends and contacts are asking why I am wearing a small, red flower on my jacket lapel.  I can do no better...
Medical associationInaugural Conference of the Ukrainian Medical Association
04.11.11
London

The newly-formed Ukrainian Medical Association will hold it's inaugural conference on Saturday 5 November at the Ukrainian Institute in London.The aims of the association include: promoting the fellowship...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Are the Regionnaires Schoolchildren?
04.11.11

WORLD AFFAIRS. Funny you should ask, as a few weeks ago, in the immediate aftermath of the stupid Tymoshenko verdict and the subsequent cancellation of Viktor Yanukovych’s trip to Brussels, a raft...
Ambassador's blog - EU/Ukraine: Signing by Christmas?
04.11.11
Kyiv

"So it seems to me," the Ukrainian business leader says, "that Ukraine is so important to the EU that they'll overlook Mrs Tymoshenko and recent declines in democratic standards and we'll sign the Association...
Ambassador's blog - Making Chornobyl Safer
04.11.11
Kyiv

 Did you know that one of the largest moveable structures ever assembled is being created in Ukraine over the next four years?  That it will cost around Euro 1.54 billion?  And that the...
UK Government sends clear messages to President Yanukovych
03.11.11

Concern about the treatment and sentencing of Yuliya Tymoshenko shows no signs of abating. Following the Prime Minister's comment that the sentencing was "absolutely disgraceful" further questions and...
A guest blog by Miles Martin, UkrTashBud, Mo-Team, British Embassy Kyiv
01.11.11
Kyiv

 You may notice over the coming weeks (thirty days to be precise) that a number of the gentlemen of the British Embassy in Kyiv will be sporting an increased amount of facial hair.  Moustaches...
Ambassador's blog - Back to the cafe in Shanghai
31.10.11
Kyiv

Back in November 2009 I wrote an opinion piece in the magazine “Investgazeta” called “The Cafe in Shanghai”.  In the article I imagined hard-bitten investors sitting in Shanghai...
European Parliament supports resolution on Ukraine
27.10.11
Brussels

Kyiv Post | Interfax-Ukraine.  The European Parliament on Thursday supported a joint resolution on Ukraine by a simple majority.  The vote took place during a plenary session in Strasbourg without...
Ambassador's blog - What next for Ukraine #2
24.10.11
Kyiv

I was in London last week meeting ministers; experts dealing with Ukraine in a number of government departments; and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ukraine, made up of members of the House of Commons...
Canadian Prime Minister Honoured with Shevchenko medal.
23.10.11

Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij joined a Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) delegation which met in Toronto with the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper. The meeting preceeded...
Going nowhere... fast
22.10.11

Hanna Herman, President Yanukovych’s PR rep last night insisted that Ukraine’s Euro-integration will take place because it is ”embedded in law”. Speaking on the Shuster Live...
No to freedom of speech bill
21.10.11
Kyiv

A proposed bill aimed at curtailing the powers of Ukrainian Secret Police officers (SBU) was rejected by Ukraine's parliament today. The bill, which was put forward by opposition MP Arseniy Yatseniuk,...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The Serial Stupidity of Sentencing Tymoshenko
20.10.11

WORLD AFAIRS. The obtuseness of the Yanukovych regime appears to know no bounds. After a puppet court sentenced former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in jail on October 11th, after that...
UK Ambassador at AUGB Central Office
20.10.11
London

HE Leigh Turner, the UK's Ambassador to Ukraine, met with the AUGB's Vice President and CEO Iryna Terlecky and Fedir Kurlak yesterday morning at the organisation's Central Office in Notting Hill....
EU agrees Ukraine trade deal, but blocked politically
20.10.11

KYIV POST.  BRUSSELS - The European Union's trade chief said on Thursday he had concluded negotiations on a trade pact with Ukraine but it was now up to Kyiv to create the political conditions to...
As Poland shines, Ukraine sinks. Yet both their trajectories can be changed
20.10.11

 THE GUARDIAN.  While the EU is right to react firmly to the show trial of Tymoshenko, it shouldn't see history as a reason to give up on Kiev.In a welcome display of firmness, EU leaders this...
Ukraine's President Takes Defiant Stance: Rejects Western Pressure and won't review Tymoshenko Conviction ahead of EU visit
18.10.11
Kyiv

WALL STREET JOURNAL.  President Viktor Yanukovych on Monday rejected rising Western pressure to review the conviction of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, raising the stakes as he navigates between...
EU calls off Yanukovych visit
18.10.11

RT News.  Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich will not visit Brussels on Thursday to discuss the EU Association Agreement. The visit was cancelled after a court sentenced former Ukrainian...
EU calls off Yanukovych visit
18.10.11

RT News.  Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich will not visit Brussels on Thursday to discuss the EU Association Agreement. The visit was cancelled after a court sentenced former Ukrainian...
Ambassador's blog - Bessarabia, Ukraine and Europe
17.10.11
Kyiv

 The towers of the fortress rise above the Black Sea.  Within mighty walls, bastions soar.  Our guide says it's hard to be sure who built which bits: over the past two millennia, the site...
Chornobyl: 25 Anniversary Commemorated
17.10.11

A national commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Chornobyl catastrophe took place at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Manchester on Saturday.   Organised by the Association of Ukrainians...
Ambassador's blog - What Next for Ukraine?
14.10.11
Kyiv

This week, for almost the first time since I arrived in Ukraine in June 2008, Ukraine has been the number one item on the BBC World News website and in other media around the world.  Friends have...
Fresh criminal case against Tymoshenko
13.10.11
Kyiv

According to an AFP report released this afternoon, Ukraine's Security Service has said that it has opened a fresh criminal case against Ukraine's former PM, Yulia Tymoshenko.  The charges relate...
UK Foreign Secretary expresses deep concern
12.10.11

 FCO. 11 October 2011 Foreign Secretary William Hague calls the sentencing of Yuliya Tymoshenko, deeply concerning as she is sentenced to 7 years in prison. Speaking after the verdict the Foreign...
AUGB Letter to Ambassador Khandogiy
12.10.11

The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB) has expressed its deep disappointment over the sentencing of Yulia Tymoshenko.In a letter to the Ukrainian Ambassador in London, Volodymyr Khandogiy,...
Amnesty InternationalUkraine must act to deal with endemic police criminality
12.10.11

Just when Ukrainians all over the world thought that international opinion about Ukraine had reached rock bottom, the nation is shamed once again by an Amnesty International report released today...
UPDATED: Tymoshenko sentenced to 7 years
11.10.11
Kyiv

(16.00 Kyiv time)  Ukraine's ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been found guilty of exceeding her powers and causing an almost US$200 million loss to the Ukrainian budget when concluding...
Amnesty International: Tymoshenko's jailing is politically motivated.
11.10.11

Amnesty International has demanded the immediate release of Yulia Tymoshenko and has labelled the charges proferred against her as being "illegitimate".Europe and Central Asia Deputy Programme Director...
Yahukovych: Court ruling not final
11.10.11

During a press conference held this afternoon, Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych declared that the dicision of the Pechersk District Court regarding Yulia Tymoshenko was not final.According to Yanukovych,...
Ambassador's blog - Chornobyl: Safer Storage of Radioactive Waste
10.10.11

 How radioactive is the environment at the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone?  The question seems particularly pertinent when you’re planting a tree and the wind is blowing sand in your eyes. This...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The underdevelopment of the Donbas
08.10.11

 WORLD AFFAIRS.  A just-released study by the International Center for Future Research has some bad news for southeastern Ukraine. According to the center’s calculations, the quality of...
"Germany - Nazi Probes Reopened." US Attorney's Response
07.10.11

An article published in a US newspaper, the Huffington Post, regarding the issue of Second World War war crimes and the most recent Demjaniuk trial has prompted a response from one attorney of...
Ambassador's blog - Is Kyiv worth a visit? Guest blog from from Mary and Detlef Golletz
06.10.11
Kyiv

The following is a guest blog from Mary and Detlef Golletz, friends of mine who visited in the summer.“Kyiv?” friends asked quizzically as we discussed plans for a short break.  A reasonable...
Ambassador's blog - EU jargon and Ukraine: what it means
05.10.11
Kyiv

A long time ago in a previous job I used to lecture students and bureaucrats on the EU budgetary process. I used to hand out a mind-bogglingly complicated diagram, filled with jargon, arrows and boxes,...
Ambassador's blog - Changing seasons in Kyiv... and Vienna
04.10.11
Kyiv

When I was posted in Vienna from 1984-7 I enjoyed watching the signs that the seasons were changing.  As an autumn chill crept into the air, the Viennese hailed the arrival of the “Russian crows”...
Ambassador's Blog - The UK, EU enlargement and Ukraine
01.10.11

The UK Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, made an important speech during the Eastern Partnership in Warsaw on 29 September.  Key sections include: “It is in the EU’s clear interests to...
EU keeps talks with Ukraine on track despite trial
30.09.11
Warsaw, Poland.

KYIV POST  | Associated Press  — The European Union says it expects to finalize association talks with Ukraine by the end of the year despite the imprisonment and trial of Ukraine's former...
Ukraine calls strategic pause in Tymoshenko trial
30.09.11

KYIV POST | Reuters  -  The trial of Ukrainian ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, on a charge of abuse of office, was adjourned on Friday for 11 days to give the political leadership time to...
A deserved recognition
29.09.11

During a celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Genk, Belgium, over the weekend, Rev Bohdan Matwijczuk of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the UK was bestowed with the title of Archpriest Mitrat...
Ukraine, EU brace for Tymoshenko trial outcome
29.09.11

 KYIV POST:  Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko gave an emotional, four-hour closing argument in her abuse of office trial approaching its denouement.  The state prosecutor asked a judge...
Ambassador's blog - Running the gauntlet: why English is wonderful
28.09.11
Kyiv

What is a “Chicken Chernobyl”?  How about “the Order of the Golden Toecap” or “buckets of sunshine”? I’ve blogged before the constant evolution of the English...
Ambassador's blog - How to make Ukraine more European
27.09.11
Kyiv

Negotiations at a summit later this week will revolve around the question of “how European is Ukraine”?  It sounds a bit academic, since anyone looking at a map can see that Ukraine is...
Celebrating Ukraine's Independence Day in Rochdale
26.09.11
Rochdale

Twenty years of Ukraine's Independence was marked with a celebratory concert at the Ukrainian AUGB Centre in Rochdale yesterday. The programme included performances by the local choir of the Association...
Ambassador's blog - Lviv Literature. (Guest blog by Martin Dowie, Director, British Council)
23.09.11

A guest blog by Martin Dowle, Director, British CouncilThe west Ukrainian city of Lviv is an intriguing location for a literature festival.  Breath-taking views of spires and domes, offset with hidden...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The Regionnaires' Image Problem
23.09.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Take a close look at the three photos just below. They were taken in the week of September 5th by a friend in Kyiv, across the street from the spot where the Yulia Tymoshenko trial...
Ambassador's blog - Tymoshenko in Yalta
20.09.11

 The tiger is gigantic, looming against a glowing golden background.  Behind it, cubs frolic.  Near the work, Tiger Club by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, Ukrainian and foreign politicians...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Regionnaire Plagiarism Rears It's Head
17.09.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Who hasn’t heard by now of the charges of plagiarism made against President Viktor Yanukovych’s recently published English-language book, Opportunity Ukraine? The evidence...
Ambassador's blog - Kyiv: art, football and Charles Dickens
16.09.11
Kyiv

One of the most striking buildings in Kyiv is the Mystetskyi Arsenal, or "Art Arsenal", whose opening I attended back in August 2009.  Built between 1783 and 1801, it has been restored to provide...
EU official sees release of Tymoshenko
16.09.11

KYIV POST.  Today at 19:55 | Reuters YALTA, Ukraine, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Ukraine has assured the European Union that former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is on trial on a charge of abuse-of-office,...
Ambassador's blog - Brilliant British Business in Ukraine #9
15.09.11
Kyiv

 The sun is setting magnificently over the skyline of Kyiv.  All around, commercial deals are being planned, connections established and views on business conditions exchanged.  We’re...
Ambassador's blog - Ukrainian sport and London 2012
12.09.11
Kyiv

One of the best things about being an ambassador is the opportunity to meet a wide range of people.  So I was delighted on 10 September to attend the Day of Physical Culture and Sport in Kyiv to talk...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The Ukrainian Diaspora and Ukraine
11.09.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Boy, the Ukrainian diaspora must’ve really gotten under Viktor Yanukovych’s skin. It all began about a year ago, when Ukraine’s president wrote an open letter offering...
Ambassador's blog - Andy Warhol and Ukraine
09.09.11
Kyiv

 To the Mironova Gallery in Kyiv for the opening of the exhibition "Pop Art and its Kings", featuring rare, recently rediscovered 1963 and 1964 photos of cult pop artists Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana by...
Financial Times: EU warns Ukraine over Tymoshenko ‘show trial’
05.09.11

KYIV POST: European Union diplomats warned Ukraine’s leadership this weekend that integration with the 27-nation bloc could be jeopardized by a “show trial” against opposition leader...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Yanukovych turns West?
03.09.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  What is one to make of President Viktor Yanukovych’s recent entry into the ranks of the English-language commentariat? First he shocks the world with the announcement on August...
Ambassador's blog - Increasing Ukrainian gas production
02.09.11
Kyiv

A dozen TV cameras zoom in on a pen and an inch-thick contract.  Signatures are completed; contracts swapped; and more signatures added.  Eventually the process is complete and there are handshakes...
Tymoshenko trial - thoughts of UWC President and US Federal Court Judge
30.08.11
Kyiv

President Yanukovych heads off today for a meeting with his Polish counterpart, Bronislaw Komorowsi, who, according to one diplomat, intends to raise issues surrounding the arrest of former Ukrainian...
Ambassador's blog - Ukraine: hand grenades in the polygon
30.08.11

The wire is carefully concealed: stretched through the grass at ankle-height and attached at one end to a grenade.  When a soldier's boot connects with it there is a mighty explosion.  Nearby,...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine After Yanukovych
27.08.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  It’s become part of the conventional wisdom about Ukrainian politics that, for all the dissatisfaction with President Viktor Yanukovych, there is no alternative. He may be...
My Independence Day in Kyiv
26.08.11
Kyiv

It seems like an age ago since I landed in Kyiv one week ago with the AUGB’s President, Zenko Lastowiecki.  Countless meetings later (including the three-day World Forum of Ukrainians, the equally...
20th Anniversary of Independence marked in Keighley
25.08.11
Keighley

 Members of Keighley Town Council joined members of the Keighley Ukrainian Community last night to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence.  The event took place at the Ukrainian...
BBC Ukrainian Service on 20 years of Ukraine's independence
24.08.11

The BBC's Ukrainian Service carries an in-depth look at 20 years of Ukraine's independence.  Featuring various interviews and analysis, it is well worth a look.See:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/ukr...
V World Forum ends
22.08.11
Kyiv

The V World Forum of Ukrainians ended in Kyiv yesterday with the election of Mykhailo Ratushnyj as Chair of the Ukrainian World Coordinating Council (UWCC).  The three day event was attended by 300...
Controversy at V World Forum of Ukrainians
21.08.11

The V World Forum of Ukrainians in Kyiv has been marked by more controversy than many would have expected. First, President Yanukovych, who had been invited to give a keynote address to the Forum,...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine turns 20
21.08.11

 WORLD AFFAIRS.  Independent Ukraine turns 20 on August 24th. Some Ukrainians are celebrating, some are demonstrating. Most are too busy making ends meet, going on vacation, tending to their...
SFUZHOInternational conference of Ukrainian women's organisations in Lviv
19.08.11

Radio Liberty today carries an article about the World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organisation's conference in Lviv. Maria Finiw, Chair of the Association of Ukrainian Women in Great Britain and WFUWO...
Foreign Office Minister expresses concern at detention of Ukrainian opposition politician
18.08.11

Our apologies for the tardiness of this posting due to holidays.FCO 6 August 2011:  Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has commented on the decision to detain the former Ukrainian Prime Minister...
AUGB at V World Forum of Ukrainians
17.08.11

AUGB's President and General Secretary, Zenko Lastowiecki and Fedir Kurlak, will fly out to Kyiv tomorrow to represent the AUGB in the fifth three-day World Forum of Ukrainians, which will bring together...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine's 'Loose' Cuture
07.08.11

 WORLD AFFAIRS.  Here’s a finding that may surprise you. According to a recently published multi-author study, Ukraine’s culture is the “loosest” of 33 countries examined...
Tymoshenko Arrest - AUGB letter to UK Foreign Minister for Europe
06.08.11

In the wake of Yulia Tymoshenko's arrest, the AUGB last night sent a letter to the Minister for Europe, David Lidington MP, asking him to seek a formal assurance and commitment from the Ukrainian...
Former Ukrainian PM, Yulia Tymoshenko arrested
05.08.11

BBC. A Ukraine judge has ordered that former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko be taken into custody during her trial on charges of abuse of office.Police escorted Ms Tymoshenko out of the courtroom,...
Inauguration of Apostolic Exarch
02.08.11
London

The recently elected Patriarch of the Ukrainian Catholic Church (UCC), Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, led a special service in Central London today to formally inaugurate the new Apostolic Exarch for...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The Irrationality of Ukraine's Officialdom
30.07.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  A friend of mine in Kyiv who studies discourses thinks common sense is a “social construction.” I think it’s what you don’t find enough of in Ukraine. Take...
Ambassador's blog - London 2012... and legendary Ukrainian athletes
29.07.11
Kyiv

It’s always humbling to meet elite athletes.  So I am rather in awe when we bring together at the residence to mark the one-year countdown to London 2012 some truly great Olympians from Ukraine. ...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine’s New Left
22.07.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Are the sixties finally coming to Ukraine? The appearance of a New Left movement suggests that the answer may very well be yes. It’s still small and centered in Kyiv, but there’s...
Ambassador's blog - British Embassy Kyiv: if walls could talk
21.07.11
Kyiv

One of the striking things about Kyiv is the mixture of architectural styles across the city.  This is true of the Ulitsa Desyatinna, where the British Embassy is a stone’s throw from the...
Ambassador's blog - Kyiv beaches and gas #3
20.07.11
Kyiv

In June 2009 I wrote a blog extolling the virtues of Kyiv’s beaches and noting the challenges Ukraine was then having paying its monthly bills for gas from Russia.  I noted the views of the...
Ambassador's blog - Odesa Film Festival
19.07.11

The red carpet heaves with talent including John Malkovich, Russian filmmaker and actor Nikita Mikhalkov and many legendary Odesa comedy stars including the "Masks" of Chaos Shakespeare fame. Above, gleaming...
Herman "fully shares" concerns over closure of Ukrainian language broadcasts
18.07.11

In an letter to the Ukrainian World Congress, the deputy head of the presidential administration of Ukraine, Anna Herman, has emphasised that she "fully shares" the concerns of the UWC regarding the closure...
Ambassador's blog - Britain and Ukraine – Partners for Reform
18.07.11

Who said the following? - “Ukraine knows that it can count on Britain as its friend in the European Union.  We are, and will remain, enthusiastic advocates of Ukraine’s closer integration...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Donetsk Gets Ready for the Soccer Championship
16.07.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  One year from now, the UEFA soccer championship will come to Ukraine—in particular, to Lviv, Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Donetsk. Whether or not Ukraine will be ready to host more than...
Minister for Europe on Britain-Ukraine partnership
15.07.11
London

The UK's Minister for Europe, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, delivered the fourth Yalta Memorial Speech on Wednesday evening under the heading: “Britain and Ukraine – Partners for Reform”....
Ambassador's blog - Swing dancing in Kyiv
15.07.11
Kyiv

The music is infectious.  The urgent rhythm sends dancers sweeping around the room, partners gyrating and in some cases being thrown bodily through the air.  At the end of the track, entitled...
Ambassador's blog - Ukrainians to Newcastle
14.07.11
Kyiv

You don’t get much better people-to-people links than by bringing a group of British and Ukrainian young people together to play football on the beach, explore theatre projects and check out urban...
"Molodtsi" Hoverla!
13.07.11

