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||Thursday, 6 - 8:30 pm PRESENTATION "FAMILY AND NATION, OR EQUALITY OF RIGHTS? WOMEN IN GALICIAN SOCIETY, 1867-1914” By Dr. Tomasz Pudlocki and commentary on how this shared Galician history influences Polish perceptions of the current crisis in Ukraine. Free
and open to the public. Daemen College, Wick Alumni Lounge 4380 Main St, Amherst, NY
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||Saturday, Scholars commenting on "The Crisis in Ukraine Today" & RECEPTION
All are invited to attend. Free and open to the public. Daemen College, 4380 Main Street, Amherst, NY Lecture: Schenck Hall - Large Auditorium, Room 107 Reception: Rosary Hall
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Ukraine Crisis Response Buffalo TOGETHER IN UNITY FOR A FREE AND INDEPENDENT UKRAINE
|Sunday, 12:00 pm. UKRAINIAN "SVIATCHENE” EASTER BRUNCH, $10 admission at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church, 308 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo, Telephone: (716) 852-7566
||Sunday, 5:00 pm Polish-American Congress "Swieconka" Easter Dinner. Guest Speaker: Stefan Mychajliw, Erie Country Comptroller will speak on the "Crisis in Ukraine” Admission: $27.50 St Stanislaus Church at the Parish Hall, 289 Peckam Street (and Wilson), Buffalo
Contact and Reservations: Dina Szmanski, Telephone: 716-432-7664 or email: Dina1nonly@roadrunner.com
|Friday, 6:00 pm, OLIGARCH HAPPY HOUR (FUNDRAISER) Open Bar; Light Buffet; Music $50 donation to support of the Election Observer Mission to Ukraine Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center, Lounge 562 Genesee St., Buffalo
|Friday, 7:00 pm, Euro Block Party Fundraiser in support of Election Observer Mission to Ukraine at Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center Grand Hall 562 Genesee St., Buffalo. Live music by "Those Idiots" at Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center, Tickets: $15
||Tuesday, 6:00 pm, UKRAINE ELECTION OBSERVER WNY INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Free and open to the public Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center – Lounge 562 Genesee St., Buffalo
Reply to Caputo On Crimea article in ArtVoice March 27, 2014
Thanks to Mike Caputo for sharing his personal, and
professional, insights into Russia's most recent invasion of Ukraine. Two of
his main points deserve amplification. The first, is the pervasive effect of
the Kremlin's propaganda and it's stranglehold on Russia's mass media, with the
goal of whipping up ultra-nationalist
(read fascist) fervor inside of Russia. Putin's deliberate destabilization of Eastern
Ukraine combines the positioning of 40,000 heavily armed invasion troops at the
border, while continuing the systematic brainwashing perfected during 350 years
of Russian occupation, which was supplemented by the resettlement of ethnic
Russian after the depopulation of 7 million deliberate famine victims duringRead More in PDF
The Long Walk To Freedom by
The title of this article is borrowed from the book of
memoirs by Nelson Mandela, the famous freedom fighter. He devoted almost half a century to the
liberation of his people. In the week
following his death, the main stories of the world media were the funeral of
this great African and the millions of Ukrainian on Kyiv's central square. The victory seemed so close than, that
Mandela's cautionary statements about the long road to freedom was seen as
irrelevant. Reed more in PDF
Budapest Memorandum - December 5, 1994
Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with Ukraine's
accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The United States of America,
the Russian Federation,
and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Welcoming the accession of Ukraine
to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as a
non-nuclear-weapon State. Taking into account the commitment of Ukraine to eliminate all nuclear
weapons from its territory within a specified period of time, Noting the changes in the world-wide security situation, including the end
of the Cold War, which have brought about conditions for deep reductions in
nuclear forces. Read more in PDF
Conflict with Russia galvanizes Ukraine's identity, triggers surge of patriotism - Associated Press - March 30, 2014
this Sunday, March 9, 2014 photo a young Ukrainian woman holds a Ukrainian flag
during celebrations of the 200th birthday anniversary of Ukrainian poet Taras
Shevchenko in the Black Sea port of Odessa, Ukraine. The monument to the poet
is in the background. Ukraine,
a land the size of France
with a population of 46 million, has historically been a massive prize in the
heart of Europe. Read More in PDF
Obama Hops on LNG Train,
but Is That Train Even Leaving?
