Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 17.01.2018    Putin hates the Ukrainian flag. It enrages him. The blue and yellow banner symbolizes the freedom and independence of the Ukrainian people, who were never a part of the “Russian World” and never will be. Most of all, Putin knows that as long as the Ukrainian flag waves proudly, the hammer and sickle flag of the 1920 to 1991 Russian regime of state terror will never come back.   When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2014 the first thing that Russian special forces soldiers did when they occupied the regional parliament building in Simferopol, Crimea was to tear down the Ukrainian flag. Russian invader-occupiers continue to display a violent animus towards any display of natural patriotic
2018 January 17 Wednesday, 12:17
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 16.01.2018    EPISODE 25 HERE    The Ukrainian language was for the first time recorded in Pravda Rouskaya (The Truth of Rus'), a collection of laws, and especially in household inscriptions and the charters of princes (the 10th until the 12th centuries).    Most Ukrainian scholars believe that the Ukrainian language with its special features was formed on the basis of ancient Slavic dialects under some influence from the Scythian and Sarmatian languages at the time of the Antean tribal union, i.e. in the mid-1st millennium AD. There were no Slavs in the territory of either modern Russia or modern Belarus.    Unlike princes’ charters and household
2018 January 16 Tuesday, 18:19
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 16.01.2018    Russia may declare war on Ukraine. The Russian parliament may renounce the part of the 1997 Russian-Ukrainian Friendship Treaty where Russia agrees to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine. This was announced on January 15 by Konstantin Zatulin, a deputy in the Russian Duma and member of the United Russia party.   Russia is already violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine by invading Crimea and Donbas since 2014. Russia has been waging undeclared war against Ukraine for almost four years. Were Russia to revoke recognition of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, by renouncing part of the Russian-Ukrainian Friendship Treaty, this would amount to a formal declaration of war.   In
2018 January 16 Tuesday, 15:15
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 15.01.2018    EPISODE 24 HERE   The Kyiv state freed the ancestors of Muscovites (Russians) from having to pay tribute to the Khazars, taught them literacy and introduced them to Christian culture. However, in the mid-12th century the ancestors of Muscovy (Russia) separated from Kyiv and created their own state, Suzdal, which later came to be known as Muscovy. The borders of the Principality of Vladimir-Suzdal were those of the Finno-Ugric tribe Merya. Kyivan princes sent their youngest sons to rule there. Suzdal princes were able to build strength, while Rus’ was wearing down in the struggle against the steppe peoples.    Since the 12th century, the descendants of Mstyslav the
2018 January 15 Monday, 17:40
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 15.01.2018    Crimea is Ukraine. Ukrainians have a right to travel wherever they want in their own country. A foreign country, Russia, has violently interfered with that right of free movement. Russia invaded Ukraine in Crimea on 20 February 2014 and has been illegally occupying Ukraine’s southern peninsula ever since. Russia purports to have “annexed” Crimea, a status that the United Nations General Assembly and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly demand that nations of the world not recognize.   Being naturally a part of Ukraine, Crimea is readily accessible from Kherson region which is to the north of it. Even though a Russian invasion-occupation army faces Ukrainian defenders across an artificial
2018 January 15 Monday, 10:30
Allan Levitov, Facebook, 09.01.2018    At first it was simple. Recall Russian propaganda against Ukraine from the start of Putin’s War, in 2014-15: “Nazi youth”, “crucified little boys”, “bloody trains from which you can be taken to the National Guard”, “red hand, black sheet, green fingers” and other horrors. But the propaganda effort failed. It failed to spread. At great cost, the Russians had been trying to create the image of Ukraine as a ruined state, where “the fascists seized power”. But Russian propagandists and their initiative failed.    Now there is another plan. Those who keep a close eye on events and who read the last "investigation of Al Jazeera”
2018 January 14 Sunday, 22:08
