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THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY

INSIDE:
• Ukraine’s president travels to Brussels, Moscow, Paris — page 3.
• Text of President Leonid Kuchma’s inauguration speech — page 9.
• New developments at the Ukrainian World Congress — pages 10-11.

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UNA General Assembly


Vol. LXVII No. 50 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999 $1.25/$2 in Ukraine

votes to stay the course


Kuchma in D.C. for talks with U.S. administration, international financial institutions

on fiscal responsibility
by Roma Hadzewycz
KERHONKSON, N.Y. – The first regular annual
meeting of the Ukrainian National Association’s General
Assembly since the fraternal organization’s May 1998
convention took place here at the UNA resort, Soyuzivka,
on Friday, December 3, through Sunday, December 5.
The three-day meeting heard reports of General
Assembly members for the period from May 1998
through November 1999; reviewed fraternal activities
such as UNA publications, Soyuzivka and scholarships;
approved a budget for 2000 after reviewing the financial
report for 1998 and the first nine months of the current
year; and discussed the proposed referendum on a new
corporate structure for the UNA.
The principal decisions of the 1999 meeting were:
• to fund operations of the UNA’s Kyiv Press Bureau;
• to support the UNA’s two official publications,
Svoboda and The Ukrainian Weekly;
• to support and to seek funding for Soyuzivka’s con-
tinued development;
• to hold the next UNA convention in Chicago. Yaro Bihun
General Assembly members also: President Bill Clinton and President Leonid Kuchma meeting in the White House Oval Office, with Vice-
• established a By-Laws Subcommittee that will pre- President Al Gore (second from the right) looking on. Sitting next to President Clinton is Marta Zielyk, State
pare, with the assistance of the General Assembly and Department interpreter.
input from the UNA membership, a referendum question
by Yaro Bihun President Al Gore and the U.S.-Ukraine Binational
regarding the implementation of a corporate structure for
Special to The Ukrainian Weekly Commission that he and President Kuchma co-chair,
the UNA’s policy-making and executive authorities; and
Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, Energy Secretary
• approved the budget for the year 2000, as prepared WASHINGTON – President Leonid Kuchma of Bill Richardson, World Bank President James Wolfensohn
by Treasurer Stefan Kaczaraj and reviewed by the Ukraine came here for talks with the Clinton administra- and International Monetary Fund Managing Director
Financial Committee, which foresees continued improve- tion and the international financial institutions on Michel Camdessus, a group of U.S. congressmen, business
ment in the UNA’s financial status. December 8, delivering a message that he and the representatives and leaders of Jewish organizations, in an
It was reported to the General Assembly – the fraternal Ukrainian people are committed to economic and demo- appeal to Ukrainian Americans and in the local press.
organization’s highest decision-making body between cratic reforms and integration into Euro-Atlantic structures. While the United States and the international lending
quadrennial conventions – that insurance authorities of He also made the point that Ukraine needs U.S. and institutions agree that President Kuchma and his govern-
the state of New Jersey had informed the UNA that, at Western support in restructuring the $3.5 billion in loans ment need to use the mandate of his recent presidential
this time, mergers of the Ukrainian National Aid coming due in 2000. election victory to accelerate long-overdue economic
Association of America and the Ukrainian Fraternal The message was underscored during a full day of
Association with the UNA have been put on hold. important meetings with President Bill Clinton, Vice- (Continued on page 4)

IMF and World Bank criticize Kyiv for slow pace of reform
The annual meeting’s sessions were chaired by the
UNA president, Ulana Diachuk, Participating were:
• First Vice-President Stefko Kuropas, Second Vice-
President Anya Dydyk-Petrenko, Director for Canada the
Rev. Myron Stasiw, National Secretary Martha Lysko,
Treasurer Stefan Kaczaraj; by Roman Woronowycz seen little that makes her optimistic that reforms are pro-
• Auditors William Pastuszek, Stefan Hawrysz, Dr. Kyiv Press Bureau ceeding as promised.
Alexander Serafyn, Yaroslav Zaviysky (who left the ses- The World Bank has set goals for the Ukrainian govern-
KYIV – Since arriving in early December for their regu- ment that include administrative reform, establishing an
sions on Friday due to illness) and Myron Groch; and lar reviews, both the International Monetary Fund and the
• Advisors Taras Szmagala Jr., Alex Chudolij, Tekla investor-friendly business climate and generating $1 billion
World Bank have severely criticized the pace of reforms in from the privatization of state assets.
Moroz, Wasyl Szeremeta, Vasyl Luchkiv, Stephanie Ukraine, and neither financial organization has given Kyiv
Hawryluk, Andre Worobec, Eugene Oscislawski, Barbara Ms. Chu said that $800 million is available to Ukraine
any encouraging news that the country is ready for addition- next year, but the country must develop the projects to
Bachynsky, Andrij Skyba and Al Kachkowski. (Nick al credits from them in the near future.
Diakiwsky and Halyna Kolessa were unable to attend.) which the money would be applied.
While the separate missions will continue to work in Meanwhile, John Odling-Smee, the head of the IMF
Also present were honorary members of the General Ukraine for another week, analyzing economic indicators
Assembly: Joseph Lesawyer, Anne Chopek, Mary mission, said on December 6 that whether the country gets
and to what extent the government is adhering to criteria set the next tranche that it now has been awaiting since
Dushnyck, Walter Sochan, Myron B. Kuropas, Anna
forth by them, the initial response by the Ukrainian govern- September depends on how it decides to move on imple-
Haras and Taras Szmagala Sr. (who, along with Helen
ment has been one of acknowledgment and understanding. mentation of the reforms that it has promised.
Olek Scott, became an honorary member as a result of an
“The investment climate in Ukraine is one of the worst in Mr. Odling-Smee said the government needs to revise its
amendment to the UNA By-Laws passed at the last con-
the region,” said Lily Chu, the head of the World Bank dele- role in the economic life of the state, from that of a control-
vention), as well as the editors-in-chief of Svoboda and
gation, at a December 2 press conference. ling body to one that promotes economic development. He
The Ukrainian Weekly, respectively, Raissa Galechko
Ms. Chu said that perhaps only the Belarusian bureaucra- echoed remarks made by the World Bank, saying that
and Roma Hadzewycz. Soyuzivka Manager John A. Flis
delivered a report before the assembly. cy is more difficult for investors to circumvent. She said Ukraine must begin administrative reforms, particularly in
The annual meeting opened with a wreath-laying cere- Ukraine confounds investors with too many licensing regu- reorganizing and reducing the number of state committees
mony at Soyuzivka’s monument to Taras Shevchenko, lations, an assortment of bothersome inspections, and a and ministerial structures.
complicated and ever-changing tax system.
(Continued on page 4) The World Bank representative said that thus far she had (Continued on page 4)
A POST-ELECTION ANALYSIS:
NEWSBRIEFS
2 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999 No. 50

Observers examine Ukraine’s media


Privatization of energy companies halted President re-nominates Pustovoitenko
by Lily Hyde beautiful and this woman is not beautiful –
RFE/RL Newsline it’s my personal subjective view, nothing KYIV – State Property Fund Chairman KYIV – Parliament Chairman
more, until I explain my conclusions. And Oleksander Bondar on December 6 ordered Oleksander Tkachenko told national
The Ukrainian presidential elections that for this reason, I can’t absolutely trust all a halt to the privatization of energy suppli- deputies on December 2 that President
took place in two rounds in late October these reports.” ers, which had been decreed by the presi- Leonid Kuchma has proposed Valerii
and mid-November focused world attention While few would deny that the state of dent in the summer, Interfax reported. The Pustovoitenko for the post of prime minis-
on the country’s media. International the Ukrainian media leaves much to be fund said privatization has been halted in ter, Interfax reported. Mr. Pustovoitenko
watchdogs from the Council of Europe, the desired, many say that to blame only gov- submitted his resignation as prime minister
connection with “difficulties in energy sup-
Organization for Security and Cooperation ernment interference is an over-simplifica- following President Kuchma’s inauguration
plies in the winter period [as well as] the
in Europe (OSCE) and the European tion. According to Mr. Denysenko, the sin- on November 30 and is now acting head of
need to ensure efficient state control over
Institute for Media all concluded that gle biggest problem facing STB is the the Cabinet of Ministers. Mr. Pustovoitenko
the operation of energy companies and the
Ukraine’s television, radio and print media country’s economic decline. Prior to the told Interfax the same day that if he is con-
process of the branch’s restructuring.” The
were overwhelmingly biased toward one or elections, however, STB complained loudly firmed as prime minister for Mr. Kuchma’s
privatization of energy companies has so far
another candidate. Thus, they argued, of what it called government repression new term, he will “certainly” implement
resulted in revenues totaling 90 million hrv
Ukrainians were denied access to objective when its bank accounts were frozen by tax ($18.5 million). The state has retained a “more radical reforms.” Mr. Pustovoitenko
information. inspectors. Its cause was taken up by the controlling interest in 20 of Ukraine’s 27 must win at least 226 parliamentary votes to
Observers condemned government Committee to Protect Journalists and was regional energy suppliers. (RFE/RL retain his post. In 1997 he was approved
intimidation of the media in the form of tax cited as an example of state coercion by the Newsline) with 227 votes. (RFE/RL Newsline)
and fire inspections and lawsuits. They also Council of Europe and the OSCE.
lamented the fact that oligarchs own most After a management reshuffle at STB, Officers pledge restoration of socialism Lazarenko’s wife locked out of home
media outlets and use them for their own and the unfreezing of bank accounts, the
political ends. Some observers, however, KYIV – Ukraine’s Union of Soviet KYIV – Tamara Lazarenko, the wife of
complaints have disappeared. Mr. Officers (SRO), together with the Party of former Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko
think the reports produced by human rights Denysenko now downplays any problems
and freedom-of-speech watchdogs were Communists (Bolsheviks) of Ukraine who is seeking political asylum in the
with the government. He told RFE/RL all (PKBU), plan to reinstate a socialist system United States, returned to Ukraine on
exaggerated. difficulties have now been solved and that
The latter view is held by Taras Kuzmov in Ukraine in a “peaceful way.” This news December 2 but could not enter her apart-
STB was able to continue objective cover- was revealed to Interfax on November 30 ment. According to her lawyer, Mrs.
of Internews, an internationally funded age of news in the month before the elec-
training project for television and radio by SRO head Oleksander Ohorodnykov. Lazarenko returned to demonstrate that she
tion and since. is innocent of money laundering, for which
journalists. Mr. Kuzmov told RFE/RL that Mr. Ohorodnykov said the SRO and the
But others see STB’s new tone as a form her husband is currently being investigated,
reports focused overwhelmingly on Kyiv- PKBU intend to form a bloc to take part in
of self- censorship. but was locked out of her apartment by
based media and ignored Ukraine’s exten- the 2002 parliamentary elections. He added
Mr. Kuzmov of Internews says that it is prosecutors. “This contradicts the
sive regional media outlets. that his organization will not resort to ter-
a tactic that allows Kyiv-based media like Constitution and is a groundless ban,” her
Most broadcasting outlets, he added, rorist actions even if the peaceful attempt to
STB to remain in business. He says these lawyer commented. There was no immedi-
were approached neither by government restore socialism in Ukraine fails. Mr.
media outlets are overwhelmingly depend- ate comment from the Procurator General’s
officials nor by presidential candidates: Ohorodnykov noted that the future socialist
ent on big business, and the interests con- Office, according to the Associated Press.
“Without question there were some prece- Ukraine should cooperate closely with
trolling them usually back the ruling power. (RFE/RL Newsline)
dents of pressure on TV companies, but Belarus and Russia, both of which, he
He says if journalists tried to be completely
there were many stations that didn’t experi- added, should be ruled by Alyaksandr
objective in their coverage, the outlet would Rada’s ‘non-constructive’ stance protested
ence any such pressure.” Lukashenka. He noted that the SRO has
simply go out of business, so Ukrainian
Vadym Denysenko, chief editor of the 18,000 members, but has not yet been regis- KYIV – Some 200 representatives of the
journalists choose pragmatism over ideal-
national television channel STB, argued tered by the Justice Ministry of Ukraine. election bloc “Our Choice – Leonid
ism.
that the reports did not provide sufficient The PKBU, which is led by Col. Kuchma” picketed the Parliament building
“I think the Ukrainian mass media does-
explanation of their monitoring results, Oleksander Kaspruk, has registered and has on December 1 to protest the “non-con-
n’t know what direct political censorship
which recorded the airtime accorded to headquarters in Dnipropetrovsk. (RFE/RL structive stance” of the legislature, Interfax
is,” Mr. Kuzmov argues. “Instead, self-cen-
each candidate and whether the coverage Poland, Belarus and Ukraine Report) reported. According to Mykola
sorship exists. One journalist got to the
was positive or negative. Shevchenko, one of the organizers of the
heart of it when he said Ukrainian journal- Kuchma abolishes collective farms
“Basically, Channel X is 99 percent posi- protest, “the Parliament should cooperate
ists have freedom of speech, but they have
tive about [incumbent President Leonid] KYIV – Leonid Kuchma on December 4 with the executive, not block its activity.”
the wisdom not to use it.”
Kuchma and 70 percent negative about [the issued a decree reforming the agricultural He added that if the Verkhovna Rada does
IREX ProMedia is a sister organization
challenger, Petro] Symonenko,” he sector on “the principles of land owner- not depart from its “confrontational course,
to Internews, also promoting free media in
remarked. “I don’t see the mechanism, they ship,” Interfax reported. Under the decree, we will initiate its dissolution through a
didn’t explain how they calculated these Ukraine. IREX ProMedia’s Tim O’Connor
advocates ownership by foreign media the land and property of collective farms nationwide referendum.” (RFE/RL
numbers. It’s like I’d say this woman is must be divided among their workers by the Newsline)
companies as one possible way of improv-
ing standards because a foreign company is end of April 2000. Collective farm workers Debtors’ electricity is cut off
Lily Hyde is a Kyiv-based RFE/RL more interested in profit than politics and can subsequently organize private enterpris-
correspondent. can bring international experience. He says es or agricultural cooperatives on their KYIV – Some 16,000 enterprises, or 33
two newspapers in regions of Ukraine have plots. The decree also orders the govern- percent of the all enterprises, have received
already been bought by a Norwegian com- ment to supply the plots’ owners with own- no electricity supplies since late November
pany and are doing well. ership certificates by the end of 2002. “The because they have not paid for earlier deliv-
Symonenko plans Mr. O’Connor says that the poor pay main point of this document is to announce eries, Interfax reported on December 1. The
given most journalists is another problem. collective farms as ineffective forms of debt of those disconnected from the grid
He says Ukrainian journalists receive such property,” Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo amounts to 432 million hrv ($87 million),
to continue fighting low wages that some take extra money to Hladii was quoted by the Associated Press or 7.5 percent of the total debt for electricity
write articles in favor of political candi- as saying. (RFE/RL Newsline) supplies in Ukraine. (RFE/RL Newsline)

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ism of many journalists in Ukraine is also
Elections Are Over; The Struggle
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German forced labor settlement at a crossroads
No. 50 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999 3

Kuchma travels to Brussels, Moscow and Paris


to spur foreign investment, expand foreign policy BONN,by Myroslaw Smorodsky
Germany – The sixth in the
increased the offer to 8 billion DM.
Although these individual negotiation
sessions were aimed at dividing the victims
by Roman Woronowycz presidents settled on the restructuring of the series of negotiations between representa-
groups, the Eastern European delegation
balance of Ukraine’s oil and gas debt to tives of forced/slave laborers and German
Kyiv Press Bureau and the plaintiff’s lawyers were able to
Russia – particularly the $500 million owed Industry ended on November 17 without
KYIV – President Leonid Kuchma left maintain a unified position and stated that
by the state-owned company Naftohaz the negotiators finding a solution that would
for a six-day visit to foreign capitals on be acceptable to both the victims and the this new offer still is insufficient.
Ukraina to the Russia’s Gazprom. The The German negotiators also reversed
December 5, on what was his first trip out- details are to be worked out by an inter-gov- companies. The date and time of the next
side Ukraine in his second term. In the crucial meeting has not been established, their prior position and stated that their set-
ernmental committee. A larger debt was tlement offer would not be based on com-
span of a working week he met with the resolved in late August when Kyiv agreed but it is expected to take place before
presidents of Russia, France and the Christmas of this year. pensating agricultural and domestic work-
to turn over old TU-160 and TU-95MS
United States, and the head of the Although both sides have made consid- ers. However, the negotiators for both sides
strategic bombers.
European Union to spur foreign invest- erable concessions in their respective posi- made it clear that any settlement payments
The two presidents also agreed on joint
ment and further develop Ukraine’s multi- tions, the negotiators find themselves at a that would be made to the individual coun-
production of three new planes, the AN-70,
vector foreign policy. TU-334 and AN-140. “This is a priority crossroads, where an inappropriate or obsti- try delegations would be in a lump sum and
The three countries and the EU are key- over all of our plans,” said Mr. Kuchma. nate move by any of the numerous parties it would be left to the discretion of each of
stones in Ukraine’s oft-stated strategic poli- The Ukrainian president had said the day can torpedo the negotiations into failure. the Eastern European delegations to include
cy of maintaining equal relations with the before the start of his trip that he is not satis- The negotiators are fully cognizant of the farm workers in the individual compensa-
East and the West. fied with several aspects of relations fact that failure would deprive hundreds of tory payout.
Mr. Kuchma first stopped briefly in between Russia and Ukraine. He empha- thousands of victims of any hope of com- The latest round of negotiations in Bonn
Brussels to meet with Romano Prodi, the sized that he believes the delineation of the pensation whatsoever. On the other hand, concluded with both sides putting forward
recently elected head of the European Russia-Ukraine border, particularly the German industry would be bogged down in their anticipated range of settlement: 6-10
Commission, which is the executive arm of waters of the Azov Sea, was moving too numerous lengthy legal battles that, even if billion DM on the German side and 10-15
the European Union. Discussions focused slowly. He also expressed his disappoint- they were resolved in favor of Germany, billion DM on the victim side. Both sides
on the EU summit scheduled for Helsinki ment that there has been little progress in would expose German industry to public were cautiously optimistic that the next
on December 10-11. returning Ukrainian citizens’ the savings scrutiny and criticism for its actions during meeting in mid-December should see suc-
Ukraine has pushed for associate mem- they had lost when the USSR fell apart. World War II. cess in the negotiations.
bership in the EU, which the organization “Paramount is the issue of the return of In October of this year, German negotia- For further information visit
has resisted, and has been waiting for a sig- currency to Ukrainian citizens and legal tors had offered a total settlement of 6 bil- http://www.smorodsky.com/forcedlabor/ or
nal that it can join the EU once it has met entities that was frozen by the Soviet lion DM. At the November 17 meeting in contact: Myroslaw Smorodsky at
tough economic and political criteria. The Foreign Economic Bank,” said Mr. Bonn, after intense closed-door negotiations Smorodsky & Stawnychy, 75 Union Ave.,
EU will consider a new policy for Ukraine Kuchma. between each of the individual victim P.O. Box 1705, Rutherford, NJ 07070; tele-
at the summit, which most experts say will Oleksander Martynenko, the president’s groups, German representatives and U.S. phone, (201) 939-1999; fax, (201) 507-
stop short of offering Ukraine any type of press secretary said on August 6 that, during government negotiators, German industry 3970.
membership for the present. talks on the matter, the Russian side had
In Brussels, Mr. Prodi said only that EU- expressed readiness to assist Ukraine in the
Ukraine cooperation would increase. “We return of its portion, although he did not
must discuss now how to deepen our rela- clarify the reason for the hold-up.
tions and become great friends so as to
work on the achievement of special goals,”
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin briefed
Mr. Kuchma on the Chechnya conflict as
BUSINESS IN BRIEF
said the European Commission chairman, well, before the president flew to Paris for
according to Interfax. “I believe that our an afternoon meeting with French President Russian oil to bypass Ukraine?
future lies with clearer and deeper coopera- Jacques Chirac.
tion,” he added. MOSCOW – A commission of Russian governmental experts announced on
During his 24-hour stay in the City of November 29 that there is an “economic expediency” for Russia to construct a
President Kuchma said he was pleased Lights on December 6-7, President Kuchma
with the rough draft he had seen of a docu- pipeline between Sukhodolnaya and Rodionovo-Nesvetaiskaya (towns in Rostov
held a series of talks with French politi- Oblast) to bypass Ukrainian territory, Izvestiia reported on November 30. At present,
ment to be signed by European leaders dur- cians, bankers and businesspersons, includ-
ing the summit. “This document will send a some 300 kilometers of the oil pipeline between Samara and the Russian port of
ing first and foremost with President Chirac. Novorossiisk are located on Ukrainian territory. The commission asked the Transneft
positive signal of cooperation,” he said. The two met at the Elysian Palace on
Finland, which currently holds the EU company to work out a bypass pipeline construction project. According to the
December 7, during which the French presi- November 30 issue of Kommersant-Daily and Izvestiia, the reason for constructing
presidency, released the rough draft to dent signaled his support for Ukraine’s
reporters on December 3. According to the bypass pipeline is purely economic. Ukraine has repeatedly raised transit tariffs
eventual entry into the EU. Mr. Chirac for Russian oil, and the cost of pumping one ton of oil through Ukraine stands at
Reuters, the document outlines the EU’s assured Mr. Kuchma that during the EU
plans to make Ukraine a free trade area in $2.35, or almost five times as much as through Russia. According to estimates by the
Summit in Helsinki the member-states Russian Ministry of the Economy, Russia loses some $70 million every year on the
the future and assist it in joining the World would adopt a strategy that would send “a
Trade Organization. It states that it will Ukrainian stretch of the Samara-Novorossiisk oil pipeline. It is expected that the
political signal testifying to the EU’s inten- bypass pipeline can be built within 18 months. The cost of the project is estimated at
encourage Ukraine to ratify new bilateral tion to broaden relations with Ukraine,”
trade agreements with member-states, and $113 million (U.S.). Transneft will finance only 20 percent of that sum, while the rest
Interfax-Ukraine quoted Mr. Kuchma’s will be provided by other investors. Izvestiya warned that the project may also have
urges it to improve its investment climate press secretary as saying.
by fighting corruption, and proceeding with negative consequences for Russia. The daily argues that Ukraine would like to trans-
The two presidents also agreed to the fer to Russian management some of its oil refineries in exchange for a guarantee of
economic and administrative reforms. creation of a Forum of the Ukrainian-
After his brief Sunday evening session continued Russian oil supplies. By building an alternate pipeline, Russia may harm
French Dialogue to coordinate the broaden-
with Mr. Prodi, the Ukrainian president flew relations with its neighbor and “lose control over Ukraine’s fuel market,” Izvestiia
ing of relations in the inter-governmental
to Moscow, where he had a Monday morn- said. (RFE/RL Poland, Belarus and Ukraine Report)
and public spheres. The forum will be co-
ing meeting with ailing Russian President chaired by Ivan Bilas, ex-head of President Western Europe invests in Lviv Oblast
Boris Yeltsin. Kuchma’s re-election committee and a for-
Mr. Yeltsin had been hospitalized with mer vice-prime minister, and Jean Claude LVIV – A total of $37 million (U.S.) was invested into Lviv Oblast’s economy since the
pneumonia in the days before the visit, Trichet, chairman of the Bank of France. beginning of the year, 70 percent of this in cash, the rest in-kind, reported the Lviv Statistics
which had led to doubts that the two leaders Meeting with the head of Frances’ Department. The most active investors were Switzerland with $13 million (U.S.), Poland
would meet. But the Russian president power utility conglomerate Electricité de with $10 million, Great Britain with about $4 million, Hungary with almost $3 million and
looked upbeat and energetic as he greeted France, later that day, Mr. Kuchma pressed Norway with $1.5 million. Half of the funds were invested in the industrial sector, while the
his Ukrainian counterpart in the Kremlin on his case for the need for additional financ- rest was invested into financial and communications sectors. (Eastern Economist)
December 6, according to Moscow ing to finish reconstruction of the concrete
Television. The Russian press reported that dome over the destroyed fourth block of the McDonald’s Big Macs come to Lviv
Mr. Yeltsin had signed himself out of the Chornobyl nuclear facility. Electricité de LVIV – McDonald’s opened a restaurant in Lviv on November 26, the first in west-
hospital against doctors’ orders especially to France has won the tender for part of the ern Ukraine. It was announced that prices there will be 10 percent lower than in Kyiv’s
meet with his guest from Kyiv. reconstruction effort under the Shelter restaurants. Two more restaurants are planned to be opened in Lviv by the end of the
The meeting irked Belarusian President Implementation Project.
year, and 10 more in Ukraine. Eventually, there will be 50 McDonald’s restaurants in
Alyaksandr Lukashenka because, only At a luncheon hosted by the French
the country. At present the company uses some 36 percent of Ukrainian raw materials,
days before, the Kremlin, citing Mr. Entrepreneurs Movement held earlier that
but plans to gradually increase this figure to 90 percent . (Eastern Economist)
Yeltsin’s illness, had canceled the sched- day, the Ukrainian president had urged
uled signing ceremony that would have French business persons to initiate a second Uzbekistan will participate in AN-70 project
formally united Belarus and Russia. Mr. international donor conference to raise
Lukashenka has put tremendous pressure money for the closure of Chornobyl, similar KYIV – Uzbekistan will take part in producing the AN-70 airplane, said the general
on a wavering Moscow to formalize the to the one organized by U.S. Vice-President manager of the Russian-Ukrainian Medium Transport Airplane consortium, Leonid
agreement on reunion Al Gore in 1997. Terentiev, on November 26. According to a cooperation plan, the Tashkent-based avia-
Kremlin officials said that Mr. Yeltsin That evening President Kuchma flew to tion production association will be manufacturing the AN-70 wings, and then shipping
felt it was important to meet with Mr. Washington, for the next plenary session of them to plants in Kyiv and Samara, Russia. Five sets of wings are being manufactured
Kuchma on the eve of his trip to the United the Kuchma-Gore Committee and meetings now. According to some estimates, production in Tashkent will make up to 20 percent of
States, according to the Kyiv newspaper with President Bill Clinton, the the total labor input needed to manufacture the AN-70. It is believed that the total
Den. International Monetary Fund and the U.S. demand for the AN-70 will be between 1,000 and 1,500 planes over the next 30 years
During their short encounter the two business community. and its export price will be $60 million to 70 million (U.S.). (Eastern Economist)
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Leading off the reports of UNA officers