July 9th 1986 represents a very important date in Hoverla Ukrainian Dance Ensemble's calendar when it became only the second Ukrainian Dance group from England (and the first 2nd generation born...
Ambassador's blog - A moving human and military story
13.07.11

Four British medals are laid out on a Union Flag.  The family stand proudly as the Defence Attache says a few words, citing a moving text from the Polish War Cemetery at Monte Cassino in Italy which...
Ambassador's blog - the rollerblading bride (and groom)
12.07.11

I suspect it’s not easy, rollerblading in a wedding dress. It's probably even harder when you’re accompanied by several dozen smartly-dressed guests, also on rollerblades, and are taking a...
66th National Annual General Meeting of the AUGB
11.07.11
UK

Delegates from all over the UK took part in the AUGB's 66th Annual General Meeting, which was held and ably hosted in the AUGB's newly-built Branch hall in Manchester on Saturday. The event was chaired...
Ambassador's blog - Ukraine Joins EU Battle Group
11.07.11
Kyiv

It’s easy to see international cooperation in black and white terms: either you’re “in” a particular body or organisation or you’re “out”.  This is often...
Hoverla success Lllangollen Eisteddfod 2011
10.07.11

25 years after triumphing at the 1986 Llangollen Eisteddfod, Derby's Hoverla Dance Ensemble's latest generation of dancers achieved an excellent second place in the Choreographed Folk Dance Competition...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Yanukovych Shows Off His Estate to Select Journalists
09.07.11

WORLD NEWS.  After months of ignoring journalists asking to see his estate outside Kyiv, President Viktor Yanukovych finally broke down in late June and took six select representatives on a tour of...
Ambassador's blog - Justice and Politics in Ukraine
05.07.11
Kyiv

I first had the idea of writing a blog about justice and politics in Ukraine in autumn 2009.  At that time the campaign leading up to the presidential elections of February 2010 was in full swing....
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The Serial Stupidity fo Trying Tymoshenko
02.07.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Forgive the blunt question, but are the Regionnaires really that dumb? Evidently, yes. The latest bit of evidence for their serial stupidity is the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko. If you...
Ambassador's blog - Ukrainians Studying Worldwide
30.06.11
Kyiv

Nineteen young men and women stand in a semi-circle as various luminaries (including me) give short speeches about them and their plans. They then sign a contract under which, in return for financial assistance...
Ambassador's blog - Is Ukrainian Governance Improving?
29.06.11
Kyiv

How important is it that Ukraine clears away a major source of corruption? An apparently obscure piece of legislation offers a useful insight into the challenges facing the way Ukraine’s system of...
RL/RFE: U.S., EU Condemn Tymoshenko Trial
27.06.11

RFE/RL.  The United States and the European Union have condemned the upcoming trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko for alleged abuse of power. U.S. State Department spokeswoman...
Ambassador's blog - Wonderful kids in Ukraine
24.06.11

What do Arsenal Football Club, British and Ukrainian charities, the Chernihiv regional authorities and former British ambassadors in Kyiv have in common?  Answer: all have helped support a remarkable...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Yanukovych Losing Support in the Texas of Ukraine
18.06.11

WORLD AFFAIRS:  Just how deep is the hole President Viktor Yanukovych is in? Take a look at Luhansk Province, Ukraine’s easternmost. With a mostly Russian-speaking population of about 2.5 million...
Copy of 450-year old Ukrainian Gospel donated to British Library
17.06.11

The Chair and delegation of the Coordinating Council to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Peresopnytske Gospel were in London earlier this week to donate a copy of the said Gospel to the British...
Ambassador's blog - Ambassadors in high heels #2
17.06.11
Kyiv

How much should an ambassador know about Louboutins?  My recent blog Ambassadors in high heels prompted some interesting comments (eg from one female British diplomat: "there is no doubt that when...
Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainian Catholics confirmed
15.06.11

 The official website of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) yesterday reported that Pope Benedict XVI officially ratified a recent decision of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC and appointed...
Service of Remembrance held at Tarasivka
13.06.11

Several hundred people from across the UK braved bad weather conditions yesterday to attend the annual Service of Remembrance held at Tarasivka in Weston-on-Trent, Derbyshire.  The event was organised...
Yulia rises to the challenge
13.06.11

Following the amazing success of her first year exhibiting in the UK, Yulia Podolska, resident artist at The School Creative Centre Rye, once again rises to the challenge of creating a new sculpture, this...
AUGB interview for BBC1's Heir Hunters programme
10.06.11

AUGB's CEO, Fedir Kurlak, today gave an interview for the latest series of Heir Hunters on BBC1. The series follows the work of probate researchers who trace the beneficiaries to estates, when people have...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Breaking the Myths of World War II's Bloodlands
10.06.11

WORLD AFFAIRS:  Take a look at a fascinating piece published in the May 27th New York Times Book Review by Adam Kirsch, a senior editor at the New Republic. Kirsch asks: “Is World War II...
Ambassador's blog - An excellent Ukraine-British Combo
10.06.11

It's a good feeling to speak first and have not one but two people speaking after you say something which dovetails perfectly with your opening remarks.  This happens on my first day back in Kyiv...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Regime Incoherence in Yanukovych’s Ukraine
03.06.11

WORLD AFFAIRS:  How can you explain the jaw-dropping incoherence of the Yanukovych regime? They blithely give away the store to the Russians in the April 2010 Kharkiv Accords, but they’re skittish...
Ambassador's blog - The teenage traffic victim
03.06.11

The teenager is lying motionless in the road.  The driver of the black Porsche Cayenne stands over him, horrified.  A couple of passers-by are on their mobile phones, perhaps calling the police...
Radio decision to be reviewed
31.05.11

According to a report in Telekrytyka (30 May), the chair of the State Committee for Television and Radio, Yuriy Plaksiuk, has halted the "reorganisation" of the Ukrainian language broadcast's on Ukraine's...
Mother's Day in Rochdale
29.05.11

Traditionally, Ukrainian Eastern Rite Churches revere the Mother of God during the month of May and many many years ago it became custom in Ukrainian towns and villages to designate one special day...
Representatives of AUTE at AUGB's Central Office
28.05.11
London

The chair and representatives of the Association of Ukrainian Teachers and Educators (AUTE) - Jaroslaw Wasyluk, Genia Mandzij, Maria Sawdyk and Maria Danylchuk - yesterday visited AUGB's Central Office...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The Extreme Implications of the Demjanjuk Ruling
28.05.11

WORLD AFFAIRS. The May 12th sentencing of John Demjanjuk couldn’t have come at a better time. Just as Russia and Ukraine are experiencing a rehabilitation of Stalin and Stalinism, the Munich...
What is the difference between a British and Ukrainian cut?
27.05.11

Whatever the rights or wrongs, their justification or otherwise, the recent cuts to the BBC's World Service caused no small amount of controversy and opposition.  They were announced in advance and...
UWC urges Ukrainian authorities to reverse radio decision
27.05.11

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) has written to the President of Ukraine, Prime Minister, Chair of the Ukrainian Parliament and the Head of the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting in...
AUGB seeks Ambassador Khandogiy's assurance
27.05.11

In a letter to the Ambassador of Ukraine in London, Volodymyr Khandogiy, the AUGB today expressed its dismay at the unnanounced closure of Ukraine's World Service Ukrainian language broadcasts.  The...
Tymoshenko released but told: "arrest at any time if deemed necessary"
24.05.11

KYIV, May 24 (Reuters) - Ukrainian prosecutors accused former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Tuesday of hampering investigations for her trial on charges of abuse of power...
Prosecutors: Tymoshenko's case completed, no need to arrest her (LATEST)
24.05.11

Kyiv Post, Today at 18:46 | Interfax-UkraineThe investigative actions planned for Tuesday as part of the investigation into the criminal case involving Yulia Tymoshenko have now been completed and there...
AUGB: "Soviet flag incompatible with Euro values!"
23.05.11

The AUGB sent out letters today calling on leaders of various European institutions to urge Ukraine's President and Government to immediately review the amended Law of Ukraine, № 3298-VI, ““on...
Ambassador's blog - Visit Britain
23.05.11

I don't usually write about my holidays in this blog, and I won't make an exception now.  But by way of illustrating what terrific places there are to go on holiday in the UK, check out the photos...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine's Party of Regions Versus Truth, Decency, and Competence
20.05.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Still think that Regionnaire rule in Ukraine might be compatible with truth, decency, and competence? Here are four more pieces of evidence that’ll lay to rest whatever residual...
"NO"! to Stalin and his flag
19.05.11

In a letter dated 18 May 2011, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) has called upon the European community to demand that the Ukrainian government authorities immediately denounce the glorification of Stalinism...
Ukrainian docu-film on the Halychyna Division
19.05.11

The Ukrainian Division "Halychyna" has never been far removed from controversy.  Within the Ukrainian community it has been viewed as a formation that took up arms to fight only against Stalin's Red...
Lutsenko and Amnesty International
18.05.11

 AUGB has today written to Amnesty International's Urgent Action Network concerning the condition of Ukraine's ex-Interior Minister, Yuri Lutsenko, who has been held in prison since his arrest...
3 + 1 views... Post Demjaniuk Trial and US Ukraine relations
16.05.11

Visitors to this website may be interested to read three articles/opinions written in the aftermath of the Court ruling last week in Germany in the case of John Demjaniuk, which appeared on the websites...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Regionnaires to Ukrainians: Let Them Eat Red Flags!
13.05.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  The war over symbols continues in Ukraine—this time heatedly and violently—threatening to split the country into warring factions. The immediate pretext was the May 9th...
Ambassador's blog - UK-Ukraine military co-operation
12.05.11
Kyiv

A couple of people have commented on my recent Oxford speech that they were surprised to see how much military co-operation went on between Ukraine and the UK.  Having listed various other areas of...
Call for student volunteers
12.05.11

The Oxford Volunteers for Chornobyl Scheme is launching its call for applications for the summer of 2011. Every summer since 2007, Oxford University Ukrainian Society, together with its partners in Ukraine,...
Demjaniuk - Court decision today
12.05.11

BBC News Europe.  A court in Germany is expected to give its verdict in the case of alleged death camp guard John Demjanjuk. The 91-year-old is accused of having helped to murder 27,900 Jews at the...
Demjaniuk Court Ruling - Guilty.
12.05.11

BBC News Europe.  A German court has found John Demjanjuk guilty of helping to murder more than 28,000 Jews at a Nazi death camp in World War II. He was sentenced to five years in prison, one year...
Chornobyl 25 in Ashton
11.05.11
Ashton

AUGB Ashton Branch has erected a small display of facts, personal accounts, pictures and statements from the current Ambassador to Ukraine, Leigh Turner, and US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, in the...
Ukraine's piano players (AKA Parliamentarians)
11.05.11
Ukraine

It is some time since we flagged up a snippet of video-news from Ukraine.The link sent to us earlier today looks at the issue of voting in the Ukrainian Parliament, which we appreciate is already a known...
New website promoting friendship between England and Ukraine
10.05.11

The Southborough & Kaniv Association (SAKA) has launched a colourful new website, packed with information and photographs. Its objectives are to create an in-depth positive awareness of Kaniv in Ukraine...
Ambassador's blog - How Ukraine can lead Europe
10.05.11
Kyiv

Of what 47-member body is Ukraine about to assume the Chairmanship, followed by the United Kingdom?  The answer is of course the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE), whose Chairmanship...
Blessing of the new Hall in Manchester… and then the first "Zabava" (Dance)
10.05.11
Manchester

Bishop Hlib Lonchyna visited and blessed the newly built Hall in Manchester last Saturday. He was welcomed at the main door by AUGB Manchester Branch Chair, Wolodymyr Szlachetko, with a traditional Ukrainian...
Chornobyl 25 commemorated
06.05.11

The 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster was last night commemorated at AUGB's Central Office with the opening of an exhibition of original photographs from the collection of the National Museum...
Ambassador's blog - Life Lessons from Deep Purple
06.05.11

From the moment the lights go down and the familiar heavy metal chords ring out through the vast indoor space, it is clear that Deep Purple have lost none of their ability to rock.   We’re...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Kyiv City Authorities Capture Downtown
06.05.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Visitors to Kyiv will notice that the Regionnaire-controlled city administration has “captured” the downtown area, encompassing the capital city’s Broadway, the Khreshchatyk,...
Ambassador's blog - How to sell land
05.05.11
Kyiv

Is it good or bad for Ukraine to allow the sale of agricultural land and, if so, under what conditions? There is muted excitement in Ukraine that the authorities may soon bring forward proposals to allow...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Desperate Times: The Party of Regions’ Attempt to Prevent an ‘Arab Spring’ in Ukraine
03.05.11

WORLD AFFAIRS. The good news from Ukraine keeps getting better. I had reported in my last blog that President Viktor Yanukovych had admitted defeat. Now it’s the turn of the Party of Regions, his...
Ambassador's blog - Bad piano-playing in Kyiv
03.05.11
Kyiv

How can the Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, best ensure that it meets the democratic aspirations of the Ukrainian people? I've blogged before about the unfortunate propensity of members of the Rada to...
Bolton News on Chornobyl Anniversary Commemoration
03.05.11
Bolton

Bolton News today published an article entitled "Victims of Chernobyl Remembered", which details local commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear disaster.  It follows on...
Ambassador's blog - The longest walk in my life. (Guest Blog)
28.04.11

Guest blog by Liudmyla Bulychova, Entry Clearance Assistant and Chornobyl walk participant When I first heard about the idea of Charity Walk to Chornobyl, I was so excited about it that I immediately agreed...
World's worst nuclear disaster remembered
27.04.11
UK

Commemorative services and events were held in various cities around the UK yesterday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster. In central London an ecumenical service led by Bishop Hlib...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The Yanukovych Bulldozer Breaks Down
26.04.11

Viktor Yanukovych made an astonishing admission recently. In his annual address to the Parliament on April 7th, Ukraine’s faltering president stated that “Of the intentions and plans we had...
Ambassador's blog: Chernobyl charity walk – last chance!
21.04.11
Kyiv

I blogged in March about the Chernobyl charity walk which members of the British and French embassies were planning for 22 April.  The great news is that the event, which is to help The Children of...
Ambassador's blog: Chernobyl 25th anniversary
21.04.11
Kyiv

This week Kyiv has seen one of its largest ever gatherings of international leaders as Presidents, Prime Ministers and other political figures and experts congregate on Kyiv for two conferences to mark...
Orange Blues -Ukrainians and Jews and Ukrainians and Jews and …
15.04.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Mossad’s apparent involvement in the recent kidnapping of a Palestinian in Ukraine—he was whisked off the Kharkiv-Kyiv train on February 19th—has raised important...
Ambassador's blog - What I think about Ukraine
14.04.11
Kyiv

 I’ve been blogging about Ukraine for a while now – over 170 entries, plus the web-diary I started in 2009 before the blog went live.  It’s been a fascinating time and I hope...
Shevchenko Concert in Rochdale
14.04.11
Rochdale

A concert about the life and works of Taras Shevchenko took place on the Saturday 26th March in the hall of the AUGB branch in Rochdale to mark 150 years since his death. The ladies of the Association...
Ambassador's blog - Ukraine in Oxford... and Europe
12.04.11
Oxford

I recently wrote about the centre of Kyiv turning British.  So it's good to find the centre of Oxford turning Ukrainian.  The occasion is the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Programme Oxford Model...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Was the Holodomor Genocide?
08.04.11

Here’s what got me thinking about this issue—again. A friend and colleague at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and I are currently compiling a collection of documents on the Ukrainian...
Ambassador's blog - Where are you going, Ukraine?
05.04.11

I'm in the UK this week to speak at the Oxford Model Ukraine Conference "Ukraine's Domestic and Foreign Affairs: Quo Vadis?" (Quo vadis means "Where are you going?" in Latin.)  It will be good to...
Ambassador's blog - Is Ukraine really reforming?
04.04.11

I often ask business and political contacts what they think about the progress of reform in Ukraine.  Responses are mixed: some say things are getting better, some that they are getting worse, and...
Holodomor book presentation in London
01.04.11

A special book-launch of “Holodomor – the Great Famine in Ukraine 1932-33” took place last night at the AUGB’s central office in London.  It was presented by its authors -...
Oleksander Hryb's Blog - СБУ: Голодомор був геноцидом українського народу
01.04.11

 Olexander Hryb's blog focuses on two events this week that drew attention to the issue of the Holodomor.Дві події міжнародного життя привернули увагу цього...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Yanukovych vs. Kuchma-and Dershowitz
01.04.11

Jeesh, what is the world coming to? Just as you thought Viktor Yanukovych was settling into his role of sultan extraordinaire, there he goes charging former President Leonid Kuchma with complicity in...
Ambassador's Blog - Is closing a newspaper censorship?
31.03.11

I've been following with interest the debate around the recent closure of a Ukrainian newspaper, the Gazeta po-Kievski.  It's an important issue. The newspaper, which has existed for many years, was...
Letter of good wishes to new Church Leader
30.03.11

The AUGB has sent a letter expressing good wishes to the newly elected Head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Major Archbishop and Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk.  The new Church leader takes over...
Ambassador's Blog - should Ukraine integrate with Europe?
30.03.11

I've been in Warsaw this week meeting Polish and British colleagues and having my first good look around the city since I first visited it in 1987.  It's always interesting to compare neighbours,...
Ambassador's Blog - Chernobyl Charity Walk
29.03.11

Can you walk 110 kilometres in 24 hours?  That’s the distance from the centre of Kyiv to the edge of the Chernobyl exclusion zone north of Kyiv.With the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster...
European, Canadian/US Experts to Gather in Oxford to Discuss Governance Model for Ukraine
29.03.11
Oxford

Oxford Conference brings together international experts to share knowledge, experience, and ideas in order to improve democratic governance in Ukraine6-8 April 2011 (Oxford) – experts from across...
Ambassador's Blog - Why I shouldn't watch The Boat Race
27.03.11

How much would it be worth Oxford paying me to watch next year's boat race against Cambridge?  Or how much would Cambridge be prepared to pay to stop me watching?It's Saturday night in Kyiv and the...
New book: The Jew Who Was Ukrainian by Alexander J. Motyl
26.03.11

The Jew Who Was Ukrainian by Alexander J. Motyl   Coming April 1st!   Cervena Barva Press Announces a New Book   from Alexander J. Motyl   "The...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Mistrusting Yanukonomics
25.03.11

 WORLD AFFAIRS.  You gotta see things in perspective, President Viktor Yanukovych’s apologists say. Sure, democracy may not be doing too well, but just look at the economy. Bold reforms...
Ambassador's Blog - Down Syndrome: “Let Us In!”
22.03.11

Imagine a child knocking on a door and being let in by a smiling family or friend.  That’s the scene from a moving film presented by the charity Down Syndrome Education International, featuring...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Viktor Yanukovych, Terminator
18.03.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  President Viktor Yanukovych’s main claim to fame is political stability. Say what you will about the rollback of democracy and the absence of economic reforms, his supporters...
Ambassador's Blog - Brilliant British Business in Ukraine
18.03.11

For a few days last week the centre of Kyiv turned British.  The “British Business Days in Ukraine”  running from 17-19 March  included:a business-to-business debate chaired...
Save our BBC World Service
07.03.11

In February the AUGB sent a submission to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Inquiry concerning the proposed closure of the BBC World Service's Ukrainian language radio broadcasts.As soon as...
London 2012 - Meeting with Ukraine's National Olympic Committee
05.03.11
London

Representatives of several Ukrainian organisations in this country, including the AUGB, attended a meeting with representatives of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) held yesterday at the...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ya-nuking Democracy in Ukraine
04.03.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  What’s the condition of democracy in Ukraine after one year of Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency? He and his supporters say democracy is alive and well. His critics say it’s...
Ambassador's Blog - How to make energy more transparent
02.03.11
Kyiv

“Transparency” is a big buzzword whenever people talk about improving the business climate in Ukraine.  Everyone agrees that if we can increase transparency in the way economy is run,...
AUGB submission to Foreign Affairs Select Committee
01.03.11
UK