Victor Rud, Lviv Security Forum, 01.12.2017  “Why Putin Likes the West” may seem to be an anomalous title for my remarks. After all, what we incessantly hear is that Putin is blaming the West for everything. We hear about Russia’s “lost pride,” that it is “humiliated,” “embittered,” “insulted,” “lost,” “confused.” One of the advisors to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the last presidential campaign said, “Putin has been trying hard to find love, appreciation and recognition.”    The demonstrable facts are opposite. Fiona Hill is formerly from the Brookings Institution, a well-recognized think tank in Washington, and is now with the National
2018 January 14 Sunday, 18:21
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 14.01.2018    EPISODE 23 HERE    Just like Ukrainian Cossacks, many historians now believe that the name Rus’ comes from the Sarmatian tribe of Roxolani which settled in Central Ukraine to the south of Kyiv starting from the 2nd century BC. In this region, there are rivers with such names as Ros, Rosava, Rostavytsia, Rutets etc.    Since ancient times, Rus’ was the name applied only to Central Ukraine — the Kyiv, Chernihiv and Pereyaslav principalities, i.e. the territory of modern Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Chernihiv oblasts and parts of Sumy, Cherkasy, Vinnytsia and Poltava oblasts. Starting from the 12th century, it was extended to include the Western Ukraine. Princes
2018 January 14 Sunday, 15:27
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 14.01.2018    Sanctions-busting Siemens is at it again. German engineering firm Siemens signed a new contract with the same Russian company it used to ship four turbines to Russia-occupied Crimea. CEO Joe Kaeser is shameless and overt in his aggressive support of Russia’s invasion of Europe in Ukraine.   Siemens props up the Putin-Kremlin crime syndicate through numerous cut-outs, such as the Russian company Siemens Healthcare and the Russian subsidiary Siemens Gas Turbine Technologies. Siemens is eager to continue to do business with Europe-invader Russia, and largely ignores Europe-defender Ukraine. In particular, Joe Kaeser is making good on the promise he delivered to Vladimir Putin in March 2014. Days
2018 January 14 Sunday, 10:19
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 13.01.2018     Russia has been invading Ukraine in Crimea and Donbas since 20 February 2014. That’s 3 years, 10 months, 24 days of unrelenting warfare by Russia against Ukraine – the largest countries that lies wholly within Europe.   Since the signing of the second Minsk Agreement on 11 February 2015 and the Battle of Debaltseve which ended on 20 February 2015, the Russians have settled into a pattern of static warfare against Ukrainians. Just like in the First World War trenches and fortified positions separate the warring sides – in the case of Putin’s War it is the invading Russians on one side and the defending Ukrainians on the other. Putin’s invasion of Europe battlefront in
2018 January 13 Saturday, 15:21
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 13.01.2018    EPISODE 22 HERE  Grand Prince Mstyslav (ruled in Kyiv in 1125–1132), the eldest son of Volodymyr II Monomakh, was called “the Great” by his contemporaries for his authority both inside the country and internationally. His mother was Gytha, an English princess, the daughter of Harold, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England. Mstyslav subdued attempts to secede in Kyiv-controlled lands and strengthened Kyiv’s standing as a capital. Mstyslav’s descendants maintained control over Ukraine until the 16th and the 17th centuries.    Vyshgorod (Volodymyr) Theotokos icon, brought from Byzantium under Mstyslav I Volodymyrovych, stolen from Vyshgorod and
2018 January 13 Saturday, 14:31
  Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 12.01.2018    Since the triumph of the Revolution of Dignity in 2014, Ukraine has been fighting against corruption and making phenomenal progress. Since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, the main impediment to greater progress fighting corruption in Ukraine is the horrendous violence of Putin’s War and the irredeemable corruption of Russia. One of the most evil purposes of Russian aggression is to prevent the success of anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine. No one should talk about fighting corruption in Ukraine without talking about defeating the Russian invasion of Ukraine, whose purpose is to metastasize that corruption.   Ukraine is a peaceful, democratic and wholly European nation. As Ukrainians
2018 January 12 Friday, 14:00