- March 27, 2014 √ The Motley
U.S. President Barack Obama said a
trans-Atlantic trade deal under review could help break Russia's grip
on the region's energy sector. New LNG leeway in the United
States could help the cause, though any meaningful relief
for Europe may arrive long after the immediate
crisis is over. "Once we have a trade agreement in place, export licenses
for projects for liquefied natural gas destined to Europe would be much easier,
something that is obviously relevant in today's geopolitical environment"
the president said. U.S. policymakers have said more energy exports could help European allies, Ukraine in particular, who are struggling to
grip on the region's energy sector. Read more in PDF
Kiev's Russian-Trained Assassins
Jamie Dettmer - March 30, 2014 -The Daily Beast
KIEV, Ukraine≈The first
crack of a sniper's round in Kiev's Independence Square came shortly after nine
o'clock on the morning of February 20 and the last about seven hours later at
around four o'clock in the afternoon drawing to a close the bloodiest day in
what had been a months-long struggle to oust Ukraine President Viktor
Yanukovych. Read More in PDF
Halya Coynash √ Jan 20, 2014 -ukraineanalysis.wordpress.com
Whether the blow inflicted
fragile democracy last week proves fatal will depend on a number of factors,
not all linked with the EuroMaidan mass demonstrations. The blitzkrieg attack was so brazen both in
method and ammunition used that all protest from the west seemed scarcely worth
This, I believe, is not yet
the case. A president desperate to
remain in power and his parliamentary titushki may do the opposition and civic
activists a favour √ if some painful
lessons can be learned. Read More in PDF
loyal aides and 'inner voice', Putin hears no Crimea
By Elizabeth Piper √ Reuters - March 12, 2014 MOSCOW (Reuters)
Surrounded by faithful aides, President Vladimir Putin hears no
opposition to his plans in Crimea, allowing him to drive Russia's bid to reclaim Ukraine's southern
region guided by little more than his "inner voice". Former and current officials paint a picture of a leader who
counts on the unswerving loyalty of a handful of advisers from his
administration and security services to draft policy that has plunged relations
with the West to a new post-Cold War low. That the seizure of Crimea, home to Russia's
Black Sea Fleet, could tip a faltering economy. Read More in PDF
Stop this man: U.S.
needs deeper involvement in Ukraine
Kasparov √ March 16, 2014 √ New York
Trying to ignore the world's dangers and dictators never works
for long, and the situation in Ukraine will be harder to deal with the longer
strong measures against Russia and Putin are delayed. Get his attention ≈ Vladimir Putin must know that the U.S. has the means and the will to
follow through with the harshest sanctions. In this age of instantaneous global communications, people don't
give a second thought to finding out what is happening on the other side of the
world. A missing plane in Asia, a gory murder trial in Africa:
It's all there with one click of the mouse or turn of the page.Read More in PDF
Enigmatic "Russian Soul"
Sergey Maidukov March 28, 2014
What makes the Russian
national character so special? Is it really true that they are different from
the other people?The answer is┘ yes,
definitely. Born In The USSR
Ranked at number 155 according
to the Global Peace Index, Russia
is one of the most dangerous countries in the whole world. It is notorious as
the lawless land, where people are assassinated every 18 minutes, averaging 84
murders per day in a nation of 143 million.
The other side of the coin
is a high level of suicide. The Serbsky
Center in Moscow
announced that Russia had
reached second place in the world in suicide rates, behind only Lithuania. In
the years between 1993 and 2013, about a million Russians killed themselves.
Furthermore, another million die each year from alcohol- and smoking-related
causes. Read More in PDF
St. John The Baptist Church Bazaar was a Success.
The St. John the Baptist parish sponsored an annual fundraising "Save for the Holidays" Easter Bazaar on April 4, at the Parish hall. Despite the slightly inclement weather, the parishioners and supporters from nearby cities and towns came to support this year's event.
Young and old were attracted and captivated by various raffles, theme baskets, ethnic food and baked goods, Ukrainian Easter Eggs, "Trash and Treasures," and local vendors with diverse products. Everyone had an opportunity to win numerous prices.
In addition, the quests tried and enjoyed delicious ethnic food, such as holybci, pyrohy, Easter paska, and pastries.
The parishioners and quests spent an afternoon in a spirit of approaching Easter season with a smile and nobody left empty-handed.
