Thursday, March 25, 2010

Nadvirna city council awards honorary citizen titles to Bandera, Shukhevych, Lenkavsky

March 25, 2010 | Interfax-Ukraine Ivano-Frankivsk, March 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) - The city council of Nadvirna in Ivano-Frankivsk region has awarded honorary citizen titles to Stepan Bandera and Stepan Lenkavsky, the leaders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), and Roman Shukhevych, the commander of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army.

Interfax-Ukraine learned this at the city council, referring to a relevant decision taken on Thursday.

All 29 deputies who attended the session voted for the decision.

The council also supported Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Council's request to dismiss Dmytro Tabachnyk as Ukraine's education and science minister.

Nadvirna City Council includes 38 deputies who represent the factions of Our Ukraine Party, the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko, the Ukrainian People's Party, and the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists.

Over 22,000 people live in Nadvirna.

Source: Kyiv Post

10,000 Ukrainians protest 'pro-Russian' minister

LVIV, Ukraine - About 10,000 protesters formed a human chain in the Ukrainian city of Lviv on Tuesday to demonstrate against a new education minister accused of being pro-Russian.

The mostly student protesters formed a human chain around four kilometres long in central Lviv, a city in western Ukraine considered a stronghold of Ukrainian nationalism, an AFP correspondent witnessed.

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Source: Vancouver Sun

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Yushchenko says Yanukovych has no legal muscle to cancel my Hero of Ukraine award to Bandera

Speaking March 23 to the 5-th Kanal TV, former Pres Yushchenko said Pres Yanukovych has no legal power to cancel the awards given by past presidents.

It is beyond Yanukovych’s legal powers to cancel my awards, like it was beyond my powers to cancel the awards given by all former presidents,” Yushchenko declared, saying the past awards are within the responsibility of the past presidents.“If Yanukovych cancels the awards] he will set a very dangerous precedent. What if a Communist president is elected after Yanukovych? He may cancel all decrees passed after the act on Ukraine’s independence in 1991,” Yushchenko argued. Click here to read more.

Source: Zik

Russian skater earns gold?????

Get over it you poor losers. There are more important issues your upside down country (Russia) needs, like feeding your poor!!!!

MOSCOW - Olympic figure skating silver medallist Evgeny Plushenko will get a "belated gold medal" from Siberian jewellers, Russian media reported on Wednesday.

Jewellers from Yakutsk said they planned to award a special medal weighing more than half a kilo of pure gold to Plushenko, who was controversially beaten into second place by American Evan Lysacek at last month’s Vancouver Olympics.

Most Russians, including Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, felt Plushenko should have won the gold in Vancouver. Putin sent Plushenko a telegram, saying: "Your silver is worth gold".

The 2006 Olympic champion himself said he was a victim of biased judging in Vancouver and felt he, not Lysacek, was the "true" champion.

Plushenko was forced to pull out of this week’s world championships in Turin with a knee injury.

Source: The Montreal Gazette

Monday, March 22, 2010

Yanukovych could lead Ukraine to West

Like Nixon and China. Analyst thinks hard-line leader is well-suited to create detente

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, whose February election was greeted with deep skepticism by western observers and Canada's 1.2 million-strong diaspora, could end up bringing his country much closer to the West, according to a European political analyst and historian.

Yanukovych, known as ideologically rigid, socially awkward and politically corrupt, could end up emulating the policy breakthroughs of a politician who shared the same three characteristics - the late U.S. president Richard Nixon.

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Source: Montreal Gazette

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Take Zat!

The French have a head start with their conception of obnoxious Russians

Take Zat!

Russians are slightly up in arms about this French commercial. Wonder why?

Friday, March 12, 2010

Signatures being collected in Lviv in support of dismissal of education minister Tabachnyk

Ukraine The Lviv branch of the For Ukraine! Party has started to collect signatures in support of the dismissal of Education and Science Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk, the regional organization's press service has reported.

"Tabachnyk's appointment as education and science minister is destroying reforms in the education sector launched by [former Minister] Ivan Vakarchuk, and, first and foremost, the external independent assessment [of knowledge]. He will also try to review the assessment of history in textbooks. I think that the Ukrainian language will also be ousted from the sphere of education," branch leader Yaroslav Pitko said.

"He [the new minister] will harm our children through [his] absolutely different interpretation of historical events, and, consequently, their value. So we're demanding Tabachnyk's dismissal right now," he said.

The party's branch in Lviv called on Lviv city and regional councils to hold extraordinary sessions on this issue.

Source Kyiv Post

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bandera’s supporters ready for new battle

While there is no archival evidence to date that Bandera himself took part in pogroms against Jews, a brief alliance with the Nazis against the Red Army fueled Soviet propaganda which tainted him as a Nazi collaborator, and sparked widespread criticism of his movement by Jews. Supporters of Bandera see him as a hero, and are criticizing the European Parliament for siding with what they describe as a deliberate and anti-Ukrainian smear campaign.

Andriy Levus, who heads the service, said when the petition reaches 5,000 signatories, it will be presented to representatives of the European Parliament in Kyiv. The appeal has gained roughly 1,000 signatures a day since it was posted over the weekend and can be found on

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Source: Kyiv Post

Monday, March 08, 2010

Taras Shevchenko

I wonder what Taras Shevchenko would think of seeing the yanachar Yanukovych standing in front of his monument laying a reaf? Rumors have it that the newly elected President will take part in cermony honoring Ukraine's greatest poet?