Towards the end of January this year we reported that the BBC had announced that it would stop broadcasting in the Ukrainian language on April 1.Last week the AUGB sent a Submission...
Ambassador's Blog - How to sell your city
01.03.11
Kyiv

The chocolate flows down in an endless stream, pouring like a waterfall over the freshly-baked crispy wafers.  Further down the production line, individual sticks are wrapped and packed in boxes. ...
Ambassador's Blog - My Welsh Great-Grandfather
28.02.11

1 March is St David’s Day, named after the patron saint of Wales who died in 589.  I'm part-Welsh: my great-grandfather John Derfel (photo below) came from the the town of Llanderfel in...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukraine’s Non-Foreign Non-Policy
25.02.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Pity Ukraine’s foreign minister, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko. He’s a powerless official with a powerless portfolio claiming to speak for a government with no foreign policy....
Ambassador's Blog - Culture, diversity and art
25.02.11

What do an artist from Afghanistan and a Ukrainian dancer have in common?  The answer is that both are big fans of Ukraine who are enriching the country's cultural life. I'm delivering a short speech...
Ambassador's Blog - One Giant Leap for Business: VAT Refunds
24.02.11

What single thing could the Ukrainian authorities do to show foreign and domestic businesses that they are serious about improving the business climate?Ukraine faces a daunting list of reforms needed to...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Viktor Yanukovych, Revolutionary
18.02.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  President Viktor Yanukovych’s rhetoric has recently taken a scary turn. At a February 2nd Polish-Ukrainian economic meeting in Warsaw, he spoke like a bona fide revolutionary...
Ambassador's Blog - MI6, Art and Freedoms
18.02.11

Back in Kyiv after a holiday in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho and a short working visit to London, I am intrigued to see advertised on the Foreign Office website an exhibition by British artist James...
Cardinal Huzar resigns
10.02.11

The highly respected Patriarch and Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Cardinal Lubomyr Huzar, has resigned at the age of 77. According to the UNIAN news agency, Pope Benedict...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Viktor Yanukovych, Splittist
08.02.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Few things were worse in the Communist catalog of sins than “splittism” — or the promotion of splits within the “united front” of the proletariat. Splittists...
Ambassador's Blog - Skills for millions
07.02.11

A guest blog from Margaret Jack, Director, British Council Ukraine Sixty Education Ministers developing policies for half a billion young people to help ensure that progress beyond the United Nations'...
Ambassador's Blog - Brilliant energy-saving photography
04.02.11
Kyiv

Check out these terrific photographs.  They are the winners and honourable mentions of a photo competition called “Save Energy! Stop Climate Change! run by the British Embassy in Kyiv between...
Ambassador's Blog - How to resolve impossible disputes
03.02.11
Kyiv

Where is the world’s leading centre in dispute settlement?  In other words, where do you go if you want to resolve a commercial dispute and need top-quality advice from the world’s leading...
Got to Dance - "Swashbuckling Podilya"
31.01.11

The Ukrainian Youth Association's Podilya Dance Ensemble from Manchester "brought bags of Ukrainian heritage and culture to the stage with their colourful...performance" in the first of four semi-finals...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Potemkin Free Speech in Kyiv: Hanna and Her Speakers
28.01.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Hanna Herman, President Viktor Yanukovych’s deputy chief of staff and slick spokeswoman, recently had a bright idea: to transform Kyiv’s Independence Square into a “kind...
BBC Ukrainian Service Axed
27.01.11

The FINANCIAL.  The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has announced that it will stop broadcasting in the Ukrainian language on April 1.  The BBC’s Ukrainian service announced...
65th receptionAUGB 65th anniversary reception
25.01.11

On Saturday 22 January, AUGB's head office at 49 Linden Gardens hosted an exhibition and reception to mark the 65th anniversary of the Association, which was founded on 18-19 January 1946 in Edinburgh.Bishop...
Pressure on Ukrainian organisations in Russian Federation - UWC speaks out
24.01.11

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) has expressed its grave concern about pressure being exerted on three Ukrainian organisations based in Moscow.  In a letter to various International organisations,...
Ambassador's Blog - Is Ukraine free?
24.01.11
Kyiv

Which is the country which is most free in the CIS?  Can we say confidently that it is Ukraine?  Or how about a new pretender to that crown – Moldova? There are many ways to measure...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - A Ukrainian Martin Luther King?
24.01.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Now that Americans have finished celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it may be worth asking whether Ukraine could ever get such an inspired, and inspirational, leader.It certainly...
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24.01.11

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Got to Dance - Got to Vote!
23.01.11

The Ukrainian Youth Association's Podilya Dance Group has successfully won through to the first of four semi-finals of the Got to Dance programme which will be screened live on Sky 1 on Sunday 30 January. ...
Olexander Hryb's blog - Interview with Vasyl Oleskiw on the 65th anniversary of AUGB
21.01.11

The BBC Ukrainian Service reporter, Olexander Hryb, describes in his latest blog how the Association of Ukrainians was established 65 years ago, and includes an interview with Mr Vasyl Oleskiw, who was...
Ambassador's Blog - Why the Constitutional Court matters
21.01.11
Kyiv

In a recent blog on human rights in Ukraine I noted that the British embassy in Kyiv had supported projects to help a number of different constituent elements of the Ukrainian legal system including the...
RFE/RL report on AUGB's 65th Anniversary.
20.01.11

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty yesterday carried a report about the 65th Anniversary of the Association of Ukrainians.Click here to view the full story. 
Ambassador's Blog - Swimming with icebergs
20.01.11
Kyiv

A guest blog from John Foreman, Defence Attaché, British Embassy19 January is Epiphany, an ancient Christian feast day which, in the Orthodox tradition, celebrates the baptism of Jesus by John the...
AUGB - 65th Anniversary Today
19.01.11

On 18-19 January 1946, the inaugural General Meeting of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain took place in St Mary’s church hall, Edinburgh.The participants of that Meeting, who through...
UKRAINIAN WORLD CONGRESS CALL TO DENOUNCE THE UNDEMOCRATIC PRESSURE ON POLITICAL OPPONENTS IN UKRAINE
18.01.11

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) has called for the condemnation of politically motivated prosecutions in Ukraine with an appeal to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay, OSCE Director...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Shooting Fish in a Barrel
17.01.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Gosh, Viktor Yanukovych makes it too easy.Two of his latest doozies concern personnel appointments to important government jobs: the head of the National Bank and the general director...
Olexander Hryb's Blog - Holodomor.org.uk: США проти визнання Голодомору геноцидом в ООН
17.01.11

Olexander Hryb's blog looks at the US administrations' opposition to have the Holodomor recognised as genocide at the UN.Британський вебсайт Holodomor.org.uk оприлюднив...
Ukrainian Christmas in the North-West
17.01.11

Ukrainians in the North West saw another successful Christmas Concert at the AUGB Bolton Community Hall yesterday evening. The concert was organised by AUGB Manchester Branch with great support from the...
CNN heads to Ukraine for the first i-List of 2011
16.01.11

CNN brings its monthly i-List series to Ukraine for the week of Monday 17th - Friday 21st January.CNN’s focus on Ukraine comes as the region’s two primary geopolitical centres of gravity –...
Holodomor on Austrian radio
16.01.11

Austria's main radio station, Ö1, yesterday aired a 55-minute programme, Horbilder, on the Holodomor.You can listen to the broadcast by clicking on the following link:  http://oe1.orf.a...
Archbishop's visit
14.01.11
London (49 Linden Gardens)

The Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church's Archbishop of Kharkiv and Poltava, Ihor Isichenko, yesterday visited AUGB's Central Office where he met with the AUGB's CEO and Curator of the...
Bandera
14.01.11

According to a statement issued by the Press office of President Viktor Yanukovych, which has appeared on his website, a Decree issued by former President Viktor Yushchenko bestowing Stepan Bandera with...
KurkovStaying in power and corporate revenge
13.01.11

The BBC news website today carries a piece by the Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov analysing President Yanukovych's first year in office. He describes the government's legal action against Yuliya Tymoshenko...
Ambassador's Blog - A way to improve Ukrainian democracy in 2011
13.01.11
Kyiv

In what world ranking of democracy does Ukraine score three of the top eight places?  As part of its end-year summary of the events of 2010, the respected British newspaper The Guardian recently published...
Sad loss. Svitlana Hluvko dead.
12.01.11

London born Svitlana Hluvko, a highly acclaimed restorer and expert in her field, passed away in Italy on 9 January 2011 aged 46.She authored/co-authored numerious academic works.Daughter of Ukrainian...
Ukrainian Catholic hierarchy in London
11.01.11
London

Patriarch Lubomyr Huzar is in London this week for meetings with bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.  Today and tomorrow have been set aside for a working group to meet, discuss and formulate...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Cracking Down and Cracking Up
10.01.11

WORLD AFFAIRS.  The dialectic was alive and well in Ukraine in 2010. On the one hand, the regime of President Viktor Yanukovych appeared strong, moving decisively toward authoritarianism. On the other...
Conference on Governance and guidelines for development of Ukraine
10.01.11

Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program (CUPP) www.katedra.org Alumni initiated a series of Conferences to develop a Model for Governance and guidelines for development of Ukraine, to be presented to the...
A Happy New Year and Apologies
04.01.11

We apologise for not being able to post news items onto the website over the past couple of weeks.  Regular features that have appeared on this site in the past will be posted here shortly according...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Latest from WikiLeaks: The Yanukovych-Santa Claus Correspondence
30.12.10

WORLD AFFAIRS:Dorogoi Santa,Before I tell you what I want for Christmas, permit me to tell you what I don’t want. Number one: I am sick and tired of being laughed at. Sure, I stole a few horses when...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Regionnaires’ Disease in Ukraine
28.12.10

WORLD AFFAIRS:  Last winter’s health scare in Ukraine was swine flu. This year’s is far worse: Regionnaires’ Disease, an illness that eats away at political organisms and turns them...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Who Needs Education?
20.12.10

WORLD AFFAIRS:  Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science is now the Ministry of Education, Science, Youth, and — no kidding, honest — Sports. This bizarre transformation took...
Ambassador's Blog - Holidays in Chernobyl
16.12.10

The UK and international press have reacted with intrigue to the suggestion that Chernobyl, site of the 1986 nuclear disaster, could be a new tourist hotspot.  In fact as some reports have noted,...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Holodomor, History, and Other Dilemmas
15.12.10

WORLD AFFAIRS.  This year’s Holodomor Remembrance Day, the November 27th commemoration of the Stalin-engineered famine of 1932–33 that killed between 3 and 4 million Ukrainians, took place...
Ambassador's Blog - Keeping Ukrainian families together
15.12.10
Kyiv

It’s not often that we charge people to enter my house.  But we make an exception when we host a charity reception in support of the Ukrainian charity EveryChild.Ukraine, like many other countries...
National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy to lose its independence?
12.12.10

Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of AmericaTel. 773-490-9797  Email: mail@kmfoundation.comwww.kmfoundation.com    Friday, December 10, 2010Chicago, IllinoisPRESS RELEASE HIGHER EDUCATION...
Ambassador's Blog - BBC Book of the Year 2010
11.12.10
Kyiv

The lofty, historic hall of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy is packed with journalists, TV cameras and microphones. The occasion is the prize-giving for the BBC Ukrainian Service Book of the Year Competition. ...
WikiLeaks: Is Ukraine still interested in continued missile defense cooperation with the U.S? In 2009 it was...
10.12.10

Ukrainians living in the diaspora could be forgiven for not knowing which leg to stand on with regard to Ukraine at present.  On the one hand everyone has been and is keen to support the country of...
Nalyvaichenko, former Secret Services chief, talks about corruption, shady gas trade, Gongadze murder
10.12.10

KYIV POST.  Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, the former head of the Security Service of Ukraine, is now the leader of Our Ukraine, the political party of his close ally, former President Viktor Yushchenko....
Ambassador's Blog - Human rights in Ukraine
09.12.10
Kyiv

In the mid 1970s I flew from London to Johannesburg via Madrid in order to get the cheapest fare.  During the stopover at Madrid airport I was waiting to buy a newspaper at a shop when I was elbowed...
Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union tells it how it is
09.12.10
Ukraine

An Open letter to Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kostyantyn Ivanovych (Hryshchenko)On 8 December 2010 the Norwegian Nobel Prize Committee informed that Ukraine was among 19 countries which...
WikiLeaks: Poland. A natural U.S Ally on Eastern Policy
08.12.10

According to a secret cable from the US Embassy in Warsaw dated 12/12/2008, the US looked on Poland’s Eastern Policy as “an excellent complement” to its own politics on the region.The...
Ukrainian ambassador not to attend Nobel Prize Ceremony
08.12.10

KYIV POST.  The official representative of Ukraine will not be able to attend the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, which is traditionally held in Oslo (Norway), as he is to participate in a regular staff...
WikiLeaks: US fights flow of arms from eastern Europe to its enemies
07.12.10

The Guardian.  The US is fighting a constant battle to stem the flow of arms from eastern Europe to terrorist groups and unstable regimes in the Middle East, US embassy cables leaked tonight revealed.US...
Ambassador's Blog - Where everywhere is home
07.12.10
Kyiv

This year, the UK is between Turkey (fabulous balloons) and Egypt (delicious traditional snacks).  Yes, it’s the International Women’s Club of Kyiv (IWCK) annual seasonal charity bazaar. ...
Australian Minister with Ukrainian roots
06.12.10
Australia

Matthew Guy MLC has been sworn in as the new Minister for Planning in the Government of Victoria, Australia.In a press release issued by the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations, Stefan Romaniw...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - The name is Bond, Val Bond
04.12.10

WORLD AFFAIRS.  A friend of mine, a Ukrainian diplomat, recently told me to “be careful” during my forthcoming visit to Kiev from December 6–20. “What exactly do you mean?”...
Delay in delivery of Dumka
03.12.10

Dumka went to print as normal on Wednesday evening but due to the bad weather, we have been advised by the printers that it will be delivered to us in London on Monday.  Subscribers should note that...
WikiLeaks: Russian gas supplies to EU, Ukraine linked to mafia
02.12.10

The Guardian.  US embassy cables show the Russian mafia boss Semyon Mogilevich is linked to RosUkrEnergo gas company. Gas supplies to Ukraine and EU states are linked to the Russian mafia, according...
WikiLeaks: Solzhenitsyn and Metropolitan Kirill on Russia (and Ukraine, NATO and Holodomor)
02.12.10

A newly released WikiLeaks cable purportedly classified in April 2008 by the US Ambassador in Moscow, William J Burns, details alleged separate conversations held between Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and...
WikiLeaks: Ukraine. Firtash uses crisis to expand into banking
02.12.10

Dmytry Firtash, "one of Ukraine's most wealthy and notorious oligarchs", was analyised in November 2008 in an alleged confidential cable written by the Acting Economic Counsellor at the US Embassy...
WikiLeaks: Russia-Ukraine relations. Yushchenko and Tymoshenko in Moscow
02.12.10

An allegedly confidential cable dated March 2008 purporting to be sent by the US Embassy in Moscow considered the Putin-Yushchenko Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) held on 12-13 February 2008.According...
Ambassador's Blog - Transcarpathia: castles, skis and the mayor's car
02.12.10

The walls of the castle rise sheer from the base of a deep, dry moat.  Three different batteries of cannon face the west.  To the east rise the Carpathians, dusted with snow.  Welcome to...
International "First National" channel launched
01.12.10

A new Ukrainian TV channel "First Ukraine International" began broadcasting FTA off the Sirius satellite at 4.8 degrees East earlier today.  The channel is an international version of "First National"...
New Ambassador at Buckingham Palace
01.12.10
London

The newly appointed Ambassador of Ukraine to the UK, Volodymyr Khandogyi, today attended Buckingham Palace where he presented his credentials to Queen Elizabeth II.During the private audience...
WikiLeaks, Prince Andrew and the Holodomor
30.11.10

Whilst media observers are today focusing on certain passages attributed to Prince Andrew by the US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Tatiana Gfoeller, there is one reference in the WikiLeaks...
WikiLeaks: US Vershbow defends Ukrainian sovereignty in meeting with Russians
30.11.10

KYIV POST.  U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Alexander Vershbow last year raised concerns with senior Russian officials over Moscow’s respect for Ukraine’s...
Holodomor, WikiLeaks and Russia's Single Historical Space
30.11.10

KYIV SCOOP.  The Holodomor won’t go away. This past weekend, we marked the sad anniversary of the terror-famine that occurred nearly eighty years ago. And just when the Kremlin thought...
Eternal memory. Execution by famine: living pages
29.11.10

Illustration from the book Famine in the Soviet Ukraine: 1932-1933 (Harvard University, 1986) AN ILLUSTRATION BY HALYNA MAZEPA TO MYKOLA PONEDILKO’S COLLECTED NOVELLAS ONLY THE FIELD SPEAKS…...
Holodomor memorial plaque opened in Huddersfield
29.11.10

A memorial plaque to commemorate the millions of victims systematically starved to death in 1932-33 in Ukraine was officially unveiled and blessed in Huddersfield yesterday afternoon.  The event was...
Ambassador's Blog - St Andrew's Night in Kyiv: a Ukrainian-Scottish ceilidh
29.11.10

It's 9.30 p.m. and the Sancho Panza Restaurant is packed with Scots and Ukrainians in kilts and traditional embroidered linen shirts (actually most of the men in kilts are wearing Ukrainian shirts).  A...
1932-33 Holodomor commemorated in Manchester
28.11.10

Manchester's Ukrainian community yesterday paid its respects to the victims of the 1932-33 Holodomor by holding a Panakhyda Service of Remembrance and commemoration at the Church of the Assumption...
Rochdale remembers forgotten victims of ‘Holodomor’
27.11.10

ROCHDALE ONLINE.  The Rochdale Friends of Lviv group and the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain held a commemorative ceremony today (Friday 26 November 2010) at the Holodomor Memorial Stone...
Holodomor Press Release by Embassy of Ukraine in UK
27.11.10

The Embassy of Ukraine in London has issued a press release to mark the commemoration of the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine, during which millions of Ukrainians were systematically starved to death.Memorial...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Madame Yanukovich Speaks Her Mind
26.11.10

WORLD AFFAIRS:  Viktor Yanukovich’s reclusive wife may have finally decided to become Ukraine’s First Lady, quite possibly in the hope of helping her harried husband save his stumbling...
Ambassador's Blog - Cyberpunks and the matrix: Online Kyiv offline
26.11.10
Kyiv

Science fiction has a fine record of guessing the future; but no-one saw the Internet coming.  Honourable mention should be made of the excellent works of William Gibson, credited with inventing the...
Barroso: EU-Ukraine Summit "successful"
23.11.10
Brussels

Represented by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the EC, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, the European Union yesterday hosted the 14th EU-Ukraine Summit in Brussels.  Ukraine...
UWC outraged by ban on public meetings in Kyiv
23.11.10

The Ukrainian World Congress has expressed its concern about reports that Kyiv’s District Administrative Court yesterday banned all protest meetings planned to take place in the capital between...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Remembering the Orange Revolution, somberly — yet hopefully
23.11.10

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Yesterday marked six years since the start of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution — the mass upheaval that reversed a fraudulent election, catapulted Viktor Yushchenko to the presidency...
Ambassador's Blog - Why school No.92 is brilliant
23.11.10

There's nothing like meeting lively young people to fuel your optimism about a country.  So I'm delighted to accept an invitation from Kyiv School No.92 to meet English language students of the 9th...
EU-Ukraine Summit today - what hopes?
22.11.10

The EU and Ukraine will hold their annual summit at the Chateau Val Duchesse in Brussels today. According to euobserver.com, the headlline deliverable at the summit is expected to be an Action Plan...
Ambassador's Blog - Please don't get a visa ban
22.11.10

I recently attended an event at a university in Kyiv where a dismayed student told me she had been subject to a ten-year visa ban by the UK.  This had been the result of misrepresenting a small piece...
General Council Meeting
21.11.10
London (49 Linden Gardens)