The Easter Bazaar Committee and everyone who gave a helping hand before, during and after the Easter Bazaar deserve giant thanks. The fundraising event was a huge success. Thanks everyone who came to support the St. John the Baptist "Save for the Holidays" Easter Bazaar.
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A documentary film "A Kingdom Reborn: Treasures from Ukrainian Galicia" was about the art and architectural treasures of Lviv
and Western Ukraine. It
presented Lviv and its cityscape, and the region's myths, legends and artistic achievements, as constantly shifting arenas where diverse and complex identities evolved and now face specific challenges in the 21st century. It was produced by by Dani Stodilka from Toronto and was sponsored by Ukrainian National Women's League of America, Br. 97. on Saturday, March 21. Everyone that came to watch a movie learned something new about Halychuna and it's history, and went home once again proud to be Ukrainian.
For a synopsis, visit www.akingdomreborn.com.
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Saturday, February 21st at. Dnipro
This art party and fundraiser featured two floors of live music, dancing, cutting edge art installations, performances, a silent art auction with art from some of the best artists from this region, a video screening room, etc.
Please take a moment to sign this important petition, requesting that the NY Times revoke the Pulitzer given to Duranty in 1932 despite disproven lies he perpetuated about the Holodomor (Ukrainian genocide famine) http://www.petitiononline.com/lozo2008/petition.html
Big Wheelie and a Hubcaps
at Dnipro, February 14
While American Holiday Season is ending, Ukrainian Holiday Season is just starting. It starts with UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS on January 7th. For the Ukrainian people Christmas is the most important family holiday of the whole year. It is celebrated solemnly, as well as merrily, according to ancient customs that have come down through the ages and are still observed today.
Ukrainian Christmas festivities begin on Christmas Eve, January 6th and end on the Feast of the Epiphany by old Julian Calendar.
The Christmas Eve Supper or Sviata Vecheria (Holy Supper) brings the family together to partake in special foods and begin the holiday with many customs and traditions, which reach back to antiquity. The rituals of the Christmas Eve are dedicated to God, to the welfare of the family, and to the remembrance of the ancestors. With the appearance of the first star which is believed to be the Star of Bethlehem, the family gathers to begin supper.
Did you know? It wasn't a surprise to local Ukrainian-Americans to learn that Wolodymir Klitschko, world heavyweight champion, has sucessfully defended his IBF, WBO and IBO titles on December, 13, 2008. Klitschko won against Hasim Rahman in the seventh round at SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany. To learn more about his last fight and view more videos from previous fights visit www.klitschko.com, the official homepage of Wolodymyr and Vitaliy Klitschko. The homepage is written in Ukrainian and English and provides interesting facts about two brothers and their boxing careers.
Interesting fact: Wladimir Klitschko 244.2 lbs
Hasim Rahman 253 lbs
Happy Holidays Season: Celebrating Two Christmases
Adjusting to life in my adopting country and culture takes time and patience. On one hand it's hard. On opposite, it's more fun, especially when it comes to celebrating religious holidays. Because most of the Christian holidays around the world have the same meaning, but continue to be celebrated according to two calendars Julian and Gregorian, I've found December and January are the busiest months with marks on my personal calendar. They combine holidays celebrated in both countries with which I have connections-Ukraine and the USA .
December 19 - St. Nicholas, Sviatyij Mykolai Day. The popular traditional gift giving day in Ukraine According to cultural rituals, children and adults receive presents which they "discover" under their pillows on early morning and the person named Nicholas-Mykola receives special treatment on this day. Schools have plays telling Nicholas stories and the saint visits local youth organizations. He quizzes children on their catechism before giving gifts. It's similar to the American Christmas when people exchange presents.
December 24-26 - Christmas Eve and Day. READ MORE
By Zanna Vaida
St. John Church BAZAAR
What do you expect when you go to a Bazaar? Bargains, food, friendly atmosphere and social networking? How wonderful! What about money savings for the Holidays?
The annual "Save for the Holidays" Christmas Bazaar at the St.. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church on November 22 became a bargain marketplace for its parishioners and residents of the surrounding areas, including the city and village of Tonawanda, Kenmore, Buffalo, Amherst and others in WNY.