– all of which were submitted in printed
UNA president’s opening remarks (Continued from page 1) form – was President Diachuk who
patron of the UNA. The ceremonies then focused her remarks on efforts to cut
Following is the full text of opening technology. Technology has made the expenses at the UNA, introduction of a
remarks at the 1999 annual meeting of world smaller and more interconnected, moved inside, into the Main House
library, where the American, Canadian new administrative system at the Home
the Ukrainian National Association’s and it has created a global economy. Office and retraining of personnel, as well
and Ukrainian national anthems were
General Assembly by President Ulana Our organization was founded in 1894 the what she described as “tremendous
Diachuk. (Translated from the original played, and Mrs. Moroz read a text about
when there was a great need for it; there regulatory pressure” exerted on all frater-
Ukrainian by The Weekly.) Shevchenko, which was followed by a
was a need for self-preservation and for nals by insurance authorities in both the
musical rendition of his “Testament”
safeguarding the principal needs of the United States and Canada.
Esteemed Members and Honorary (Zapovit).
Ukrainian individual and the Ukrainian Mrs. Diachuk convened the proceed- Mrs. Diachuk noted also that in Canada
Members of the General Assembly, family on the American continent. the atmosphere is such that U.S. fraternals
Editors-in-Chief of our publications ings with a historical perspective: “Our
Since that time many of the functions institution was founded back in the 19th are getting out of the country and
Svoboda and The Ukrainian Weekly, and of caring for workers and their families Canadian insurance authorities are urging
Dear Guests: century, it developed, grew and flourished
have been assumed by employers and, to in the 20th century. Crossing into the 21st American fraternals to merge with other
We are meeting at our annual meeting some extent, government. century, we must adapt our institution to fraternal societies in Canada. The UNA,
for the last time this century and this mil- Entering the new century and the new new conditions within our Ukrainian com- she said, is being advised to merge with
lennium. This may sound rather dramat- millennium with confidence, we should munity as well as in the insurance busi- another similar organization in order to
ic, but, looking at the calendar, one real- seek new methods and new approaches ness.” (The full text of the president’s decrease costs of doing business in
izes that it’s true. so that our principal goals continue to be remarks appears on the left.) Canada. Until December of last year, the
Our institution was founded back in supported by the Ukrainian community A prayer for the success of the delibera- UNA had a sales office in the Toronto
the 19th century, it developed, grew and and so that the UNA continues to fulfill tions was offered by the Rev. Stasiw, and area, but that office was closed down and
flourished in the 20th century. the purposes delineated in its founding a moment of silence was observed in its personnel laid off because the office
Crossing into the 21st century, we charter. memory of UNA activists who had passed was unprofitable.
must adapt our institution to new condi- The homeland of our ancestors, away since the last meeting of the General The UNA president touched on the
tions within our Ukrainian community as Ukraine, still has not been secured as an Assembly, most notably UNA Advisor finances of the organization’s fraternal
well as in the insurance business from independent, law-based, economically Walter Korchynsky, hailed as a true frater- operations, such as its two weekly news-
which our former and current members, strong and democratic European state. nalist who was well-respected in his com- paper and its upstate New York resort (a
the entire Ukrainian community, as well And perhaps it will require a lot more munity in western New York state; and detailed report on their status was deliv-
as our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, time for Ukraine to become a Ukrainian longtime former UNA Auditor Iwan ered by the UNA treasurer), and noted that
derived great benefit. and a flourishing country. That is why Wynnyk, a dedicated UNA leader in New marketing efforts continue to promote the
I believe it was the Greek philosopher diaspora organizations like ours, and York City, as well as many UNA branch newspapers, while at Soyuzivka consult-
Heraclitus who said: “Nothing is as per- many others, will continue to be needed. secretaries. ants are being asked to advise how to
manent and eternal as change.” To that end, we must unite the new After approval of the agenda and make the resort profitable, or at least less
Looking around us, we see how active cadres of our young people who acceptance of the minutes from the previ- of a drain on the UNA’s finances.
quickly everything is changing due to will assume leadership from the older ous session of the General Assembly – the First Vice-President Kuropas focused
new technology, how many new jobs and generation and will lead this organization special meeting convened in November his remarks on the decisions of the three
new businesses have been created by to new heights and new goals. 1998, six months after the 34th Regular
Convention of the UNA; (Continued on page 5)

Kuchma in D.C. ... judicial and administrative reforms.


Ten agreements and memoranda were
actively,” but at the working level and not
during the plenary sessions. Ukraine is, of
Although he did not have a formal meet-
ing with representatives of the Ukrainian
(Continued from page 1) signed during the third annual plenary course, concerned about the plight of American community, Mr. Kuchma had the
meeting of the so-called Kuchma-Gore refugees and the suffering of innocent peo- opportunity to meet, albeit socially, with a
reforms, it was unclear that they were suffi-
Commission, which was created in 1996 to ple, he told reporters. But knowing first- few Ukrainian Americans at the conclusion
ciently convinced by the visiting president
build closer U.S.-Ukrainian ties in numer- hand about the criminality and terrorism of his visit, when he presented the
and his high-level delegation that Ukraine Presidential Award for Merit (second
ous areas. emanating from this region, he added, one
has done enough to help itself. should not be “simplistic” in viewing the degree) to Judge Bohdan Futey, of the U.S.
The IMF suspended its long-term, low- According to Yuri Shcherbak, Ukraine’s
former ambassador to the United States, Chechen problem. Court of Federal Claims, for his work in
interest Extended Fund Facility (EFF) cred- Washington was the last stop on Mr. helping Ukraine develop its judicial system.
it payments to Ukraine in September who now serves as President Kuchma’s
foreign policy advisor, the most important Kuchma’s first foreign trip since his re- During the ceremony he called on the
because the government was not taking the election. He also visited Moscow and then Ukrainian diaspora to unite in its support of
steps it agreed to as conditions to the of these agreements would create, with the
European Union’s cooperation, a regional Paris. Following the Ukrainian president’s Ukraine. Earlier in the day he made a simi-
approval of the multi-year $2.6 billion pro- meeting in Moscow with President Boris lar appeal during a brief exchange with
gram in 1998. Ukraine has already received environmental center in Kyiv, similar to the
one already functioning in Budapest. (Dr. Yeltsin, a Kremlin aide reportedly said that reporters. He said Ukrainian Americans
$965 million of that amount and is seeking the Mr. Kuchma expressed his support for should remember Ukraine not only during
$850 million more for next year to help Shcherbak headed the advance team that
prepared for President Kuchma’s visit to Russia’s military action in Chechnya. anniversaries but every day, and assist it
keep its financial head above water. On the day he was visiting Washington, with their deeds.
On the day of President Kuchma’s meet- Washington.)
The other documents dealt with such Russia and Belarus signed the long-post- “I would like to see more active, con-
ing with the IMF director, the organiza- poned treaty to merge their countries into a certed action by all Ukrainians in
tion’s spokesperson indicated that “correc- items as cooperation in studying the health
effects of the Chornobyl accident, produc- federation. Asked about Ukraine’s view of America in support of Ukraine,”
tive measures are needed to bring the pro- the merger, Mr. Kuchma told reporters that President Kuchma said. “Lobbying is a
gram back on track.” The government tion-sharing legislation, energy-sector
cooperation, cooperation on climate change the Russian and Belarus peoples have the civilized endeavor,” he added, “and
budget spending was exceeding agreement right to decide their own future. Ukrainians have the wherewithal to influ-
limits, and many government policy deci- initiatives, establishing a “joint consultative
economic mechanism,” military interna- “Ukraine,” he added, “made its own ence the decisions of American Congress
sions are still awaiting the approval of the choice, and so have I as its president.” and the administration.”
Verkhovna Rada. tional assistance, the U.S. Agency for

IMF and World Bank...


President Kuchma acknowledged his International Development assistance pro-
problems with the Parliament at the outset gram for 2000, and an Export-Import Bank next IMF tranche are poor.
of his visit in a by-lined article published project incentive agreement. “It will be difficult to reach agreement
on the morning of his talks here by The The high-level Ukrainian delegation (Continued from page 1) with the IMF because of the decisions con-
Washington Post. included the government’s major finan- travening the [earlier] accords reached and
cial/economic players, including Vice Ukraine has received $965 million of a
“My new mandate is not a reason for deviations from the EFF program,” admit-
Prime Minister Serhii Tyhypko, Finance total of $2.6 billion promised by the IMF
euphoria,” he wrote. “Our legislature, to ted Vice Prime Minister Serhii Tyhypko.
Minister Ihor Mitiukov and National Bank when the country agreed to the Extended
date, has no unified bloc of pro-reform Valerii Lytvytskyi, an economic aide to
Director Viktor Yushchenko. Also in the Fund Facility (EFF) program in September
members, even though a majority of President Kuchma, said that Ukraine had
delegation was the newly appointed secre- 1998. However, Ukraine last received a
them are in their individual ways in favor failed to comply with a number of provi-
of reforms. But the opponents of reform, tary of the National Security and Defense tranche on September 7, in the amount of
sions on housing and utilities policies, and
largely Marxists, are united. The result Council Yevhen Marchuk, who competed $184 million. An October tranche was can- energy sector, agro-industrial, privatization
has often been gridlock, especially on against President Kuchma in the first celed when Kyiv failed to meet a number of and foreign economic activities.
critical issues of privatization and land round of presidential elections before financial targets, including a budgetary Mr. Tyhypko expressed optimism that
reform.” In the article he pledged to swinging his support to him in the second deficit limit and the foreign currency Ukraine’s problems with the IMF problems
“coalesce” a pro-reform coalition during round. reserve minimum of the National Bank of can be resolved and the EFF program put
his new term in office. As with other members of the delega- Ukraine. back on track through the imminent imple-
He told a breakfast meeting hosted by tion, in addition to participating in the pres- The Kuchma administration is hoping mentation of radical economic reforms.
the Ukraine-U.S. Business Council and ident’s schedule, he arrived here earlier in for another $300 million by the end of While adding that Ukraine will have “to
attended by representatives of some 50 the week and also had his own schedule of February 2000, when Ukraine will have traverse a long way” in order to resolve
large American firms doing or interested in meetings with representatives of the substantial outlays on matured short-term problems with the World Bank, Mr.
doing business in Ukraine that the current National Security Council, the State and treasury notes and international loan re-pay- Tyhypko said he is confident that, “with
Parliament is sitting on more than 1,000 Defense departments, the CIA and the FBI. ments. favorable developments,” Ukraine eventual-
pieces of legislation, including many of the Asked by reporters if the Chechnya Two leading Ukrainian economic offi- ly will receive $850 million from the IMF
laws necessary for improving the invest- issue came up during the meetings, Mr. cials said the government realizes that its and about $300 million from the World
ment climate in Ukraine and implementing Marchuk said that it was discussed “fairly chances for qualifying in December for the Bank in 2000.
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No. 50 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999 5

Ms. Hadzewycz reported that The


Weekly had been compelled to lay off its
(Continued from page 4) Toronto editor and to make other reduc-
members of the Executive Committee tions in expenses. She also noted that at
who are employed full-time at the Home the same time the newspaper has appealed
Office. He pointed to a decision about for donations to The Ukrainian Weekly
UNA investments that was made by the Press Fund and that the initial response
entire six-member executive, but then from readers was very positive (whereas
implemented in a different manner by the donations in all of 1997 totaled $387 and
three in-house officers. He also pointed to in 1998 $2,400, in 1999 they are expected
the decision to close the Toronto Press to reach $12,000). The Weekly staff is
Bureau of The Ukrainian Weekly, which working with the publications’ administra-
was made by those three executives and tor and advertising manager to continue
not the entire committee. increasing income from advertising, and is
His remarks on that issue were echoed preparing a two-volume book dubbed
by Second Vice-President Dydyk- “The Ukrainian Weekly 2000” that will
Petrenko and the Rev. Stasiw, director for feature the most significant articles pub-
Canada, who both noted that they were lished during the history of The Ukrainian
not consulted on various matters, among Weekly. Volume 1 will cover the 1930s
them the closing of the Toronto Press through the 1960s, while Volume 2 will
Bureau. Ms. Dydyk observed that quite encompass the 1970s through the 1990s.
often she finds out about Executive Mr. Flis reported that the resort experi-
Committee decisions from reading the enced a downturn in business during
press. She called on the three full-time spring 1999 due to the previous year’s Roma Hadzewycz

executives to remember that there are convention resolution, which indicated General Assembly members and honorary members as they prepare to place a
three other members of the UNA that Soyuzivka would be open only from wreath at the foot of the monument to Taras Shevchenko, patron of the UNA.
Executive Committee who also were June 1 through September 15, and that the
elected by the UNA convention. summer, too, was less busy. Thus, income Executive Committee. entation to the full assembly.
National Secretary Martha Lysko’s oral for the first nine months of 1999 was The General Assembly adopted the fol- The Standing Committee on
report to the General Assembly highlight- down $100,000 from the previous year, lowing approximate timetable and proce- Soyuzivka, chaired by the first vice-presi-
ed the issue of direct billing, whereby and expenses were up by $150,000. As of dures for the by-laws review and referen- dent, focused its deliberations on the
UNA members receive statements from October 30, 1999, the resort has a deficit dum: within the next 90 days the proposed future development of the UNA resort and
the Home Office without branch secre- of $358,000 for this year. The manager changes to the by-laws are to be printed in on the question of whether Soyuzivka
taries acting as intermediaries. She said pointed out that UNA executives and the both official publications of the UNA in could host the next convention of the
that thus far 25 branches had opted for this resort’s management are now talking to their respective languages and mailed to UNA scheduled for 2002. After much dis-
method of billing. She also reiterated her hotel consultants to see how Soyuzivka’s delegates of the past convention with a cussion of the logistics with Soyuzivka
longstanding request that secretaries pro- financial picture can be improved. In addi- request for comments and suggestions; Manager Flis, the committee concluded
vide the Home Office with the current tion, he reported that he is now working comments are to be sent to the Home that, at present, the facilities at Soyuzivka
addresses of their members so that the on packages to attract non-Ukrainian busi- Office and then are to be published in both could not conveniently accommodate con-
UNA’s files are updated. ness in an effort to increase income. papers by September 1, 2000; the By- ventioneers and that the costs and arrange-
Finally, Mrs. Lysko spoke of the new Discussions of the reports focused on Laws Subcommittee is then directed to ments required to transport delegates to
rate books that have been prepared for the diverse topics, from budgeting and invest- look over all comments and suggestions, the resort from various airports are prohib-
UNA’s revised and updated insurance ments, to direct billing, donations from the and present a final draft of the referendum itive. Members of Standing Committee on
policies. She explained that sales of these Ukrainian National Foundation, commu- question (as it will be posed to convention Soyuzivka are: Advisors Chudolij, Skyba,
products, though they have already been nity perceptions of the UNA, the organi- delegates) to the General Assembly for Kachkowski, Szmagala, Luchkiv,
approved by insurance authorities, have zation’s decision-making mechanism, the approval at its next meeting in December Szeremeta and Hawryluk (Ms. Hawryluk
been put on hold until such time as New UNA’s future in Canada, and publication 2000; once approved, the draft of the could not be present at the meeting).
Jersey’s state insurance authorities review of minutes from UNA General Assembly amendments is to be published in the
On Saturday evening, a special liturgy
the financial impact of the new products. meetings and conventions. newspapers again and mailed to conven-
was celebrated for General Assembly
Treasurer Kaczaraj prefaced his report Once discussion of all reports was com- tion delegates; a discussion of the final
members in the Main House lobby by the
by commenting that it was a tough year pleted, Auditing Committee Chairman draft can then be held on the pages of both
Rev. Stasiw.
for the UNA – due to downsizing, staff Pastuszek proposed a vote of confidence newspapers, as well as at various UNA
meetings; voting on the referendum is to The banquet that evening, which was
layoffs, reductions of expenses, elimina- for the UNA Executive Committee, point-
be completed by July 1, 2001. preceded by a cocktail hour, featured a
tion of the Toronto sales office – but that ing out that the executive officers did their
selection of Ukrainian and Italian works
the decline in surplus that had been utmost to make the UNA more financially Committee meetings and a banquet performed by tenor Roman Tsymbala with
observed since 1989 had been slowed sound while keeping it on a fraternal foot-
Only two committees met during the piano accompaniment by his wife. The
down. ing. The motion was passed.
1999 annual meeting of the General master of ceremonies for the evening was
He emphasized that the UNA had made By-laws issues Dr. Kuropas, who also provided comedic
great progress in the nine-month period of Assembly: the Standing Committee on
Soyuzivka, whose meeting took place on interludes during the evening. During the
January through September 1999 when In accordance with a resolution adopted
Friday evening, and the Financial banquet General Assembly members also
compared to 1998 and prior years. The at the last convention, General Assembly
Committee, which convened on early had an occasion to celebrate the birthday
decline in surplus for the first nine months members discussed amendments to the
UNA Charter and By-Laws that would Sunday morning. of Oksana Trytjak, the UNA’s special
of 1999 was $145,000, whereas in 1998
provide for altering the UNA’s governance Members of the Financial Committee activities coordinator, who was present at
that decline was $1,521,000, and in the
structure to an 11-member board of were: Treasurer Kaczaraj (chair), First the annual session in the capacity of
period of 1989 to 1997 it was an average
trustees. The purpose of the discussion Vice-President Kuropas, Auditor recorder of the minutes.
of $2 million per year.
More than half of the losses for 1989- was to fine-tune the proposed by-laws Pastuszek, Advisors Luchkiv and Skyba,
***
1997, Mr. Kaczaraj continued, were gen- changes that will be presented in a refer- and Honorary Member of the General
erated by Soyuzivka, Svoboda and The endum via mail to delegates to the 34th Assembly Lesawyer. The major task of The next annual meeting of the UNA
Weekly. The publications’ net loss for the Convention. that committee was to review the budget General Assembly will take place at
nine months of 1999 was $187,000 If approved, the changes would allow prepared by Mr. Kaczaraj before its pres- Soyuzivka on December 1-3, 2000.
($151,000 of that The Weekly’s and delegates to the 35th Convention, sched-
$36,000 Svoboda’s), whereas the total for uled for May 2002, to elect an 11-member
1998 was $640,000. board, instead of a 25-person General
Addenda to written reports were deliv- Assembly consisting of six executive offi-
ered also by advisors and auditors, as well cers, five auditors and 14 advisors. The
as the editors of Svoboda and The Weekly. board, which is to meet at least once per
The manager of Soyuzivka delivered an quarter, would then hire executive officers
oral report to run the day-to-day business of the
According to Ms. Galechko, for the UNA.
first time in 25 years the decline in reader- The by-laws changes and the ramifica-
ship of Svoboda has been reversed. She tions of this corporate structure were dis-
also stated that the paper’s budget for the cussed in detail on Saturday evening
first nine months of 1999 was the lowest through Sunday morning, with Advisor
in its history. She emphasized that adver- Szmagala, who heads the Standing
tising income had increased and that Committee on the UNA By-Laws, leading
Svoboda can become financially inde- the proceedings. However, point-by-point
pendent in the next few years. The editor- review was not concluded. The General
in-chief, who has been at the helm of Assembly authorized a specially called By-
Svoboda since September 1998, noted that Laws Subcommittee to continue this
she is increasingly using materials off the process. Elected to the committee were:
Internet and that articles submitted to the Honorary Members Kuropas and Szmagala,
paper are, of necessity, being shortened to Advisors Szeremeta, Chudolij, Luchkiv and UNA advisors during the deliberations: (from left) Alex Chudolij, Taras Szmagala,
fit the needs of a weekly publication. Kachkowski, as well as members of the Wasyl Szeremeta, Andre Worobec and Eugene Oscislawski.
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NEWS AND VIEWS