AUGB's General Council ("Rada SUB") held its second post-AGM meeting yesterday.  Also in attendance was the AUGB's honorary President, Wasyl Oleskiw, who raised a number of issues, including:  integration...
Ukrainian World Congress calls for signatures
21.11.10

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is circulating an online petition which calls on Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych to "publicly recognise the Holodomor as an act of genocide against Ukrainian...
Shameful removal of Josyf Slipyj memorial plaque
19.11.10

It is a sad day indeed when my email inbox is inundated with messages from various organisations and individuals worldwide condemning the removal of an innocent memoral plaque embedded in the wall of a...
Ambassador donates large collection of books
19.11.10
London (49 Linden Gardens)

Ukraine's Ambassador to the UK, Volodymyr Khandogiy, visited AUGB's Central Office earlier today.  He was accompanied by First Secretary Dr Kateryna Bila and the Embassy's Cultural Attache, Orysia...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Is Yanukovich in Putin’s doghouse?
18.11.10

WORLD AFFAIRS.  That’s what a biting satire of the Ukrainian president on Russia’s state-controlled Channel One, the country’s most watched television station, suggests. Aired on...
Ambassador's Blog - Should Ukraine protect Horilka as intellectual property?
18.11.10
Kyiv

Ukraine and the European Union made good progress in October during the latest round of negotiations on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA).  Another round is due in December: both...
Ukraine local Election - unconfirmed results
16.11.10

Anyone wishing to know at a quick glance the unofficial results of the recent local election in Ukraine can do so by following this link to Ukrainska Pravda.  Simply hover your mouse over any...
Oleksander Hryb's Blog - Білу дачу врятовано, або як в Україні полюбили Чехова
16.11.10

  Olexander Hryb | 2010-11-14, 15:23Коли часопис "Івнінг Стендарт" вмістив статтю під заголовком "Хто врятував дачу Чехова -...
Ambassador's Blog - Boosting Ukrainian healthcare
16.11.10
Kyiv

How does the life expectancy of the average Ukrainian compare with the world average - or that of any other country?  To find out, check out this brilliant World Bank web-site.  All you have...
Visiting professor
15.11.10
London

Prof. Leonid Rudnytzky received a very warm welcome last Friday when he visited the AUGB's Head Office where he met with the AUGB's CEO and the Curator of the Shevchenko Library and Archive.  He...
Confounding those who prefer to avoid subject of Holodomor
15.11.10

In the lead-up to next Saturday's commemoration of the 1932-33 Holodomor, we are reproducing an article penned by Lubomyr Luciuk, a professor at the Royal Military College of Canada and co-editor...
Ambassador's Blog - Boosting skills for employability in Ukraine
15.11.10
Kyiv

I often host events in Kyiv highlighting and promoting the growing number of young Ukrainians who are obtaining top quality academic degrees through studying in UK universities or through distance programmes,...
Remembrance Day Panakhyda Service in London
15.11.10
London

The last Amen of our Sunday Service softly echoed across the incense filled air of the Cathedral.  The congregation readied themselves to step up to kiss the cross and head home for their Sunday lunch…Parish...
History of Ukrainian Community online
15.11.10

Petro Szczur has for many years been a prominent member of the AUGB's Branch in Keighley.  Earlier this year he published "A Short History..." of his local community covering the period...
Veselka Ukrainian Dancers & Musicians celebrate 30th Anniversary
15.11.10
Ashton-under-Lyne

Over 60 past and present dancers and musicians of the Veselka Dance Ensemble assembled at the Ukrainian Centre in Ashton on Saturday evening for a champagne reception dinner-dance to celebrate 30...
Ambassador's Blog - Remembrance Day in Kyiv
14.11.10
Kyiv

The British and Canadian embassies in Kyiv organised a short ceremony at the Park of Glory on 11 November to mark Remembrance Day.  There was a good turnout. The ceremony, which included prayers,...
Ambassador's Blog - Save Energy! Save Money! Win Prizes!
12.11.10
Kyiv

When I first arrived in Moscow on my posting to Russia in December 1992 I had a terrific view from my 13th-floor window of a sea of apartment blocks, beyond which a blood-red sun sank towards the dark...
Ambassador's Blog - Dynamism in Donetsk
11.11.10

I was recently privileged to attend the Champions League match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Arsenal at the splendid Donbass Arena in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. You can see a photo from the...
Ambassador's Blog - Why I wear a poppy
09.11.10
Kyiv

Several Ukrainian friends have asked me recently why I am wearing a small, red flower – a poppy – on my jacket lapel.  It’s because the United Kingdom together with other Commonwealth...
Oleksander Hryb's Blog - ЄБРР: Реструктуризація економіки України покращить добробут
08.11.10

  Olexander Hryb | 2010-11-04, 19:08Європейський Банк реконструкції та розвитку передбачає економічне зростання в Україні...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Ukrainian FEMENists against Putin
08.11.10

WORLD AFFAIRS.  Ukraine’s wars of symbols took an especially interesting turn on October 27.Vladimir Putin, Russia’s prime minister, came to Kiev that day to pursue negotiations with his...
Europe keeps a close eye...
05.11.10

Radio Svoboda has tonight reported that the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, expressed concern at the reports of a number of observer missions, who flagged up violations...
Stop it now, Mr President!
05.11.10

Amnesty International (AI) yesterday urged Ukraine's authorities to stop the harassment of a trade union activist who remains in hiding after a court ordered him to undergo a forced psychiatric examination.AI's...
Burns collection launched in Kyiv
05.11.10

The National Museum of Print in Kyiv was the venue earlier this week for the launch of a unique book of Ukrainian translations.  “Robert Burns. Selected Works” is the result...
Germany's first female rabbi since 1935 is Ukrainian
04.11.10

A Ukrainian - Alina Treiger, born in Poltava in 1979 - will today be ordained as Germany's first female rabbi since 1935. Leading rabbis from around the world, together with the President of Germany...
Ukraine Local Election Results - Please wait.
02.11.10

So what did happen in the local elections that took place in Ukraine last Sunday?  Actually, it is still a bit too early to say.  In fact the final official results are unlikely to be out...
Ambassador's Blog - Kyiv fishing frenzy
02.11.10
Kyiv

People in Kyiv love fishing.  Whether in the summer, with blow-up boats dotting the Dnieper or in the winter with stoic mummified forms monitoring blow-holes in the frozen river, fishermen (sic) are...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Yanukovich Defines Freedom of Speech
30.10.10

WORLD AFFAIRS.  It’s official: freedom of the press has been rolled back in Ukraine.The 2010 World Press Freedom Index, published by Reporters without Borders on October 20, notes that Ukraine...
UKRAINIAN WORLD CONGRESS CALLS FOR FREE, FAIR, OPEN AND DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS IN UKRAINE
27.10.10

Elections to the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, local councils and the positions of village, township and city Mayors will be held across Ukraine on October 31, 2010. These are the...
"Democracy is good and healthy in my country" - Ukraine Foreign Minister
26.10.10

The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Baroness Catherine Ashton, met with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Anatoliy Gryschenko in Brussels earlier today.After the meeting K.Grishchenko...
Ambassador's Blog - Why Ukraine's security matters to the UK
26.10.10
Kyiv

How can the United Kingdom protect its security?  Why does the UK's security matter to Ukraine, and vice-versa?  To answer these questions the British Embassy in Kyiv organised a round table...
Canadian PM and Ukrainian President discuss Human Rights and Holodomor
25.10.10
Kyiv

Postmedia News (Canada).  Prime Minister Stephen Harper voiced Canada’s concerns here Monday to President Viktor Yanukovych about the deterioration of human rights since the February presidential...
EU will not compromise on freedoms in Ukraine
25.10.10

According to a report by UNIAN, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, told one of its correspondents that European Union is ready to compromise...
Ambassador's Blog - British Europe Minister in Kyiv and Warsaw
24.10.10
Kyiv

My blog of 13 October noted the imminent arrival in Kyiv of David Lidington, the British Minister for Europe.  The blog linked to an interview and article by Mr Lidington about the UK and Ukraine.David...
Olexander Hryb's Blog - Global Witness про "РосУкрЕнерго" та "прокляття ресурсів"
23.10.10

We continue our series of Olexander Hryb's latest blog (in Ukrainian only).Міжнародний аудит, проведений проти уряду Тимошенко, засвідчив численні...
Olexander Hryb's Blog - «Запорожець за Йорданом» Потьомкіна презентували у Лондоні
22.10.10

Olexander Hryb | 2010-10-15, 19:32У Лондоні авторську зустріч у бібліотеці імені Шевченка провів єрусалимський поет родом з...
Ukraine's Orange Blues - Counterrevolution in Ukraine
21.10.10

WORLD AFFAIRS:  Almost six years after it began, the Orange Revolution formally ended on October 1, 2010, when Ukraine’s constitutional court reversed the “political reform” imposed...
West ignoring Russian takeover says Tymoshenko
20.10.10

The Daily Telegraph has reported that the former Ukrainian PM, Yulia Tymoshenko has accused the West of turning a blind eye to a Russian takeover of the country.Click here to read the full report. 
More on Britain's Minister for Europe in Ukraine
20.10.10

Last week we reported on the visit to Ukraine of Britain's Minister for Europe, David Lidington. It was quite revealing that many Ukrainian news agencies and internet sites picked up on Mr Lidingham's...
Ambassador's Blog - Brainiacs, dwarf planets, podcasts and tweets in Kyiv
20.10.10
Kyiv

What do brainiacs, dwarf planets, podcasts and tweets have in common?  They're the top four new words added to the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary.  I am speaking at the Ukrainian launch...
Venice Commission working group to visit Ukraine
19.10.10

Last week we reported that during its 84th plenary session, the Venice Commission would additionally be looking at the constitutional situation in Ukraine following the recent decision by the Constitutional...
AUGB representatives meet with Ambassador Khandogyi
18.10.10
London

The AUGB’s President, First Vice-President and CEO (Z. Lastowiecki, I. Terlecky and F. Kurlak) met earlier this evening with the new Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK, Volodymyr Khandogyi.  The...
Ambassador's Blog - Choose the best: British Education
18.10.10
Kyiv

It's autumn.  As temperatures plummet and the new academic year gets under way, students and parents across Ukraine are thinking about 2011-2012.  So it's good to welcome to the residence on...
Ambassador's Blog - Why HIV/AIDS in Ukraine matters to us all
18.10.10
Kyiv

Ukraine is the country worst affected by HIV/AIDS in Europe.  440,000 people aged 15-49 are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS.  Three regions - Kyiv, Odessa and Donetsk - have recently crossed...
Letter to Chilean Ambassador
14.10.10
UK

The AUGB has today sent a letter to the Chilean Ambassador in London, Rafael Moreno, expressing the following:"We have been totally moved and transfixed by events in your country to save the lives of the...
UK Minister for Europe in Ukraine
13.10.10

The Minister for Europe, David Lidington, is in Ukraine today on a 24-hour visit. In interviews with the BBC and with the Ukrainian newspaper Den', he has made clear that Britain supports Ukrainian moves...
OSCE Representative in Kyiv talks about media freedom in Ukraine
13.10.10

The OSCE representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, said today during a press conference held in Kyiv that Ukraine must take urgent steps to safeguard media freedom in Ukraine.She stressed...
European Council President meets Ukrainian PM
13.10.10

The European Council President, Herman van Rompuy, met in Brussels today with Ukraine's Prime Minister, Mykola Azarov.  In his remarks following the meeting, Mr van Pompuy said that the two men had...
VyshyvkaAssociation of Ukrainian Women unveil embroidery project
12.10.10

On Saturday 9 October during their annual conference in Bradford, the Association of Ukrainian Women unveiled their completed embroidery project which was begun in 2008 to coincide with the Association's 60th...
Ambassador's Blog - Cruel borders: Ukraine, Moldova and the EU
12.10.10
Kyiv

Which country cuts Ukraine in two?  The answer is Moldova, which I visited recently to discuss Ukrainian-Moldovan relations.  The Moldovan village of Palanca interrupts Odessa oblast in such...
Democracy Watch #9
12.10.10

The latest issue of Democracy Watch deals with issues surrounding the Constitutional Court's Judgment of 1 October.  For previous issues, go to: http://peoplefirst.org.ua/?lang=en
Book Review: "Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin" by Timothy Snyder
12.10.10

We recently posted an article reviewing historian Norman Naimark's book, "Stalin's Genocides", which concludes that there was more similarity between Hitler and Stalin than usually acknowledged:...
Ambassador's Blog - EU and Ukraine: What's happening?
11.10.10
Kyiv

What are the next steps on Ukraine's integration into the EU?  And what on earth does DCFTA stand for?  To help answer these questions, the British Embassy is funding a series of seminars on...
So long! Farewell...
11.10.10
London (49 Linden Gardens)

Good wishes abounded during a small but very special reception at Head Office last week for Anna Mikulin, who has now moved to another job.Anna first joined the AUGB's Head Office team back in 1989. ...
Lifeline Help for Ukrainian Children
11.10.10

Lifeline is a UK based charity that for 10 years has been supplying chemotherapy drugs & treatment to treat several hundred children with cancer in the Ukraine.  The number of requests has doubled...
Ambassador's Blog - Why Odesa drug busts are good news
11.10.10

Why are three huge drug hauls great news for Ukraine in general and Odesa in particular?  Because they show how practical law enforcement cooperation between Ukrainian and foreign agencies can bring...
Community fundraising success
11.10.10
Ashton

AUGB Ashton held its first table top sale yesterday to raise funds for the community. Proving a great success with a large number of visiting customers, the Branch is already considering plans to turn...
Hunger-strike in bid to expose electoral rigging
08.10.10
Ukraine

The Press Service of the BYuT-Batkivshchyna party has issued a statement on the use of “administrative resources” being directed against Ukraine’s largest opposition party ahead of the...
Deleting the Holodomor: Ukraine Unmakes Itself
06.10.10

WORLD AFFAIRS:  The first thing Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich did after his February 25 inauguration was delete the link to the Holodomor on the president’s official Web site. Yanukovich’s...
Yanukovych tells UK PM about Consitutional Change - but is he still legitimately the President?
06.10.10

According to the website of the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych held a telephone conversation with the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron.The site does not report when the conversation...
Ukrainian-born wins gold for England
06.10.10
India

A Ukrainian-born Greco-Roman wrestler, Myroslav Dykun, won a gold medal for England on day 3 of the Commonwealth Games in India.Dykun, 27, who now lives in Prestwich near Manchester, beat Canadian...
Ambassador's Blog - Beatles, fashion and bunkers in Kyiv
06.10.10
Kyiv

Commercial promotions come in all shapes and sizes.  So it's great to visit Atelier 1, a subterranean Kyiv fashion bunker which I am assured has been rated as one of the world's top 10 coolest shops,...
Olexander Hryb's Blog - «Керована демократія» по-українськи, або Путін-Light
06.10.10

Резолюція ПАРЄ стала символічним підсумком піврічного перебування при владі нового керівництва України. Реакція...
PACE backs resolution on functioning of democratic institutions in Ukraine
05.10.10

Note:  We have inserted source links into this article.KYIV POST:  The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has supported a resolution on the functioning of democratic institutions...
Democratic Initiatives Foundation: Focus on Ukraine - 27 September to 1 October 2010
04.10.10

“Focus on Ukraine” is a weekly publication of the Democratic Initiatives Foundation that offers an insight into the main political events in Ukraine, as well as commentary and recommendations...
UEFA says all Euro 2012 hosts venues confirmed
04.10.10

REUTERS.  All eight proposed venues in Poland and Ukraine will host matches at Euro 2012 as planned ending months of doubt about the co-hosts' readiness for the event. "We feel that Ukraine is fully...
AUGB Conference
02.10.10
UK

Representatives from most Ukrainian communities in the UK converged at AUGB Leicester Branch earlier today to discuss the implementation of a programme of general internal restructuring.In the absence...
Ambassador's Blog - How to apply for UK visas under the Points Based System
02.10.10
Kyiv

The UK offers some of the best educational institutions in the world for children and adults.  So it’s no surprise that the Visa Section at the British Embassy in Kyiv receives many visa applications,...
Oleksandr Hryb's Blog - Діаспора відкинула історію від Януковича.
02.10.10

We continue our series of Olksandr Hryb's latest blog (in Ukrainian only).Кілька останніх англомовних публікацій поновили дискусію про те, чому...
Opinion: Playing hardball with Yanukovych
01.10.10

Opinion is divided as to what the diaspora's position should be with regard to the new President of Ukraine and his government.  On the one hand everyone would like to see a free and democratic...
Media freedom in Ukraine protected - Ambassador Khandogyi
01.10.10

Ukraine's Amabassador to the UK, Volodymyr Khandogyi, has replied to AUGB's recent open letter on Human Rights and Press freedom in Ukraine.  Coincidentally the ambassador's letter arrived today in...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukraine: How politics affects inward investment
30.09.10
Kyiv

I often feature in this blog "good news" stories about business in Ukraine.  That's because there are great business opportunities here.  And British businesses which are successful in Ukraine...
Ambassador's Blog - Freedom of speech - in Iran
30.09.10
Kyiv

Amidst the debate on freedom of speech and the media ahead of the local elections in Ukraine, I learn that Hossein Derakhshan, a well-known blogger in Iran, has been sentenced to 19 years of prison, banned...
Article in Mail on Sunday
28.09.10

Many of you will already be aware of an article by Peter Hitchins in the Mail on Sunday which was highly critical of Ukraine and virtually denied Ukraine's right to existence as an independent nation....
Ukraine Foreign Minister outburst: Diapora has stereotype mentality
26.09.10

Ukraine's Foreign Minister, Kostiatyn Hryshchenko, yesterday accused the Ukrainian diaspora of not having anything poignant to say ("нема що по суті сказати").  His remarks, which...
Permanent Ukrainian studies at Cambridge University
25.09.10

Professor Simon Franklin of the Russian Studies Department at Cambridge University told an UNIAN press conference yesterday that there will now be a permanent programme of Ukrainian studies at the University. ...
Stalin killed millions. A Stanford historian answers the question, was it genocide?
25.09.10

Stanford Report, September 23, 2010, When it comes to use of the word "genocide," public opinion has been kinder to Stalin than Hitler. But one historian looks at Stalin's mass killings and urges that...
Let's see it... this freedom and democracy
24.09.10

According to the website of the UN, the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, said last night that solidarity between States, mutual support and responsibility were essential to the world’s well-being. ...
Ambassador's Blog - How Britain is helping develop the heart of Ukraine
24.09.10
Kyiv

Many people (including me) like to follow the progress of large construction projects.  So perhaps it's not surprising that when I hold an event at the residence to present the Cherkassy Waterfront...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukrainian lessons #4
24.09.10
Kyiv

September 26 is "Multilingual Blogging Day".  Readers of this blog will know that it's been produced from the start in both English and Ukrainian, so this is a good occasion to express my thanks to...
Meeting at FCO
23.09.10
London

AUGB CEO, Fedir Kurlak, today met at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with the Head of the Eastern Europe and Neighbourhood Policy Team, Chris Kendall, and Ukraine Desk Officer, Richard Bielby. ...
New feature - Olexandr Hryb's Blog. Діаспора відкинула історію від Януковича.
23.09.10

Olexandr Hryb has worked at the BBC since 1997 as Radio, Internet and Multimedia producer for the BBC World Service's Ukrainian section.  He has a wealth of experience in monitoring, analysing and...
Disdain and irreverence for Holodomor victims are inappropriate
22.09.10
UK

The AUGB has written an open letter to Ukraine's Ambassador in London, Volodymyr Khandogiy, seeking clarity on the subject of the Holodomor posting on the President of Ukraine's official website. ...
"The future of our country" - Yushchenko's open letter to Yanukovych
22.09.10
Ukraine

Former President of Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko has written an open letter to his successor, Viktor Yanukovych, “about the future of our country”. Citing the words of Taras Shevchenko and...
Ambassador's Blog - Business in Ukraine: waiting to take off?
22.09.10
Kyiv