My thoughts, my melancholy thoughts,
My children, tender shoots!
I nursed you, brought you up -- and now
What shall I do with you? ...
Go to Ukraine, my homeless waifs!
Your way make to Ukraine
Along back roads like vagabonds,
But I'm doomed here to stay.

There you will find a heart that's true
And words of welcome kind,
There honesty, unvarnished truth
And, maybe, fame you'll find ...
So welcome them, my Motherland,
Ukraine, into your home!
Accept my guileless, simple brood
And take them for your own!

Yanuk called the distinguished Russian writer, Anton Chekhov, a Ukrainian poet. I cetainly hope he doesn't confuse Shevchenko being a great Russian poet.....
Never know what will pop out of his mouth. Let's hope he does not go about reciting any poems either.

You can read more about Ukraine's poet, painter, bard, hero, Taras Shevchenko here. Just as Stepan Bandera and the many freedom fighters of Ukraine.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Ukrainians have right to honor their own heroes

Here’s the actual text of point 13 of this resolution approved on Feb. 25 “[The European Parliament] deeply deplores the decision by the outgoing President of Ukraine, Victor Yushchenko, posthumously to award Stepan Bandera, a leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists which collaborated with Nazi Germany, the title of National Hero of Ukraine; hope, in this regard, that the new Ukrainian leadership will reconsider such decisions and will maintain its commitment to European values.”

But, at the same time, the deputies of the European Parliament – having no great knowledge of Ukrainian history – want to forbid us from having our own vision of our national past. The Russians are developing their own vision by creating a special federal committee. But at the same time, Ukrainians aren’t granted the right to have our own point of view. And if we do have it, it’s called fascism or Nazi collaboration.

E-mail the European Parliament and leave them your thoughts.

Click here to read complete article.

Source: Kyiv Post

Also check out Bandera Bashing Déjà vu

Friday, March 05, 2010

Bandera Bashing Déjà vu

We were down this road 25 years ago. Then it was the Canada’s Commission of Inquiry on War Criminals presided over by Justice Jules Deshcenes. Then it was the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Canada-based Nazi hunter Sol Littman who decided that “Ukrainians, by reason of their large numbers and historic hatred of Poles and Jews, proved themselves particularly pernicious [Nazi] collaborationists.” It was in this context that he proceeded to drag the Bandera family name through the mud.

Visit Stephan Bandera's blog to

Thank you Stephane for your on going fight for truth and freedom from the communist propagandists, who's days are running out. Roman Golash

Source: Kyiv Scoop

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Lviv City Council to approve address to European Parliament over hero title award for Bandera

Lviv City Council will hold an extraordinary meeting on March 3 to approve an address to the European Parliament concerning a resolution it passed deploring former Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko's decision to posthumously award Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, the title of Hero of Ukraine.

The council's presidium took the decision on Mar. 2.

Lviv City Council's deputies think that this clause of the resolution has no legal and historical substantiation and will demand that it be cancelled.

They said that while passing such a resolution, MEPs had been "misinformed by anti-Ukrainian forces" and had not known who Bandera was.

In this connection, the address will contain a detailed biographical reference about Bandera, which will be drafted by historians. Lviv City Council is planning to pass the copies of this reference to all MEPs.

As reported, the European Parliament, in its resolution passed on February 25, said that it "deeply deplores the decision by the outgoing President of Ukraine, Viktor Yuschenko, to posthumously award Stepan Bandera, a leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), which collaborated with Nazi Germany, the title of 'National Hero of Ukraine.'" In this regard, the European Parliament expressed hope that "the new Ukrainian leadership will reconsider such decisions and will maintain its commitment to European values."

Source: Kyiv Post

Monday, March 01, 2010

Russia picks a Fight with Canada

As the second week of the Vancouver Olympiad wound down, the Canadian press was consumed with a February 19 op-ed in Pravda which offered nuggets of Russian wisdom such as “Vancouver is not fit to hold the Winter Olympics” and referring to ”the abject cruelty shown by Canadian soldiers in international conflicts” and calling the Canadians “retentive” and “cowardly.” Then this: “Canada lives in the shadow of its larger neighbour to the south.” Then he accused Canada of having an “inferiority complex, born of a trauma being the skinny and weakling bro to a beefy United States and a colonial outpost to the United Kingdom, whose Queen smiles happily from Canadian postage stamps.”

To speak about any Olympic host this way, much less a docile, self-effacing place like Canada, is the act of a true barbarian, and Russia has humiliated itself before the world by doing so. It richly deserves to have this outrageous abuse hurled back upon it if the Sochi games actually go forward, and we know that if it happens Russia will play the innocent victim in a way that will even more vulgar and appalling than its crude insults to Canada.

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Source: La Russophobe

Ukraine takes losing in stride, unlike Russia at the Olympics

International sport during the Soviet period served as a way of proving the superiority of the Soviet system. The victories of individual athletes were the collective achievements of the Soviet ideology and the Soviet people. The collapse of the Soviet Union brought an end to the powerful system built over decades that helped to nurture top athletes, and the poor performances in Vancouver are in part a result of that decline.

It’s telling that while Russian politicians this month were still yearning for the sporting glories of the Soviet Union, their Ukrainian counterparts barely gave as much as a nod to the winter Olympics, busy playing a completely different game.

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Source: Kyiv Post

PS Could not resist adding the photo again, especially on a Monday.....