The UNA on the eve of the 21st century Moscow is not moved by tears
by Taras Hunczak rebels against the Russian tsar. Their meth-
As the Ukrainian National Association, the largest Ukrainian fraternal organization, ods proved counterproductive: the infuriat-
prepares to enter into the 21st century, it held its last General Assembly meeting of the Despite numerous newspaper and tele- ed indigenous population was now united
20th century. At the opening of the session, UNA President Ulana Diachuk provided a vision reports with graphic descriptions in its common hatred of the Russians.
historical perspective by noting that this fraternal benefit society has already existed in of women and children who have been Hence the entire first half of the 19th
two centuries and is now on the threshold of a third. mutilated by Russia’s indiscriminate century was a prolonged battle between
“Entering the new century and the new millennium with confidence, we should bombings and artillery fire, and reports the expansionist Russian Empire and the
seek new methods and new approaches so that our principal goals continue to be sup- of Chechen towns and villages turned people of Northern Caucasus. Even Tsar
ported by the Ukrainian community and so that the UNA continues to fulfill the pur- into rubble, the architect of this genoci- Nicholas I became personally involved,
poses delineated in its founding charter,” President Diachuk emphasized. dal policy, Vladimir Putin, the prime issuing his notorious instruction to Count
And, it was with the future ever-present in their minds that members of the General minister of Russia, still has the audacity I.F. Paskevich in which he urged him to
Assembly – executive officers, auditors and advisors, as well as honorary members – to write in The New York Times (“Why achieve one of two goals: “The pacifica-
participated in the three-day meeting. After hearing reports about the current status of We Must Act,” November 14) that the tion forever of the Mountain peoples or
the UNA and projections and predictions on where it is headed, they engaged in seri- Russian military “target only opposing the extermination of the unsubmissive.”
ous discussions and questioning – sometimes heated at that – in order to better chart armed forces.” Even from a cursory examination of
the UNA’s course into the next century. There were disagreements, there was open- Furthermore, after releasing the Four the historical sources of the region, one is
ness and forthrightness that sometimes may have been seen in a negative light. But Horsemen of the Apocalypse against the forced to conclude that the tragedy of the
above it all there was a predominant genuine concern and true dedication to the Chechen people – spreading war, famine, people of Chechnya and others of that
Ukrainian National Association, a pioneering organization whose achievements are pestilence and death – Mr. Putin tells region consisted in the fact that their
well-known to Ukrainians here and abroad. readers that “the Chechen citizens, after desire to be independent challenged
Officers’ reports indicated that the UNA had downsized – a phenomenon quite all, are our citizens, too.” Such a caring Russian historical imperial expansionism.
widespread in today’s business climate – and that the downsizing had eliminated per- tone after labeling the people of R. Fadeev, in his “Letters from the
sonnel, re-evaluated UNA programs, cut back on fraternal activities and generally cut Chechnya “terrorists” of the Caucasus, so Caucasus ...” (1865) reported the position
expenses wherever possible. They argued that the UNA, as a leaner but more efficient as to justify their extermination simply
fraternal benefit insurance company, will strive to stay true to its founding mission as of the Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolaevich,
for their desire to be independent! who, as commander of the Russian troops
capsulized in 1997 in the organization’s mission statement: “The Ukrainian National As for the bombings of apartment
Association exists to promote the principles of fraternalism; to preserve the Ukrainian, in the Caucasus, stated that “... it was
buildings in Moscow, allegedly by necessary to exterminate half of the
Ukrainian American and Ukrainian Canadian heritage and culture; and to provide Chechen “terrorists,” the only thing that
quality financial services and products to its members. As a fraternal insurance society, Mountaineers to compel the other half to
can be stated with certainty is that only lay down its arms.” One might well ask
the Ukrainian National Association reinvests its earnings for the benefit of its mem- the perpetrators of those heinous acts
bers and the Ukrainian community.” whether Russian tactics and objectives
know who did it, since, to this day no have really changed in 200 years.
Proof of that dedication can be seen in the General Assembly’s decisions to contin- evidence was found that might implicate
ue subsidizing the UNA’s two official publications, Svoboda and The Ukrainian Besieged in Istanbul at the summit of
“terrorists” from Chechnya. Therefore, to the Organization for Security and
Weekly; to resume funding the Kyiv Press Bureau from the UNA budget; to continue accuse the people of Chechnya without
awarding scholarships to UNA members; to award stipends to young UNA members Cooperation in Europe by Western crit-
any evidence of the crime is to be irre-
who graduate from schools of Ukrainian studies; to provide financial assistance for ics, President Boris Yeltsin branded the
sponsible and, even worse, is to use inno-
pedagogical courses to teachers of schools of Ukrainian studies who are members of Chechen fighters as “terrorists and ban-
cent people for diabolical plans that call
the UNA; and to continue sponsoring sports competitions at Soyuzivka. dits.” “We do not accept the advice of so-
for justification on the international arena
The hope is that a more efficient organization will also be a more attractive one called objective critics of Russia,” he
and serve as a call to patriotism at home.
and that with this efficiency will come better service to members that, in turn, will declared. “Those people,” he continued,
As I read Mr. Putin’s article, I was
enable the UNA to continue its work and to flourish as new members replenish and “do not understand that we simply must
particularly taken aback by his attempt to
enrich its ranks. And that, dear readers, is the only way the UNA as we know it – a stop the spread of cancer and prevent its
gain American sympathy for what Russia
leader in our Ukrainian community life that is involved in all facets of our activity in growth from spreading across the world.”
is doing in Chechnya by drawing an
the United States and Canada – will be able to carry on the all-important mission After such a self-serving statement one is
absurd comparison between Chechnya,
delineated by its founding fathers and remain a vital component of our community. tempted to say “doctor, heal thyself.”
on the one hand, and Montana and Idaho,
The urgings of the various statesmen
on the other. Surely, there must be indi-
from different countries and of U.N.
viduals among Mr. Putin’s advisers who
Secretary-General Kofi Annan not to
know the nature of our federal structure –
inflict indiscriminate violence and terror
our states are not culturally or nationally
December on innocent civilians have been to no
identified entities and, therefore, to com-
Turning the pages back... avail. On the contrary, the policy of
pare our states with Chechnya is to dis-
genocide against the people of Chechnya
12 Exactly one year ago on December 12, the vice-chairman of
play one’s ignorance.
Of course, from a historical perspec-
tive, the current Russian policy in
has been pursued with new vigor after
the Russian president’s meeting with the
heads of states in Istanbul.
1998 the Russian State Duma told representatives of the political left Chechnya is really nothing new. The
At this juncture it is obvious that
from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine gathered in Kyiv that ratifica- people of the Northern Caucasus experi-
Messrs. Yeltsin and Putin, and the entire
tion by Russia’s Parliament of the Ukraine-Russia treaty on enced their first major Russian effort to
power structure of Russia, have remained
friendship and cooperation will not happen soon. turn the region into a Russian colony
true to the Russian historical tradition
State Duma Vice-Chairman Sergei Baburin was in the Ukrainian capital to attend a during the reign of Peter I in the early
where human suffering, particularly of a
political seminar organized by the Patriotic Party of Ukraine called “Russia-Ukraine- 1700s, for whom the region of North
Belarus: A Glimpse into the 21st Century.” The Weekly’s Kyiv correspondent, Roman conquered people, is of no significance.
Caucasus was to serve merely as a stag-

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Woronowycz, reported that, while calling the signing of the treaty a “mistake,” he said that ing area for his expedition against Persia.
it may be a while before the State Duma debates the document. This Russian expansionism did not go How to reach
The Ukraine-Russia Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership had been unchallenged. Being a proud people, the
signed in Kyiv in May 1997 by Presidents Leonid Kuchma of Ukraine and Boris Yeltsin Chechens and neighboring ethnic groups
of Russia; the Verkhovna Rada ratified the treaty in January 1998. resisted Russian imperial ambitions,
Mr. Baburin said the treaty was hastily put together and not properly thought through. resulting in prolonged wars, which, ulti- MAIN OFFICE
“This treaty is, in my view, a truly nice gesture of friendship and cooperation between mately, Russia won. What is interesting
Presidents Boris Yeltsin and Kuchma, but my feeling is that the interests of the people are (editorial, subscriptions
to note is the fact, as noted by Prof.
far from identical to those of the presidents. In this respect the treaty of 1997 is far inferior Smirnov in his “Politika Rossii na and advertising departments):
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Ermolov attacked, burned towns and vil-
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A Ukrainian festival less hours sewing traditional Ukrainian cos-


Faces and Places
run by non-Ukrainians
tumes. Their Canadian instructor volun-
teered months of his time, choreographing

Symon Petliura: Pogromchik or Philosemite?


by Myron B. Kuropas
and teaching the intricacies of Ukrainian-
Dear Editor: style dancing, to young people, most of
whom never heard of Ukraine.
First of all, let me thank you for your There was delicious Ukrainian food for
informative newspaper, which I look for- sale, and demonstrations of ancient
ward to receiving each week (but which I Ukrainian arts of icon-painting, pysanka- In the annals of Jewish martyrology, the Ukrainian Research Center and the Center
sometimes don’t get as some issues seem to painting, wreath-making, and books about name Symon Petliura, leader of Ukraine for Jewish Studies, the author, Henry
be “lost” in the mail). Therefore, I don’t Ukraine. during the waning days of the first republic, Abramson, writes: “Although Hunczak did
know if you published information about When I tried to find the “Ukrainian” ranks up there with Haman, Himmler, and not uncover any important new sources, nor
the Ukrainian festival, held in Springfield, organizers of the festival, I kept finding that Hitler as a killer of Jews. did he advance any radically new argu-
Ore., this year. people of many nations were involved in In his 1976 book “Pogromchik: The ments, he moved the level of the debate to a
It was held on August 7, and is held each every phase of the preparation. The man in Assassination of Simon Petlura,” Saul S. higher plane as he eloquently presented the
year on the first Saturday in August. What charge of tickets was from India, the food Friedman reviewed the evidence presented case for a reappraisal of Symon Petliura and
makes it unique, are the efforts of so many server was German and the stagehand was at the trial of Sholom Schwartzbard, the Ukrainian-Jewish relations.”
non-Ukrainians, who spent endless hours in Afro-American. Jewish anarchist who shot Petliura dead on Dr. Abramson writes that, in “the spirit
preparation: dancers, singers, cooks, stage- What a great tribute to Ukrainians! a Paris street on May 25, 1926, and con- of adversarial scholarly debate,” Jewish
builders, costume-designers, sign-makers. These hard-working people of Springfield cluded that the acquittal was understand- Social Studies invited the rebuttal of Zosa
This community of many nations becomes honored and recognized our language, his- able, perhaps even just. Otaman Petliura Sjakowski, a longstanding proponent of the
tory and traditions in such a beautiful way, was guilty of crimes against humanity, Jewish interpretation. The latter employed
Ukrainian for one day.
yet so many, of Ukrainian descent, have for- according to Dr. Friedman’s commentary. “inflammatory language” in his response
When the Oregon Slavonic Choir sang
gotten or don’t have time to carry on such Dr. Friedman dismissed both Ukrainians which forced the debate to regress “to
the Ukrainian national anthem, my soul
traditions. Sometimes, it takes “foreigners” and Jews who testified on behalf of the increasingly bitter personal attacks in subse-
stirred. I saw faces from many nations and
to preserve Ukraine’s rich heritage. prosecution at Mr. Shwartzbard’s trial as quent issues.” Unfortunate, but no surprise.
the director of the choir from Korea, With the publication of his book, Dr.
I thank this West coast community, in the biased or as “lackeys of the nationalist
singing familiar words, beautifully and pho- pogromchiks.” The notion that an inordi- Abramson has once again elevated the
netically, in Ukrainian. They included memory of my Ukrainian parents, and
grandparents who struggled so hard to nate number of Jews in Ukraine were debate regarding Otaman Petliura to a
works of Taras Shevchenko and Ukrainian Bolsheviks was discarded as a “canard.” scholarly level. After reviewing the
folksongs. reach America for a better life.
The certainty that Mr. Shwartzbard had Ukrainian leader’s early life, he concludes
The many young dancers were also not Halia Pushkar, once served in a Red Army unit was of no that Petliura was hardly an anti-Semite, that
Ukrainian, yet their families had spent end- Cos Bay, Oregon consequence; the idea that Moscow was “he was in no way the ‘architect’ of the
behind the assassination was “ludicrous.” pogroms,” and that directives condemning
The fact that most of the pogroms were the pogroms in 1919 were effective:
committed by the White Russian armies “recorded pogroms dropped by 37 percent
ACTION ITEM and independent war lords in no way asso- in April and 85 percent in May.” Although
ciated with the Ukrainian goverment was Petliura had no personal responsibility for
Dear Colleagues:
also ignored. Petliura was a mass murderer, the Jewish massacres, he was head of state,
The editorial in the October 9 issue of The Ukrainian Weekly outlines a crisis for the and Schwartzbard acted “as an instrument and for that reason, Dr. Abramson con-
North American Ukrainian diaspora and indirectly for Ukraine. The Ukrainian Weekly has of humanity’s conscience.” cludes, “he must be held accountable for the
been an excellent source of information for the diaspora, and especially for the younger Led by Henri Torres, a renowned actions of his army, despite his relative lack
generation. Jewish-French jurist, the Schwartzbard of control over them.”
Equally important for our purposes, this English-language newspaper has been an defense team won acquittal by cleverly The major questions in the Petliura affair
immensely vital source of information and a paper of record concerning Ukrainian and shifting the trial focus from its client to the revolve around culpability and Jewish
North American diaspora issues, and it has communicated this information to the non- person of Petliura, arguing that he: had Bolsheviks. Did Petliura have control over
Ukrainian audiences we need to reach, mainly the U.S. Congress. orchestrated the pogroms; enjoyed the loy- his so-called army (which included inde-
Time and time again, even when the Associated Press or other news agencies carried sto- alty of Ukrainian troops who killed Jews pendent otamans of the most disreputable
ries about Ukraine, these news items and articles were not picked up by newspapers in the while screaming “for Ukraine and Petlura”; type) at a time when his entire government
United States. Only The Ukrainian Weekly has been a consistent source of information had total control over the army. All his was confined to a moving railroad car? Is it
about Ukraine. We are not writing to denigrate Svoboda, but we feel that the inertia that has directives (especially Order 131), warning possible that the Jewish-Bolshevik connec-
led to the disintegration of The Weekly’s financial resources has got to be halted and turned troops that anyone found guilty of killing tion is not a canard? In his book “Red
around. The continued existence of The Weekly is equally, if not more, important for the innocent Jews would be executed, were Victory: A History of the Russian Civil
overall destiny of Ukrainian-American relations than is Svoboda. ineffective, mere window dressing to War”, Prof. W. Bruce Lincoln addresses
Because The Weekly is professionally written, objective, non-partisan, inclusive and impress the Western powers. Even those both questions.
nonsectarian, it is an excellent forum for public debate. We often say that we want unity in pogromists in the Ukrainian army who “Too much of Petliura’s regime seemed
the Ukrainian diaspora and in Ukraine, but it is important to remember that the concept of were executed, Dr. Friedman suggests, can artificial and contrived,” he writes. “As the
democracy is not defined by a homogeneous “unity,” but by a respect for its very opposite – not be attributed to Petliura. “He did noth- Directory failed to replace the strict regula-
for plurality. The Ukrainian Weekly is an excellent example of plurality of opinion which ing to prevent the killing of Jews, even tions of Skoropadsky” [Petliura’s predeces-
shows U.S. legislators that we are a thriving, dynamic, professional and thinking communi- when it was within his province to do so.” sor as ruler of Ukraine], government control
ty, engaged in supporting our ancestral homeland and the best ideals of democracy. By the On February 28, 1958, the French televi- collapsed. Without any effective central
same token, it is an excellent means of building consensus and combined community effort. sion series “En Votre Ame et Conscience” government, local chiefs established petty
Therefore, we urge all members to do the following: 1) write letters to The Weekly call- continued the demonization process with a tyrannies in Kharkov, Poltava,
ing on its publisher, the Ukrainian National Association, to restructure the newspaper’s program devoted to the Schwartzbard Affair Ekaterinoslav, Chernobyl, Radomysl and
budget to allow it the funds it deserves, 2) ask others in your community to do the same; 3) featuring Henri Torres. Despite vehement Chernigov [sic] and these neither enforced
order a gift subscription to The Weekly for someone you know; 4) donate to The Ukrainian protests from leading Ukrainians through- the policies of the Directory nor even
Weekly Press Fund; 5) advertise in The Weekly. Please act without delay. out the world, no effort was made to later agreed with them ... all these local regimes
present the Ukrainian perspective. The pro- despised outside authority and hated the
– submitted by Ihor Gawdiak, president, gram was a precursor of the infamous Jews.” So much for Petliura’s influence
Ukrainian American Coordinating Council. October 23, 1994, “60 Minutes” broadcast, over local anti-Semitic war lords.
“The Ugly Face of Freedom.” As for Jewish involvement with the
Over the years intrepid Ukrainian schol- Soviets, Prof. Lincoln explains: “Always
ars have come to the defense of Symon anxious to use hatreds to advantage,
Petliura, arguing that he was the victim of Dzerzhinskyi [Soviet head of the Cheka, the
To The Weekly Contributors:
We greatly appreciate the materials – feature articles, news stories, press clippings, letters to
pestilential slander. Among them was secret police], placed Jews in seven of the
the editor, and the like – we receive from our readers. In order to facilitate preparation of The
Rutgers professor Taras Hunczak who Cheka’s 10 top positions and saw to it that
somehow managed to have his views pub- Jews made up nearly 80 percent of the
Ukrainian Weekly, we ask that the guidelines listed below be followed.

® News stories should be sent in not later than 10 days after the occurrence of a given lished in the journal Jewish Social Studies rank-and-file Cheka agents in the Ukraine.”
event. in 1969. In his article he reiterated two sig- Cheka brutality in Ukraine is well-docu-
® All materials must be typed (or legibly hand-printed) and double-spaced. nificant points: 1) Petliura was a humanist mented.
® Photographs (originals only, no photocopies oir computer printouts) submitted for publica- who tried to protect the Jews; 2) the various The Petliura puzzle comprises but a
tion must be accompanied by captions. Photos will be returned only when so requested invasions of Ukraine, but especially the small fraction of Dr. Abramson’s book.
and accompanied by a stamped, addressed envelope. Bolshevik onslaught, created the kind of Reading it, one quickly concludes that there
® Full names (i.e., no initials) and their correct English spellings must be provided. anarchy among the masses that made it is much about Jewish-Ukrainian relations
® Newspaper and magazine clippings must be accompanied by the name of the publication
impossible for Petliura to govern. during the days of the first Ukrainian repub-
and the date of the edition.
Today, the Hunczak perspective is finally lic that is more positive than both Jews and
® Information about upcoming events must be received one week before the date of The
being considered by some Jewish scholars Ukrainians are willing to admit. It is for that
who appear willing to reassess their views. reason that Harvard has provided both com-
Weekly edition in which the information is to be published.

munities with a true service.


® Persons who submit any materials must provide a daytime phone number where they
may be reached if any additional information is required. In the recently published “A Prayer for the
® Unsolicited materials submitted for publication will be returned only when so requested Government: Ukrainians and Jews in
and accompanied by a stamped, addressed envelope. Revolutionary Times, 1917-1920”, a mono- Myron Kuropas’ e-mail address is:
graph published jointly by Harvard’s mbkuropas@compuserve.com
8 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999 No. 50

With great sorrow we announce that on Sunday, December 5, 1999, Ukrainian Heritage Foundation
Dr. Roman A. Hnatiw
at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, N.J., after a brief illness

ceases its existence, awards grants


passed away at the age of 48. CLEVELAND – The Ukrainian records, photographs, etc., that they would
Heritage Foundation brought its existence like to contribute to the museum are asked
He was born in Newark, N.J. After graduating from high school, he to a close here on August 14. to contact the museum at 1202 Kenilworth
attended and graduated from Rutgers University and the In attendance at the executive board Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113.
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Dental School. meeting were President Eugene Woloshyn At the foundation’s final meeting,
of Poland, Ohio; Helen Shipka, vice-presi-
He also studied religious history in Italy. He enjoyed traveling, his-
tory, meteorology, the arts and his many hobbies. After graduat- President Woloshyn expressed thanks to all
ing from medical school, he moved to Chicago, Ill., where he had dent, of Cleveland, Ohio; Estelle Woloshyn, officers, members and contributors over the
his dental practice for five years. He then moved to Irvington, N.J., and started his dental secretary, of Poland, Ohio; Ann past years, adding “Vichnaia Pamiat” (eter-
practice in Manville, N.J., which he has had for the past 15 years. He was a resident of Maksymowich, treasurer, of Miami Beach, nal memory) to those who had passed away.
Manville, N.J., for the past 11 years. He practiced both general and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Fla.; Marian Senyk, art director, of Largo, For more information, Mr. Woloshyn
Hnatiw had dental licenses in New Jersey, Illinois, Florida, New Hapshire and Michigan. He Fla.; and Advisors Steve Zenczak and may be reached at (330) 726-1937.