Аллан Левітов, Facebook, 09.01.2018, переклад українською Петро Козак    Спочатку було просто. Згадайте стару класичну московську пропаганду року так 2014-2015. «Фашистські молодчики», «розіп'яті хлопчики», «криваві потяги, з яких забирають до нацгвардії», «червона рука, чорне простирадло, зелені пальці» - і інші піонерські страшилки. Не пройшло. Не осилили. З України, з нашої з вами країни всіма силами ліпили образ зруйнованої держави, де владу взяли «фашисти». Але пропагандисти обломилися, ініціатива провалилась.    Тепер план інший. Хто уважно стежив за подіями і читав останнє "розслідування Аль Джазіри" (про «Курченко продав активи Януковича депутатові Онищенку),
2018 January 12 Friday, 13:32
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 11.01.2018    Russia is waging all-out war against Ukraine. Events of January 10 show that Putin has no intention of stopping his invasion of Europe in Crimea and Donbas, and is increasing the violence of his army’s attacks.    Russian armed forces did more shelling and conducted more assaults than at any time since the so-called “Christmas ceasefire” was supposed to take effect, at midnight on 23 December 2017. From occupied territory in Donbas, Russia attacked Ukrainian defenders near the village of Troitske in Luhansk region. Russia attacked north of the occupied city of Debaltseve towards the “Svitlodarsk bulge,” especially near the village of Luhanske. Nearby
2018 January 11 Thursday, 16:04
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 11.01.2018     EPISODE 21 HERE    Volodymyr Monomakh (so named because of his mother, a Byzantine princess from the Monomakh family) ruled in Kyiv in 1113–1125. His rule was victorious and fair. He wrote in his Instruction for My Children (on main picture): “I conducted a total of 83 large campaigns and I don’t remember how many smaller ones.”  Nevertheless, the prince managed to remain a humanist. It was his idea to abolish capital (and even other lethal) punishment: “Do not kill either someone who is right or someone who is guilty and do not order to have him killed; if [someone] deserves death, do not kill any Christian soul.”  Volodymyr
2018 January 11 Thursday, 15:53
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 10.01.2018  Russia falsified the United States presidential election of 2016. This successful attack by the Putin regime against US democracy cannot be understood without knowing about Putin regime aggression against Ukraine and Ukrainian democratic institutions. In particular, Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine needs to be analyzed in detail from 2004 onward. 2004 is when Russia played a large part in the falsification of the Ukrainian presidential election, making it appear that pro-Putin candidate Viktor Yanukovych had won over reform-minded candidate Viktor Yushchenko. 2004 is when the Ukrainian people rose up in the Orange Revolution, and brought about a free and fair repeat run-off election which overturned that
2018 January 10 Wednesday, 14:17
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 10.01.2018    EPISODE 20 HERE     The history of Rus’ of those times consisted largely of wars with the Cumans and internecine fighting between dynasties, primarily those of Monomakhovychi and Olhovychi, and the gradually increasing domination of the centers of various principalities — Chernihiv, Halych, Volodymyr in Volhynia etc.    Campaign against the Cumans, Radziwiłł Chronicle, 14th century.  In the 11th and 12th centuries there were three principalities on the territory of Ukraine: the Kyiv principality, directly ruled by the Grand Prince; the Pereiaslav principality to which the Grand Prince usually appointed his son or brother who was to
2018 January 10 Wednesday, 14:08
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 09.01.2018    Ukraine is rediscovering its history. Since the Revolution of Dignity of 2013-14, Ukrainians in Ukraine have been discovering and debating the past with an openness and an honesty that in years past was only found among the Ukrainian diaspora. The moment of “truth and reconciliation” for Ukraine should have happened in 1991, with the re-emergence of Ukrainian independence. But what the protestors were saying at EuroMaidan was that 1991 was more about the weakness of the Russian occupation regime than it was about the strength of the Ukrainian national movement. The reason for Ukraine’s renaissance now, after 2013, is there has been a fight for real independence. The corrupt Yanukovych regime
2018 January 09 Tuesday, 14:51
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 09.01.2018    EPISODE 19 HERE  Starting from the 4th through the 6th centuries AD, numerous aggressive Turkic hordes began to invade the steppe part of Ukraine. They were luredby rich pastures and an opportunity to attack the lands of the Slavs and the borders of Byzantium.    The Pechenegs started to establish themselves in the Ukrainian steppes since the late 9th century. This powerful tribe attacked, among others, the Byzantine Empire. After their defeat near Kyiv in 1036, they disappeared from the historical arena.    Turkic nomad leads a captive, image on a gold pitcher, 8th century.    In the mid-11th century, the Cumans invaded the Ukrainian