The community family friendly event included "trash and treasures" bargain savings, book lovers sale, diverse vendors, hot lunch with popular hot ethnic and american food, and theme baskets and meat raffles. Nobody left empty-handed and everyone saved for this Holiday Season. The excellent bargain prices and great social networking event was enjoyed by all who came.
For everybody, who couldn't attend the Bazaar for different reasons, we hope to see you at the Eastern Bazaar for the same reason: Save for the Holidays. Come to our marketplace to save, socialize and network. We'll keep you posted about the scheduled date and time in advance. Keep an eye on www.ukrainiansofbuffalo.com for more exciting news.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!!
Did you know?
A Bazaar is a permanent merchandising area, marketplace, or street of shops where goods and services are exchanged or sold. The word Bazaar derives from the Persian word bazar, the etymology of which goes back to the meaning "the place of prices."
By Zanna Vaida
St. Nicholas Church Bazaar
Christmas Bazaar of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church was on Nov 15 - 16, 10am - 5pm
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Halloween 2008 at DNIPRO
8th ANNUAL HALLOWEEN BLAST at DNIPRO was the Biggest Party of the Year. Costumes, snacks, drink specials, cool music, great turnout this year and every year. See a Flyer
October 19, 2008 at Dnipro
Rev. Demetrius Laptuta - Ukrainian Pastor dies at 89
The Very Rev. Demetrius Laptuta, longtime pastor of St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Niagara Falls, NY died Wednesday, Oct.15 in the parish rectory after a long illness. Born in Batavia, Father Laptuta was ordained in the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, Redemptorist Fathers, on May 26, 1945, in Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Philadelphia. Before joining St. Mary's, he served as pastor of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Newark, N. J.; Holy Eucharistic Ukrainian Catholic Church in Toronto; and St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in the Town of Kenmore, NY
Vitali Klitschko regains WBC heavyweight championship
With an impressive return to the boxing ring, Vitali Klitschko reclaimed his WBC belt on October 11, 2008, in Berlin, Germany. 1400 days outside of the ring, beat Samuel Peter by technical KO when the Nigerian could not continue in round 9. More Info
Buffalo Bills Tailgate Party at DNIPRO, Sep. 28
All of our Members and Friends enjoyed a great time as we watched our Bills defeat the St Louis Rams 31-14. A small $10 cover charge included draft beer, and a great selection of delicious food by our friend and Polish chef, Bruce, including BarBQue Chicken, Chili Dogs, Sloppy Joes, French fries, Chips and Dips.
Come for our next Tailgate Party Dec. 7 at 2pm.
ANNUAL UKRAINIAN FESTIVAL
September 7 at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church
The Annual Western New York Ukrainian Festival was celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day on the beautiful grounds of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church at 3275 Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore. This year's Festival, celebrated on Sunday, September 7, 2008, from noon to 8 pm, was attended by almost a thousand people. Many Americans, and people of other nationalities, joined with members of the local Ukrainian-American community to enjoy an afternoon of friendship and a love of Ukrainian food, music and traditions.
The Ukrainian Dance Group "Dunai" from Rochester, came with a busload of very talented young dancers that entertained the applauding spectators.
In addition to the cultural program on the stage of the huge Banquet Hall, there was also a live concert performed outside by a musical ensemble from Rochester.
Several local politicians congratulated the Ukrainian Festival, including heavyweight boxer Joe Mesi, candidate for NY Senate. Many Ukrainian songs were performed on stage by the guitar duet of little Stefan Kuklich, (Father Kuklich's 6 year old son), and Myron Deputat, choir master and band leader of "Those Idiots".
There was an abundance of pyrohy (pierogi), holubtsi (cabbage rolls), kielbasa with sour kraut, chicken barbeque, and a lot of home made sweets with coffee. Hundreds of people enjoyed their meals at the festival, and took some home too.
After the concert there was a Chinese auction of 50 different baskets and gift certificates. Everyone had a great time and is looking forward to next year's Ukrainian Festival in Kenmore, NY
Ukrainian Day at DNIPRO, August 24, 2008
THE MAIN BANQUET HALL
Rentals start at $800 per event.
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Fundraiser Held in Ukrainian Cultural Home DNIPRO.
Jesse Horbacz from Buffalo literally put his own life in danger to save his toddler from a burning Southern Tier home on November 23. He paid the price second- and third-degree burns on over 40 percent of his body. Saturday night, hundreds came out to support this Buffalo man. Read More... Watch Video.