With the coalition government in the UK placing a high priority on business, we've been reviewing some of the most promising areas in Ukraine to promote to British businesses.  It's easy to draw up...
President's webmasters play games with Holodomor
21.09.10
Ukraine

Yesterday afternoon we reported on the reinstatement of the Holodomor portal on the website of the President of Ukraine.A number of sources who independently viewed the site yesterday said that...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukraine's nearly bonanza
21.09.10
Kyiv

If you want a reminder of how prosperous Ukraine could be and of some of the reasons why that desirable state has not yet been reached, try visiting some of the nation's fabulously rich farming country.  Farming...
Can you help?
20.09.10
UK

From time to time in the past we have highlighted issues relating to the deterioration of Human Rights, press freedom and democracy generally in Ukraine.Though President Yanukovych has repeatedly indicated...
Reinstatement of Holodomor portal
20.09.10
Ukraine

The website of the President of Ukraine has today reintroduced a Holodomor portal which was removed earlier this year shortly after President Yanukovych took the oath of office.The Ukrainian World Congress...
Ambassador's Blog - Can Ukraine learn from the Stasi?
19.09.10
Kyiv

Want to see how a Berlin schoolgirl volunteered to work with the East German State Security Ministry (Stasi)?  How Dynamo Dresden striker Peter Kotte was relegated to the 7th Division in 1980 on suspicion...
The Tailor of Inverness travels to Ukraine
18.09.10

It is not very often that UK theatre groups travel out to Ukraine so we were particularly delighted to hear that the Dogstar Theatre Company is preparing to tour Ukraine in October with...
'Investigation of Gongadze case is complete'
16.09.10
London

The Ukrainian ambassador to Britain told an NUJ delegation today that the investigation into the murder 10 years ago of internet journalist Gyorgy Gongadze has been completed and court proceedings could...
Seeking justice for murdered journalist Gongadze
16.09.10

These are the points an NUJ delegation wants to raise about the murder 10 years ago of internet journalist Gyorgy Gongadze in a meeting at the Ukranian Embassy in London today.General points on the Gongadze...
Academics petition Ukraine's Security Service
15.09.10

Kyiv Post today reported that the following open letter was sent to the State Security Service on Sept. 15.On 9 September 2010 SBU agents detained the historian Ruslan Zabilyi and confiscated...
Ambassador's Blog - Open and transparent energy licensing in Ukraine
13.09.10
Ukraine

Oil and gas industry executives are a hard-bitten lot.  Used to operating in some of the toughest environments in the world, they are a key group Ukraine needs to convince that the investment climate...
Open letter to Ambassador Khandogiy
10.09.10
UK

The AUGB has today sent open letter to the new Ukrainian Ambassador in London, Volodymyr Khandogiy expressing its extreme concern about the deterioration of press freedom and violations of Human Rights...
Manchester Branch hall-build - latest photo's
08.09.10

We are reproducing below four photo's sent to us by Martyn Senyk showing the current position on the hall-build in Manchester.
Latest "People First" newsletter
07.09.10

In May this year we wrote about a meeting with representatives of the People First Foundation.  About a month later we flagged up the Foundation's concerns about the deterioration of democratic principles...
Keighley Ukrainians celebrate 19 years of Ukraine's Independence
06.09.10
Keighley

The 24 August marked 19 years since Ukraine declared its independence from the then Soviet Union. The Ukrainian Community in Keighley gathered at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Henry Street to commemorate...
Thank you Canon!
06.09.10
Keighley

Sunday 5 September marked almost 10 years to the day when the Rev. Canon Shaun Gilligan arrived at the Catholic Church of St. Anne’s in Keighley.Peter Szczur, Chairman of the Ukrainian Association...
Ambassador's Blog - Gogolmania.2: cultural creativity in Kyiv
05.09.10

It's not often you see giant Catalan puppets and airborn acrobats perform alongside earthy Ukrainian ethno-music.  So I'm delighted to receive an invitation to this week's opening of the annual Gogolfest...
Ambassador's Blog - Opening the past: Ukraine to put Nazi archives on-line
04.09.10

The pages are yellowing but clearly legible.  The writing is in German.  The documents, setting out in detail the art, archives, books and other cultural valuables stolen in Nazi-occupied...
Ukrainian World Congress Annual General Meeting
01.09.10
Przemysl, Poland

More than 60 representatives from 12 countries took part in this year’s Annual General Meeting of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) held at National House in Przemysl, Poland, on 22-23 August. ...
Concerns grow over missing journalist
26.08.10

Radio Free Europe reports that the International Press Institute (IPI) has expressed concern about the safety of Ukrainian journalist Vasyl Klymentyev, who has been missing since August 11.Vasyl Klymentyev...
Ambassador's Blog - A Unique and Chilling Museum
18.08.10
Kyiv

Ever wondered what the button looked like which would signal armageddon?  Now you can find out.  Before 1991, Ukraine contained, on one estimate, enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world three...
Ambassador's Blog - Creating global IT jobs in Kyiv
10.08.10
Kyiv

It's always a good feeling to be in a room with a lot of brain-power.  When Barclays Capital and EPAM Systems recently held an event at the residence to mark the launch of their new global technology...
Pastoral visit to Scotland
06.08.10
Scotland

Scotland's Ukrainian Catholic community was delighted to recently welcome the Apostolic Administrator for Ukrainian Catholics in Great Britain and Ireland, Bishop Hlib Lonchyna.  It was the bishop's first pastoral...
Ambassador's Blog - Stopping bribery in Ukraine - and the UK
06.08.10
Kyiv

I blogged last December about the urgent need to tackle corruption in Ukraine, which had slid to place 146 (out of 180) in Transparency International's corruption index for 2009.  Since the election...
Media freedom battle grips Ukraine
02.08.10
Ukraine

“The World Today” programme broadcast earlier this morning on the BBC World Service carried a report by David Stern on a media freedom battle currently gripping Ukraine.  The piece...
E-Poshta collection of articles
02.08.10

The Ukrainian independent news magazine, e-poshta, regularly publishes articles relating to current affairs in Ukraine.  The latest issue covers a range of topics that visitors to this website...
Ambassador's Blog - Brilliant business people in Kyiv
29.07.10

The situation is a familiar one: a reception for a hundred-plus people is held in the garden of the residence.  After a day of constant summer sunshine, storm-clouds brew.  Thunder rumbles. ...
Yulia Podolska visits AUGB Head Office
29.07.10
49 Linden Gardens, London

The very talented young Ukrainian sculptor, Yulia Podolska, visited the AUGB’s Head Office earlier today and gave a lengthy interview for Dumka (see next issue).Yulia studied art and classical...
The Tablet publishes AUGB response
28.07.10

Two weeks ago we wrote about an article published in The Tablet about Fr. Borys Gudziak's and his Memorandum, penned shortly after a visit from Ukraine's Security Service.Under a sub-heading "University...
Get your kit off!
27.07.10

SOS/iRB Kit SOS Kit Aid was founded by a rugby dad, (John Broadfoot), who saw for himself the plight of Romanian youngsters during a school rugby tour to Romania. The sight of a smiling Romanian eight...
Congratulations to Stockport's "Sokil"
27.07.10
Llangollen

The "Sokil" Ukrainian Dance Ensemble from Stockport achieved a fantastic runner's-up spot in the Choreographed Folk Dance Competition at this year's Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.Finishing...
Manchester Hall build moving apace
26.07.10
Manchester

It is over five years since a fire destroyed the AUGB's community hall in Manchester.  Construction work on its replacement commenced earlier this year and, as these photos taken last week show, the...
Ambassador's Blog - Extreme climbing in Kyiv
26.07.10
Kyiv

There's sometimes an inverse relationship between the quality of an experience you're undergoing and your ability to photograph it.  Especially when the experience involves scrambling up a ladder...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukrainian high achievers
23.07.10
Kyiv

What do 11 Downing Street and the Ambassador's residence in Kyiv have in common?  One thing is that both get sweltering hot in warm weather.  Another is that both have in the past few weeks hosted...
AUGB response to The Tablet's denial
14.07.10

The AUGB has reacted to an article written by Jonathan Luxmoore and published in Saturday's edition of The Tablet (10 July) entitled: "Claims of state persecution dismissed".The full text of...
AUGB's 65th Annual General Meeting held in London
12.07.10
UK

Delegates from as far north as Edinburgh took part in the AUGB's 65th Annual General Meeting, which was held in London on Saturday and was very ably hosted by the Association's local London Branch. The...
Ambassador Kharchenko's message to Ukrainian community
12.07.10
London

The Ambassador of Ukraine to the UK, Dr Ihor Kharchenko, has sent out a message to the Ukrainian community in this country on the occasion of the 20th anniversary Ukraine's sovereignty (16 July 1990),Click...
HM Ambassador to Ukraine visits AUGB Head Office
09.07.10
London

AUGB’s First Vice-President, Iryna Terlecky, and AUGB CEO, Fedir Kurlak, yesterday held an hour-long meeting with the UK’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Leigh Turner.Various issues relating to the...
Ambassador Kharchenko to be replaced
08.07.10
London

Ambassador Ihor Kharchenko is set to leave his post at the Ukrainian Embassy in London later this month. He will be replaced by the current First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Volodymyr...
Ambassador's Blog - How to stop censorship in Ukraine
07.07.10
Kyiv

Is there a risk of an upsurge in censorship in Ukraine?  If there is, what can Ukrainians do about it? And what if anything should outsiders such as foreign governments and diplomats be doing? These...
Congress on diaspora held in Lviv
04.07.10
Lviv, Ukraine

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), of which the AUGB is a member organisation, has taken part in an International Congress -  the third of its kind - organised by the International Institute of Education,...
Apologies
03.07.10

Unfortunately we have been unable to update the website over the past 10 days.  Hopefully, normal services will now be resumed and we will start by bringing you up to date with the Ambassador's blogs...
Ambassador's Blog - UK visas: apply in good time
02.07.10
Kyiv

It's summer and the number of people wanting to travel is reaching a peak.  That's great, particularly for those of you travelling to the United Kingdom - we're looking forward to seeing you.The fact...
Ambassador's Blog - Connecting classrooms across Europe
01.07.10
Kyiv

Contacts with teachers and students are among the most rewarding aspects of work here in Kyiv.  So it’s a pleasure to attend the launch of the British Council’s ‘Connecting Classrooms’...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukraine and EU: How to make progress
30.06.10
Kyiv

How can we tell if Ukraine is serious about Europe?  A couple of weeks ago, when I blogged about a steamy event in Mariupol I noted that how Ukraine addressed economic reforms and took forward negotiations...
Ambassador's Blog - How to avoid being conned
30.06.10
Kyiv

Have you ever had someone contact you to offer you an attractive-sounding job overseas?  How about someone saying that you've won some money?  If so, you may have been in danger of falling victim...
Ambassador's Blog - How to make Ukraine stable, secure and prosperous
25.06.10
Kyiv

What are the threats to Ukrainian security?  How best to make the country  safe against these?   These are questions guaranteed to spark off a lively debate in almost any gathering...
UWC representatives meet with President Yanukovych
23.06.10
Kyiv

The President and General Secretary of the Ukrainian World Congress held a meeting on Monday with the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine's Foreign Minister, Costantin Hryshchenko, and with...
Ukraine’s fledgling democracy in chronic need of help says People First
22.06.10

The democracy foundation ‘People First’ has raised concerns over the erosion of democratic principles in Ukraine. In particular it has expressed growing alarm over the deterioration...
Ambassador's Blog - Village Green Cricket in Kyiv
22.06.10
Kyiv

"So," my Ukrainian friend asks me.  "What are the rules of cricket?""Well," I say.  "It's a lot simpler than football." One of the joys of being an ambassador is that people expect you to...
Surprise visitor
21.06.10
49 Linden Gardens, London

There was a surprise welcome visitor to AUGB’s Head Office late on Friday evening when a family member of the AUGB’s first President, Mykyta Bura, unexpectedly called.  Christopher...
Annual Report released
19.06.10

The AUGB released its Annual report yesterday, three weeks ahead of the forthcoming AGM.  The 40 page document highlights key areas of the AUGB’s activities over the past year and includes...
Ambassador's Blog - Castles, Caves and Cultures in Kamyanets-Podilsky
18.06.10

"This is the Bat-Cave," our guide Borys says.  "Turn off your lights."  30 metres underground, after an hour of squeezing through fissures in the Mlynky cave system, a dozen mostly-nervous novice...
Ambassador's Blog - World-class British universities in Kyiv
16.06.10

"So, just so I've understood this properly," the journalist asks, "you can study in Kyiv and receive a fully accredited degree from the University of Sheffield?"  "That's correct," the Vice Principal...
Ambassador's Blog - The toughest exam in Ukraine
10.06.10
Kharkiv

What's the toughest thing you can do to a Ukrainian student sitting an important English oral exam?  How about bringing in the British ambassador to watch your conversational efforts, together with...
Overcome evil with good!
09.06.10
Lviv, Ukraine

Fr Borys Gudziak has today sent out a letter of thanks in which he pays tribute to everyone for the massive outpouring of public support in prayer and action following his recent meeting with a representative...
Ambassador's Blog - Kharkiv, the World Cup, Euro 2012 and… rugby
09.06.10

With the World Cup about to kick off in South Africa, many people in Ukraine are hard at work trying to ensure that Euro 2012, due to be held jointly in four Ukrainian and four Polish cities in two years'...
Something new...
08.06.10

You might not have noticed that we have split Ukrainian TV and Radio into two seperate boxes to make them more manageable.  We hope that you now find them more user friendly, particularly the links...
Troubles in Ukraine
04.06.10

We are indebted to one reader who very kindly forwarded us a copy of an article published last week in the American National Review, written by George Weigel, who is a distinguished senior fellow...
Ambassador's Blog - Beautiful Ukraine
01.06.10

The pelican seems to have trouble getting airborne, powering along the surface of the water before lifting off with beating wings.  But in the air it soars and swoops, circling over our boat as the...
Ambassador's Blog - How to tell if Ukraine is serious about Europe
01.06.10

The room is sweltering.  Half a dozen EU ambassadors in their shirt-sleeves and about 80 Ukrainians are crammed into a sun-baked tent on the main square in Mariupol, in the bottom right-hand corner...
Ambassador's Blog - Closer to Europe in Sverdlovsk
31.05.10

What do a massive steelworks and children in traditional Ukrainian costumes have in common?  Answer: both feature in the second day of a visit by EU ambassadors to easternmost Ukraine. After a visit...
AUGB AGM date
30.05.10

The AUGB's General Council (Rada) met yesterday to discuss a range of issues.  One item that we should like to put out into the public domain immediately is that the date of the 65 AUGB AGM has now...
New book on Shukhevych
27.05.10
49 Linden Gardens, London

Jeanne Vronskaya is a Russian author of many books and writer of numerous articles that have appeared in most broadsheets in this country.Born in Russia but living in London since 1969, her latest work,...
Ambassador's Blog - Masters in five cities
27.05.10
Kyiv

It’s not often that when I give a talk I sit with my back to the audience. But that’s what happens when I visit the National Academy of Public Administration in Kyiv to address students doing...
Ambassador's Blog - Good news for Ukrainian democracy?
26.05.10
Kyiv

How healthy is Ukrainian democracy?  It's a question of immense interest not only in Ukraine but to countries elsewhere in the world, including the United Kingdom, which are keen to see a stable,...
Ambassador's Blog - XIII Century Kyivan Rus?
23.05.10
Kyiv

Two heavily-armoured knights close on each other in a wooden stockade.  In a flurry of swords they're at each other, hacking at shields, helmets, and anything else they can reach.  As smiting...
Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) begins to apply KGB methods on Rector of UCU
22.05.10
Lviv, Ukraine

Some six weeks ago we wrote about our meeting in Lviv with the Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), Fr. Borys Gudziak.  At the time we were also given a tour of the University itself...
Ambassador's Blog - Invest in Ukraine?
20.05.10

What contrasts.  Last year, when I flew into London for the 5th Ukrainian Investment Summit, a) I'd never heard of a volcano called Eyjafjallajökull; and b) investors at the conference were...
For democracy in Ukraine
20.05.10
London

AUGB's First Vice-President and CEO, Iryna Terlecky and Fedir Kurlak, met with key representatives of the People First Foundation yesterday (Victor Tkachuk, Martin Nunn and Neil Pattie) to discuss...
One special woman...
19.05.10
49 Linden Gardens, London

Guests, family and friends gathered at the AUGB’s Central Office last night for the book launch of Ivanna Maszczak's memoirs and the opening of an exhibition of her watercolours and sketches.The...
A guest blog by John Foreman, Defence Attaché, British Embassy Kyiv
19.05.10
Kyiv

What is 'Integrity'?  In English it's a rather abstract word.  The Oxford dictionary says that it is 'the quality of being honest and morally upright'.  Interestingly it has no exact equivalent...
Maria VolkovaOutraged Holodomor survivor's letter to the President
18.05.10

Maria Volkova was just a six-year old child when she was forced to live through the horrors of the 1932-33 Holodomor.  She survived the famine by eating roots, pumpkin flowers and even rats. ...
New Democracy Foundation Will Poll the People of Ukraine
17.05.10

A new non-political Democracy Foundation called ‘People First’ was launched last week in Ukraine’s capital. Its organisers aim to involve the Ukrainian people in shaping the country’s...
Holodomor Committee initiates "Prayer Candle" - change of date
14.05.10
World

The Ukrainian World Congress’ International Holodomor Committee is planning to launch a "Prayer Candle" in memory of the victims of the 1932-33 Holodomor.  Under the slogan “let us not...
Excellence at Sydenhurst
13.05.10
Chiddingfold

We are delighted to report that following an unannounced inspection today by the Care Quality Commission, Sydenhurst has once again been awarded the highest possible rating of 3* - "excellent".This...
Rebalancing of relations with Russia ‘no surprise’ says Foreign Office
13.05.10
UK

Replying today to AUGB’s open letter to President Yanukovych, the Foreign Office has set out what the UK Government presently believes is most important for their relationship with Ukraine. The letter...
Ukrainian Catholic University Rector at AUGB HQ
12.05.10

AUGB's CEO, Fedir Kurlak, today met with the Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), Rev. Borys Gudziak, who is a leading intellectual and historian in post-Soviet Ukraine.We have written...
Meeting in London protesting against Yanukovych and Ukrainian Government
12.05.10

Over 100 people gathered for a public meeting in Holland Park yesterday evening to protest against the current political administration in Ukraine.  A Resolution, addressed to President Yanukovych,...
Ukraine ponders Putin's gas deal 'impromptu'
11.05.10

The BBC's Business reporter, Konstantin Rozhnov, has reported that controversial talks between energy officials from Ukraine and Russia could take place soon.  Ukrainian politicians - both...
An open letter to President Yanukovych
10.05.10

The newly formed National Committee for the Defence of Ukraine is planning a day of protest in Kyiv and elsewhere in Ukraine on Tuesday 11 May.The Committee comprises members of 10 opposition parties and...
AUGB AGM date change
05.05.10
UK

The date of the 65th AUGB AGM, originally scheduled to take place at the end of this month, has been postponed and will now take place either on 19 June or 10 July.  Confirmation of the new date will...
Stalin not "bust"
05.05.10
Ukraine

The President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, last week told the Partliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) that he was "not aware of efforts to build a monument to Stalin" in Ukraine, "although...
New Committee formed
04.05.10
UK

On Saturday 1st May 2010, Tarasivka witnessed the inaugural meeting of the Bandera Action Committee.  Present at the meeting were representatives of all central hromadsky organisations. Throughout...
Shevchenko Concert in Rochdale
04.05.10
Rochdale

A commemorative concert to Taras Shevchenko took place at the Ukrainian Centre on Mere St. in Rochdale on the 28th March 2010.The concert opened up with the traditional singing of “Zapovit”...
Многая Літа пане Голово! Happy Birthday!
02.05.10

Very best wishes go out to AUGB President, Zenko Lastowiecki, who celebrates his 50th birthday today.Zenko is a longstanding active member of the AUGB and the Ukrainian community generally in the UK. ...
UWC response to recent events in Ukraine
01.05.10
Worldwide