The Weekly gets grant


started teaching in 1983 at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He was Judge Andrew Boyko, both of Cleveland.
an Assistant Professor at UMDNJ for the past 15 years.
The foundation had been established at a
Dr. Hnatiw taught Clinical and Preclinical Operative Dentistry as well as Dental Anatomy. He reunion of the Ukrainian Youth League of
was also Course Director for Freshman Operative Dentistry for the past several years. Dr. North America in 1983, by former mem-
Hnatiw was also involved in research programs at UMDNJ. He was a member of The bers and officers who attended the
American Dental Association, The New Jersey Dental Alumni Association, The New Jersey UYLNA’s golden anniversary celebration PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Along with a press
Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry and The Ukrainian National at Soyuzivka. The foundation announced in release announcing the decisions of its last
Association. its mission statement that it was “dedicated executive board meeting, President Eugene
The viewing hours were held on Thursday, December 9, 1999, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
to preserving Ukrainian culture.” Woloshyn of the Ukrainian Heritage
at the Ketusky Funeral Home, 1310 Brooks Blvd., Manville, N.J. Parastas was at 7:30 p.m. The Toward that end, the foundation pro- Foundation enclosed a check for $500
funeral was held on Friday, at 8 a.m. from the Ketusky Funeral Home, followed by a 10:30 a.m. duced a video that documents the contribu- made out to The Ukrainian Weekly. Thus,
funeral liturgy at St. John’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Newark, N.J. tions of Vasile Avramenko to the preserva- The Weekly became one of the many
tion of Ukrainian folk dances in North organizations (as reported above) that have
Burial was held at St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery in South Bound Brook, N.J. America. This video and accompanying benefited from the UHF’s largess.
posters have been widely distributed at no In a note to the editor-in-chief, Mr.
In deep sorrow, charge to Ukrainian dance groups, schools, Woloshyn suggested that news of this grant,
wife – Irene Hnatiw universities and libraries. which has been forwarded to The Ukrainian
mother – Oksana Savoyka Miz Recently, grants totaling over $20,000 Weekly Press Fund, “might be used as an
in-laws – Roman and Jaroslawa Kuzma were awarded to various organizations for example for other organizations to con-
brother-in-law – Roman Kuzma projects or efforts that would have been tribute.”
uncles – Borys Jarymowycz and family in Munich, Germany unlikely to occur without the foundation’s The Ukrainian Weekly Editor-in-Chief
Taras and Lidia Hajduczok support. Roma Hadzewycz thanked Mr. Woloshyn
The Cleveland Ukrainian Museum has
Lew and Nina and family
ants – Vera Savoyka and all the officers of the Ukrainian
Tania Pachowska been chosen as the repository for all records Heritage Foundation in her report before
sister – Nadia nee Parusewych of the Ukrainian Heritage Foundation. the annual meeting of the General
many close relatives and friends in United States and Ukraine
Former members of the Ukrainian Youth Assembly of the Ukrainian National
League of North America who have any Association.
Eternal memory

The leadership of the Ukrainian Heritage Foundation: (from left) Advisors Steve
Zenczak and Judge Andrew Boyko, Treasurer Ann Maksymowich, President
Eugene Woloshyn, Secretary Estelle Woloshyn, Art Director Marian Senyk and
Vice-President Helen Shipka.
No. 50 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999 9

FOR THE RECORD: President Kuchma’s inauguration address


Published below is the full text of another based on their political sympa- dynamic movement in the future. I ent reasons, but first and foremost, in the
President Leonid Kuchma’s inauguration thies or preferences. believe that it is necessary for me, partic- interests of strengthening the structure of
address, delivered on November 30 at the In fact, November 14 became the sec- ularly as the president of the Ukrainian the state. It is from this angle that I will
Ukraina Palace of Culture. The English- ond All-Ukrainian referendum that testi- nation, to stress this. I believe that more be considering my every decision and
language text was released in Washington fied to the fact that our society would not than anything else we need to preserve action, as well as everything that is done
by the Embassy of Ukraine. venture aside, it would never change the and augment the resources of stability, in the state and society.
course it had chosen eight years ago on harmony and understanding, as well as to My efforts will be concentrated on
PART I December 1, 1991. sustain a conducive political climate. simultaneous resolution of urgent as well
I sincerely thank all the Ukrainian as potential problems. I intend to put for-
Fellow countrymen, The energy of the first push, which
people for their active involvement and ward the principles of economic and
Honored foreign guests, helped us move ahead, painfully over-
for their patriotic approach to the elec- social policies for the years 2000 through
tions, as well as for their understanding coming ourselves and inevitable and real
Ukraine, together with all humankind, difficulties, is receding. It needs to be 2004 in my annual message to the
is nearing the epochal threshold, behind and support of the incumbent president. Ukrainian people, which I will deliver
I have been honest before God and the recharged. Such impulses can be generat-
which lies the 21st century and the third ed by the sense of community among the before the Verkhovna Rada. In view of
millennium. people, being sincere and open about the that, I will concentrate only on key points.
uneasy realities of our life. I did not people, united around the common
On the eve of this chronological mile- In the economy, we will accelerate the
promise and could not promise sweet national idea. I consider this as a neces-
stone we are crossing an important and resolution of imperative fundamental
illusions, instant resolution of all prob- sary precondition for resolving my defin- tasks of the transitional period. These are
historic Rubicon.
It is within this context that we must lems that were piling up for many ing and fundamental task – to improve to amass and utilize the potential for eco-
view and assess the expression of will of decades. the welfare and life of the people. I place nomic growth, to accumulate critical
the Ukrainian people during the recent I believe that the fact that you, my first the human, social dimension, which
presidential elections. countrymen, have made this choice until now has been overlooked for differ- (Continued on page 21)
stands as proof to the result of your wis-

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hood. adequate decisions and actions. The fol-
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status of one of the Soviet republics to a today.
fully independent existence, to interna- First, Ukraine will never reject its
tional recognition and to the height of independence and will not return to the
European and global politics. previous political and economic system.
Today, on the eve of a new century and Second, having placed a full stop after
a new millennium, we can justly say: we our past, we, nevertheless, do not discard
are an enduring, freedom-loving and any of its pages. Nor do we renounce our
strong people. own history. Historical memory and
We are a people that managed to with- understanding of who we are and where
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cious heat of revolutions, two devastating state and glue the nation. Without such
world wars, civil strife, merciless famines awareness, the younger generation will
and repressions. We are a people, who have difficulties building and leading into
took upon itself the blow from Chornobyl the future the country, which possesses
and shielded humankind from the global every prerequisite to occupy a pertinent
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We are a people that have come to see nity.
itself as one whole. The young generation voted precisely
These elections have for the first time for this at the elections. Without such an
not brought about any ideological split understanding we would weaken the con-
either along the Zbruch River, or the nection between generations, would lose
Dnipro River, or the Perekope Isthmus the support of elder people, who fought
(Crimea), or any other line. It has not for Ukraine, built up its might and glory.
caused any unyielding estrangement of I am confident that building on this we
different regions of Ukraine from one will find common language and ensure
Ukrainian World Congress presidium hears
10 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999 No. 50

Holiday Greetings ‘99 reports on human rights, NGOs, Olympics


by Andrij Kudla Wynnyckyj the issue of precedent thus being set, and
the UWC’s Chief Financial Officer,
TORONTO – Five months after the
William Sametz, expressed reservations
Continue Your Tradition...
event, Ukrainian World Congress President
about the extent of the sum, Mr. Lozynskyj
Use the UNA publications to send holiday
Christmas in Ukraine-

Askold Lozynskyj officially informed


offered assurances that he would personally
greetings and wishes of goodwill, pros- members of the diaspora body’s presidium
see to it that sufficient funds would be
that he had been kidnapped during a visit to
perity and the season’s blessings. Please Kyiv in May. He declined to specify the
raised in the wider community in a separate
note, to accommodate all of our advertis-
1995 •

campaign.
date of the occurrence.
Vitaliy Lytvyn, Toronto,

ers and the many holiday obligations and At a meeting of the UWC’s presidium
Thus bolstered, the CHCR intends to
lobby various national governments and
deadlines, we must strictly observe the held at its headquarters here on October 15-
international agencies in defense of the
following dates... 16, Mr. Lozynskyj recounted, at the insis-
rights of Ukrainians in Poland (on the issue
tence of incredulous presidium members,
ON,

of reparations and redress for repressions


P UBLICATION D ATES & D EADLINES
Ukraine

that he was kidnapped for several hours by


two individuals, driven around the committed during the Akcja Wisla in the
Ukrainian capital at gunpoint, and told not 1940s) and Russia (concerning the expro-
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should be issued and that the incident be ment to mount an effort to have the famine-
investigated and reported to the UWC. genocide of 1932-1933 officially recog-
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travels to Ukraine should be aware that it is genocides perpetrated in the 20th century,
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the use of food as a weapon.
Other travels
Irena Kurowyckyj, speaking as repres-
Philadelphia, Chicago, Sacramento
Mr. Lozynskyj also reported on his sum- ntative of the World Federation of
mer travels to Ukrainian communities in Ukrainian Women’s Organizations, report-
Toronto, Montreal, Alberta, Manitoba
Kazakstan, Russia and Uzbekistan, as well ed on procedures involved in getting reso-
as his eventful visit to Kyiv. While dismiss- lutions to the attention of U.N. delegates,
ing the meetings with the Ukrainian World and in securing recognition at the world
Coordinating Committee executive as “pre- body’s Economic and Social Council.
dictably unproductive,” the UWC president Ms. Kurowyckyj pointed out that while
encouraged the presidium to continue pay- non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
ing $4,500 (Canadian) in membership dues such as the UWC are given a wide berth for
to the Kyiv-based body. activism on issues concerning the present
He also quieted Ukrainian Canadian day, matters of history such as the famine-
Congress President Eugene Czolij’s con- genocide require the sponsorship of a
cerns that claims for “outstanding dues” national government.
would be made by the UWCC. At Mr.
Czolij’s prompting, it was agreed that the Sports difficulties
UWC would seek assistance from a UWC Sports Commissioner Laryssa
Ukraine-based jurist in drafting a set of by- Barabash Temple reported on the various
laws for the UWCC that were acceptable to difficulties faced by Ukraine’s Olympic
the UWC and that would take into account movement.
the shifting sands of Ukraine’s legal sys- Among the preparations for the upcom-
tem. ing summer Olympiad in Sydney, are sig-
The UWC president’s insistence on nals from the Ukrainian side and from
“bringing some form of monetary gift” to
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INTERVIEW: Ukrainian World Congress President Askold Lozynskyj
No. 50 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999 11

The interview below with Ukrainian tal. Then you have a large population in the to be quite attractive to them. very strongly. They haven’t; most of the
World Congress President Askold Lozynskyj Urals, Ekaterinburg, Zelenyi Klyn. Turning to Kazakstan, there are different noise was made by the Ukrainian Orthodox
was conducted by Andrij Kudla Wynnyckyj issues. Kazaks find themselves a minority in Church – Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP).
at the UWC’s headquarters in Toronto fol- To what extent is their situation com- their own country. There are actually more It seems that some moves have been
lowing the diaspora umbrella body’s most parable to Ukrainians in the Baltic coun- ethnic Russians than Kazaks, many of made to placate the UOC-KP now, as they
recent presidium meeting. tries – that they’re taken for Russians, or whom have been scattered in other coun- have been assigned some new buildings,
even try to act like Russians? tries, and the government is making an some converted army barracks, but the
On their face, your travels to the effort to repatriate them. cathedral remains in the hands of the
Particularly in Uzbekistan there is
Ukrainian communities in Russia, Ukrainians are fourth on the list behind Moscow Patriarchate. The matter is still
tremendous animosity towards Russians
Kazakstan and Uzbekistan broke new Germans in terms of ethnic background, pending, and we at the UWC intend to
from the indigenous population, so to com-
ground in terms of the reach of the and by and large they are treated well. They make an issue of it.
pensate for past discrimination all
Ukrainian World Congress. How would were also positive about the president, I had the opportunity to meet a renowned
“Russians,” or Slavs, are being removed
you assess them? Nursultan Nazarbayev, who also happens to veteran Russian dissident, Gleb Yakunin. I
from various posts and replaced by Uzbeks.
be considered a thug in the West, but they went in thinking that perhaps the Ukrainians
It was all very interesting. Overall, the By extension, Ukrainians are suffering in had over-reacted, making a mountain out of
impressed upon me that Asian cultural
Ukrainian communities in the three coun- this regard, but those with whom I spoke a molehill, but Mr. Yakunin set me straight.
approaches to democracy are different.
tries I visited are vibrant, some are experi- don’t mind, because they manage to leave He said, and I quote: “The greatest
In Kazakstan, there is one umbrella
encing economic malaise, but in terms of on good terms. They don’t feel discriminat- weapon that Russian imperialists have is the
organization, the Association of Ukrainians
national consciousness and cultural well- ed against. I was surprised how much praise Russian Orthodox Church – Moscow
of Kazakstan, chaired by Mykhailo Parypsa
being, they have considerable vitality. they extended to President Islam Karimov, Patriarchate.” He told me that the govern-
from Pavlodar. The various constituent
They’re all very different, however. In who is essentially a dictator. ment continually hides behind the ostensible
groups fight among each other constantly –
Kazakstan, active members of the commu- it appears they’ve brought over the political separation between Church and state.
It wasn’t of the “all hail our leader,
nity are essentially descendants of former whoever he may be now” variety? splits that existed in western Ukraine. Since following up on this issue took up
gulag inmates, prisoners, exiles of concen- The community is scattered among four most of my time, unfortunately I wasn’t
tration camps – essentially people who No, I thought it was genuine. We met cities: Almaty, the former capital; Astana, able to travel out to the provinces. Moscow
came from western Ukraine. Their national with Uzbek government officials, they gave the current capital; Karaganda; and is entirely different from the rest of Russia,
awareness is at the highest level of the three, a party in my name. The contacts that have Pavlodar. They recently erected a monu- a different world altogether. I met with peo-
but they are very poor. developed between the Ukrainian commu- ment with the assistance of the Ukrainian ple from the outlying regions, and they’re in
In Uzbekistan, they don’t speak nity and the government are very good and Congress Committee of America to com- much greater economic need. With 75 per-
Ukrainian at all. They resettled there for at the highest level. memorate the women who led an uprising cent of the country’s wealth concentrated in
myriad reasons, including economic. They Uzbek government officials appeared at in the Kingir concentration camp in the the capital, that leaves 25 percent for 11
are significantly better off because the coun- the eighth anniversary of Ukrainian inde- early 1950s time zones. Unfortunately, 95 percent of the
try has gold. In the case of the Ukrainian pendence and participated in the program. In Russia, the biggest problem is that it Ukrainian community in Russia lives out-
central organization’s president, Stanislav Uzbek artists also took part, singing seems Ukrainians have absorbed the pre- side the capital.
Mantsurov-Kovryhenko, he was brought Ukrainian songs. One of the leading sculp- vailing Great Russian mentality that Slavs
there as an orphan, taken along by those tors in Uzbekistan is a Ukrainian. There is a are all brothers with Russians as elders. There has been a recent movement to
retreating from the Nazi advance in 1941. tremendous amount of good feeling Most Ukrainians, particularly those in push “foreign elements” out of Moscow.
When Ukraine became independent, he between the two people. Moscow, would rather not rock the boat. Have Ukrainians fallen prey to that?
started searching for his roots and discov- When I returned to North America, I met In my opinion, that’s why the situation As far as I know, many former Ukrainian
ered that his real surname was Ukrainian. with a member of the Uzbek community in [over the expropriated Ukrainian Orthodox residents were moved out by the Soviet
Russia is a potpourri of different charac- New York, and have spoken to officials at Cathedral] in Noginsk happened. The regime, to the gulag. Others left to work in
ters. There are those who went there the Uzbek Consulate. The GUUAM Russian Orthodox Church was simply sure regions such as the Tiumen Oblast.
because it was convenient or they were fol- Concept [the alliance of Georgia, Ukraine, that neither the Ukrainian government nor
lowing their ambition, moving to the capi- Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Moldova] appears the local Ukrainian community would react (Continued on page 16)

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of Detroit and Windsor celebrated their Ukrainian community by recognizing
60th anniversary on November 7 with a achievements with scholarship awards.
reception followed by a luncheon at the Beginning with a modest one-semester
Ukrainian Cultural Center.
scholarship in 1941, the scholarship pro-
This year seven students, all of whom
gram has expanded to disburse, by 1993,
were entering college, were presented
15 scholarships with a total value of
with scholarships. Guests also were hon-
$6,000.
ored by the presence of Myron and
The success and stability of the schol-
Sophie (Storoz) Kasey, the only remain-
arship program was assured in 1969
ing charter members of the original
organization. A musical interlude at the when Ray Sepell attained tax-exempt sta-
reception was provided by Darryl Zusko, tus for the Scholarship Fund. Generous
pianist, his sister Dara-Lynn Zusko, vio- donations by Mr. Sepell, Joe Gurski, Ted
linist. Geleney, Archie Corsa and others led the
On October 9, 1939, a group or way to building the Scholarship Fund.
Ukrainian university graduates met at On many occasions the scholarship offer-
Wayne State University and founded the ings were enriched by the provisions of
Ukrainian Graduates of Detroit and small loans to needy students or by fea-
Windsor. This organization, dedicated to turing special memorial scholarships.
the interests of the Ukrainian community During the past five years alone, 21
in the Detroit and Windsor area, has scholarships totaling $7,800 have been Among the recipients of 1999 scholarships from the Ukrainian Graduates of
flourished throughout the past 60 years. awarded to deserving students. Detroit and Windsor are: (from left) Jennifer Ann Clogg, David C. Dobryden,
In 1964 the organization was incorporat- The main focus of the Scholarship Adriana Kuropas, Emily Nora Sawka and Vera Maria Slywynsky. On the right is
ed as a non-profit organization in Program, however, is directed at graduat- Serafina Marzotto, chairperson of the Scholarship Committee.
Michigan. ing high school students. Scholarships of
$300 to $500 are awarded to applicants University in Rome; St. Andrew’s ated and has continued to the present day.
Two objectives have inspired the orga- The Ukrainian of the Year Award is pre-
with excellent scholarly achievements College in Winnipeg; the Ukrainian
nization’s existence: the promotion of the sented annually at the anniversary ban-
cultural interchange of ideas and fellow- and participation in the Ukrainian com- Studies Book Fund for the University of
munity. Windsor Library; the Ukrainian Studies quet. The recipients of the Ukrainian of
ship among its members and their com- the Year award included not only
munity, and the encouragement of stu- Over the years. both individual mem- Fund supporting Ukrainian courses at the
Wayne State University, as well as the activists in the Detroit-Windsor commu-
dents of Ukrainian descent in their pur- bers and the club itself have organized
establishment of a Ukrainian Room at the nity, but also those from farther afield.
suit of higher learning through scholar- drives and made donations to support
university; and the School of Ukrainian This year the Ukrainian of the Year
ships, bursaries and loans. Ukrainian studies at various institutions.
Award went to Dr. Alexander List of
The Scholarship Program is the pride These included the Harvard Ukrainian Language and Culture in Warren, Mich.
Windsor, Ontario. Dr. List is a long-time
and joy of the Ukrainian Graduates Club, Studies Chair Endowment Fund; the In 1955 the practice of awarding spe-
member of the graduates, and last year’s
and its members have sustained a special Ukrainian Free University in Munich, cial honors to a person of Ukrainian
effort to encourage the Ukrainian youth Germany; the Ukrainian Catholic descent for community service was initi- (Continued on page 20)
14 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999 No. 50

be blue and have a high value of 3 krone. partisan skirmishes continued in the
On the upper part of the stamp, under the mountains for another month.
F O C US ON PHI L AT E LY name “Cesko-Slovensko”, would be the Interestingly, the design of the church
Ukrainian inscription of “Karpatska at Yasinia was used a third time. In 1943,
by Ingert Kuzych Ukraina” (Carpatho-Ukraine). Along the a Red Cross souvenir sheet was issued by

The wooden church of Yasinia


bottom, between the values, would be the the Czecho-Slovak government-in-exile
commemorative announcement: “l.SOIM based in London. The sheet, released at a
2.III.1939” or “First National Assembly, stamp exhibit marking the 25th anniver-
March 2, 1939.” The date corresponded sary of Czecho-Slovak independence,
to the scheduled opening of the Soim in shows the Yasinia church in the lower
The author dedicates this column to Background on the stamp issue Khust (Ruthenia’s capital). Special com- right (Figure 4). Although the central
Andrij Solczanyk, the dean of Ukrainian memorative cancellations also were pre- stamp vignette is the same as in the previ-
During early February 1939, the daily ous two issues of 1928 and 1939, a num-
philatelic topical collectors, in apprecia- pared for the stamp release, which would
press and certain philatelic magazines in ber of changes were made in the frame
tion for his many years of unstinting serv- take place simultaneously in Khust and in
Czecho-Slovakia published news items design.
ice to the hobby as an indefatigable the national capital of Prague. A total of
about the proposed issuance of a stamp to
researcher, writer and exhibitor. 200,000 completed stamps were sent to A description of the stamp subject
commemorate the opening of the first
Khust on March 1, and a further 100,000
Spot quiz: Which province (oblast) in Carpatho-Ukrainian National Assembly The building depicted on the Yasinia
a few days later (see Figure 2); 600,000
Ukraine is renowned for its lovely wood- (Soim) in Khust. This part of eastern stamps is the Church of the Ascension
were retained in Prague.
ed mountain vistas, while at the same Czecho-Slovakia (referred to as Ruthenia On February 12, 1939, elections to the with its prominent bell tower (on the left).
time being one of the poorest areas of the by the Czechs), although overwhelmingly Carpatho-Ukrainian Assembly saw the A Ukrainian account of the origin of
country, dependent largely on raising populated by Ukrainians, had opted to overwhelming victory of candidates from Yasinia and its church was translated into
livestock? If you answered Zakarpattia, join the Czecho-Slovak state in 1919, in the Ukrainian National Union, a coalition English by Andrij Solczanyk and includ-
you are right. part to escape from the turmoil and fight- of Ukrainian parties seeking national self- ed in the Marian Philatelist of May 1969;
But did you know that just prior to ing on the rest of Ukrainian lands. government. Alarmed, the Prague leader- it is this latter version that is quoted
World War II and during the close of the Autonomy was promised, but consistently ship refused to permit the Soim to con- below:
conflict, this area was the independent deferred by Prague; it was not until 1938 vene on March 2. Outside forces, howev- “Archaeological investigations and his-
country of Carpatho-Ukraine and that it that self-governance was granted as part er, soon altered the situation. toric documents demonstrate that the vil-
issued its own postage stamps? of a federated Czecho-Slovakia. Czecho-Slovakia, already partially dis- lage [site] has been in existence for over
This article will focus on Carpatho- Over the course of the next several membered by the Munich Agreement of 4,000 years. A story told by inhabitants
Ukraine’s very first stamp, an attractive weeks in February 1939, more details of September 1938, began its total dissolu- states that in 1535 Ivan Struk traveled
issue showing the wooden church in the stamp became known. The design was tion on Tuesday, March 14, 1939, when from Galicia (Halychyna) to Hungary to
Yasinia. The story behind the creation of to be a modified version of a red, 60 Slovakia declared itself independent. That purchase sheep. On the way back, cross-
this issue, as well as the subject of the haleru Czecho-Slovak stamp first issued same evening, the government of ing the Carpathian Mountains, he came to
stamp itself, are both quite fascinating. in 1928 (Figure 1). The new stamp was to Carpatho-Ukraine followed suit in Khust. the gorge of Yasinia and was caught there,
On the following day the declaration was under the Bukovynka Mountains, by
ratified and various state-founding laws severe winter weather. Since he and his
were passed. Msgr. Augustine Voloshyn shepherds had only light clothing, they
was elected president of the new country. were forced to flee, leave the sheep, and
On the morning of the March 15, return to Galicia. Ivan Struk, presuming
President Voloshyn forwarded a hand- his sheep had perished, returned to skin
written decree to the Khust post office them the following spring. When he and
ordering the commemorative stamp to be his companions entered the gorge, they
put on sale. At around 10:30 a.m., the found, much to their surprise, that the
post office telegraphed Prague, informing sheep were alive and the herd had actual-
it of the situation and suggesting that it ly increased [in size] with the arrival of
should also put the stamps on sale. The lambs. The shepherds perceived this as a
600,000 new stamps were made available magnificent gift of God. In thanksgiving,
at the philatelic section in Prague on Ivan Struk built a wooden bell tower from
FIGURE 1: A 1928 Czecho-Slovak FIGURE 2: Carpatho-Ukraine’s first March 15 and sold out in about 10 days. nearby ash trees. In Ukrainian, the ash is
stamp first showed the wooden church stamp was used in the capital of Khust Meanwhile, back in Khust, even while called yasen. From the word yasen came
at Yasinia. for only two days, March 15-16, 1939. the Carpatho-Ukrainian Assembly was the name of the village, Yasinia.
setting about founding a new state, battles “In 1557, the companions of Ivan
were being fought only seven miles away. Struk settled on the slopes of the
The Hungarian army had demanded the Bukovynka Mountains and at the same
capitulation of Carpatho-Ukraine and had time constructed a church. The wooden
begun an invasion when its terms were structure – erected without any wedges –
refused. was strengthened by bolts in the 19th cen-
The face value on the Carpatho- tury. The church pictured on the stamp is
Ukraine stamp, 3 Krone, was sufficient to still preserved today. Inside are four
send letters by registered mail; by the end icons: one represents the Crucifixion of
of the morning of March 15 about 1,800 Jesus Christ, the second and third show
registered articles had been handed in. the Apostles, and the fourth depicts the
The registered mail could not be dis- Mother of God. Traditionally, only the
patched since the only possible route to faithful who lived on the right bank of the
the west, the Khust-Presov highway, was Chorna Tysa River (i.e., on the bank on
no longer functioning. However, it which the church is located) were buried
appears that at least one shipment of ordi- in the cemetery.”
nary mail did get through by bus to Although the chronicle is charming, I
Presov in Slovakia before the highway was initially skeptical of its reliability
since a number of other sources I had
was cut.
checked mentioned 1824 as the year of
By 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 16,
construction. Consultations with Titus
1939, Khust was occupied by the
Hewryk, author of “Masterpieces in
Hungarian military; the first mail released
Wood – Houses of Worship in Ukraine,”
by them was sent from Khust to Berehiv
helped clarify matters. Acccording to his
on March 18. This dispatch also included
research, the church was indeed built in
all registered mail that had been handed
1824. However, he stressed that these
in on March 15. All the mail was then
facts do not disprove the traditional
sent to Budapest and forwarded from
account of the 16th century founding of
there to the addressees. The unsold
the church and village. Many wooden
remainder of the stamps in Khust, as well
structures have been rebuilt after decades
as the cash takings, were confiscated by or even centuries of exposure and use,
the Hungarian authorities. Examples of often in the shape of the original struc-
mailings from these first days of ture, though sometimes in a new style.
Carpatho-Ukrainian independence are The church at Yasinia, which is still
obviously highly valued and of consider- referred to as “‘The Struk Church,” was
able rarity (Figure 3). The stamp itself is most likely reconstructed in 1824, per-
far easier to obtain and retails for about haps reusing many original timbers. A
$10 U.S. hint of this rebuilding survives in the tra-
Just prior to the complete occupation ditional account which states that “the
of Khust, President Voloshyn and part of wooden structure ... was strengthened by
the government led the country. By bolts in the 19th century.”
FIGURE 3: A 1943 souvenir sheet released by the Czecho-Slovak government-in- March 20, most of Carpatho-Ukraine had
exile showed another version of the Yasinia church in the lower right. been occupied by Hungarian troops, but (Continued on page 20)
No. 50 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999 15