2018 January 09 Tuesday, 14:17
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 08.01.2018      Kasper Rørsted, the chief executive officer of Adidas, thinks Europe should improve relations with Russia, that sanctions don’t hurt Russia but hurt the West, and that Russia would be a good ally to solve the situation around North Korea and the problem of refugees from North Africa.   Rørsted did not say anything about Ukraine. He did not mention that Russia has been invading Europe in Ukraine since 20 February 2014. He did not mention that Russia ruined relations with Europe by going to war against Europeans. He did not mention that sanctions are against Russian individuals and entities responsible for war crimes and gross violations of human rights. He did not mention the
2018 January 08 Monday, 10:50
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 08.01.2018    EPISODE 18 HERE    In 1018, after a war in which Volodymyr’s sons Borys and Hlib were treacherously murdered, their brother Yaroslav finally established himself in Kyiv. Historians called him “Yaroslav the Wise”.    Yaroslav defeated the Poles, Lithuanians, Yotvingians and Finns and subjugated the Finno-Ugric tribes in what is now Central Muscovy (Russia). Especially important was his 1036 victory over the Pechenegs near the place where St. Sophia’s Cathedral stands in Kyiv.    A reconstruction model of the original form of the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv.    With Yaroslav’s facilitation, Rusyn
2018 January 08 Monday, 00:02
Віталій Гайдукевич, Історична правда, 05.01.2018  От вони і почались – 4 роки звитяжних і сумних ювілеїв. Сьогодні одразу кілька людей задали питання - так, а що це за помилки столітньої давнини, що їх життєво важливо не повторити зараз?    Напевно, більш ґрунтовно можуть дати відповідь науковці. Висловлю свої міркування: можливо не щодо самих помилок (бо там їх хмара), а скоріше – порад, з огляду на тодішні помилки:    1. ЖОДНИХ ІЛЮЗІЙ! Центральна Рада не наважувалася на різкі рухи і мала ілюзію, що Україні досить автономії в складі великої Московії. Центральній Радіі знадобилося аж 4 універсали, щоб до панів політиків дійшло: Московія – ворог. Дійшло надто пізно. Та ж ілюзія була у
2018 January 07 Sunday, 19:20
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 07.01.2018    EPISODE 17 HERE    The rule of Volodymyr the Great (980–1015) was of great importance for Ukraine. He introduced Christianity to Ukraine and extended it to the subordinated lands in Eastern Europe. He built many cities around Kyiv along the rivers Desna, Oster, Trubizh, Sula, Stuhna and others for protection against nomads. Under his rule, Ukraine developed written law, similar to that in other civilized states. Ancient chronicles always have his name in its Ukrainian pronunciation — Volodymyr.    Volodymyr increased Kyiv’s control over the lands in modern Central Muscovy (now aka Russia): at the beginning of his reign the Vyatichi tribe stopped
2018 January 07 Sunday, 17:50
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 07.01.2018     A joyous Ukrainian Christmas, one and all.    This is the season of two Christmases in Ukraine. For the first time December 25 was an official holiday. The vast majority of Ukrainians celebrate Christmas, though, on January 7. With the Revolution of Dignity of 2013-14, Ukraine definitively made its European choice. But that doesn’t mean giving up traditional holidays with their unique customs, such as Ukrainian Christmas.    Christmas should be filled with music. Carol singing is an ancient custom among Ukrainian customs, but it was suppressed during the years of Russian occupation and Soviet state terror. It never died out among the Ukrainian diaspora. With the renewal of
2018 January 07 Sunday, 13:41
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 06.01.2018  EPISODE 16 HERE    Varangian princes quickly intermixed with the Slavs. Sviatoslav the Brave, son of Ihor (Ingvar) and Olha, was the first prince from the Rurik dynasty to receive a Slavic name (thou Varangians still called him Sveinald Ingvarsson), but in contrast with his mother's conversion to Christianity, Sviatoslav remained a staunch pagan all of his life.    The chronicle points to his bravery — he warned enemies before launching campaigns against them: “I am coming for you.” The Byzantine historian Leo the Deacon saw Sviatoslav with his own eyes and his description is a later archetypical image of a Ukrainian Cossack: long mustache, haircut in the