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) has reacted angrily to this week's events in Ukraine.It condemned the Parliamentary ratification of the Kharkiv Agreement and President Yanukovych's remarks in Strasbourg...
Former Ukrainian Ambassador to UK demands removal of Yanukovych
01.05.10
Ukraine

A former Ambassador to the UK, Prof. Volodymyr Vasylenko, has signed a joint letter demanding the removal of President Viktor Yanukovych from power.Citing Article 17 of the Constitution of Ukraine, Prof....
Ambassador's Blog - 2012, 1948 and a Paralympic Quiz
30.04.10
Ukraine

When was the expression "Paralympic" first used?  What is its origin?  Who is Ukraine's most successful Paralympic athlete?  If you know the answers to these and 17 other questions you could...
PACE advocates establishing the full un-politicised truth on Holodomor... but rejects that it was genocide
29.04.10
Strasbourg

/PACE/  In a resolution adopted yesterday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) strongly condemned “the cruel policies pursued by the Stalinist regime” which triggered...
Ukraine's Day of Shame
29.04.10
Statement from AUGB's Governing Council

27 April 2010 – Ukraine’s day of shameUkrainians in the diaspora have always strived to uphold the good name of Ukraine. Through the dark days of Soviet rule, we defended the Ukrainian language,...
Yanukovich-Medvedev Pact to be followed by merger of Ukrainian and Russian Football Leagues?
29.04.10

According to the Ukrainian sports website, Champion, Ihor Surkis of the Ukrainian Football Federation announced that the issue of a unification of the Ukrainian and Russian Football leagues has been raised...
UPDATE (now including speech & q&a) - YANUKOVYCH: HOLODOMOR NOT GENOCIDE
28.04.10
Strasbourg

Whilst the Ukrainian Parliament breached Ukraine’s Constitution, President Yanukovych today single-handedly ignored a previous decision of the Ukrainian Parliament which recognised the 1932-33 Holodomor...
BBC World Service programme on Holodomor...TODAY
28.04.10
UK

Every day, the BBC’s World Service broadcasts a history programme, “Witness”, which hears from people who lived through world events.  In Ukraine in the 1930s millions of people...
Ганьба! Disgrace! Ukraine's Parliament flouts Constitution
27.04.10
Kyiv

Scuffles, fighting, eggs being thrown at the speaker, smoke-bombs, tug-of-war with the national flag and even one “model” deputy draped in a flag with hammer and sickle...  These were...
Remember victims of the Chornobyl Disaster
26.04.10
Bolton

Every day The Bolton News highlights top stories in the news and asks its readers for comments. You may be interested to read a comment posted by Yaroslav Tymchyshyn of AUGB Bolton Branch on the subject...
Chornobyl anniversary commemorated
26.04.10
Manchester

A Panakhyda (Memorial) Service was held yesterday at the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Manchester to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster.The service was attended by members of the...
Ambassador's Blog - English Lessons part 2
25.04.10
Ukraine

A long time ago on a faraway posting I went to address a group of young entrepreneurs on the subject of economic growth.  I spoke enthusiastically about different models of economic development, including...
Ambassador's Blog - Cleaning up in Kyiv
25.04.10
Ukraine

What do Pampers; Coca-Cola; Obolon, Lvivski and Tuborg beer; Marlboro cigarettes; and Nemiroff Vodka have in common?  They're all brands whose packaging (or in some cases, products) a team of volunteers...
Chornobyl anniversary
24.04.10
World

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) has called on Ukrainian communities worldwide to honour the victims of the Chornobyl disaster.26 April 2010 will mark the 24th anniversary since the world’s worst...
Hugh Masekela: Welcome to South Africa
23.04.10
UK

BBC 4 TV.  Friday 30 April 2010.  21.00 hrs.  South African musician Hugh Masekela celebrates his 70th birthday and reflects on his career in performance and interview, from first picking...
Nick Clegg - Ukrainian???
22.04.10
UK

At the outset I should make it very clear that the purpose of this piece is not an attempt to influence anyone on how to vote during the forthcoming General Election.  Everyone has a democratic right...
Ukrainian film wins top prize
21.04.10
World

The feature documentary film, "Bereza Kartuzka", produced and directed by Yurij Luhovy, has won first prize, a Platinum Remi Award, at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival held in Texas. ...
Germany accused...
14.04.10
Munich

John Demjaniuk's attorney, Dr. Ulrich Busch, yesterday read out a two page statement on behalf of his client to a Munich courtroom questioning the legitmacy of the prosecution's case. Demjaniuk,...
Letter to PM on monuments to Stalin
13.04.10
UK

As indicated in a previous posting, the AUGB has written today to the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, expressing its concern regarding reports which indicate that there are serious moves to erect one or...
Ukrainian World Congress message of condolences
13.04.10

The Ukrainian World Congress yesterday sent a letter of condolences to the Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk.For details please follow the links for the press releases in English and Ukrainian.On Monday...
Polish air crash condolences
12.04.10
UK

The Association of Ukrainians has today sent a letter to the Polish Ambassador in London, Mrs Barbara Tuge-Erecińska, expressing deepest condolences to the Polish nation as it tries to come to terms...
Stalin Statue? UPDATED
10.04.10
UK

In any normal society it would be unthinkable for anyone to even ponder the possibility of erecting a statue to a mass murderer.Yet this is what is on the cards today in Ukraine.  There are serious...
UWC condemns proposed Stalin monument
09.04.10

In a letter to the President of Ukraine dated 9 April 2010, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), of which the AUGB is a member organisation, has expressed its “deep concern with regard to the...
Circular information
06.04.10
UK

A circular has been sent out to all AUGB Branches announcing that the date of the 65 AUGB AGM is to be the 29 May 2010.  The annual audit will now take place next week.  Paperwork formalities...
Ambassador's Blog - Ping-Pong Diplomacy
30.03.10
Kyiv

One of my great pleasures and privileges in Kyiv is inviting key senior contacts to a 1:1 lunch at the residence. Over a pre-dinner drink - perhaps by the open fire, if the day is snowy - and a light meal,...
"Be Thyself"- Ukrainian Catholic University exemplifies honesty, integrity and spirituality
29.03.10
Lviv

During the two day visit to Lviv for the opening of the Gregor Kruk exhibition of sculptures, AUGB’s CEO and the Curator of the Shevchenko Library and Archive held a working breakfast with the Rector...
Gregor Kruk returns home (cont.)
28.03.10
Lviv

The AUGB’s Shevchenko Library and Archive collection of Gregor Kruk’s sculptures, acquired in 1985 and displayed earlier this month in Kyiv during the highly prestigious Great Sculpture Exhibition...
Ambassador's Blog - Can human resources save Ukraine?
26.03.10
Kyiv

The display is outstanding.  On a giant screen are links to English language teaching resources for adults, children and teachers; podcasts; and details of English language teaching centres and exam...
Ambassador's Blog - The White Guard
24.03.10

Some people say you can measure the gravity of Shakespeare's  tragedies by the dividing the number of characters left standing at the end by the number of corpses strewn across the stage.  By...
BBC Wales programme on Gareth Jones
23.03.10

BBC Radio Wales aired a programme on Sunday in which Phil Carradice investigated the life and work of Gareth Jones, the Welsh journalist who courageously reported some of the key events of the early 30s.Contributors...
Ambassador Leigh Turner visits AUGB Manchester Branch
22.03.10
Manchester

Members of AUGB Manchester Branch committee met with Mr Leigh Turner, the British Ambassador to Ukraine, on Thursday 18 March 2010.  The Ambassador had specifically requested to meet with local officers...
Ambassador's Blog - Should we move the Foreign Office to Manchester?
19.03.10
Manchester

The Alla Horska Folk Art Museum is exquisite: rare Ukrainian embroidery; wooden ornaments, painted eggs, tapestries and pottery.  Where is it?  At the Manchester branch of the Association of...
Ambassador's Blog - What London thinks of Ukraine
18.03.10

"How do you think the election of President Yanukovych will affect the Ukrainian economy?  What about democracy and media freedoms?  How about relations with the EU, or Russia?  What will...
European Parliament Resolution on Bandera
15.03.10

Many will already be aware of the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 25 February about the situation in Ukraine, and the amendment which was added by a group of MEPs ‘deploring’...
Post-Election Round Table
10.03.10

Portcullis House, House of Commons, London, was the venue for a Round Table discussion on the Ukrainian Presidential Elections of 2010.  The event, which took place on the 8 March, was hosted by the...
Sad news from Canada - death of former UWC finance director
10.03.10

It is with regret that we have received the news of the demise of the former Ukrainian World Congress direcor of finance, Wasyl Samets, who passed away in Toronto on 6 March.May he rest in peace!
Comment - ‘A Week is a long time in Politics’
09.03.10

A week is a long time in politics, quoted by the UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson in 1964 can aptly be applied to recent political events in Ukraine.Since his inauguration on February 25th, Ukraine’s...
Petition to Euro Parliament
09.03.10

A petition has gone into circulation calling on the European Parliament to revisit the content of its recent resolution on Stepan Bandera.We have already written about this previously following the Ukrainian...
Ambassador's Blog - Kruk, Chiparus and the Great Sculpture Exhibition
08.03.10
Kyiv

Anyone in easy reach of Kyiv who hasn't yet seen the "Great Sculpture Exhibition" at the Український дім (Ukrainan House) - it's worth a look.  I was fortunate to be able to...
UWC calls on Euro Parliament to dismiss groundless accusations
05.03.10

The Ukrainian World Congress has called on the European Parliament to "dismiss the groundless accusations (made) against the Bandera-OUN".Last week, 25 February, the European Parliament adopted 28 resolutions...
Ambassador's Blog - Inspirational Irish, Welsh and Scots in Ukraine
05.03.10
Kyiv

Friday morning starts with a meeting with NI-CO, a non-profit public body based in Northern Ireland; representatives from the Ukrainian Ministry of Family, Youth and Sport; and the embassy projects team. ...
2010 Great Sculpture Exhibition opens in Kyiv
04.03.10

The 4th “Great Sculpture Exhibition  2010”, organised by the National Centre “Ukrainian House” and the “ART-Ukraine” magazine opened in “Ukrainian House”...
Ambassador's Blog - A bad decision for Ukrainian democracy
03.03.10
Kyiv

Suppose a political party or parties in Ukraine voted to delay the presidential election by a few months, or a year, or two?  How democratic would that be?  Not at all, since the Constitution...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukraine: ski-ing, beaches and gas
01.03.10

Writing about enjoyable experiences is a delicate balance for an FCO blogger. You don't want to give the impression that you spend your time in distant countries living it up. Conversely, if your host...
Ambassador's Blog - Economic reform and corruption: what next for Ukraine?
25.02.10
Kyiv

It's a fine winter's day in Kyiv and I'm sitting down for a meeting with a couple of prominent business people on the eve of the inauguration of President-elect Yanukovych. The business folk explain the...
Gareth Jones on BBC Radio Wales
23.02.10

AUGB’s CEO gave an interview today to Geoff Ballinger, producer at BBC Radio Wales, for a programme about the life of Gareth Jones, which will be aired on BBC Radio Wales on 21 March at 2.00 pm. ...
Post-election articles
22.02.10

We are providing a link below to the latest "Action Ukraine Report" (#951) featuring 27 articles/analysis/commentaries written in the aftermath of the Ukrainian Presidential Election up to and including...
AUGB's collection of Kruk works to go on display in Ukraine
21.02.10

The fourth Great Sculpture Exhibition organised by the National Centre “Ukrainian House” and “ART-Ukraine” Magazine will open in Kyiv on 1 March.  This annual display of masterpieces...
Ukrainian militia, Euro 2012 and human rights: are they compatible? Guest blog by Svitlana Yavorska
19.02.10

Breaking racial and ethnic stereotyping is vital in every country.  So it was good to attend a press conference this week to mark the completion of a project funded by the Embassy to help Ukraine's...
Ambassador's Blog - Computer-aided Kyiv
19.02.10

I always enjoy presenting prizes to worthy winners.  So it's a pleasure to host at the residence a group of academics and students who have a real achievement under their belts.  It's the annual...
Visit to London - Guest blog by Katya Bykova, Political Assistant, British Embassy Kyiv
18.02.10

Last week I had the privilege of visiting London for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office locally-engaged Staff Familiarisation Tour.  It was my first ever trip to London – the heart of the UK...
Visit to Sydenhurst
12.02.10

AUGB's CEO Fedir Kurlak yesterday visited Sydenhurst (Residential Home) and met with managers, David White and Amanda Boxhall.  Discussions centred on matters arising out of Sydenhurst's annual...
Interviews for BBC's Russian Service
12.02.10

Following Sunday’s Presidential election in Ukraine, the BBC’s Russian Service is preparing a special edition of “Fifth Level” («Пятый этаж») live from Kyiv...
Ambassador's Blog - Prime Minister congratulates Viktor Yanukovych
12.02.10
Kyiv

Following the presidential election last Sunday and the report of the OSCE/ODIHR observers that the elections met most OSCE and Council of Europe commitments, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has congratulated...
Ambassador's Blog - Why the election strengthens Ukraine's EU case
12.02.10
Kyiv

I wrote a couple of blogs last week anticipating the Ukrainian presidential election.  The first, Ukrainian election: best and worst outcomes noted that the best possible outcome of the election would...
Don't Bury Freedom and Democracy!
10.02.10

It is heartening to note the OSCE describe the run-off Presidential election in Ukraine as ‘an impressive display of democracy’. This represents very significant progress compared to the Presidential...
A day in the Ukrainian Countryside as an OSCE Observer - Guest Blog by Andrew Tate, Management Officer, British Embassy in Kyiv
10.02.10
Ukraine

05:15 Sunday 7 February, Cherkasy, Central Ukraine. It's 25 degrees below zero outside and the roads are icy. It's the start of a long day as part of the OSCE international election observer mission for...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukraine's inspirational electorate
10.02.10
Kyiv

Here's a link to a great article published by the Foreign Office Europe Minister, Chris Bryant, in the Guardian on 10 February, entitled "Ukraine's inspirational electorate".  I like it particularly...
Ambassador's Blog - Voting day in Kyiv #2
07.02.10
Kyiv

7 February, the day of the second round of the Ukrainian presidential elections, dawns clear and bright in Kyiv (weather forecast, for a perfect winter's day, is here).  I'm pleased to see press reporting...
Furthering cultural links with Ukraine
06.02.10
London

A delegation of 24 Ukrainians (art-curators, coordinators, journalists, artists, critics etc.), headed by the director of the Arts Support Fund (Kyiv), www.foundart.org.ua , Yuri Krulikovsky, arrived in...
Ambassador's Blog - More good news about electoral fraud?
05.02.10
Kyiv

As Ukraine moves closer to the decisive second round of the presidential election on 7 February the words of the European Commission after the first round might seem a distant memory.  In a statement...
Council gives Keighley community massive boost
02.02.10
Keighley

Leeds-Bradford International Airport was sold in 2007 by the 4 councils that owned it.  As a result, community projects in the Bradford District are benefiting from the sale.Keighley Ukrainian Community...
Ukrainian World Congress calls on all Ukrainian voters to vote
02.02.10

The Ukrainian World Congress has issued a plea for all Ukrainian voters in Ukraine and in the diaspora to cast their votes in Sunday's Presidential election.The statement highlights the fact that there...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukrainian election: best and worst outcome
02.02.10
Kyiv

What are the best and the worst possible outcome of the Ukrainan presidential election on 7 February?  The best is pretty clear.  This is that the elections are recognised by the OSCE/ODIHR observer...
Ukraine's Presidential Election: Information for voters in UK
01.02.10

A notice to citizens of Ukraine who will be in the UK at the time of the 2nd round of presidential elections on 7 February. The law on presidential elections allows Ukrainian citizens who are living...
FT - Lviv aims for ethics and expertise
01.02.10

The Financial Times has today published an article written by Yuri Bender which we trust will be of some interest to visitors of this website.  Please click on the link below:http://www.ft.com/cm...
TELEVISED DEBATE TODAY: Tymoshenko-Yanukovych
01.02.10

Ukraine's "First National" channel will be broadcasting a live televised debate today between the two candidates for President of Ukraine:  Yulia Tymoshenko and Victor Yanukovych. The programme will...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukraine votes for democracy: Europe Ministers speak
31.01.10
Kyiv

One week ahead of the decisive second round of the Ukrainian presidential elections on 7 February, Europe Ministers from four EU countries have published an excellent article in Dzerkalo Tyzhnia (Weekly...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukrainian Lesson #3: Crisis vocab?
31.01.10
Kyiv

My first ever blog entry last April noted my efforts not to be discouraged when I attempted to speak Ukrainian and people burst out laughing.  In a later entry, I noted learning the invaluable phrases...
Embassy meeting
29.01.10
London

AUGB's Chief Executive, Fedir Kurlak, and the Curator of the Shevchenko Library & Archive, Dr Ludmila Pekarska, today met with the Ukrainian Ambassador, Dr Ihor Kharchenko.The purpose of the meeting...
New links
27.01.10

We have today added two new menu options to visit on the AUGB's homepage (see left hand side):  "Quick Links" and "Ukrainian Radio and TV". These areas will be populated further over the coming days...
Ukraine's Foreign Minister meets with British Ambassador on eve of visit
26.01.10
Kyiv

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Petro Poroshenko, met today with Britain’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Leigh Turner.Mr. Poroshenko expressed his gratitude for Britain's consistent support of Ukrainian...
Ambassador's Blog - Afghanistan: Why Ukraine has a special role
26.01.10

One of the most haunting sights in Kyiv is the monument to Ukrainians who fell in Afghanistan during the Soviet intervention from 1979-89.  It shows three soldiers, one sat on the ground with his...
Vera Rich Obituary
25.01.10
London

An obituary of Vera Rich has been published in today's issue of The Times.See:  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article7000659.eceThe text of it reads:Vera Rich: translator, journalist,...
Ambassador's Blog - Bulgakov? Be happy.
25.01.10
Kyiv

A chilly Sunday in Kyiv: perfect for a visit to the Bulgakov Museum at 13 Andriyivsky Uzviz.  The novelist Mikhail Bulgakov is a symbol of many things, including the complex relationship between Russia...
Stefan Bandera - "Hero of Ukraine"
22.01.10

The President of Ukraine has today posthumously honoured Stefan Bandera with the title "Hero of Ukraine".Speaking during commemorations marking the 91st anniversary of the proclamation of Ukrainian Statehood,...
Anniversary
22.01.10
London

To mark the 91st anniversary of the Act proclaiming the union of the Ukrainian National Republic and Western Ukraine's National Republic into one free and independent sovereign Ukrainian state, the Ambassador...
BBC1 Heir Hunters on the case of a Ukrainian
21.01.10

George Reminnij passed away in Cardiff. He was a well liked, hard-working man but also one full of mystery. His friends knew nothing about his past and as Celtic Research investigate his case they begin...
Election afterthought...
21.01.10
London

One overriding memory that followed President Bill Clinton’s victory over George Bush senior during the US Presidential campaign of 1992 was the latter’s graciousness in defeat.  When...
Ambassador's Blog - Edinburgh Business School in Kyiv
20.01.10
Kyiv

Tuesday night at the residence and another great British export to promote.  We're here with a group of students, education experts and business people to mark the launch of the Edinburgh Business...
A day in the Ukrainian Countryside as an OSCE Observer - Guest Blog by John Foreman, Defence Attache, British Embassy in Kyiv
19.01.10
Kyiv

It’s 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning at a small Ukrainian polling station.  The local election commission has given one of their volunteers the honour of being first to vote.  The clock ticks,...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukrainian Election. Is that it? No it's not.
19.01.10
Kyiv

Is that it?  After all the build-up of the past few months, the first round of the presidential election in Ukraine on 17 January seems to have been... normal.  I've spoken to several OSCE/ODIHR...
Ambassador's Blog - Good news about electoral fraud?
14.01.10
Kyiv

For months now, Ukrainian political parties have been accusing each other of preparing massive fraud during the first and second rounds of the Ukrainian presidential election on 17 January and 7 February. ...
Vera Rich's last poem - "Belated Greetings"
13.01.10