DATELINE NEW YORK: A tetrology for two violoncellos and soprano by Helen Smindak

Virko Baley’s newest composition, ing months. She will sing in “Katya various literary and consumer magazines
“Treny” (Laments) is filled with intense Kabanova” with the Miami and Montreal in New York, taught poetry privately,
emotion – the torment of the spirit, the operas, “Fedora” with the Palm Beach worked as a private investigator, and has
pain of loss and deprivation, at times Opera, Helena in Boito’s “Mefistofele” had several of her poems published inter-
anger and rage – and concludes with a with the Opera de Montreal, Dvorak’s nationally. Her latest oeuvre, titled
portion of a wake. A tetralogy for two “Requiem” with the New Jersey “Morning,” appeared in a recent issue of
violoncellos and soprano, inspired by a Symphony and Brahms’ “German Lungfull! magazine alongside Ms.
new bilingual edition of “Treny” by the Requiem” with the Flagstaff Symphony. Dlaboha’s original attempt (with revi-
Polish Renaissance poet Jan Ms. Khoma, like Ms. Krovytska is a sions) at describing a morning soliloquy
Kochanowski, published in 1995, native of Lviv, has been a recitalist and in free verse. She also performs on drum
received its world premiere during the soloist with orchestras around the world and vocals with the Carpathian folk band
Music at the Institute (MATI) concert on since winning top prizes at the Budapest Cheres; she and her husband, Cheres
November 20. Pablo Casals competitions and the director Andriy Milavsky, spent some
As the feature artists, world-renowned Markneukirchen and Tchaikovsky inter- weeks this past summer in Ukraine’s
cellists Natalia Khoma and Suren national competitions and first prize at Hutsul countryside searching for Hutsul
Bagratuni and the highly esteemed New the 1990 Belgrade International Cello folk instruments and costumes.
York City Opera diva Oksana Krovytska, Competition. Making her first public • Actress, model and film star Milia
gave expressive and physically intense appearance on television at the age of 10, Jovovich, who stars in the newly opened
performances. Ms. Khoma and Mr. she has been featured on numerous film “The Messenger: The Story of Joan
Bagratuni inspired awe as they phrased European radio and TV stations and on of Arc,” is pictured on the cover of Elle
somber solos and duets in the first three WNYC-FM in New York and WGBH- magazine’s December issue. The Kyiv-
“treny” with precision and tremendous FM in Boston. She is married to Mr. born star, described in advance movie
feeling. Although “Treny I” and “Treny Bagratuni, a native of Yerevan, Armenia, publicity as the only child of Russian
Ken Howard

II” were solos played by Ms. Khoma, a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician film star Galina Loginova and Yugoslav Virko Baley
Mr. Bagratuni’s cello supplied an incon- who has won acclaim for both his tradi- pediatrician Bogich Jovovich, made her
spicuous drone from time to time. The tional and contemporary repertoire. The film debut at age 9 in Disney’s TV movie harbored a Ukrainian actor among its
two joined forces in Treny II, a duet in two often perform together on recordings “Night Train To Kathmandu,” has been stars, “Dateline” asked the Barlow-
two parts, with the two cellos binding and at recitals. modeling since age 11 and began writing Hartman PR agency to name the artist in
into a single unit. songs at 15. The New York Times film question. In response, we received a bio
“Treny III,” which Mr. Baley critic Janet Maslin says Ms. Jovovich’s on Marc Kudisch (Chauvelin) and subse-
describes as “a monodic piece, a solilo- performance in “The Messenger” domi- quently reported that Mr. Kudisch was of
News in Brief
• Dmytro Bortniansky’s second opera Ukrainian ancestry. Turns out the actor is
quy, a stream of consciousness, elegies nates the film, but notes that the actress
“Alcide,” written while the young com- actually of Lithuanian and Polish stock.
of lamentation,” expressed the compos- “remains pedestrian and underwhelming,
poser was studying in Italy, was recorded A late-night stop at the Neil Simon
er’s grief over the death of composer with leadership qualities that are notice-
on two CD’s in Lviv last year through Theater on West 52nd Street for corrobo-
Borys Liatoshynsky (who played an ably dubious.” Elle magazine’s story, by
the collaborative efforts of two musical ration, following a concert at the
important role in Mr. Baley’s aesthetic David A. Keeps titled “Wild At Heart,”
groups in Lviv and one in France – the Ukrainian Institute of America, brought
development) and the loss of three per- touting her lucrative contract with
Gloriya Chamber Choir directed by us face to face with Mr. Kudisch outside
sons close to him – his mother, Lidia; L’Oreal and her careers as a singer-song-
Yaroslav Hnatovsky, the Leopolia the stage door. “Sorry, I’m not
Lydia Bondarenko (the wife of composer writer and an actress. Now estranged
Chamber Symphony Orchestra conduct- Ukrainian,” the actor told me with a
Valentin Silvestrov, a member of the from her husband, director Luc Besson,
ed by Yaroslav Myhal and the Orphina smile, but I’m pretty close to it.”
Kyiv Avant-Garde of innovative musi- she will next be seen in “Million Dollar
Society in France. Music critic Teodor • Definitely Ukrainian are women’s
cians); and Bruce Adams, his oldest Hotel” with Mel Gibson and Jeremy
Teren-Juskiw notes that the handwritten fashions spotted in the Petites section of
friend in Las Vegas. This portion ranged Daviies. The story is accompanied by a
score of the opera was discovered in a some New York department stores.
through variations in mood, from the British library and published in Kyiv in multi-page photo spread showing Ms.
sweetly sorrowful or fiery and ranging to Labels reading “Made in Ukraine/Hecho
1985. Look for the recording under the Jovovich in “casual chic” clothing and en Ucrania” have been seen on coordi-
tender and melancholy. title Dimitri Bortnianski, “Alcide” opera, jewelry fashions by designers Chanel,
Ms. Krovytska joined the two cellists nated charcoal-grey jacket and pants out-
World Premiere, 2 CD, EROL, France DKNY and Ralph Lauren. fits made by Amber Stone Petites and
in “Treny IV,” adding further excitement 1998. Dist. Disques Concord. • Following a tip last summer that the
to the masterful work. She gave words to smart-looking jackets by Braetan Petites.
• Lilia Dlaboha is a native New Yorker Broadway musical “The Scarlet Earlier this season Macy’s was offering
the laments as she sang Kochanowski’s whose parents came from Ukraine. She Pimpernel,” a classic story of romance,
tragic and translucent poetry in Polish in has worked as a newswire editor and on intrigue and swashbuckling adventure, (Continued on page 17)

Consulate General showcases Ukrainian music


a clear, powerfully projecting soprano.
Conveying deep feeling and pathos, she
sang excerpts like the “tren” that voiced
the thought that “Man is not alone; his
wounds run deep;/His joys are like a scar
on top;/And once it’s touched, that
buried ache/Throbs wide awake.”
As the compositions emotional epi-
center and its final resolution – Mr.
Baley’s attempt to “wrestle down my
grief” – “Treny IV” brought the laments
to an end with a fragment of a resound-
ing and eternal wake.
Mr. Baley, who came from Nevada to
New York for the premiere and who is
the newly appointed principal professor
of music at the University of Nevada,
joined the artists on stage to take bows
after the presentation. Born in Ukraine in
1938, he is also the principal conductor
of the Kyiv Camerata, and until 1995
served as founding music director of the
Nevada Symphony. He co-produced and
composed the music for the film “Swan
Lake: The Zone,” which won two top
awards at the Cannes Film Festival in
1990. He has made several recordings,
among them ”Dreamtime,” “Jurassic
Bird” and “Orpheus Singing.” His com-
positions “Dreamtime,” performed by
the California E.A.R. Unit, and
“Concerto No. 1 Quasi Una Fantasia,”
Yaroslav Kulynych

given its premiere by the New Juilliard Ukraine’s consul general in New York hosted a concert, “The Charms of Ukrainian Music and Song,” at the Ukrainian Institute
Ensemble, received excellent reviews of America on Wednesday, November 24. Invited to this evening showcasing Ukrainian talent were members of the Ukrainian
Ms. Krovytska, who opened the New American community, as well as diplomats representing diverse countries. Above, Consul General Yuriy Bohaievsky (third
York City Opera’s current season in the from right) is seen with the concert performers (from left) jazz pianist John Stetch (originally from Canada and now in the
title role of “Madama Butterfly,” is United States), bandurist Roman Hrynkiv (Ukraine), bandurist and soprano Alla Kutsevych (Ukraine), alto Liudmyla
preparing for a number of engagements Hrabovska (Ukraine), pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky (Ukraine), tenor Roman Tsymbala (Ukraine), soprano Lesya Hrabova
in the United States and Canada in com- (Ukraine) and baritone Oleh Chmyr (Ukraine).
Ukrainian World Congress...
16 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999 No. 50

Kyiv and why have you been so reluctant


to go on the record about it?
CLASSIFIEDS (Continued from page 11)
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Otherwise, I’d say that recently the bad enough that a story appeared about the
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Irondequoit activists visit sister city of Poltava
18 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999 No. 50

on the occasion of its 1,100th anniversary


THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOUR PARENTS, CHILDREN AND FRIENDS

“èðÓÒÚÓ ìÍð‡ªÌ‡ – Simply Ukraine”


by Tamara Denysenko To strengthen sister city relations and
promote educational exchanges, Prof.
190 colored photographs from all over Ukraine

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – On the invita-


Pylyshenko, on behalf of SUNY at
tion of the Poltava City Council and
Brockport, invited the Poltava Pedagogical
Also available

Mayor Anatole Kukoba, a six-member


Institute to establish student and faculty
2000 calendar “Nostalgia – Á„‡‰Í‡ ÔðÓ ìÍð‡ªÌÛ”
delegation from the Town of Irondequoit,
exchanges. He met with cooperative and
N.Y., traveled to Poltava, Ukraine, in
both by photographer Tania D’Avignon

business college professors, and made


September to celebrate Poltava’s 1,100th
plans to provide Ukrainian and English lan-
anniversary. The official Irondequoit rep-
guage literature to Poltava Oblast public
Simply Ukraine - $40.00, Calendar – $10.00, Both – $48.00
resentative at the celebration was Town
libraries.
Clerk Lydia Dzus. Also on the trip were
(all postage included)

Town Councilman and president of the Councilman Bastuk and Mr. Loj dis-
International Sister Cities Council Bill cussed school and young adult soccer
Order from:

Bastuk; Tamara Denysenko, chair of the exchanges, while the Denysenkos contin-
ued their humanitarian aid activities,
Tania D’Avignon, 25 Church Street, Newton, MA 02458

Irondequoit-Poltava Committee; Walter


Denysenko; Prof. Wolodymyr (Mirko) delivering funds and much needed sup-
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Pylyshenko; president of the Ukrainian- plies to children in foster care and


American Business and Professional orphanages.
WESTFIELD EAR NOSE & THROAT Association; and Alex Loj. With Olya Klimko, the Poltava-
SURGICAL ASSOCIATES, P.A. The trip was the culmination of nine Irondequoit president, they met with credit
years of Irondequoit-Poltava committee union representatives to discuss the Year
Adult and Pediatric Head and Neck Surgery • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery sister cities humanitarian aid, people-to- 2000 International Credit Union confer-
Laser Surgery • Facial Plastic Surgery • Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery people and other community activities. ence to be held in Poltava. They also had
As Poltava’s official guests of honor, an opportunity to visit the Poltava
Maternity Hospital, where a neonatal unit
ALEXANDER R. GNOY, M.D. members of the delegation met with
was being set up under the auspices of the
Mayor Kukoba, city and oblast officials
and President Leonid Kuchma at the Children of Chornobyl Relief Fund and the
189 Elm Street Tel.: 908-233-5500 opening of the new Poltava Polyclinic. donations of CCRF Rochester Chapter.
Westfield, New Jersey 07090 Fax: 908-233-5776 Members of the delegation joined repre- They delivered to 11-year-old Julia Tanko
sentatives from Poltava’s German sister a generous life-saving gift of $1,200 for
city, neighboring countries and digni- heart surgery to implant a state-of-the-art
taries as far away as India in a variety of pacemaker generously donated by
official and social events that began with Medtronic Inc. through the efforts of Sue
ceremonies at the World War II veterans Masters and the Irondequoit Chapter of
Rotary International.
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memorial.
In addition to visiting several of
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During the next several days, the dele-


gation attended spectacular concerts in Poltava’s historic sights and participating
ÜìêçÄãì

Poltava’s amphitheater, where more than in the grand opening of a new modern art
“Çßâëúäé ìäêÄ∫çà”
800 amateur and professional performers gallery, the American delegation attended
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presented traditional and contemporary the dedication and blessing by Patriarch


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Ukrainian songs and dances. In the Filaret of grounds for a new Ukrainian
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Lysenko Opera House invited guests Orthodox cathedral to be rebuilt in place


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enjoyed the traditional opera ”Natalka of the original one destroyed by the
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Poltavka.” Soviet regime in the 1930s.


ᇠÔÂð‰Ô·ÚÓ˛ ÊÛð̇ÎÛ, Á‚ÂðÚ‡ÈÚÂÒfl ‰Ó èÂÚð‡ ÅÛÌfl͇,

Before the performance Ms. Dzus was Upon arriving in Kyiv, members of the
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city and church officials for anniversary University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy


ceremonies and awards presentations by and presented a sister cities scholarship
Mayor Kukoba and President Kuchma. for outstanding students from the Poltava
In the Vorskla sports stadium over 25,000 region. Before departing for the United
spectators enjoyed four hours of States, Prof. Pylyshenko and Ms.
Ukrainian folk and modern performances Denysenko were recognized by National
by local, national and international stars Deputy Pavlo Movchan and the Prosvita
including Raissa Kirichenko and the Society of Ukraine. Both were awarded
Zaporizka Sich Brotherhood. honorary medals and received
In honor of Poltava’s anniversary, Ms. Recognition Awards for their “significant
Dzus delivered greetings and gifts from individual contribution in the rebirth of
Irondequoit Town Supervisor David Ukrainian culture, in molding national
Schantz. Councilman Bastuk presented consciousness, building and strengthen-
greetings from County Executive Jack ing Ukrainian statehood.”
Doyle and from the city of Rochester, For more information please write to:
while Ms. Denysenko read greetings Irondequoit-Poltava Committee, c/o
from Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, International Sister Cities Council of
New York State Sen. James Alesi and the Irondequoit, P.O. Box 17621, Rochester,
Ukrainian credit union movement. NY, 14617.
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Ukrainian Graduates...
20 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999 No. 50

graduates for the past 60 years has been


NEW NON-STOP JOINT SERVICE The Graduate Bulletin, beginning with

NEW YORK - KYIV - TASHKENT


(Continued from page 13) the first issue in 1940 by the original
president. founder and editor Martha Wichorek. The
In 1998 the Distinguished Service bulletin has kept the members in touch
Award was introduced in order to recog- with each other and the community.
nize prominent leaders of the Ukrainian Many changes in format and frequency
American, and/or the Ukrainian of publication marked early years. Its ban-
Canadian communities. The ner assumed many forms, but its mission
Distinguished Service Award was pre- remained steadfast. Many editors have con-
sented to Roma Dyhdalo of Troy, Mich., tributed their time and talents to making the
for her leadership and dedicated work Bulletin an indispensable part of the organ-
with the organization Children of ization. The current editor, Olga Meyer,
Chornobyl Relief Fund, the Ukrainian carries on this tradition of commitment.
American Coordinating Council of the The Graduate Bulletin is symbolic of the
Detroit Metropolitan Area, as well as organization’s perseverance. It continues to
many other groups. maintain the bond that has informed and
The most tenacious bond among the sustained the club throughout its 60 years.

Ukrainian World Congress... World Council of Ukrainian Social


Services Chair Ola Danyliw received
Air Ukraine UZBEKISTAN
airways
(Continued from page 10) support for her effort to hold a confer-
ence on the reform of the social assis-
weekend in 2000.
tance network in Ukraine and reported

BOEING 767-300
Other matters that negotiations with several of the
The UWC’s by-laws committee was country’s ministries are ongoing.
mandated to examine, with pro bono assis- The presidium is seeking candidates from

on FRIDAYS and SUNDAYS


tance from Toronto-based counsel Ihor the Plast Ukrainian Youth Organization to
Bardyn, the matter of official incorporation assume the post of chair of the Conference

from JFK International Airport


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social-economic situation determines not
(Continued from page 9) only people’s living standards – our national
mass in market transformations, further security depends on the way in which we
development of economic relations on a resolve our internal problems.
In addition to other things, I refer to
sustainable market basis. Radical steps will
energy and ecological security; all that is
be taken to reform the budgetary and fiscal
related to Ukraine’s role as a transit coun-
systems, to resolve the land issue as a basis
try, as well as issues of military-economic
for agricultural reform, to develop and pro-
security and all components of state
tect entrepreneurship, to strengthen posi-
defense capabilities.
tions of the national capital, to support the
We will optimize the composition of, and
domestic producer and establish an internal
numbers in, the Armed Forces of Ukraine,
market. Combined with other large-scale increase effectiveness of decision-making
measures, such as further liberalization and with regard to the use of defensive potential
deregulation of economic relations, it will that would be adequate to the international
enable us to accomplish in general the situation. Among the urgent tasks is
reconstruction of the Ukrainian economy improving the system of common and com-
according to the market principles. prehensive planning of defensive measures,
At the same time, this will provide the as well as developing the mechanism of
basis for the real and strong social policies. civil control over the activities of the mili-
They include the following major compo- tary. Building on what has already been
nents; change in the policy concerning rev- achieved in this area, we will continue to
enues so that it favors the interest of people increase the public prestige of the military
and features increasing salary growth rate; profession, and we will take better care of
urgent pension reform; reconstruction of the people serving in the Armed Forces.
system of medical care; effective policies In the context of strengthening national
on employment; practical and addressed security, I place particular emphasis on the
support of the needy and less protected seg- fight against corruption and crime.
ments of the population. Although no country, or society has man-
In providing conditions for developing aged to avoid this evil, the core questions
the potential of all our citizens, we have to are: “What is the scale of this evil, and how
pay special attention to the youth and the to cope with it?” In our country, corruption
elderly. That is to say, those who are either and crime originate from a weak state, an
about to start their active career, or have incomplete economic system, oversights by
retired. law enforcement, the judiciary and other
I believe that stimulating people’s inter- bodies, as well as from incomplete and
est in private property should be one of the imperfect legislation. Last, but not least,
principal elements of the government’s they come from our legacy – the rudiments
social policy. Generally speaking, I plan to of the administrative-command system.
shift government and public activity toward Respectively, we will place emphasis on
economic and social dimensions. A consoli- applying and combining two major
dated work in this most difficult and deci- approaches in our battle against corruption
sive direction should become the foundation and crime – administrative, coercive and
for the unwritten public contract. I repeat, economic – as well as on decisive clean-up
consolidated effort, with common responsi- of the state structures. A state official must
bility, between the government and serve the state and its interest.
Parliament. And we will accomplish this.
22 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999 No. 50

Children of Chornobyl Relief Fund


1998 Donor Listing
Note: This list includes those donors who made contributions directly through the CCRF National Office. It may not include the names of individual benefactors who contributed
through CCRF chapters or group donations; who made direct donations to hospitals or patients in Ukraine; or who made significant in-kind donations of products or services.
WE THANK ALL OF OUR CONTRIBUTORS WHO HELPED TO SUPPPORT CCRF's LIFE-SAVING MISSION.