2018 January 06 Saturday, 15:18
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 06.01.2018    Prisoners were exchanged across Russia’s invasion of Europe battlefront on December 27. The former detainees received vastly different treatment while they were incarcerated and they’re getting completely different welcomes now that they’re back to their respective sides. Ukrainian prisoners of war and civilian hostages were tortured while they were held by the Russian military occupation regime in Donbas, but they’re being honoured and cared for now that they’re back in free Ukraine. Irregular soldiers and criminals who served with the terrorist formations, the so-called “LPR” and the so-called “DPR”, were treated according to the rules of war by Ukrainian
2018 January 06 Saturday, 10:27
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 05.01.2018    НАФТА ТА САНКЦІЇ    Ми всі пам'ятаємо історію, коли у березні 2014 року президент Обама полетів до шейхів, а Путін намагався упередити нищівний сценарій з СРСР та цінами на нафту, і подзвонив йому через спецзв'язок прямо на борт №1. Та пан Обама вже більше року не є президентом, і я думав, що всім очевидно, що президент Трамп усних угод Обами з шейхами дотримуватись не буде.    Зараз інший час та інші завдання. А зниження цін на нафту (а до нападу Московії на Україну ціна бареля доходила й до $117) було першим найнагальнішим та найочевиднішим кроком, як і перші пакети санкцій.    Тепер наша історія перебуває на якісно іншому рівні, і ухвалюються такі рішення, яких у
2018 January 05 Friday, 17:16
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 05.01.2018      Russia has been violating all the terms of the second set of Minsk Agreements since they were signed 2 years, 10 months, 25 days ago. From 11 February 2015 to today, Russia has not withdrawn its armed forces from the territory of Ukraine, not returned control of the Ukraine-Russia international border to Ukraine, not respected the terms of any ceasefires, nor returned every prisoner of war and civilian hostage in an “all-for-all” prisoner exchange. France and Germany, who are guarantors of the Minsk Agreements, have done absolutely nothing to compel compliance by Russia.   Expanding its invasion of Europe in Ukraine, Russia has done the opposite of what it agreed to do in the Minsk
2018 January 05 Friday, 12:25
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 04.01.2018    EPISODE 15 HERE  Since the end of the 8th century, groups of Scandinavian warriors began to attack European states. They were called Varangians in Ukraine, Normans in Western Europe, and their self-designation was Vikings. The most active Varangians started to establish their own dynasties in France, England, Southern Italy and in the lands of the Slavs.    According to chronicles, the Varangians Askold and Dyr (in Varangian: Høskuldr and Dýri) came with a group of warriors along the route “from the Varangians to the Greeks”, i.e. from Scandinavia to Byzantium, seized power in Kyiv in 862 and established control over the
2018 January 04 Thursday, 23:39
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 04.01.2018     Germany’s foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel doesn’t think Ukraine should defend itself effectively from Russian aggression. Speaking in Kyiv on January 3, the German foreign minister said, “We in Germany are rather skeptical about the idea that arms supplies could help resolve the conflict.” It is difficult to think of anything that will give more encouragement to Putin as he invades Europe in Ukraine or that will be more demoralizing to the Ukrainian people as they fight alone to save their country and to save Europe. Gabriel’s words could have been written in the Kremlin.   Russia invaded Ukraine on 20 February 2014. Germany gives no military training assistance to the
2018 January 04 Thursday, 11:22
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 03.01.2018    EPISODE 14 HERE    For several millennia, Indo-Iranian tribes settled in the steppe zone of Ukraine and proto-Slavic tribes in the forest zone, interacting with the former in the forest-steppe zone.    The Ukrainian people emerged primarily as a result of this union. Since the Slavs, the Scythians and the Sarmatians were present almost across all of the territory of Ukraine, the Ukrainian people were more homogeneous than many large nations.    It should be mentioned that neither the Slavs until around 500 AD, nor the Scythians, nor the Sarmatians were Ukrainians — they were only the direct ancestors of Ukrainians.    A Scythian
2018 January 03 Wednesday, 17:06