Entitled "Belated Greetings", the poem below is regarded as Vera Rich's final farewell poem seemingly written shortly before she died on 20 December.  (Note the reference to "five...
An opportunity to be a research assistant
12.01.10

Dear Colleagues,Click here on a link for further details about a call for Research Assistants (paid hourly) to help run a survey (in Ukrainian and/or Russian) of Ukrainian voters who are migrants...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukrainian Election Interview
11.01.10
Kyiv

I've blogged before about the importance of the OSCE/ODIHR electoral observer mission for the Ukrainian presidential elections on 17 January and 7 February and how all the parties in Ukraine can use OSCE/ODIHR...
Ambassador's Blog - If you love somebody set them free
10.01.10
Kyiv

Is the heavy winter snow of the past few weeks being cleared effectively in Kyiv?  How has it been in Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk or Lviv?  Is there more that could be done at local level? ...
Ambassador's Blog - Is there a "real" Christmas?
06.01.10
Kyiv

I was interested to see Chris Wilson's blog about snow in Beijing.  It's been chilly in Kyiv too: when I arrived back from London this week the day-time temperature was minus15 degrees Celsius. ...
God rest her soul!
04.01.10
London

Mourners gathered today at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Mayfair, London, for the funeral service of Vera Rich, who peacefully passed away in her sleep on 20 December 2009.The Parastas (Eastern Rite...
Ambassador's Blog: East or West - not a zero-sum game?
04.01.10

A common theme running through Ukraine's history is its position at a crossroads between Europe and Asia, or between East and West.  The concept has come up in the presidential election campaign,...
Ambassador's Blog - I Can Burn Your Face
28.12.09

You've got to admire the Dutch secret service, the AIVD, for their low profile.  In fact when I see references to them in a show by US artist Jill Magid at the Tate Modern in London I log onto...
Funeral Arrangements for Vera Rich
26.12.09

Click here for the funeral arrangements for Vera Rich.
Holodomor on the South Bank Show
24.12.09

On Monday 28 December, the last ever South Bank Show will feature the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and will focus on the preparations for the production of The Grain Store by Natal'ia Vorohzbit....
Very sad news...
23.12.09

It is with great sadness that we write this news item to inform everyone of the unexpected death of Vera Rich.  An obituary and details of her funeral will appear on this website in due course but...
Ambassador's Blog - Ukraine: The World Is Watching
21.12.09

"I'm sorry," my host says, "but quite a few people are away.  I'm not sure how big your audience will be."  In London for Christmas, I'm visiting the HQ of a major news organisation.  I've...
Blog from Kyiv by Ambassador Leigh Turner - A win for Ukraine (aka 906 days to go)
17.12.09
Ukraine

Here's some unalloyed good news about Ukraine: UEFA, the governing body of European football, has confirmed that four Ukrainian cities, along with four in Poland, will host the finals of the Euro 2012...
VIP Visit
17.12.09
London

The Chair of the British Ukrainian All-Parliamentary Group, John Grogan MP, visited the AUGB’s Head Office this afternoon during which he gave a comprehensive interview to the editor of “Ukrainian...
Bradford Council Recognises Holodomor as Genocide
16.12.09
Bradford

Last night, a full meeting of the City of Bradford Council considered a motion to recognize the Holodomor as an act of genocide.The motion was presented by Cllr Ian Greenwood, leader of the Council Labour...
Blog from Kyiv to appear on AUGB website and in Dumka
16.12.09

During a meeting last week with the AUGB's CEO, the British Ambassador to Ukraine, HE Leigh Turner, very kindly agreed for his blog from Kyiv to be regularly published in the Ukrainian Thought and for...
Brief visit to Ukraine (updated)
15.12.09

As has already been reported, a conference marking the 110th anniversary of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine (NMHU) took place in Kyiv last week (9-11 December).  Academics and representatives...
Bolton Ukrainian Social Club - A Unity of Purpose
14.12.09

Click here to read Bolton Ukrainian Social Club press release.
ChristmasChristmas celebrations
13.12.09
Nationwide

Ukrainians everywhere are preparing for Christmas. Many branches will be celebrating the feast of St Nicholas, where St Nicholas himself will be giving presents to those children who have been good all...
Beer offer NottinghamA special limited offer for lovers of Ukrainian beer
11.12.09
Nottingham / Midlands

Please note that orders must be placed by Sunday 13 December.
Kirklees Council recognises Holodomor as genocide
10.12.09

This evening, at a full meeting of Kirklees Council, over 20 members of the Ukrainian community in Huddersfield attended the Council Chamber to present a motion to recognise Holodomor as genocide. This...
National MuseumAUGB CEO in Ukraine
09.12.09

The Association's CEO, Fedir Kurlak, is on a two-day visit to Ukraine at the invitation of the National Museum of History of Ukraine, who are holding a conference to celebrate their 110th anniversary.Since...
Dima KostenkoBBC announces death of Ukrainian journalist
09.12.09

The BBC World Service has announced that Dima Kostenko, producer with BBC Learning English, died on 7 December.Dima worked for the BBC for 17 years, starting in 1992. He joined the BBC as a producer...
John Demjaniuk Jr issues statement on Demjaniuk trial in Germany
07.12.09

We are a little belatedly publishing the following statement issued on 3 December by John Demjaniuk Jr concerning the trial in Germany of his father, John Demjaniuk:  The Munich prosecution...
UWC Newsletter for November 2009
06.12.09

The Ukrainian World Congress has issued a newletter for November 2009 covering a number of issues which it has dealt with over the past month.Click here for the full text (Ukrainian language only).
Holodomor commemoration at UN
02.12.09
USA

ACTION UKRAINE HISTORY REPORT (AUHR) #13Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, December 1, 2009 OPENING OF EXHIBITION AT THE UNITED NATIONS, 76TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1932-33 HOLODOMORYuriy Sergeyev, Ivanka Zajac,...
Sad news from Cananda - Victor Pedenko dead... UPDATED
01.12.09
Canada

Former Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) General Secretary, Victor Pedenko, passed away on 29 November aged 72.A recipient of many merited awards, Victor Pedenko worked tirelessly throughout his life for...
Ukrainians hold Day of Sorrow in Bradford
01.12.09
Bradford

The Ukrainian Community in Bradford commemorated a Day of Sorrow on Saturday 28th November 2009.  The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford, Cllr John Godward  and Mrs  Jean Godward, ...
Holodomor Anniversary Commemorated
30.11.09
Huddersfield

On Sunday 29th November the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of Kirklees Council, together with Councillors from all political parties attended the Ukrainian Centre to view the Holodomor Exhibition and...
Ukrainians in Edinburgh and Scotland
30.11.09
Edinburgh

For more information about current (and forthcoming) Ukrainian activities and events in Scotland, click here to read the latest newsletter produced by AUGB Edinburgh Branch.
Ukrainian World Congress call on Holodomor Anniversary
27.11.09

The Ukrainian World Congress has called on all Ukrainians to continue to raise awareness about the 1932-33 Holodomor.In a statement issued yesterday, it emphasised that future generations will only know...
Presidential Election Observers
23.11.09

There is an opportunity to be an accredited observer during the forthcoming Presidential elections in Ukraine, scheduled to take place on 17 January 2010.  By registering as an impartial observer,...
Holodomor Memorial unveiled in Rochdale - UPDATED TO INCLUDE SPEECHES
21.11.09
Rochdale

A large gathering of dignitaries together with Ukrainian and other community representatives and members assembled at the Memorial Gardens in Rochdale yesterday for the official unveiling of a memorial...
Embassy reception for European delegates
14.11.09
London

Representatives of Ukrainian organisations from across Europe attended a reception held yesterday evening at the Embassy of Ukraine in London.  They are in the capital to attend the 12th General...
Obama Holodomor message and more articles on Gareth Jones
14.11.09

ACTION UKRAINE HISTORY REPORT (AUHR) #976th Commemoration of the Holodomor, Death by Starvation, Millions Died, Genocide.Washington, D.C., Saturday, November 14, 2009 1.  STATEMENT...
Two important articles appear today about Gareth Jones
13.11.09
London

ACTION UKRAINE HISTORY REPORT (AUHR) #8Washington, D.C., Friday, November 13, 2009  TWO IMPORTANT ARTICLES ABOUT GARETH JONES:  Fearless young British reporter who exposed the true horrorof the manmade...
More on Gareth Jones in the Daily Telegraph
13.11.09
London

The Daily Telegraph has today published an article about the diaries of Gareth Jones going on public display for the first time.Jones risked his own life in exposing the 1932-33 Holodomor famine in Ukraine...
Mayor's reception for Bradford & District European Forum
12.11.09
Bradford

Members of the Ukrainian communities of Keighley and Bradford attended a Civic reception held in the banqueting hall at Bradford City Hall on Tuesday evening in honour of the Bradford & District European...
London gears up for arrival of European delegates
10.11.09

Delegates representing over 20 member organizations of the European Ukrainian Congress (ECU) will begin arriving in London from Thursday this week to attend the XII General Meeting of the ECU,...
More on A/H1N1 virus in Ukraine
05.11.09

In light of the outbreak of the A/H1N1 virus in Ukraine, the Embassy of Ukraine wrote to the AUGB on Tuesday asking for assistance in the form of humanitarian aid.  As reported, the AUGB immediately...
AUGB asks UK Government to help
03.11.09

The AUGB has today written to the Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP at the Department for International Development (DFID) seeking an assurance that HM Government (1) is aware of the current flu epidemic in...
Frost interview with Yushchenko
31.10.09

David Frost's interview with Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko can now be seen online.  Question ranged from current opinion polls to Ukraine's present day relations with Russia.Simply click here...
Meeting with Stefan Romaniw
30.10.09
London (49 Linden Gardens)

The General Secretary of the Ukrainian World Congress and Leader of the OUN, Stefan Romaniw, yesterday visited AUGB's Head Office where he held talks with AUGB's CEO, Fedir Kurlak.In the evening Mr Romaniw...
AUGB in talks over TV programme
28.10.09
London

Flame Television's Assistant Producer, Mandeep Dillon, of the TV programme "Heir Hunters", which is screened on BBC1, met yesterday with AUGB CEO Fedir Kurlak and the SHevchenko & Archive Curator,...
Bandera and OUN Anniveraries commemorated in UK
25.10.09
Bradford

AUGB Bradford’s Cultural Centre was the venue for a concert yesterday to commemorate three key anniversaries:  80 years of the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), 100 years since the...
Photos from Bandera exhibition opening ceremony in Kyiv
22.10.09
Kyiv

We have added a selection of photographs from the official opening ceremony held at the National Museum on 15 October.  Please view homepage slideshow.Tomorrow you will be able to download pdf's of...
Pastoral visit
21.10.09
Nottingham

Nottingham’s Ukrainian Catholic parish and community was delighted to welcome the new Apostolic Administrator for Ukrainian Catholics in Great Britain, Bishop Hlib Lonchyna, over the weekend. ...
Bandera exhibition opened in Kyiv
19.10.09
Kyiv

The official opening ceremony of the “Stepan Bandera – documents testify” exhibition took place in Kyiv last Thursday, 15 October.Organised and hosted by the National Museum of the History...
UWC calls on Ukrainians worldwide to commemorate Bandera anniversaries
12.10.09
London

The Ukrainian World Congress has issued a statement calling on Ukrainians worldwide to honour Stepan Bandera as a National Hero of Ukraine and to follow his example of service to his homeland.Bandera...
Strike actions means late Dumka
10.10.09

Due to strike action by postal workers in London yesterday, Dumka subscribers will not receive their newspaper today or Monday. The precise delivery date is beyond our control and we apologise to readers...
Collections from UK at Bandera Exhibition in Kyiv
05.10.09
London

Stepan Bandera was born on 1 January 1909. His name became synonymous with Ukraine’s struggle for Freedom and Independence.  He was assassinated by a Soviet agent in Munich on 15 October 1959.The...
Joy as new Bishop is installed
28.09.09
London

The Permanent Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, headed by Patriarch and Cardinal Lubomyr Huzar, took place in London last week.  The three day meeting discussed matters concerning...
Cardinal Huzar in London
25.09.09
London

The Patriarch of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Cardinal Lubomyr Huzar, addressed a packed hall at the Ukrainian Institute in Holland Park last night.  Speaking with very purposeful and thoughtful...
Link to BBC Holodomor report
24.09.09
London

BBC Radio 4's "Today" programme broadcast a piece by Nick Higham this morning about the Holodomor and the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "The Grain Store".Click below for the link to the...
New Press Attache visits Central Office
24.09.09
London, 49 Linden Gardens

The Ukrainian Embassy's newly appointed Press Attache, Mr Rostislav Ohryzko, visited AUGB Central Office earlier today.  He met with the Editor of the Ukrainian Thought, ("Dumka"), Oleksa Semenchenko,...
Maria Volkova recounts horrors of Holodomor
23.09.09
Nottingham

The BBC's respected Arts and Media correspondent, Nick Higham, travelled to Nottingham today to meet up with and interview Holodomor survivor, Maria Volkova.The "Today" programme on 24 September (0600-0900...
Dobrovolsky and Kozlov exhibition opens at AUGB Central Office
18.09.09
London (49 Linden Gardens)

AUGB's Central Office was the venue yesterday evening for the opening of an exhibition of the fabulous works of two prominent artists of Ukraine, Dmytro Dobrovolsky (paintings) and Leonid Kozlov (drawings...
Manchester and Bolton jointly celebrate 18 years of Ukraine's Independence
17.09.09
Bolton

On 13 September AUGB Manchester and Bolton Branches jointly celebrated 18 years of Ukraine’s Independence with a major concert at AUGB Community Centre in Bolton. The concert was well attended...
Silver Medal for Alexej Gorlatch
16.09.09
Leeds

Playing Beethoven's Concerto no. 5 in E flat major, op. 73 Emperor, the talented young Ukrainian musician, Alexej Gorlatch, won the silver medal in this year's final of the prestigious Leeds...
Ashton remembers 1932-33 Holodomor victims
15.09.09
Ashton

Around 70 members of the Ukrainian community in Ashton-under-Lyne attended their Cultural Centre on Stockport Road last Saturday (12 September) to witness the official unveiling and blessing...
President of World Congress of Ukrainians in Britain
14.09.09
London

Accompanied by the AUGB's CEO, the President of the World Congress of Ukrainians (WCU), Eugene Czolij, today met with representatives of the BBC's Ukrainian Service in London, Marek Bekerman, Oleksandr...
An award
10.09.09

The Embassy of Ukraine yesterday confirmed that by a Decree signed by President Yushchenko, the AUGB's CEO, Fedir Kurlak, has been awarded an Order of Merit (III) for his contribution to the strengthening...
Young talented Ukrainian musician reaches prestigious Final
09.09.09
Leeds

An extremely talented Ukrainian musician, Alexej Gorlatch, has made it through to the Finals of the prestigious Leeds Pianoforte Competition.  On 12 September at 6 p.m., he...
Government stance on Holodomor dismays Bolton Council
08.09.09
Bolton

In July HM Government issued a written statement concerning the 1932-33 Holodomor (http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page20199), in which it stated that it “does not judge the evidence is sufficiently...
Ukrainian World Congress President to attend events in UK this weekend
08.09.09

The President of the World Congress of Ukrainians, Eugene Czolij, will take part in a ceremony unveiling a plaque to commemorate the millions who died during the 1932-33 Holodomor. ...
Special visitor
04.09.09
London

AUGB's Chief Executive, Fedir Kurlak, held a meeting today at AUGB Central Office with the new Apostolic Administrator for Ukrainian Catholics in Great Britain, Bishop Hlib Lonchyna.  The meeting...
Sydenhurst celebrates in style
03.09.09
Chiddingfold, Surrey

A very successful two-day event marking Sydenhurst Residential Home’s 60th anniversary took place over the bank holiday weekend (for photo's see slide-show on augb hompage - more photos will follow...
Sydenhurst - down memory lane
02.09.09
Chiddingfold, Surrey

In preparation for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations which took place at Sydenhurst over the weekend (report to follow), we looked back through the Ukrainian Thought ("Dumka") and discovered a very well...
Sydenhurst Nursing HomeSydenhurst ready to celebrate
28.08.09
Chiddingfold, Surrey

Final preparations are taking place to welcome guests and all arriving to join in Sydenhurst's 60th anniversary celebrations this coming Sunday and Monday (30-31 August).The fabulous "Hoverla" Ukrainian...
Visitors to Central Office
29.07.09
London

The past few days have seen an influx of visitors to AUGB Central Office.  Amongst them were members of the AUGB's Finance Committee, Zenko Lastowiecki and Wolodymyr Karpynec, who yesterday principally...
Royal Shakespeare Company world premiere on the Holodomor
24.07.09
Stratford-upon-Avon

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will present a world premiere by Ukrainian playwright Natalia Vorozbhit, "The Grain Store", which is set in Ukraine in 1929.  "As Stalin launches the...
London to host next General Meeting of the European Congress of Ukrainians
23.07.09
London

Following the recent decision by the AUGB's Executive (Presydia) Council, the date of the General Meeting of the European Congress of Ukrainians (ECU) has now been confirmed and will take place on 14 November...
Visit of Ukrainian Charges d'Affaires to AUGB Central Office
23.07.09
London

AUGB's Central Office was delighted to welcome and host a meeting today between the AUGB's Chief Executive, Fedir Kurlak, and the Ukrainian Embassy's Charge's d'Affaires, Viacheslav Yatsiuk, and Second...
24 hour strike by postal workers affects Dumka delivery
17.07.09

Due to a 24 hour strike by members of the Communication Workers Union, the London postal service is not operating today, Friday 17 July.  This means that this week's edition of Dumka will not be sent...
World Light Welterweight Boxing Champion Andriy Kotelnik visits Bolton Ukrainians
15.07.09

On 12th July 2009, Andriy Kotelnik visited the Ukrainian community centre in Bolton. He is in the UK to defend his WBA light welterweight world title against Britain’s Amir Khan and came to Bolton,...
HOLODOMOR DVD Promo on YouTube
06.07.09
London

A promotion extract of the newly released DVD of the Holodomor Commemorations held in London last November can now be seen on YouTube.  Simply click here to view.Contact 020 7229 8392 to purchase the film.
AUGB Presydia meeting
02.07.09
Nottingham

The Presydia of the General Council held its first post-AGM meeting last Saturday, 27 June, in Nottingham.Items on the agenda included: • Release of the DVD film documenting the commemoration...
Sydenhurst retains "excellent" rating
02.07.09
Chiddingfold, Surrey

Sydenhurst Residential Home has again received a glowing report following a recent inspection carried out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which is the independent regulator for health and social...
Job opportunity
24.06.09

AUGB Nottingham Branch recently secured funding to employ a Centre Manager. Anyone interested in applying can find out more by clicking here for further details.  Please note that the closing date...
Holodomor DVD Release date
24.06.09
London

The AUGB commissioned film of the Holodomor National Remembrance Day held in London last November will be released on 2 July.  Price:  £10 + p&p.  We hope to sell this...
Visitors from Lviv at Central Office
19.06.09
London

Members of Lviv-Ratusha’s Rotary Club visited AUGB’s Central Office earlier today and held a meeting with the AUGB’s CEO and were given a tour of the Shevchenko Library and Archive by...
National Committee to commemorate Bandera anniversaries
12.06.09

A National Committee has been formed to celebrate 100 years since the birth and commemorate 50 years since the death of the former leader of the OUN, Stefan Bandera.The committee will be chaired by Mr...
Annual Service of Remembrance at Tarasivka
08.06.09

Several hundred people braved the poor weather conditions yesterday to attend the annual Service of Remembrance held at Tarasivka in Weston-on-Trent, Derbyshire.The event was organised by the Association...
New Apostolic Administrator for Ukrainian Catholics in Great Britain
02.06.09

The Vatican  announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has ratified Bishop Hlib Lonchyna as the new Apostolic Administrator for Ukrainian Catholics in Great Britain. The Ukrainian Catholic community...
64 AUGB AGM
30.05.09
Stockport