Over $20,000 Mrs. Olga Michaelson 250.00 Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Bobeczko 25.00 Eugene Czebiniak 25.00 O. Gelecinsky 10.00 Janet Hunkel 25.00
Mr. & Mrs. Wolodymyr Mohuchy 300.00 Mr. & Mrs. Roman Bobiak 15.00 Irene Czebiniak 10.00 Julie M. Gerent 30.00 Mr. & Mrs. James P. Hunt 5.00
Anonymous - Highland, NY 20,150.00 Mr. & Mrs. Roman & Katherine Bobick 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Czebiniak 10.00 Michael N. Gerent 40.00 Mrs. Marta Hurko 15.00
CCRF Greater Hartford, CT Chapter 25,000.00 Halya Mykyta 250.00 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Bocon 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Paul Czebiniak 15.00 Mrs. Maria Gerus 105.00 Frank Huryn 20.00
Mrs. Angelina Matushevsky 50,000.00 Ms. Emily Pinaha 300.00 Mr. Michael Bodnar 15.00 Mr. & Mrs. Walter Czebiniak 30.00 Vincent Giblin 100.00 Maria Husaruk 10.00
Monsanto Company 50,250.00 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Psiuk 300.00 Mr. & Mrs. Zenon Bodnarskyj 125.00 Jaroslaw Czerwoniak 25.00 Kay Gietzel 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. William Huzar 25.00
Mr. & Mrs. Zenon & Mr. Borys Bodnaruk 20.00 Theodor Czich 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Q. Giffuni 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Nick Ilchyshyn 50.00
Between $6,000 to 20,000 Vera Salewycz 250.00 Halena Bodo 50.00 Mr. Michael Czip 10.00 Anisja Gill 20.00 Robin Innella 200.00
Anatol Samusenko 400.00 Mr. & Mrs. Phil Bodrock 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Ihor Czmola 20.00 Ms. Olga Glidden 100.00 Ms. Maria Iskiw 50.00
Anonymous 10,000.00 Ruth Scharf 250.00 George Bohachewsky 50.00 Mr. Nick Czorny 40.00 Mrs. Teresa Gluch 50.00 Irene Ivanenko 10.00
CCRF Rochester, NY Chapter 12,000.00 Sisterhood of St. Mary of St. Volodimir's Mr. & Mrs. Bohdan Bohoslawec 25.00 Martha Czosnykowski 5.00 Mr. Stefan Glut 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Zenon Ivanonko 25.00
Dr. Zenon & Nadia Matkiwsky 7,000.00 Cathedral (New York, NY) 300.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Boiwka 50.00 Steve Czuchta 150.00 Michael Gnyp 100.00 Wasyl Iwaczenko 50.00
CCRF Michigan Chapter 10,150.19 Dr. & Mrs. Bohdan M. Slabyj 480.00 Ms. Rosalia Bojczuk 25.00 Ms. Nadia L. D'Urso 100.00 Roman Gogil 10.00 Dr. Myroslawa Iwanciw 100.00
Mr. John Zakoworotny 11,000.00 St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church 370.00 Ms. Vera Bojko-Gennaro 25.00 Ms. Mildred Dackow 25.00 Mr. and Mrs. Bohdan Gojnycz 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Richard Iwanik 65.00
(Cooper City, FL) Mr. Stefan Bokalo 100.00 Mr. James Damico 10.00 Ronda B. Goldfein 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Wasyl Iwanuszka 85.00
Between $1,000 to 5,000 Synaxis Fellowship 250.00 Lt. Myron Boluch 25.00 Theodor Danchewsky 50.00 Ramon Gonzales 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Jaroslaw Jackowskyj 40.00
Dr. & Mrs. George Temnycky 300.00 Margaret L. Bon 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael I. Danchuk 75.00 Paul Goode 25.00 Peter Jackuty 20.00
Colonel & Mrs. Basil Andriuk 1,100.00 Three Saints Orthodox Church 300.00 Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Les Dant 100.00 Ann B. Goot 40.00 Mr. Joseph Jacus 25.00
Mr. Myron Andruch 1,500.00 (Ansonia, CT) & Christine Bonacorsa 100.00 Mr. Petro Danyluk 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Mikotaj Gora 100.00 Ms. Christina Jancew 50.00
Mr. Bohdan Bazylevsky 1,250.00 Ms. Gladys Tomiak 400.00 Katherine E. Borza 10.00 Ms. Natalie Danysh 25.00 Mike Goral 50.00 Mykola Jarko 80.00
Becton Dickinson 2,000.00 Dr. Stephan Tymkiw 250.00 Mr. Boschok 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Orest Danysh 75.00 Sherman Gorbis 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. John Jarmoszuk 17.00
Bowman International 2,000.00 Ukrainian Club of Kansas City 300.00 Rose Bosczuk 20.00 George Deaux 50.00 Philip Gottfried 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Jarosewich 100.00
Mrs. Irene Chaikovsky 5,025.00 United Way of Millburn-Short Hills, NJ 302.85 Ms. Helen Bower 50.00 Mykola Deckyj 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Alan Grabie 10.00 Myron Jarosewich 100.00
CCRF Cherry Hill, NJ Chapter 1,000.00 United Way of Tri-State 474.85 Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Bowles 50.00 Victor Dejneka 100.00 Charles Grassel 25.00 Dr. & Mrs. Lubomir Jawny 100.00
CCRF New Haven, CT Chapter 3,500.00 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph & Tanya Vena 360.00 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Boyko 100.00 Michael Delman 15.00 Jane M. Grey 20.00 Joanne L. Jensen 20.00
Chubb Corporation 1,025.00 Mrs. Anna Weber 310.00 Walter Boykowycz 50.00 Peter A. Demchko 10.00 Dr. & Mrs. Lester Grinspoon 50.00 Jewish Community Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Walter Czepizak 1,000.00 Mr. & Mrs. Dorian Yurchuk 400.00 Dr. Natalya A. Brezden 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Bohdan Demchyshyn 25.00 Mrs. Eugenia Grinwaldt 25.00 (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) 100.00
Dr. & Mrs. Jeremias Dubyk 1,000.00 Ms. Lydia H. Zaininger 250.00 Dr. & Mrs. Walter Brovins 30.00 Serge Demidenko 25.00 Ms. Irene Grochola 20.00 Lane Johnson 25.00
Mrs. Lydia Ficalowich 1,000.00 Roman Z. Zaputowycz 450.00 Ms. Chrystyna Brown 10.00 Dr. & Mrs. George Demidowich 150.00 Ms. Marlene Gula 8.00 Prof. Douglas L. Johnson 50.00
Oksana Folwarkiw, M.D. 1,000.00 Mrs. Jennie Zawyrucha 250.00 Maria Brown 125.00 Ms. Pearl Dent 50.00 Mr. Stefan Gula 200.00 Fern L. Johnson 100.00
Ms. Anna Hamuka 1,000.00 Iwan Zinczenko 250.00 Ms. Mary Brudny 150.00 John J. Derkach 200.00 Mr. & Mrs. Dan Gulak 100.00 Martha Johnson 15.00
Mr. Mark G. Hatalak 1,720.00 Irina Brudny 25.00 Mr. William J. Derkach 100.00 Mr. John Gulycz 45.00 Mr. & Mrs. Robert K. Johnson 20.00
Mr. & Mrs. Bohdan Hlushewsky 1,100.00 Under $250 Robert Brunstad 10.00 Frank Derkovitz 10.00 Mr. William Gural 200.00 Lynn Johnson-Martin 25.00
Mr. & Mrs. Myron Holubiak 1,000.00 Anatol W. Brunton 10.00 Mr. Zenon Derzko 100.00 Mr. Paul Gwozdz 10.00 Stefanie Jon 25.00
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church A. Ferrainolo, Jr. and Sons, Inc. 50.00 Teodosia Brykowycz 25.00 Miss Vivian DeStefano 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Jerome W. Haddow 10.00 Virginia D. Judson 90.00
(Danbury, CT) 3,196.79 Accurate Air Quality Inc. 5.00 Anna Buchaj 25.00 Sarah J. Deutch 40.00 Mr. Alexander Hadzinsky 75.00 Mr. & Mrs. Dmytro Junko 10.00
Ms. Lorraine Huryan 1,000.00 Michele Albanese 20.00 Mr. Bohdan I. Bucmaniuk 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Orest Deychakiwsky 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Haftkowycz 100.00 Ms. Christine O. Jurchynsky 25.00
Scott Johnson 1,000.00 Jack Albion 10.00 Ms. Daria Budnyj 20.00 Mr. Yuri A. Deychakiwsky 100.00 Ms. Nadia Haftkowycz 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Emile Jurchynsky 135.00
Mr. & Mrs. Bohdan Kachorowsky 1,000.00 Arthur D. Alexander 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Buk 30.00 Mr. & Mrs. Stefan Diachuk 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Volodymyr Hajdar 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Peter Juzefyk 100.00
Mr. & Mrs. Marcel J. Koster 2,500.00 Irena Alexandrow 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Jaroslaw M. Bukachevsky 40.00 Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Diakun 30.00 Volodymyr Halamay 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Anatoly Kachan 10.00
LPFM Partnership 2,000.00 R. Alfano 2.50 Ms. Olga Bukata 5.00 Dr. Tatiana Didoshak 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Konstantin Halecky 75.00 Wasyl Kachubec 20.00
Catherine Lytwynka-Fanok 1,000.00 Ms. Nancy Alibert 25.00 Mr. Bohdan Bulawka 50.00 Didow Family 25.00 Michael Hanczaryk 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Kaczaniuk 25.00
William Mediuch 1,096.00 Victor Amaral 25.00 Mrs. Lydia J. Bulba 25.00 Petro Didun 100.00 Ivan Hanlunka 10.00 Bohdan Kaczenysky 20.00
Nicholas Murza 1,000.00 Mr. & Mrs. Roman Ambrozewycz 25.00 Lydia Bulber 20.00 Titania Dixon 10.00 B. Hanula 10.00 Russell Kaczmar 200.00
Bohdan S. Olesh 1,000.00 American Legion, Mr. & Mrs. Nick Bura 25.00 Volodymyr Dmytriuk 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Happel 75.00 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Kaczmarskyj 25.00
Mr. & Mrs. Lubodar Olesnycky 1,000.00 Whippanong Post No. 155 50.00 Dr. & Mrs. Andrew & Mr. & Mrs. John Dodson 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Harasewych 10.00 Stephanie Kajlasz 20.00
Favish Pewzner 1,000.00 Amerivision Communications 12.48 Valerie Burachinsky 185.00 Vladymir Doisan 20.00 Emilia Harasymczuk 40.00 Ann Kalako 5.00
Pfizer, Inc. 1,000.00 Bryn Anderson 25.00 Myron Buryk 75.00 Mr. Adrian Dolinsky 100.00 Eva Harayda 5.00 Mr. Ilarion Kalynewych 30.00
Ms. Mary Pinaha 1,600.00 Nadia Andrushkiw 100.00 John Burylo 35.00 Mrs. Irka Doll 50.00 Michael Hardy 7.00 Mr. Kalyta 10.00
Mr. Anton Piszczak 1,000.00 Dr. & Mrs. Roman Andrushkiw 135.00 Stefan Burzon 20.00 Chrystina Dolyniuk 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Harmatuck 150.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Kaminski 20.00
Rochester Ukrainian Federal Mrs. Maria Andrusjak 100.00 Buszka Funeral Home 200.00 Olga Domanski 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. John Harmon 25.00 Cynthia S. Kaplan 25.00
Credit Union 2,000.00 Mr. Roman Andryczyk 20.00 Michael Byce 20.00 Natalia Domareckyj 45.00 Brenda S. Harper 40.00 Wasyl Karcurovsky 40.00
Michael A. Samotowka 1,000.00 Michael Andybur 55.00 Ms. Ann Bycz 50.00 Mr. and Mrs. Roman Dombchewsky 25.00 Mr. and Mrs. Myron Harwanko 25.00 Alex Karmeluk 50.00
Selfreliance Ukrainian Federal Joseph Angyal 15.00 Wasyl Bystrianyk 30.00 Mr. and Mrs. Roman Domenchuk 25.00 Mr. Peter Hawrylciw 20.00 Luba Karpa 20.00
Credit Union (Chicago, IL) 1,000.00 Ms. Gloria J. Annecchino 50.00 Bernard Campbell 200.00 Annette Donohoe 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Hlib Hayuk 60.00 Wasyl Karpenko 100.00
Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Annmarie's Dance Centre 25.00 Joe Cap 20.00 Ms. Irene Doroszczak 50.00 Donna Headley 48.00 Ms. Judith Karpova 25.00
Halyna Shulewsky 1,000.00 ARA of New Jersey 75.00 Mr. Wasyl Cap 50.00 Mr. Mychailo Dowhenko 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Hedesh 20.00 Mr. Harry Kasha 25.00
Mrs. Christine B. Slywotzky 1,000.00 Ms. Roxolana Armstrong 50.00 Ms. Olga Car 100.00 David Doynow 25.00 Lisa Heelan 100.00 William N. Kashul 100.00
Society of Support of Bohdan Artymyshyn 50.00 Delores Carangelo 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. John Drahushuk 75.00 Grace Hendricks 20.00 Helen Kaspryk 35.00
Ridna Shkola (N. Royalton, OH) 2,000.00 Association of Government Employees 40.00 Lynn Carlson 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Dran 10.00 Mary Herbert 45.00 Mr. & Mrs. Zenowiy Kassaraba 50.00
St. Vladimir Ukrainian Mrs. Mary Aston 60.00 P. Caruk 10.00 Ms. Lubov Drashevska 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Victor Herlinsky 25.00 Dada Kastaniuk 25.00
Catholic Church (Elizabeth, NJ) 1,305.00 John Atton 75.00 Mrs. Janet Caruso 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Walter T. Drewnycky 30.00 Mr. & Mrs. Kornel Hewko 50.00 Marta Kasznica 10.00
Mr. & Mrs. John R. Stecura 1,000.00 Iris Austin 25.00 Sherry Cassel 20.00 Mr. John Dribnak 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Paul Hlahol 5.00 Mr. & Mrs. William Katz 100.00
Dr. Barbara Tymkiw 1,000.00 Jaroslaw Babak 20.00 Ms. Lena Catalano 25.00 Marguerite Dubiel 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Hnatchenko 175.00 Rose K. Katz 15.00
Ukrainian Society of Greater Mr. & Mrs. John T. Babak 75.00 Harold Caughy 25.00 Ms. Tanya Dubrow 10.00 Irene Hnatiw 80.00 Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Katzin 50.00
Cincinnati (Dayton, OH) 2,000.00 Ms. Eugenia Babenko 100.00 Mr. Lev Chaban 5.00 Paraskewa Duda 45.00 Slawa Hnatiw 25.00 Lydia Kazewych 50.00
Ukrainian-American Citizens George Babenko 20.00 Mrs. Chajkiwsky 25.00 Mr. Larry Dudus 70.00 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Hnatow 40.00 Michael Kazz 30.00
Educational Foundation (Boston, MA) 1,055.46 Kyrylo Babenko 100.00 Alexander Charkiw 10.00 Mr. Dulysz 10.00 John Hnyp 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Paul R. Kean 75.00
Union Hospital Medical Staff Mr. Paul Babiak 25.00 Eleanore Charydchak 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael G. Duma 10.00 Marika Hoczko 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Stefan Kecyk 75.00
(Union, NJ) 1,000.00 Luka Babij 25.00 Mr. Peter Chaykowsky 50.00 Mr. Vlad Dumanskiy 40.00 Katherine Hodivsky 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Bohdan Kekish 50.00
Ms. Anna M. Voytovich 1,200.00 Mychaylo Babij 10.00 Dr. & Mrs. Ghassan Mr. & Mrs. P. Dumansky 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Peter Holiat 100.00 Alice Keller & Family 25.00
Ms. Oksana Bachynsky 20.00 & Inya Chehade 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Dunn 100.00 Mrs. Nerissa Holiat DiDio James Kelly 100.00
Between $500-$999 Mary Baktis 50.00 Ms. Lidia Chernichenko 100.00 Durboski 10.00 & Mr. Harold DiDio 200.00 Barbara Kennedy 100.00
Vera Balaban 50.00 Michael Cheung 100.00 Florence Dusak 50.00 Mr. Andrew Holod 10.00 Adislav Khokhlakov 7.00
Mr. & Dr. Mark & Ariadne Bach 600.00 Zinowij Balaban 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. William Chirash 25.00 William H. Dutton 15.00 Michael Holowaty 10.00 Jaroslaw Kiciuk 20.00
Ostap Balaban 500.00 Peter Baley 220.00 Mrs. Ariadna Chirovsky 200.00 Mr. & Mrs. Vic Dydyn 100.00 Lubomir Holowatyj 20.00 Dmytro Kicman 10.00
Bankers Trust Foundation 500.00 P. Balrichinski 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Chirovsky 15.00 Mr. & Mrs. Kornel Dziuba 120.00 Stephen Holowatyj 10.00 Mr. David Kidera 100.00
Mr. & Mrs. George Bazylevsky 520.00 Olga Balutanski 30.00 Chmeli Plast Group 70.00 Ms. Barbara Ehrmann 10.00 Donna Holy 10.00 Mr. George Kiebuzinski 100.00
Mr. Steve Boychuk 600.00 A. Banadyga 10.00 Gloria J. Chmil 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Mark Eisenthal 25.00 Holy Name Society Annunciation of Michael Kikcio 175.00
Bridgewater-Raritan Regional H.S. I. Banadyga 10.00 Ola Chmilak 25.00 Maria Eliashewsky 50.00 BVM Catholic Church (Flushing, NY) 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Teodor Kikcio 25.00
National Honor Society 500.00 Peter B. Bandera 100.00 Mr. Nestor M. Chodnowsky 100.00 Mr. Theodor Elyjiw 15.00 Mr. & Mrs. Nestor Holynskyj 100.00 Mary F. Killoran & Sons 25.00
Mr. & Mrs. Walter Bula 500.00 Ms. Swoca Bandera 15.00 Joanne Choly 50.00 Energy Masters International, Inc. 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Osyp & Roy King 10.00
Coordinating Committee to Mrs. Anna Baran 5.00 Dr. & Mrs. Myroslaw Choma 65.00 Cynthia H. Enloe 100.00 Irena Holynskyj 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Myroslav Kirzecky 100.00
Aid Ukraine (Kerhonkson, NY) 500.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Baran 100.00 Miss Anna Chomiak 45.00 Shirley Evans 10.00 Ms. Mary Homenuk 25.00 Peter I. Kiziuk 50.00
Mr. & Mrs. Basil Filonowich 500.00 Dr. Roman Baranowskyj 50.00 Sophia Chopivsky 150.00 Mr. John K. Ewanchuk 10.00 Eugene Homicki 20.00 Mr. Alexander Kizyma 100.00
Mr. & Mrs. William Gresko 500.00 Janet Bardell 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Walter Chornodolsky 25.00 Peter Faber 25.00 Ms. Tamara Honcharenko 100.00 Mrs. Luba Klachko 50.00
Ms. Ann Halus 500.00 Ms. Lubomyra O. Bardygula 25.00 Oksana Chranewycz 150.00 Ms. Josephine Faccone 25.00 Mr. Arkady Honchariv 75.00 Ms. Genia Klaczany 50.00
Mr. Andrew M. Kobziar 500.00 Mr. & Mrs. M. Bargiuk 125.00 Christensen Family 25.00 Juliann Z. Fairnak 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. George Honczarenko 100.00 Roman Klaczany 10.00
Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Kozak 500.00 Michael Barne 25.00 Mr. Frank H. Christopher 10.00 Natalie Fantony 50.00 Mrs. Anna Hoobchaak 50.00 Ms. Neonila Klish 130.00
La Strada Nuova Olga Barry 75.00 Maria Chromowska 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. William Farrell 100.00 Nadia A. Hoots 100.00 Irene Kliwak 50.00
(Millburn, NJ) 800.00 David W. Bartelt 125.00 Judith A. Chubb 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Orest Fedash 100.00 Joanne Hopkins 50.00 Irene Klos 25.00
Mr. Mark Leoczko 800.00 Mr. Nykola Bartkiw 10.00 Dr. & Mrs. Bohdan Chudio 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Bohdan Fedasiuk 100.00 Bennie Horbachuk 25.00 Helen Klym 20.00
Mr. & Mrs. Charles LiPari 687.00 Ms. Marion Bartoszyk 100.00 Mrs. Irene Chumilovski 80.00 Olga Fedirko 40.00 Mrs. Helen H. Horbowyj 25.00 Jaroslaw Klym 20.00
Mr. Mike MacKin 500.00 J. Baryski 15.00 Mr. Alex Chupa 50.00 Dr. & Mrs. Wasyl Fedorciw 200.00 Mrs. Jaroslawa Hordynsky 15.00 Margaret Klym 20.00
Mr. Walter Ostapiak 500.00 Maria Baryski 5.00 John Chupa 15.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Fedosh 10.00 Larissa Hordynsky 40.00 Oleh Klymko 10.00
Philip Morris Companies Inc. 500.00 Wanda Baxer 100.00 Church of St. Francis Xavier 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Allan Feldman 30.00 Mrs. Tamara Hordynsky 50.00 Dr. Nadia T. Kmeta 25.00
Roy Rettig 500.00 Michael Beams 25.00 (Carbondale, IL) Mr. & Mrs. George Ferencevych 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. George Horeczko 100.00 Ms. Tamara Knehnetsky 50.00
Mr. Emil Sawczuk 900.00 Eleanor Becker 10.00 Mrs. Diana Chutko 25.00 Taras S. Ferencevych 100.00 Walter S. Hornat 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Atanas T. Kobryn 25.00
St. Andrew's Ukrainian Religious Helen T. Beckevich 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Robert Cinalli 5.00 Anthony Ferrara 50.00 David Hornback & Family 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Yuri Kobziar 25.00
and Cultural Center (North Port, FL) 920.00 Ted Beiger 200.00 Ivan Ciolko 25.00 Jordan Fersel 50.00 Bennie Horobchuk 25.00 Kocak Family 10.00
Mr. & Mrs. William Stec 695.00 Bohdan Bejmuk 20.00 Mrs. Luba Ciolko 70.00 Dr. & Mrs. George Figacz 100.00 Mr. and Mrs. Orest Horodyskyj 10.00 Mr. Nestor Kocelko 50.00
Mrs. Mary T. Suplee 700.00 Richard Bell 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Leo Cionka 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Victor Filatov 20.00 Kateryna, Karen & Serhij Hoshowsky 20.00 Myron Kochan 150.00
Tower Isles Foods 500.00 Sue Bellanti 10.00 George A. Ciottone 15.00 Mr. & Mrs. George Filipov 10.00 Joseph Hosko 10.00 Stephen J. Kochan 25.00
Ukrainian American Social Club Ms. Miriam Bellinger 20.00 Stephani Cirba 200.00 Andrew M. Fisher 100.00 Ms. Anna J. Hossofsky 5.00 Maria Kociuk 10.00
(Sun City, AZ) 900.00 Vincent Bellisario 10.00 Maria Ciupka 20.00 John Fizer 25.00 Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hoszko 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Peter Koczanski 100.00
Mr. & Mrs. Oleh Weselyj 550.00 Cynthia Belonick 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Ciurpita 25.00 Gene D. Fleischhauer 50.00 Richard Hotzler 25.00 Paul Kohun 50.00
Iryna Wolf 500.00 Mrs. Oksana Bereznyskyj 20.00 Clarion Students' Association James T. Flynn 50.00 Lyn Howe 25.00 Roman Kohut 20.00
Ms. Anna Berezowsky 30.00 (Clarion, PA) 50.00 Joel Foster 25.00 David Howes 10.00 Dr. & Mrs. Henry P. Kolakowski 25.00
Between $250-$499 Mr. Jaroslaw Berezowsky 200.00 Tom Cleary 10.00 John Foster 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. John Hoyt 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Oleh Kolodiy 30.00
Dr. & Mrs. Ray Bergenstock 30.00 Marston Clough 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Mykhailo Frankiwsky 30.00 Mr. & Mrs. George Hrab 75.00 Orest M. Koltuniuk 130.00
Roman Andrushka 408.00 Andrew Beshada 15.00 Kathleen Colburn 25.00 Sidney Freidman 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Roman Hrabec 65.00 Maria Komarnycky 10.00
Nadja Atkinson 300.00 Jean Betro 5.00 James Comiskey 100.00 Ms. Joan French 6.00 Mrs. Emilia Hramov 25.00 Mr. Myron Komarynsky 100.00
Mary Badiak 250.00 Mary Bezouska 50.00 Committee to Aid Ukraine Ms. Kimberly Friedman 25.00 Mr. and Mrs. Wasyl Hrishko 30.00 Mr. & Mrs. Bohdan Kondra 10.00
Dr. Lydia Baltarowich 250.00 Ivan Bezubak 10.00 of Northern California 10.00 Friends at Bayside High School 185.00 Michael Hrycyk 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Peter Kondrat 25.00
Ms. Irene Bardys 250.00 Christine Bielakowski 20.00 Computer Associates International, Inc. 30.00 (Bayside, NY) Mr. & Mrs. Wolodymyr Hrycyn 25.00 Mr. Walter Kondziola 20.00
Walter Chornenky 250.00 Mr. Yaroslav Bihun Elizabeth Coniff 25.00 Stephen Frycz 20.00 Tatiana Hrycyna 50.00 Ignacy Konik 105.00
Eustachiy S. Derzko 250.00 (Washington, DC) 200.00 Mr. & Mrs. William Conyngham 25.00 Ms. & Mrs. Dorothy Furtney 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Stefan Hrycyszyn 50.00 Tanya Konjola 10.00
John DiGirolamo 250.00 Mr. & Mrs. Yaroslav Bihun Tamara S. Cornelison 20.00 Mr. Bohdan A. Futey 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Wesley Hrynchuk 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Mykola Kononenko 50.00
Mr. & Mrs. Roger Duvall 300.00 (Maplewood, NJ) 10.00 John Cortright 10.00 Mr. Eugene Fylypowycz 25.00 Walter Hrynkiw 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Roman Konowka 100.00
Dr. & Mrs. Paul Dzul 300.00 Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Bilan 100.00 Daniel Costello 25.00 George Gadach 72.00 George A. Hubley 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Ihor Konrad 25.00
Lou & Judi Friedman 250.00 Oleh Bilan 20.00 Joanne Cowles 10.00 Tatianna Gajecky-Wynar 25.00 Joseph Hucal 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Makar Kopanycia 25.00
Ms. Vera Glowa 300.00 Joseph Bilanin 22.00 Mrs. Helen Craton 95.00 Kathy Galecki 10.00 Ms. Katherine Hucul 10.00 Jay Korello 5.00
Mr. Jacynycz 300.00 Nina Bilczynska 55.00 Mr. & Mrs. Milton Crawford 75.00 Alex Gamota 100.00 Audrey Hudak 5.00 Mr. Mykola Korinets 40.00
Zenon Kniahynyckyj 250.00 Paul Bilecky 20.00 Sarah Lynn Cunningham 50.00 Dorothy Ganger 15.00 Ms. Camille Huk 100.00 Stepan Korlatowych 50.00