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 03.01.2018    Defending Europe from Russian invasion has a price, and in 2018 Ukraine will spend a substantial part of the wealth of the nation paying that price. This year the budget for the Ukrainian armed forces will be a record amount: 86 billion hryvnia, which is about 3.06 billion US dollars. This is five percent of the gross domestic product of Ukraine.   There will be a big boost in spending on weapons and military equipment, especially now that restrictions have been lessened by Canada and the United States on arms sales to Ukraine. A 34% increase in matériel expenditure over the previous year means that Ukraine will spend 18.1 billion hryvnia in this category, or 644 million US dollars.   The
2018 January 03 Wednesday, 11:37
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 02.01.2018    EPISODE 13 HERE    One of the Antean princes involved in a campaign in the region of the Danube River was Kyi, a prince from the tribe of the Polans. The city of Kyiv, which he founded, was located on hills, which was convenient for defense. It stood at the crossroads of many trade routes between the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea, the Desna River etc.   Kyi, Shchek, Khoryv and Lybed, miniature from the Radziwiłł Chronicle    According to the Rus’ Primary Chronicle (an ancient Ukrainian chronicle), the three Polan princes — Kyi, Shchek and Khoryv initially founded three different fortresses (each his own fortress) on the Kyivan hills
2018 January 02 Tuesday, 16:09
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 02.01.2018    Russian invaders of Europe have inflicted the first battlefield casualties of 2018, on the first day of the year. Striking from occupied Donetsk city, Russian artillery bombarded the Butovka coal mine near the town of Avdiivka in free Ukraine. One Ukrainian soldier was killed in this attack. The area of the Butovka mine shaft is a defensive position of the Ukrainian armed forces close the invasion battlefront of the Russians. Also on on January 1, one Ukrainian serviceman was wounded in action outside the village of Kamyanka, which is also near the town of Avdiivka. One serviceman was wounded near Katerynivka, which is just over 60 kilometres west of Russia-occupied Luhansk city.    Russian armed
2018 January 02 Tuesday, 11:50
Доктор Немо, Radio Lemberg, 02.01.2018   Чим брудніша калюжа, тим краще в ній відбиваються чисті зорі. Так на фоні екологічних, політичних та соціальних проблем виглядають інвестиції в космічні програми, чи то Марс2024 чи відправлення набору для виготовлення піцци на МКС.   Що ж цікавого сталося в 2017 серед космічних програм? Були й «подорожі» між атмосферою Сатурна і його славнозвісними кільцями, розгледіли зблизька дивовижні бурі на Юпітері, марсіанський сніг та розмірковування куди ділась вода з червоної планети, спостерігали за дивними астероїдами, шукали прибульців і трохи задумувалися, що робити, якщо все ж знайдемо їх.    1. Рік у космосі почався з того, що вже 6 січня на Міжнародній космічній
2018 January 02 Tuesday, 11:19
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 01.01.2018    EPISODE 12 HERE  The first Huns are known to have inhabited the territory between the Danube River and the region near the Sea of Azov from the 2nd century AD.    Most scholars believe that this was a small tribe of Turkic or Mongol origin which came from the east to an area surrounded by numerous Slavic, Scythian-Sarmatian and Gothic tribes.    In the 5th century AD, the Huns mostly spoke a “Scythian” language which included the words med (honey) and strava (dish), now in the basic vocabulary of standard Ukrainian.    Hunnic set of horse trappings, 4th century; chamfron, bridle mounts and whip handle    The
2018 January 01 Monday, 20:36
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 01.01.2018    Human rights matter. Women’s rights matter. A Ukrainian woman, Anna Muzychuk (born in 1990, on the left) is leading by example, taking a stand on principle, and is making the world a better place. Unfortunately, she is suffering personally for her moral courage.   Anna Muzychuk is a chess grandmaster. In 2016, she won the Women’s World Rapid Chess Championship and the Women’s World Blitz Chess Championship. She is so famous in Ukraine that she and her sister Mariya (the 2015 Women’s World Chess Champion, born in 1992, on the right) were featured on a Ukrainian postage stamp.   The 2017 Women’s World Speed Chess Championship is being held in Saudi Arabia. The World
2018 January 01 Monday, 11:26