Delegates from across the country took part in the AUGB's 64th Annual General Meeting over the weekend which was this year very ably hosted by the Association's Branch in Stockport. The event was...
Ukrainians in Parliament
21.05.09
Westminster

Politicians, diplomats and representatives of various businesses and organisations with an interest in Ukraine took part last night in a Ukrainian Beer and Wine Evening held in the Houses of Parliament. ...
Bradford & District European Forum continues to develop
19.05.09
Bradford

Members of the Ukrainian Communities of Bradford and Keighley attended the AGM of the Bradford & District European Forum held on 18th May 2009 at the Serbian Church Hall, Bradford.  It was...
AUGB to screen award winning film, "The Soviet Story"
15.05.09

The AUGB is to screen the recently released award-winning documentary film, "The Soviet Story".  It is to be shown in English with Ukrainian sub-titles.The film features interviews with both...
Lviv Ukrainian Catholic University's rector and post-grads in London
12.05.09
London

AUGB Central Office today welcomed the rector and post-graduate students of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU). Fr Borys Gudziak PhD, who is a leading intellectual and historian in post-Soviet...
Successful IT Mission
30.04.09
London

As part of the European Union’s Programme for Ukraine, representatives of 10 Information Technology Companies from Ukraine attended an IT Mission in London 28-29 April 2009.The 10 participating...
Manchester community commemorates Chornobyl
26.04.09

Ukrainians in Manchester held a special service to commemorate the known and unknown victims of the Chornobyl disaster.It is 23 years since an explosion and fire at the Chornobyl nuclear power...
New Press Release for forthcoming International Ukrainian Football Tournament
09.04.09

The organisers of the International Ukrainian Football Tournament have issued a press release providing further details about the forthcoming Ukrainian football tournament which is to take place in Nottingham,...
Preparations afoot for Ukrainian week in Bradford
07.04.09

AUGB in Bradford has been working with the City Council’s Civic Affairs Office to organise a programme of events to celebrate the presence of Ukrainian communities in the Bradford district for the...
Ukraine succumb to late England winner
01.04.09
London

Ukraine succumbed to a late 85th minute goal by John Terry to lose 2-1 against England's all-stars at Wembley tonight.  A Peter Crouch goal in the 29th minute separated the sides at half time.  ...
British Ambassador visits AUGB Central Office
27.03.09

The UK's Ambassador to Ukraine, HE Leigh Turner, yesterday held a meeting at AUGB Central Office with the AUGB's General Secretary, Fedir Kurlak.  A number of issues were discussed and the...
AUGB's Annual Report for 2008
27.03.09

The AUGB's Annual Report for 2008 will appear as a supplement in the next issue of Dumka (28.03.08.).  The special 12 page pullout contains information on some of the Association's main activities...
Documentary film aimed at students
26.03.09

Stuart Wells, a documentary film maker from SAE Institute in London, recently approached the AUGB’s Shevchenko Library and Archive in London to help him research the 1932-33 Holodomor.  Since...
England v Ukraine info
26.03.09

The Ukrainian Sports Supporters Club have issued details for Ukraine fans attending next Wednesday's World Cup Qualifier beween England and Ukraine.  For full details see:   http://www.ukrainiansupporters.org.uk/england.htmlFor...
Bradford Council recognises Holodomor as Genocide - UPDATED
05.03.09

Bradford City Council has formally acknowledged the Holodomor of 1932-33 as a genocide inflicted upon the Ukrainian nation.This formal acknowledgement is the culmination of a campaign by the Bradford Branch...
Bolton Council recognises 1932-33 Holodomor as Genocide - UPDATED
04.03.09
Bolton

At a plenary session of Bolton Council on 4 March, the Executive formally responded to Bolton Ukrainian Community’s ‘recognition and condemnation’ Holodomor petition, as was submitted...
AUGB Rada Meeting
10.02.09
Nottingham

The AUGB General Council held its first meeting of the year in Nottingham on 31 January.Among the items discussed were AUGB finances and structure, sale of property in Cheltenham, Holodomor, website, proposals...
Law Society looks to strengthen links with Ukraine
06.02.09
London

In actively looking to strengthen links between the UK and Ukraine in 2009, the Law Society last night co-hosted an event with the British-Ukrainian Law Association (BULA) and the British Ukrainian Society...
Launch of "Ukrainians in the UK" encyclopaedia website
30.01.09
London

The launch of a new website - an internet-encyclopaedia “Ukrainians in the UK” - took place last night during a meeting held at the Ukrainian Institute in Holland Park.  The website is...
British Ukrainians honoured
22.01.09
London

During a celebratory evening held at the Embassy of Ukraine in London tonight, two leading figures within the Ukrainian community in the UK were honoured with awards for their services to Ukraine. Anna...
Ukrainian intelligentsia calls for unity in face of "Gas Blackmail"
19.01.09

During a meeting of the Executive of the Ukrainian World Coordination Council held on 15 January 2009, the Ukrainian intelligentsia adopted a statement in which it calls on Ukrainians in Ukraine and throughout...
President Yushchenko on his meeting with Gordon Brown
16.01.09

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko held a 50 minute meeting with Prime Minister Gordon Brown here in London late yesterday afternoon.Mr Yushchenko followed this up with a meeting with journalists outside...
President Yushchenko on one day visit to UK
15.01.09

President Victor Yushchenko of Ukraine arrived in London earlier today for a meeting with Prime Minister Gordon Brown to discuss the gas-crisis.In an interview with journalists from Ukrainian and Russian...
Celebration of Christmas in local news
14.01.09
Bolton

Click here to read the article (in pdf format) that appeared in the Bolton News, 13 January. 
New Human Rights Thriller set in Ukraine
14.01.09

Fair game: THE  STEPS OF ODESSA (Spire Publishing: ISBN: 1-897312-72-5; £7.99) is James Watson's 10th novel aimed at Young Adults. Previous settings of his stories have been Spain (The Freedom...
More moves to recognise Holodomor
22.12.08
Bradford

Following the Holodomor commemoration held in Bradford on 23 November, the local AUGB Branch Chair, Orysia Chymera, presented a petition regarding recognition of Holodomor to the leader of Bradford...
Settlement Agreement
18.12.08

A mediation meeting took place on 4 December in Manchester to consider the AUGB's claim in respect of under insurance on the premises damaged by fire in February 2005.It was agreed that the sum of £350,000...
Bolton Council to consider Holodomor motion
11.12.08

On 10 December a delegation from AUGB Bolton Branch comprising Yaroslaw Tymchyshyn, Oksana Jurczyszyn and Petro Hrycaj handed over a “Holodomor recognition and condemnation”...
Ukrainian Youth Associations releases calendar of events
08.12.08

The Ukrainian Youth Association has released the dates of events it plans to hold in 2009. For full details (Ukrainian language only), click here.  
Bolton community receives prominent feature in local news
08.12.08

Bolton's Ukrainian community was prominently featured in the local newspaper, The Bolton News, following the National Holodomor commemoration held in London on 22 November.  Click here to read the...
Keighley news - 4 December
08.12.08

Local civic dignatories from Keighley were very warmly welcomed at the Holodomor commemorations in London.  Their participation in the national event was rightfully reported on by the local Keighley...
Mediation meeting in Manchester
03.12.08

A Mediation meeting is to take place in Manchester on Thursday 4 December to consider AUGB's insurance claim on the property at Smedley Lane following the fire which destroyed the community hall there...
Holodomor Commemorations in Edinburgh
28.11.08

The 75th anniversary of the Holodomor was commemorated at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Our Lady of Pochayiv and St Andrew in Edinburgh on Sunday 23 November 2008. The Sunday Liturgy at 11 am was followed...
Prayers at Westminster Abbey for Holodomor victims
27.11.08
London

As the commemoration drew to a close at Westminster Central Hall, the Dean of Westminster Abbey, Dr John Hall and Canon Robert Reiss were preparing for Evensong in Westminster Abbey which those attending...
UK Holodomor Commemoration Report
26.11.08
London

Around 2000 people attended Saturday’s National Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor at Westminster Central Hall and Westminster Abbey.  Among distinguished guests were representatives...
National Day of Remembrance
24.11.08

The National Day of Remembrance of the Holodomor took place on Saturday before a large gatherings at Westminster Central Hall and Westminster Abbey.  Details and photos to follow soon.
UK Government to be represented at Holodomor commemoration
21.11.08

It has now been confirmed that Tim Hitchens will represent HM Government at the Holodomor commemorations taking place in Wesminster Central Hall on 22 November.  Mr Hitchens is the Director of...
Ukrainian Churches issue joint Holodomor declaration
21.11.08

Representatives of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Churches in Great Britain issued a joint declaration today to mark the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor.In it,...
Prime Minister reaffirms commitment to promote remembrance of Holodomor
21.11.08

In a letter to the AUGB's Chief Executive Officer, the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has reiterrated the UK Government's positive position on honouring the memory of those who perished during the Holodomor...
British PM sends message of deepest sympathies
20.11.08

In a historic message, the UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has extended his deepest sympathies on the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor.  In his brief but very sincere message the Prime Minister...
Holodomor Commemoration - full capacity attendance
19.11.08

The commemoration of the Holodomor on Saturday will take place before a capacity audience of 2000 people.  There are no more tickets available for the event at Westminster Central Hall. Among...
Holodomor message from UK Foreign Secretary
19.11.08

On the eve of the worldwide commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Holdomor, the Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon David Miliband MP, has issued a message in which he reaffirms that the United Kingdom...
Bilozir cancels
19.11.08

Three weeks after agreeing to take part in the forthcoming Holodomor National Day of Remembrance, Oksana Bilozir has announced that she has cancelled all plans to attend the event in London this weekend. ...
Holodomor Exhibition opens in Parliament
17.11.08
London

An exhibition, “Holodomor: Through the Eyes of Ukrainian Artists”, was officially opened today in Parliament by the Rt Hon William Hague MP.  The exhibition, organised by the...
Holodomor Committee publishes Newsletter #6
11.11.08

The Holodomor Committee today published more details about the 75th Anniversary National Holodomor Commemoration due to take place in London on 22 November at Westminster Central Hall and Westminster Abbey.Click...
Manchester Branch hall-build UPDATE
05.11.08

Following the public meeting held in Manchester on Oct 19th in relation to the community hall rebuild, an article appeared on the AUGB website and was subsequently re-printed in the Ukrayinska Dumka...
Oksana Bilozir to take part in UK Holodomor Commemoration
29.10.08

The Embassy of Ukraine in London confirmed this evening that Oksana Bilozir will take part in the forthcoming Holodomor National Day of Remembrance which will take place in Westminster Central Hall...
European Parliament recognises Ukrainian famine of 1930s as crime against humanity
27.10.08

The European Parliament approved a resolution on 23 October 2008 on the Holodomor but stopped short of using the word "genocide".  The EP's press office issued the following statement:In...
AUGB Rada meets with Manchester community to discuss new hall project
21.10.08

The President and Members of the AUGB General Council (Rada SUB) held a meeting with the Manchester community on Sunday Oct 19th to discuss issues relating to the construction of a new community hall.This...
Historic Day as Rochdale Council Remembers Holodomor
17.10.08

Rochdale Council has unanimously called upon the Government to recognise ‘Holodomor’ as an official act of genocide. Holodomor was the systematic starvation to death of at least 7,000,000 Ukrainians...
More information on Holodomor Commemoration
16.10.08

The AUGB has today sent out a further circular regarding the National Holodomor Commemoration which is due to take place in London on 22 November.Tickets for the event are now available and can be obtained...
Fall-out continues - President calls fresh Election
09.10.08
Ukraine

Ukraine`s President Viktor Yushchenko has called a snap election to take place on 7 December after dissolving the Ukrainian parliament on Wednesday evening.  The move means that Ukrainians will...
Holodomor Committee releases details of National Commemoration
24.09.08

The Holodomor Committee has released details of the National Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor which will take place in London on 22 November.A commemorative programme in Westminster...
Nottingham 08.09.21Weekend of celebrations in Nottingham
21.09.08

AUGB Nottingham Branch held a weekend of celebrations to mark the long-awaited opening of its community hall.  On Saturday evening the new hall buzzed to full capacity as the people of Nottingham...
NEWS FLASH... Ruling Government Coalition in Ukraine at an end
16.09.08

The ruling coalition in Ukraine was officially dissolved today during a morning session of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament).  The announcement was made by the Speaker of the House,...
Holodomor film-makers ask for help
16.09.08

Holodomor the Movie LLC is appealing to Ukrainians worldwide to support its documentary film project “HOLODOMOR; Ukraine’s Genocide of 1932-33” .  This is the...
Representatives of British Ukrainian Society and AUGB meet to strengthen ties
11.09.08

The Chair of the British Ukrainian Society (BUS), Richard Spring MP, hosted a meeting today with the AUGB Secretary, Fedir Kurlak, and the Editor of the Ukrainian Thought, Oleksa Semenchenko.  The...
Holodomor - Keighley Town Council takes historic decision
05.09.08

Keighley Town Council has made history by becoming the first Council in the UK to pass a motion unanimously condemning the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine as genocide.During an emotional evening...
Donations for flood victims continue but more rain predicted
07.08.08

While cleanup operations continue in all areas of Ukraine affected by severe flooding, weather forecasters predict more heavy rainfalls over the Carpathian mountains.  Further downpours are also...
AUGB publishes five year report for forthcoming WCU... UPDATE... Now with link to report...
04.08.08

The AUGB has today released a report (in Ukrainian) highlighting its main activities over the past five years.  It includes details on some of the AUGB's educational and cultural joint ventures...
AUGB joins World Congress of Ukrainians call for aid to flood victims
30.07.08

The AUGB has joined the World Congress of Ukrainians in calling for aid to areas of western Ukraine that have been affected by severe flooding.  Five days of heavy rain have caused...
UK Government urged to provide emergency assistance to flood victims
30.07.08

The AUGB has raised the issue of the severe floods in Ukraine in a letter to the Secretary of State of the Department for International Development, Mr Douglas Alexander.  It calls...
AUGB Council meets for the second time in two months
28.07.08

On 26 July 2008 the AUGB's General Council ("Rada SUB") held its second post-AGM meeting.   Matters discussed/ratified: A new sub-committee has been formed to review the whole...
Maria VolkovaHolodomor witness speaks out
24.07.08

A British journalist, Donna Richardson, has uncovered yet another witness testimony about the horrors of the Holodomor. In an exclusive interview with eighty-two-year old Maria Volkova, the voice...
Welsh Assembly Members call for Holodomor Recognition.
11.07.08
Cardiff

The visit of the Holodomor Torch to the Welsh National Assembly on July 3 produced an immediate result. The Assembly Members who received the Torch are calling for recognition of the Holodomor as genocide....
OSCE Draft Resolution on Holodomor
10.07.08

According to a BBC report dated 9 July, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) during its Annual Meeting in Astana in Khazakhstan ratified...
AGM Minutes reach wider audience
09.07.08

The minutes of the 63 AUGB AGM which took place on 31 May were released late last week.  This year, possibly for the first time in the AUGB's history, they were sent out to every subscriber of Dumka...
Torch of Remembrance - the end of the journey around Great Britain
05.07.08

  On Saturday July 5 2008, over 1000 people gathered at Tarasivka in Derbyshire, at the Ukrainian Youth Association’s 60th anniversary national rally, which was also the culmination of the Torch...
The Torch of Remembrance in Nottingham
04.07.08

“Everywhere the cry, we have no bread, we are waiting for death”. These are the ‘lost’ voices of Ukrainian peasants who were starved to death during the Soviet attempt to achieve...
London 08.09.04The Torch of Remembrance at the London Assembly
03.07.08
London

Ukrainian Londoners, although they had greeted the Torch at its arrival at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral and then at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Sunday 29 June had been disappointed that Boris...
Torch of Remembrance in Gloucester
03.07.08
Gloucester

 Yaroslav Nebesniak received the memorial torch on behalf of the Ukrainian community in Gloucester, from Askold Lozynsky, President of the Ukrainian World Congress, Vladislav Rohoviy from the Ukrainian...
Holodomor Torch in Edinburgh
02.07.08
Edinburgh

The Holodomor torch was received by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh in the very grand and appropriately named European room at the City Chambers. Amongst the local Ukrainian Community present were invited...
The Torch of Remembrance in Stockport
01.07.08
Stockport

Around 100 members of the Ukrainian community in Stockport, together with the Lady Mayor of Stockport, Councillor Pam King, gathered at the Ukrainian centre to receive the Torch of Remembrance on Tuesday...
The Torch of Remembrance in Manchester
01.07.08
Manchester

On 1 July 2008, at 19.00, the Holodomor Torch of Remembrance arrived at Manchester Town Hall in Albert Square in the hands of the representative of AUGB Stockport Branch, Mr Mike Kuziw, who handed the...
AshtonThe Torch of Remembrance in Ashton
01.07.08
Ashton

On 1 July 2008,on the steps of the Ukrainian centre and in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Tameside, local Councillors, distinguished guests and three generations of the Ukrainian community,...
The Torch of Remembrance in Rochdale
01.07.08
Rochdale

On Tuesday 1 July, in front of Rochdale Town Hall, members of the Rochdale, Bury and Todmorden Ukrainian communities, together with guests, welcomed the Torch of Remembrance. As the town hall bell...
AUGB and others react to Russian accusations of 'historical revisionism' on Holodomor
30.06.08

On Monday 23 June, the Times published an excellent article on the Holodomor entitled "The Ukrainian ‘genocide by starvation’". On Friday 27 June a letter from the Russian Ambassador denied...
DerbyThe Torch of Remembrance in Derby
30.06.08
Derby

The Torch was greeted officially by The Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor Barbara Jackson, on the steps of the historical Council House Building. Joe Kupranec ((Branch Vice-Chairman) handed...
Bradford TorchThe Torch of Remembrance in Bradford
30.06.08
Bradford

Around 250 Ukrainians from Bradford and neighbouring communities gathered in Centenary Square, at the bottom of the stairs into City Hall. Miss Natalka Pylak began by explaining why the Torch was coming...
The Torch of Remembrance in Barnsley
30.06.08

The Holodomor Commemorative Torch was received by the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Kenneth Sanderson.  He was accompanied by Cllr Stephen Houghton, Leader of Barnsley Council and Mr Phil Coppard, Chief...
The Torch of Remembrance in Keighley
30.06.08
Mayor of Keighley addresses guests in Keighley Town Hall Council Chamber

On the morning of the arrival of the Torch, Mykola Lajszczuk, Peter Szczur and Stefan Pryimuk from AUGB Keighley Branch were interviewed for 20 minutes on BCB (Bradford Community Broadcasting), to...
CoventryThe Torch of Remembrance in Coventry
29.06.08
Coventry

Over 100 people gathered at the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Coventry to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor. Neighbouring communities from Rugby, Leicester and Wolverhampton were also represented....
Ukrainian-AmbassadorsThe Torch of Remembrance in Great Britain: The Journey Begins
29.06.08

Following weeks of preparations, the Torch of Remembrance has arrived in Great Britain after a journey which has so far included Australia, Canada, the United States and Ukrainian communities in Latin...
Annual General Meeting 2008
31.05.08
Nottingham

'Honouring our past – facing the challenges of the future'One of the few sunny days in recent weeks saw almost 100 AUGB branch delegates and guests, including representatives of the Embassy of Ukraine,...
AUGB Annual Report issued
24.05.08

“A year of change, a turning point in the development of AUGB…”, says AUGB President, Zenko LastowieckiThe Annual Report for 2007 (PDF, 4.74Mb) was published on 24 May, ahead of the...
22 November commemoration details released
06.05.08

We can now confirm that the commemoration will be held at Westminster Central Hall, starting at 14.00 on Saturday 22 November (at the same time as commemorations will be starting in Kyiv and in many other...
Torch Rally dates confirmed
04.05.08

The UK dates have now been confirmed. The torch will arrive here from Chile on Saturday 28 June and leave for Sweden on Saturday 6 July.We have looked at several options for getting the Torch to as many...
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