Mr. & Mrs. Roman Kopychuk 361.00 Mary Bilenki 10.00 Richard Curran 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Christian Ganz 50.00 Ihor Hulawyj, Ph.D. 25.00 Wolodymyr Kornaha 25.00
Dr. & Mrs. John & Mary Billey 30.00 Mr. & Mrs. Myron Cvikula 25.00 Ms. Julia Garon 20.00 Mr. David M. Hulefeld 30.00 Dr. & Mrs. Volodymyr Korol 50.00
Alexandra Kyzyk 300.00 Mr. & Mrs. Jaroslaw Bilowus 75.00 Mrs. Sofia Cybak 45.00 Anthony Gaspari 25.00 Catherine Humen 30.00 Bohdan Korolyshyn 120.00
Walter Lojuk 275.00 Ms. Sophia Bishko 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Ilko Cybriwsky 50.00 Ostellio Gasparoni 10.00 John Humen 25.00 Ms. Malvina Koropey 25.00
Mrs. Oksana Lutzky 300.00 James Bisland 20.00 Natalia Cybriwsky 25.00 Ms. Marie Gawrada 50.00 Stefan Humeniuk 30.00 Mr. Orest Koropey 25.00
Mrs. Wolodymyra Maciurak 450.00 Irene Blahitka 25.00 Roman Cybriwsky 50.00 Ms. Dorothy Gawron 10.00 Assya Humesky 20.00 Mrs. Julia Korotko 50.00
Dr. & Mrs. Iwan Makarewycz 250.00 Dr. & Mrs. D. E. Blair 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Walter Czarniewy 20.00 Mykola Gaydycz 20.00 Ms. Olga Hunchar 50.00 Ms. Helen Korowytsky 20.00
Mr. & Mrs. Myron Maslowsky 250.00 Dr. & Mrs. David P. Blair 75.00 Ed Czebiniak 50.00 Mr. Nicholas Geba 10.00 Dr. & Mrs. Taras Hunczak 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Korsun 50.00
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Nina Kosowsky 12.00 Ms. Irene MacKowsky 40.00 Mr. Andrew Ochrymowych 50.00 Mrs. Maria Robak 50.00 Mr. Bohdan Nakonechny 75.00 George Tymkiw 25.00
Mr. Theodor Kostiuk 100.00 Cheryl Madden 20.00 Dr. Petro Odarchenko 25.00 P. Rocheleau 15.00 Ihor R. Sochan 75.00 John Tymkiw 95.00
Bohdan Kostiv 100.00 Mr. Byron Magalas 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. John Odulak 50.00 John Rogalo 15.00 Society for Humanitarian Help Mr. & Mrs. Jaroslaw Tymoczko 50.00
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Kostka 25.00 Dr. & Mrs. Ihor Mahlay 100.00 Roman G. Oleksyshyn 100.00 Dr. & Mrs. Gregory Rokosz 200.00 to Ukraine (North Port, FL) 62.00 Mr. & Mrs. Bohdan Tytla 25.00
T. Kotonsky 2.50 J. Majkut 10.00 Pauline Oleskiw 15.00 Andrew Rokycky 100.00 Mr. Michael Sofiak 150.00 Mr. & Mrs. Ewhen Tytla 25.00
Dr. Omelan Kotsopey 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Walter Majkut, Sr. 20.00 George Olesnicki 125.00 Sophia & Illa Roman 100.00 Ms. Helen Sokiera 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Markiyan J. Tytla 50.00
Mr. Bohdan Kotys 50.00 Mr. Walter Majkut, Jr. 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Nestor Olesnycky 25.00 Mrs. Alexandra Romanchuk 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. John P. Sokolowsky 40.00 Ukrainian American Community
Ms. Sophie Kovolsky 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Makar 20.00 Myron Olesnyckyj 100.00 M. Romancio 2.50 Wasyl Soleckyj 10.00 Center (Pittsfiled, PA) 50.00
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Kowal 20.00 Teofil Makow 50.00 Olga Olijnyk 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Mykola Romaniw 50.00 Mr. Martin Solonynka 75.00 Ukrainian Committee
Lydia Kowalchuk 50.00 Gregory Makuch 35.00 Ms. Bozhena Olshaniwsky 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Wolodymyr Romaniw 100.00 Rose Soncrato 50.00 (Lorain, OH) 100.00
Alex Kowalenko (Clark, NJ) 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Peter Makucha 15.00 Walter Olson 25.00 Alyn J. Roos 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Rostyslaw Sonevytsky 25.00 Ukrainian Congress Committee
Alex Kowalenko (Troy, MI) 75.00 Mr. Steve Malafy, Jr. 40.00 Mr. Serhij Olszanskyj 100.00 John Roszko 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Wasyl Sosiak 25.00 of America (East North Port, NY) 100.00
Roman Kowaliw 30.00 B. Z. Malaniak 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Elias Onyszkewycz 25.00 Carlotta H. Rotman 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Sosnicky 25.00 Ukrainian National Home
Norman Kowalski 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Bohdan Malaniak 25.00 Paul Opacky 10.00 Betty Rotundo 5.00 Southborough Firefighters Assn. (MA) 50.00 (Brooklyn, NY) 100.00
Oresta A. Kowcz 100.00 Ms. & Mr. Margie N. Malick 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. George Oprysko 25.00 Ms. Stephanie Roufberg 25.00 Wasyl Soyoka 10.00 Ukrainian Patriarchal
Mr. Bohdan Kozak 10.00 Teodor Malyniak 15.00 Frank Opuszynski 20.00 Dr. Jaroslaw Rozankowski 150.00 Ms. Nadia Spas 25.00 Radio Program 25.00
Hryhorij Kozak 20.00 Ms. Nadia Mandrusiak 100.00 Organization for Defense Mr. & Mrs. Jaroslaw Rozankowsky 25.00 Arthur Spingarn 75.00 Olana Ulanowicz 20.00
Mr. & Mrs. Roman Kozicky 30.00 Wasyl Mandzij 50.00 of Lemkivshchyna (Carteret, NJ) 150.00 Mrs. Eugenia Rubczak-Jensen 20.00 P. Spodarik 10.00 Union Anesthesia Associates
Ms. Lydia Koziupa 80.00 Judith Mansfield 25.00 Organization for the Defense Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Rudakewych 50.00 Ms. Catherine Spond 10.00 (PA) 200.00
Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Kraft 100.00 Mr. Marchenko 10.00 of Lemkivshchyna (New York, NY) 100.00 Mr. Andrew J. Rudyk 60.00 Jim Spratz 10.00 Union Funeral Home 100.00
Myron Kramarczuk 25.00 Paul Marchon 25.00 Organization of Defense of Ms. Martha Rudyk 50.00 St. George Philoptochos Society 100.00 Tony Urbino 115.00
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Kramarenko 20.00 Marion Markewycz 30.00 Four Freedoms of Ukraine (Lansing, IL) 100.00 Alexander Rudzinski 25.00 (Rock Island, IL) Mr. & Mrs. Walter Uzdejczyk 45.00
Mrs. Rose Kratko 50.00 J. Markiewicz & Sons Funeral Home 10.00 Ms. Pauline Orsulak 45.00 Russian Club of Ramapo St. John The Baptist School William Van Hage 30.00
Nadia Kravchenko 10.00 Ewhen Markiw 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Anatoly Ostapczuk 25.00 High School (Ramapo, NY) 100.00 (Kenmore, NY) 110.00 Vanguard Supreme 50.00
Dr. & Mrs. Robert Kravchuk 50.00 Michael Markoff 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Ostrowsky 25.00 John H. Rust 50.00 St. Michael's Golden Agers Club Melanne Verveer 100.00
Mrs. Anna Krawczuk 100.00 Mr. Roman Markovych 25.00 J. Osyf 10.00 Nicholas Rusyn 10.00 (Yonkers, NY) 200.00 William V. Victor 25.00
Walentyna Krawec 100.00 Ms. Lidia I. Markowski 10.00 Olga Osyf 25.00 Mr. Peter Rychok 90.00 St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Mr. and Mrs. Alexander W. Voronin 50.00
Mr. & Mrs. Wsewolod Kreiden 100.00 Ms. Suzann M. Marquess 2.00 Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Owchar 10.00 Mrs. Dorothy Rygiel 25.00 Orthodox Church (Wilmington, DE) 135.00 Zenon Voytovych 10.00
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Kritsky 100.00 Alfred Martin 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Ferris Owen 75.00 Ihor Rymaruk 20.00 St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Don Wachs 25.00
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Krucylak 200.00 Carol Martin 10.00 Mrs. Vera K. Owen 200.00 Anna Rymaruk 10.00 Orthodox Church (Krumville, NY) 25.00 Eric A. Wachs 100.00
Bohdanna D. Kruczak 60.00 Rebecca Martinez 45.00 Maksym Owsijuk 40.00 Mr. Richard Saari 50.00 Mr. and Mrs. Dennis L. Stachiv 200.00 Joel Wachs 200.00
Mrs. Mary Krupa 70.00 Evfrozyna Martynec 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. David Pacanowsky 35.00 Peter Sabat 12.50 Irene Stadnyk 20.00 Walter Waducky 50.00
Theodosius Krupa 50.00 Mike Marusiak 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Ihor J. Pacholuk 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Serge Sacharuk 50.00 Rosemary Stanziale 15.00 Mr. & Mrs. George Walchuk 25.00
Mr. Kornel Krupsky 150.00 Lydia I. Masieniec 50.00 Sophie Pachowka 10.00 Mr. Michael Sack 2.00 Anna Starodub 10.00 Eleanor Walczuk 50.00
Ms. Janice Krusch 25.00 George Maslowych 20.00 Ms. Marta Paclawskyj 50.00 Mr. George Sajewych 100.00 Mrs. Xenia Starosolsky 25.00 Harold Walker 50.00
Alexander Krychyk 25.00 Iwan Masnyj 45.00 Michael Pacura 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Alexander & Mr. and Mrs. John Starosta 25.00 Ms. Helen Wanalowicz 15.00
Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Krynytzky 50.00 George Masyk 50.00 Ms. Vera Pak 100.00 Ksenia Salewycz 100.00 Mrs. Mary Stasiuk 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Edward D. Wardyga 100.00
Anna Krywonis 100.00 Ms. Eugenia Matcovich 50.00 Michael Palamar 25.00 Ms. Nina Sakun 75.00 Mr. & Mrs. Andrij Stasiw 50.00 Ms. Mary Waris 50.00
Wasyl Kryworuka 30.00 Anna Matiarchuk 100.00 Rosemary Palma 15.00 Mr. and Mrs. Jaroslav Salenko 25.00 Roman Stec 5.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Waris 50.00
Dr. & Mrs. John O. Kucan 100.00 John Matiasz 50.00 Ms. Mary Panchyson 50.00 Beatrice Salywon 25.00 Dr. Eugene Steckiw 45.00 Warren Civic Orchestra 85.00
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Kuchma 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Erik & Ivan Panczak 25.00 Ms. Olenka Samango 50.00 Marta Steckiw 50.00 Sam Washenko 13.00
Mr. & Mrs. Borys Kuchynsky 100.00 Olya Matkiwsky 100.00 Wasyl Panczak 5.00 Franz Samochval 25.00 Dr. & Mrs. Yurij Stefaniwsky 30.00 Mrs. Kateryna Wasylchenko 10.00
Mr. & Mrs. John Kucmyda 15.00 Valentina Matkowsky 50.00 Mr. Michael Panczenko 100.00 Mr. Samocky 10.00 Ms. Irene Stepankiw 25.00 Ignatius Wasylkowski 10.00
Mr. & Mrs. Bohdan Kukil 100.00 Zenon Matla 10.00 Paul Pankiw 100.00 Ihor J. Samokish 150.00 Mr. & Mrs. Dmitri Stephani 200.00 Aleksandra Wasylyk 25.00
Dr. & Mrs. George Kulchytsky 20.00 Luis Matos 180.00 Martin Panko 25.00 Rickie Sanders 15.00 Mr. & Mrs. Leo Stetkevych 45.00 Ewhen Wasylyna 25.00
Alexis Kulick 25.00 Gerald Matsavage 20.00 Philip Paolella 100.00 Daria Sapienza 50.00 Ms. Stephanie Stetz 25.00 John Waytas 50.00
Mr. C. M. Kulik 30.00 Mr. Eugene Matyjuk 50.00 Park Restaurant Associated, Inc. 25.00 Mykola Saporoschenko 100.00 Daniel Stevens 10.00 Ms. Maria Wedmid 25.00
Ms. Antonina Kuliniak 25.00 Dr. & Mrs. Robert Maurer 100.00 Steve Parker 40.00 Gregory Sarancha 30.00 Gary Stevens 20.00 Roslynn Weiss 30.00
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Mr. & Mrs. Myroslaw W. Kulynych 25.00 Daniel Maxymiuk 10.00 Rev. Archimandrite Andriy Partykevich 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Iwan Sarancza 20.00 Alex Stogryn 200.00 John Western 60.00
Stanley Kunda 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Maxymiuk 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Parubchak 25.00 Ms. Loree E. Saums 15.00 Ms. Mary Stoklos 100.00 William Westland 100.00
John Kunina 20.00 Emil M. Maybo 25.00 Ms. Irene Pashesnik 200.00 Mr. William Saveskie 10.00 Irving Stolberg 25.00 Mrs. & Mrs. Theodore Wezowic 210.00
Mr. Iwan Kurawsky 150.00 Ms. Mary McGinnis 25.00 John Pashko 25.00 Janet Savrin 50.00 Mr. Albert Storm 10.00 Ms. Doris White 100.00
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Kuryea 30.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael McKee 50.00 Mrs. Daria Pasiczniak 25.00 Nadia Sawa 25.00 Dr. Alexander R. Strilbyckyj 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. John Wiegand 75.00
M. A. Kurylak-Koropey 25.00 Marie T. McKellar 100.00 Gregory Pasicznyk 15.00 Bohdan Sawchuk 25.00 Mr. Myron Strilka 25.00 Ms. Olga Wilk 20.00
Mr. & Mrs. Stephan Kurylas 25.00 Teodor Mecznik 10.00 Miroslaw Pastuczenko 100.00 Valentina Sawelenko 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Steven Strong 100.00 Mr. Michael E. Williams 100.00
Halyna Kurylo 15.00 Ms. Ulana Mellor 40.00 Mr. & Mrs. Phillip J. Paszak 25.00 Pauline Sawka 25.00 Mrs. Elvira Strysky 75.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Williams 10.00
Lubomyr Kurylo 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Melnik 5.00 Lesia A. Pater 40.00 Gordon Sayers 15.00 Orysia Stryzak 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Nigel Wilson 100.00
Mrs. Olga Kurylo 20.00 Dmytro Melnyk 50.00 Theresa Patiak 10.00 Mr. Valentin Scharuda 140.00 Olga Stupka 10.00 Ms. & Mrs. Dorcey Winant 20.00
K. Kusek 1.50 Dr. Zenon L. Melnyk 50.00 Rev. & Mrs. William H. Paul 200.00 Andrew Schepel 20.00 Bohdan Stus 30.00 Ms. Donna Wirt 25.00
Mr. & Mrs. Andrei Kushnir 75.00 George Melnykovych 80.00 Teodor Pavelchak 20.00 Paul Schepel 80.00 Sub Station, II 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. William B. Wise 10.00
Mr. & Mrs. Yaroslav Kushnir 50.00 Cheryl Mercer 25.00 Ms. Helen Pavlovsky 50.00 Noreen T. Scherer 25.00 Suburban Woods Community Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Woch 70.00
Dr. & Mrs. Bohdan R. Kusma 25.00 Ms. Alexandria Mesyk 30.00 Ms. Vera Pawlak 60.00 Ms. Claire Schiff 10.00 Association (Matthews, NC) 25.00 Ms. Olena Wojtowycz 100.00
Ms. Taissa T. Kusma 25.00 Bernie Meyer 15.00 Jan Pawlowicz 50.00 John Schmez 10.00 Nicholas Suchy 50.00 Dr. & Mrs. Oleh Wolansky 50.00
Ann Kusuk 10.00 John Micha & Family 10.00 John Pawluk 100.00 Sara B. Schrauth 20.00 Mr. and Mrs. John Susla 100.00 Mr. Stephan Wolansky 100.00
Bohdan Kutny 25.00 Kenneth Michaels 25.00 Ms. Katie Peck 25.00 Karola M. Schuette 30.00 Kathy Sutton 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. William Wolf 20.00
Ingrid Kuz 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Walter Michajliw 200.00 Hnat Peczonczyk 10.00 Lesia Schulha 100.00 Mr. Richard Sutton 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Myroslaw Wolosiansky 60.00
D. Kuziw 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Michalow 25.00 Anna K. Peczynsky 25.00 Nina Schwedatschenko 40.00 Nadia Svitlychna & Walt Wolosiansky 50.00
Mr. & Mrs. Kuzma Nicholas Michalyshin 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Gustave A. Peduto 10.00 Mr. Scoma 10.00 Ivan Stokotelniy 25.00 Maria Wolowacz 20.00
(Philadelphia, PA) 10.00 Midlantic Cardiology, PA 100.00 Stefan Peleschuk 50.00 Scott Funeral Home, Inc. 25.00 Mr. and Mrs. Donald Swank 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Walter Wolowodiuk 100.00
Mr. & Mrs. Orest Kuzma 50.00 Joan Mihalko 15.00 Anne Pelesh 5.00 Mr. Michael Scyocurka 15.00 Ms. Donna J. Swift 20.00 Dr. Oleh Wolowyna 100.00
Katherine Kuzow 175.00 Dr. Mona Mikalsen 80.00 Maria Penzola 10.00 SEA Consultants 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Swinchuck 75.00 John Wolynec 25.00
Mr. & Mrs. Bohdan Kuzyszyn 25.00 Mr. Nicholas I. Milanytch 50.00 Eugene Perecki 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Wasyl Semaniuk 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. George Swyschuk 25.00 Mariana Wolynec-Gruber 25.00
Ms. Sylvia Kvam 100.00 Mark C. Miller 25.00 Mrs. Mary Pershyn 125.00 Mr. & Mrs. Zenon Semanyshyn 100.00 Gerald Sydorak 50.00 Mr. Joseph Wompel 20.00
Mr. & Mrs. Kyrychok 20.00 Catherine Milnikiewicz 75.00 Ms. Sophie Pershyn 50.00 Nicholas Semeniak 25.00 Ms. Tamara T. Sydoriak 140.00 Stephanie Wons 25.00
Mrs. Maria Kyrysiuk 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael I. Mishchenko 100.00 Anna Perun 5.00 Mrs. Stephania Semuschak 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Sygida 50.00 Woodward Middle School
Mr. & Mrs. Peter & Lydia Kytasty 200.00 Ms. Inez Mittan 100.00 Zenon Perun 25.00 Ms. Alice P. Senchy 25.00 Synaxis Fellowship 250.00 (Southboro, MA) 40.00
Mr. & Mrs. Mykola Laba 20.00 Lubomir S. Miz 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Bohdan Pestrak 100.00 Nestor Sendzik 50.00 Danylo Syzonenko 50.00 Mrs. Zenovia Worobec 95.00
Olha Laba 10.00 Maria Mizak 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Roman Petraszczuk 50.00 Mike Senyk 100.00 Walter Szmyrko 10.00 Leo Worobkevich 20.00
Roman Laba 5.00 Mr. & Mrs. N. Mohyla 20.00 Christine Petri 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Peter Serba 25.00 Walter Sztokalo 25.00 Areta Woroch 50.00
Mr. Jaroslawa G. Labka 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell Moloney 20.00 Andrew Petrina 150.00 Bohdan Sereda 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Szypula 200.00 Wasyl Worona 20.00
Ms. Helen Lacko 20.00 Mr. John Monchak 50.00 Wolodymyr Petrych 10.00 Mr. John Serediuk 15.00 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Szyszka 10.00 A. Woroniak 15.00
Ms. Sophie Lange 20.00 Mr. Moncharenko 10.00 Paulina Petryszyn 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. John Sereduk 45.00 Mr. & Mrs. Allen Tarbell 20.00 Wyeth-Ayerst Research 50.00
Cynthia P. Larson 25.00 Miriam P. Moody 45.00 Ms. Iwanna Petyk 10.00 Matthew Serino 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Maxim Tarnawsky 100.00 Mr. and Mrs. John Wylder 25.00
Marty Larson 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Morales 25.00 Dr. & Mrs. Bohdan Pichurko 100.00 Bohdan Shahran 5.00 Mr. John Teleshefsky 175.00 Mr. Bohdan Wynar 50.00
Dr. & Dr. Jaroslaw Lashewycz 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Henry Morella 10.00 Nicholas Pichurko 20.00 Joel Shaiman 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Terela 10.00 Ms. Lidia Yaciw 10.00
Anatole Lasiy 25.00 Olga Morgan 25.00 Peter Pidhorodecky 150.00 Mrs. Mary Shalo 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Walter Terela 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Steve Yacus 100.00
Milko Lasiy 25.00 Mrs. Stepha Moroz 20.00 Jeff Piermont 5.00 Ms. Anne N. Shapiro 50.00 Mrs. Olha Terleckyj 25.00 Ms. Mary Yadlowsky 15.00
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Eleanor M. Lauchlan 5.00 Mrs. Melvin F. Morris 25.00 Ivan Piz 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. John Shatynski 50.00 Dr. Tesenk 15.00 Ivan Yaroma 15.00
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Milas W. Lebedovych 50.00 Anna Morrison 5.00 Ron Pluta 25.00 Ms. Halyna C. Shembel 100.00 The 4H Brothers 50.00 Mr. M. Yarus 5.00
Ms. Mary Leboy 55.00 Rori L. Morse 25.00 Irene Pluwak 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Bohdan Shepelavey 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Mark Thompson 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Alex Yaworsky 20.00
Sonia M. Lefet 100.00 Col. Askold D. Mosijczuk, M.D. 50.00 Alan Polack 20.00 Sherburne United Methodist Church 53.88 John Tierney 25.00 Dmytro Yaworsky 50.00
Stuart Leff 50.00 Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Mostovych 100.00 Anne Polonica 10.00 (Sherburne, NY) Ms. Luba C. Timchinna 150.00 Walter Yedlinsky 20.00
Mrs. Wira R. Legedza 20.00 Ms. Helen Motorney 150.00 Michael Polowchak 50.00 Elena Shevchenko 45.00 Mr. Daniel I. Tkach 50.00 Adeline Youse 30.00
Mrs. Natalia Leoczko 150.00 Michael Motruk 20.00 Ann Ponos 20.00 George Shevchuk 75.00 Mr. & Mrs. Borys Tkacz 75.00 Roman Yurchyshak 10.00
Mr. Frank Leonick 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Bohdan Mryc 200.00 Ms. Joanna S. Popadiuk 150.00 Mr. & Mrs. Ilia Shevchuk 10.00 Yaroslaw Tkaczuk 50.00 Mr. Peter Yurcick 75.00
Donna Lepsky 50.00 Lubomyr Mudry 100.00 Maria Popadyk 20.00 Rosemary Shezzer 40.00 Joe Tokos 50.00 Ms. Olga Yurechko 50.00
Mr. & Mrs. William Lepsky 100.00 William C. Mules 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Harry R. Pope 20.00 Tessi Shizudlo 10.00 Mr. J. Tomorug 25.00 I. Zabava 10.00
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Leschyshyn 25.00 June Munro 15.00 Mr. Teofil Popowych 20.00 Bohdan Shpak 20.00 Michael Tomsey 20.00 Mr. Myron Zachariasewycz 70.00
Mr. & Mrs. Jaroslaw Leshko 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Dennis F. Murphy 55.00 Zofia Popyk 5.00 Toma Shtonyk 20.00 Mr. Nestor Tomycz 100.00 Ms. Marianne Zadojanyj 25.00
Mr. 7 Mrs. Michailo Lesko 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. James Murphy 85.00 Mrs. Evelyn Porendowsky 50.00 Ms. Helen Shuck 15.00 Lana Tonkoschkur 25.00 Ms. Teddie Zaharchuk 10.00
Victor S. Leus 30.00 Mr. B. Mychajliw 50.00 John Poruchynsky 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. Wasyl Shulewsky 25.00 Topolia Women's Vocal Fedir Zahumeny 10.00
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Mr. & Mrs. John Lew 25.00 Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Mychaluk 50.00 Ms. Maria Porytko 50.00 Mr. Theodore A. Shulka 10.00 Andrij Torsky 50.00 Igor Zakoworotny 50.00
Osyp Lewycky 40.00 Ihor Mychkovsky 55.00 Mr. & Mrs. Roman Porytko 50.00 I. Shumlak 10.00 Totowa Precision Tooling, Inc. 100.00 Anthony Zalisky 40.00
Mr. & Mrs. Vladimir Lewycky 55.00 Mrs. Natalia Mykolajewych 20.00 Helen S. Prestash 69.00 T. Shumylowych 15.00 Town House of Southborough 50.00 Anna Zankiw 10.00
Lifeline 22.55 Donna Mykytiuch 25.00 Myroslaw M. Prokop 50.00 Walt Shwaluk 10.00 Walter J. Towstokor 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Zaremba 100.00
Mr. & Mrs. Russell Lindsey 25.00 Bohdan Myr 15.00 Andrew Prucknicki 25.00 Ms. Mary Shyka 25.00 Ms. Sofia D. Trella 75.00 Roman Zaricznak 5.00
Michael Lipcan, Jr. 100.00 Mychajlo Mysak 10.00 R. Pryjma 25.00 Mr. Paul Shylo 120.00 Dr. Wira S. Trigos 120.00 Mr. Walter Zaryckyj 25.00
Ms. A. Lisewycz 50.00 Zinaida Myskiw 25.00 Mr. Andrew Pryshlak 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. Shymonowych 50.00 Mr. Frank Trojan 25.00 Frank Zawodzinski 10.00
Mr. & Mrs. Mykola Liskiwsky 50.00 Dr. Tamara Nabolotny 150.00 Mr. & Mrs. Andrij Pryshlak 100.00 Karen Siemieniuk 10.00 Ms. Vera Trojan 50.00 Mr. & Mrs. William Zdeblick 100.00
Mr. & Mrs. John Lisy 10.00 Valeria Nabolotny 50.00 Natalie Prytula 200.00 Susan Siemieniuk 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Philip Trotch 20.00 Rev. & Mrs. Bohdan Zelechiwsky 100.00
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Litosch 25.00 Victor Nadozirny 70.00 Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Prytula 50.00 Mrs. Valentina Sierra 25.00 L. L. Troutman 25.00 Mrs. Zoja Zelechowsky 75.00
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Mr. B. Liwczak 100.00 Mr. & Mrs. John Nalepa 25.00 Vera S. Pupa 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Francis Sinagulia 5.00 Ms. Delia Trusio 25.00 Ms. Raisa Zelinsky 25.00
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Kevin Lloyd 60.00 Thomas Nary 50.00 M. Puszkydra 25.00 John Sirick 100.00 Helen Turcyk 25.00 Mr. & Mrs. Bohdan Zerebeckyj 50.00
LMT Products, Inc. 150.00 Nawrocki's Pharmacy 200.00 Mr. Stefan Pylyp 50.00 Ms. Daria Sirko 20.00 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Turczan 25.00 Marta Zielyk 25.00
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FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