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 31.12.2017    EPISODE 11 HERE    The Slavs were first mentioned under the name Veneti in the 1st century AD.  Contemporaries described them as a large and militant people inclined to anarchy and self-rule.  Roman historians wrote about their long raids on land and unions with the Sarmatians.  Byzantine military commanders noted the Slavs’ special skills in fighting in the woods, tracking enemies, capturing informers as prisoners, hiding in the water for hours and breathing through blades of reed etc.   Fantastic animal, silver-gilt plate, Cherkasy Oblast, 6th century AD.  At present, most scholars believe that the homeland of the Slavs was in the
2017 December 31 Sunday, 15:01
  Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 31.12.2017     Ukrainian detainees freed from the Russians are telling their stories. The stories they’re telling are of torture, abuse, torment, and harsh and degrading treatment of every kind. There are no depths of barbarity to which the Russian invader-occupiers of Ukraine will not stoop. Russia has been violating the rules of war and international human rights law from the beginning of its invasion of Europe in Ukraine on 20 February 2014. But the released detainees are telling other stories, corroborating what Ukrainians who are “internally displaced persons” have been saying for years: Donbas people living under Russian occupation yearn to be liberated. The authority of Putin’s
2017 December 31 Sunday, 12:45
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 30.12.2017    Тиждень тому я писав, що я є дуже ліберальним, ба водночас за політичними поглядами є консерватором (Канада) чи республіканцем (США). Як таке можливо?    Дуже просто. Світ рухається у напрямку свободи. Світ в цілому стає ліберальнішим. Це незмінний тренд. Це прогрес. З розвитком виробничих сил та відносин людина стає вільнішою. В людини виникає більше часу та можливостей. Людина стає мобільнішою. Розширюються межі свободи. І так буде завжди (деколи зиґзаґами та маятником, але це вектор розвитку людства).    Приклад. Одностатеві шлюби. Канада була четвертою країною світу, легалізувавши їх у 2005 році. Після цього вже протягом дванадцяти років на виборах перемагають почергово
2017 December 30 Saturday, 13:41
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 30.12.2017    EPISODE TEN HERE    In the 230s AD, a large Germanic tribe of Goths came from Scandinavia to the area north of the Sea of Azov and near the Black Sea.    The Goths started to launch raids into the Roman Empire, including by sea. As a result, Rome’s borders were pushed back beyond the Danube River in the late 3rd century AD.    Battle between the Romans and the Goths, bas-relief from a sarcophagus, Rome, 3rd century AD.    In the 4th century AD, both the Slavs and the Sarmatians in the territory of modern Ukraine were forced to pay tribute to the Gothic king Ermanaric (350-375 AD).    Incited by an instigator, he
2017 December 30 Saturday, 11:39
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 30.12.2017    Ukraine had the best stock market in the world in 2017, but retail investors missed out because there is no such thing as a exchange traded fund with exposure exclusively to Ukraine. For the sake of liberty of capital, that has to change.   The best performing equity index in the world in 2017 belonged to Ukraine. The Ukrainian Equities Index advanced by 80% over the year, as of December 26. This was reported by Bloomberg, which noted that in May 2017 the International Monetary Fund presented its view of the Ukrainian economy as showing “welcome signs of recovery.” The IMF sees in Ukraine “a promising basis for further growth.” This is a remarkable turnaround from 2015, when the
2017 December 30 Saturday, 10:34
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 29.12.2017    EPISODE NINE HERE  The Sarmatians started coming from beyond the Don River to settle in what is now Ukraine in the 3rd century BC.    The ancestors of both the Sarmatians and Scythians moved east from the territory of Ukraine in the middle of the 2nd millennium BC but later returned.    The name ‘Sarmatian’ means ‘girded with a sword’ in Indo-Iranian languages. Greeks even said that Sarmatians were “under women’s control” because of numerous female military units and the great power of their queens. Greeks called Sarmatian female warriors ‘Amazons’. They were as good fighters as men, and in some cases even
2017 December 29 Friday, 14:11
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 29.12.2017      Ukrainian armed forces shot down a Russian armed forces Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicle near Toretsk in Donetsk region, Ukraine on December 28. Russia has been using unmanned aerial vehicles for reconnaissance since it began its invasion of Europe in Ukraine on 20 February 2014. The use of advanced drones is undeniable proof that the “war in Ukraine” is in fact a war by Russia against Ukraine. Each Russian drone that is shot down or crashes in free Ukraine territory provides incontrovertible proof of Russia’s direct instigation, participation, and guidance of the war. A Russian army is invading Europe in Crimea and Donbas – it is nonsense to use terms like