What’s happening to our holidays? Plast girls complete a good deed


by Lev Horodyskyj

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word
“Christmas?” Santa Claus? Presents? Christmas trees? Shopping?
Headache? What was once a celebrated holiday of Christ’s birth has
become an excuse for greed and maxing out credit cards. What have we
done to our holidays?
We have allowed holidays to become corrupted in the interest of the econ-
omy. Buy, buy, buy! Even the word “holiday” is a corruption of the words
“holy day.” These once solemn occasions are no longer days when we pause
in our hectic lives to reflect. We busy ourselves searching the malls for the
latest “must have” items.
The early Christians died for their beliefs. Those beliefs were all they
had. Easter was the most celebrated holiday because Jesus Christ rose from
the dead. It was a very sacred holiday. Today, Christians engage in Easter
egg hunts, give presents and make their semi-annual appearance in church.
Who remembers who St. Valentine was, or what he did? Today, Valentine’s
Day has become synonymous with hearts, chocolates, flowers and other
Girls of Plast’s “Bdzhilky” patrol at Historic Speedwell with the historic site’s
gifts. St. Valentine was a martyr for the Christian faith. Love’s association
board of trustees president and program director.
with him goes back to a pagan Roman holiday during which young people
chose their true love for the year. It was celebrated at the same time St. Works, which built the motor for the
Valentine died. Another saint, St. Patrick, did incredible things for Ireland.
by Dara Denysyk
first steamship to cross the Atlantic,
Now, St. Patrick’s Day is an excuse for drinking, having parades and wear- MORRISTOWN, N.J. – The the S.S. Savannah.
ing green. “Bdzhilky” Plast patrol of It is the site of the birthplace of the
Christmas is probably our most tarnished holiday. Why are children grow- Newark/Morris County, N.J., per- telegraph, where Alfred Vail and
ing up believing that Christmas is a special day for them? They think that formed their scouts’ good deed here Samuel Morse developed and first
Christmas is the day that Santa Claus brings them gifts. Not many remember at Historic Speedwell, a national his- publicly demonstrated the Morse
that it is Jesus’ birthday. We should spend Christmas day celebrating God’s toric site and museum. Code and Telegraph in 1838.
greatest gift to us, His only Son – not ripping open presents. After enjoying an outdoor picnic on Each Ukrainian scout – Victoria
Even most of the major symbols of Christmas have lost their meaning. the seven-and-a-half-acre site, the Baranetsky, Dara Denysyk, Slava
Who remembers what the candy cane stands for? Or who originally thought Plast girls helped at the museum in Halibey, Melanie Nycz, Andrea
of decorating a pine tree? Who thought of the Nativity scene? Who was St. the following manner: planting spring Popovich, Daria Szkwarko, Natalie
Nicholas? The candy cane was a symbol of Jesus, the shepherd. The cane flowers and bulbs, weeding, moving Turynsky and Marta Yacykewych –
was shaped like the shepherd’s crook. The red symbolized the blood that furniture, sweeping, cataloguing the received a letter of thanks for her vol-
Jesus shed for us. Martin Luther originated the idea of decorating a pine tree museum’s book collections and unteer work.
for Christmas. St. Francis created the Nativity set. St. Nicholas, a rich noble- organizing the archives. “The above-named scouts are wel-
man, gave anonymously to the poor. Christmas is now about Rudolph and Historic Speedwell has eight his- come to come back and volunteer in
Frosty the Snowman specials aired on TV before Halloween to get us in the toric structures and a pond. It pre- the future. They made a difference.
mood for shopping. serves the remainder of the Vail We are grateful for their skill, talent
Holy days are not the only ones that have lost their meaning. Does anyone Homestead and House Mansion, and time,” wrote Kathleen Duane,
remember that Halloween was a day to honor the dead and not a day to run where you can view the last two por- president of the board of trustees of
from house to house begging for candy? What do you do on Veterans’ Day? traits painted by S.F.B. Morse, profes- Historic Speedwell, and Anna
Did you fly a flag in memory of those who died to protect our freedom? Does sionally a portrait painter; and fea- Denysyk, program director at Historic
anyone remember that Thanksgiving was the day the Puritans gave thanks tures an exhibit of the Speedwell Iron Speedwell.
for arriving safely in the New World and not a day to gorge on turkey, watch
parades all morning and football all afternoon? The day after Thanksgiving
has now become a national holiday – the first day of the “shopping season.”
Giving is good, but what happens on the day after Christmas? All the people
dissatisfied with their presents rush back to the stores to return them.
I remember one late August seeing a store already selling artificial
Christmas trees. Nowadays, we just seem to make Thanksgiving an exten-
sion of Christmas. Some people don’t even bother to take down their
Christmas lights, they just leave them up all year long. All the holidays are
starting to look alike. What is happening to our holidays? Maybe one day it
will be “Trick or treat! Happy Hallo-giving! Here’s a candy cane and a
chocolate egg for your Independence basket.”
In order to protect the next generation from holiday corruption, we need to
teach them now why we celebrate holidays. And it is not to get gifts or
chocolates, take time off from work, party, or lie around in bed all day. Do
we know why we celebrate holidays? Will our children know?
Victoria Baranetsky, Daria Szkwarko, Marta Yacykewych, Natalie Turynsky and
Lev Horodyskyj is a freshman at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He Andrea Popovich clean up inside Estey House, one of the historic buildings at
has contributed to UKELODEON in the past. Historic Speedwell.
More than 170 Plast youths attend annual Orlykiada at Soyuzivka
26 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999 No. 50

by Tatiana Kuzmowycz
KERHONKSON, N.Y. – During
the weekend of November 12-14, yet
another Plast gathering occurred at
the Ukrainian National Association
Resort Soyuzivka. Only three weeks
after the 24th Plast National
Convention of Plast Ukrainian
Scouting Organization, over 170
Ukrainian youth (“yunatstvo” age 13-
18) gathered for a competition known
as Orlykiada. The colorful autumn
leaves had long since fallen, and the
cold air started this eventful weekend.
This competition is an opportunity
for Plast youth to meet with one
another and enjoy the competitive
spirit and teamwork essential to
Orlykiada. The event is organized by
the senior fraternity known as the
Orlykivtsi, named after Hetman
Hryhorii Orlyk. It has taken place
annually since 1962.
This year, Plast members attended
from all over the United States and
Canada: from New York, Newark,
Orlykiada participants in front of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, located down the hill from Soyuzivka.
Philadelphia, Toronto, Chicago,
Detroit, Cleveland, Washington, branch in the United States and performances began. There were on Sunday. Once again the main hall
Passaic, Rochester, Hartford, Boston Canada. Since only 12 representa- many variations of skits, ranging from was lined with teams and their flags,
and Hempstead. Seventeen teams tives from each troop (“kurin”) may serious campfire simulations, to inter- and in attendance were guests, coun-
were registered to compete. The attend, many counselors gave tests to esting songs and dances. Creativity selors, members of the Orlykivtsi and
theme of this competition was the select the best possible team. was at its highest level during this Plast’s National Council. Mr. Korchak
50th anniversary of Plast in America. The teams also prepared a project phase of the competition, and the distributed the certificates to all the
Opening ceremonies began at 10 on a specific topic dealing with the entire room was crowded during the teams, and the winners were
a.m. on Saturday. In attendance were history of Plast in the United States. performances. Skits were judged on announced.
all 17 teams, with approximately 25 Each team showed creativity on how originality, team work and adherence Project winners: first place – Troop
counselors, guests and members of to approach this project. Some of the to the given topic. The room echoed 20; Newark girls; second place –
the sponsoring Orlykivtsi headed by projects included a map depicting with laughter and applause. The Detroit; third place – Troop 2, New
Mr. Kurchak. Master of ceremonies locations of Plast branches, a photo group from Toronto won this phase of York girls.
Bohdan Kopystianskyj and history of Plast’s Jamborees, camp the competition with a creative and Question and answer session: first
“bunchuzhnyi” Tymish Korytko, gath- kitchen menus, homemade Plast exciting musical performance in place – Troop 7, Chicago boys; sec-
ered the plastuny for the opening cer- medallions, a scene from a typical which they took popular Broadway ond place – Troop 10, Toronto; third
emonies, while Tamara Heimur read camp set-up, the history of “KBT”– a show tunes and wrote lyrics to them place – Troop 4, Philadelphia girls.
the program. U.S.-based camp for “yunatsvto” dealing with the history of Plast. Later Skits: first place – Troop 10,
Immediately following the opening wishing to attain Eagle Scout ranking, that evening a dance was held, with Toronto; second place – Washington;
ceremonies the question and answer joint U.S./Canadian Plast projects, D.J. Adyk Kwitkowsky, and the youths third place – Detroit.
session began. Yunatsvto attending and a creative and colorful model of a got to enjoy themselves and stray Overall standings – boys: first place
the competition had prepared long millennium celebration at Times away from the competitive atmos- – Troop 7, Chicago; second place –
before this November weekend. Square with many buildings and phere of earlier that day. Detroit; third place – Troop 3, New
Preparatory information on the history questions in each window that was Sunday morning everyone attended York; first place – Troop 10, Toronto;
of Plast’s development in the United designed by the Newark girls team. divine liturgy followed by the tradi- second place – Troop 4, Philadelphia;
States was sent out to each scouting After lunch on Saturday the skit tional group picture, then the compe- third place – Troop 2, New York.
tition resumed. This time team com- Closing remarks were given by the
petitions were over, but 10 boys and national commander of “yunatsvo,”
girls competed for the position of Marta Kuzmowycz, who congratulated
“Hetman” and “Hetmanivna,” the everyone for the wonderful team work
leaders of this Orlykiada. Each com- of the participants and gave thanks to
petitor took the stage and recited one the Orlykivtsi for their 38 continuous
paragraph that they had earlier mem- years of work for Ukrainian scouting
orized, outlining the biography of youth. The event ended with everyone
Hryhorii Orlyk. Then, they were singing “Mnohaia Lita.”
asked questions dealing with current It appears the competitive spirit is
affairs, the future of Plast, their per- contagious, since Orlykiady have now
sonal goals, etc. During the closing been taking place in Ukraine for the
ceremonies of the 38th Orlykiada it past five years as well.
was announced that Markian As everyone was preparing to leave
Dobczansky of Washington, was Soyuzivka, there were final hugs and
selected “Hetman” and the kisses and tears – for some older
“Hetmanivna” was Natalia Terpliak of “yunatstvo” this was their last
Friends meet at Orlykiada: (from left) Tatiana Kuzmowycz, Roman Hankewycz Toronto. Orlykiada, but many others will be
and Talia Hud. Closing ceremonies were at noon back next fall for the 39th Orlykiada.
Myshka’s Christmas
No. 50 THE UKRAINIAN WEEKLY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1999 27

Children’s contest is announced


NEW YORK – As the entire world ability is welcome: all art such as
prepares to celebrate the 2,000th paintings, drawings, sculpture, con-
anniversary of the birth of Christ, the structions, models; the written word
New York Regional Council of the including poetry and prose; and
Ukrainian National Women’s League handcrafts, for example, embroidery
of America is planning an exhibit in and pysanky.
the year 2000 celebrating the creativ- The “Children’s Exhibit” will be
ity of children. Participation in the on display for two weeks. During that
exhibit is open to all children, age 5 period, one day will be devoted to live
to 14. performances by participants.
To ensure the success of this proj- The submission date for all entries
ect, the UNWLA is asking all teach- is February 28, 2000. Please include
ers, educators and parents to encour- all pertinent information for each
age children to participate by submit- individual entry: name, address and
ting their works for inclusion in this age of participant; title of the submit-
exhibition. Every aspect of creative ted entry, and if applicable the mate-
rials used to create it; also the school,
UKELODEON: it rhymes with organization, or other affiliation of the
nickelodeon, an early movie theater participant, etc.
that charged a nickel for admission. The date and place of the exhibi-
The root of the word, “odeon,” is tion will be announced in the spring
from the Greek “oideion,” a small of 2000. We ask all Ukrainian organi-
building used for public perform-
To all my friends who read UKELODEON:
zations, schools and parents for their
ances of music and poetry. Our support and participation in this
UKELODEON is envisioned as a undertaking. Merry Christmas! Veselykh Sviat!
public space where our youth, from Please mail all entries to: UNWLA
kindergartners to teens, can come
Regional Council, c/o Daria Kostiw,

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carols Jesus Christ Mykolai stable
Christmas Joseph present Three Kings
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Sunday, December 12 divination. The evening will be held at the
Mayana Gallery, 136 Second Ave., fourth
CHICAGO: The Ukrainian Institute of floor, at 5 p.m. For more information, call
Modern Art presents a concert featuring (212) 260-4490 or (212) 777-8144.
pianist Mykola Suk in a program of works Website: http://www.brama.com/mayana.
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will be held at the institute, 2320 W. New York State Council on the Arts.
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Sunday, December 19
Friday, December 17
MENDHAM, N.J.: New York City
NEW YORK: The Ukrainian Art and Opera soprano Oksana Krovytska will
Literary Club presents “Creation Myths perform, with soloists Misa Iwama,
as Reflected in Pre-Christian Ritual mezzo-soprano, Andrew Richards, tenor,
Koliadky,” as part of the “Archetypes of and Michail Krutikov, bass, and a cham-
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Bachynska, Ludmyla Hrabovska and stu- String Quartet and The Five Woodwind
dents from the New York School of Quintet at the Mallinckrodt Convent of
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Alla Kutsevych and Lavrentia Turkewicz cert, under the direction of Rick Hartung,
accompanying on the bandura; commen- Ms. Krovytska’s husband, will consist of
tary by Slava Gerulak. Donation: $5. The various Christmas selections from
evening will be held at the Mayana
operas and oratorios, as well as carols
Gallery, 136 Second Ave., fourth floor, at
and songs from around the world. The
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formance is funded in part by the New
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TWG Christmas Party, which will be held mation call (973) 543-6528, ext. 313.
beginning at 8 p.m. at the historic Evans The concert is presented by New York
Farm Inn, 1696 Chain Bridge Road, Concert Opera; proceeds to benefit the
McLean, Va.; telephone, (703) 356-8000. Sisters of Christian Charity and their
Admission: $25; includes food, hors charitable works.
d’oeuvres, cash bar, music and a special
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Hrynkiv from Kyiv. The TWG Cultural Committee of America invites everyone to
Fund will be holding a silent auction dur- attend a community event with three inde-
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mation call Tanya Stasiuk, (703) 875- discuss “Freedom of the Press during
8036. Ukraine’s Recent Presidential Elections.”
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Second Ave., at 2 p.m. For further infor-
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Lykhovyd will direct the Ukrainska children, young and old, to a Christmas
ATTENTION! Rodyna choral ensemble in an enactment play, followed by a visit from St. Nicholas
of an ancient winter solstice ritual. at noon at St. Nicholas School Hall, 212
A new recording of known and unknown
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