2017 December 29 Friday, 11:39
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 28.12.2017    EPISODE EIGHT HERE    Since the 7th century BC, people originating from the Greek cities of Asia Minor (mainly from the city of Miletus, now in Turkey) started to widely settle in what is now Ukraine. They were driven from Greece by poverty and overpopulation.    The population of all Greek cities and villages in Ukraine at their peak exceeded 200,000 people. The largest Greek city in Ukraine was Olbia with a population of 20,000-25,000. The other major cities were Chersonesos Taurica, Tyras and Panticapaeum.   Bronze coins of Olbia in the form of dolphins In the 5th century BC, Greek cities in the eastern Crimea founded the Bosporan
2017 December 28 Thursday, 22:45
Віктор Уколов, Facebook, 28.12.2017 1. Україні надано безвізовий режим з Евросоюзом. Це не тільки досягнення всіх політиків, але й особисте досягнення Петра Порошенка, який підняв цю тему ще тоді, коли працював міністром закордонних справ. Це успішна історія для нас, адже, незважаючи на величезні зусилля, Московія програла цю сутичку начисто. 2. Остаточно ратифіковано угоду про асоціацію України з ЕС. З цим погодилися всі 28 країн ЕС, включаючи Нідерланди, де спочатку на консультаційному референдумі вирішили угоду не підписувати. Як потім з'ясувалося і тут без Московії не обійшлося, але всі зусилля її агентів впливу виявилися марними. 3. Продовжено економічні санкції проти Московії з боку ЕС та посилено санкції з боку США. 100% виграш України важливий
2017 December 28 Thursday, 21:43
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 28.12.2017    Чому інформаційна війна, як частина гібридної війни проти Московії, є настільки критично важливою? Не менш важливішою, ніж фронт?    Бо інформаційна війна — це війна за мозок та серце усіх тих 85% (а може й більше) українців, які не дуже вникають у політику. Війна за їхню віру та надію.    Їх просто цілодобово бомбардують "новинами" — фейками, напів-фейками, маніпулятивними матеріалами, замовними статтями в наших та західних ЗМІ, "аналізом" та прогнозами анти-українських "експертів", які доводять, що ми не потрібні ні НАТО ні ЕС, що влада в Україні є тимчасовою й антинародною, і що реформи ведуть до бідності.    І водночас, на цьому фоні, усілякі
2017 December 28 Thursday, 18:35
Галина Калачова, Економічна правда, 20.12.2017  James D. Gwartney, професор економіки і почесний викладач в Університеті штату Флорида, приїхав до України на запрошення Bendukidze Free Market Center для презентації свого дослідження. Цей всесвітньо відомий фахівець, автор бестселлерів Economics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Essentials of Economics, Common Sense Economics, аналізує трансформацію економічних та політичних інститутів 25 колишніх централізовано-планових країн. Як співавтор світового Індексу економічної свободи Інституту Фрейзера він ще є носієм системних знань про розвиток економік сотні держав протягом останніх 30 років. Професор розповів, чому Україні бракує економічної свободи, як присутність держави в економіці впливає на темпи зростання
2017 December 28 Thursday, 15:57
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 28.12.2017    Here’s a rare good news story from Russia’s invasion of Europe in Ukraine. 73 Ukrainian hostages were released by Putin’s terrorist groups, the so-called “DPR” and “LPR,” to receive a hero’s welcome in free Ukraine. 233 prisoners of war held by the Ukrainian authorities crossed into Russia-occupied Donbas, where they were completely ignored by Kremlin propagandists.   73 Ukrainian prisoners of war and civilian hostages of invader-occupier Russia were released from captivity on December 27. 74 people were agreed to be exchanged by the Russian side; one woman decided to stay with here family in Russia-occupied Donetsk, even though she held to her pro-Ukraine
2017 December 28 Thursday, 10:56
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 27.12.2017    EPISODE SEVEN HERE    By the 6th century BC, Persia (now Iran) became the most powerful state in the ancient world, having conquered Lydia, Syria, Palestine, Egypt and part of India. Persia became the first superpower of the world simultaneously on three continents — Asia, Europe and Africa.    The army of the Persian Emperor Darius I invaded Scythia in 513 BC. Herodotus wrote about 700,000 Persian soldiers, not counting ship crews, and 600 ships. Bridges were built over the Bosporus Strait and the Lower Danube for the Persians.    In response to a demand of surrender, the Scythians sent a bird, a frog, a mouse and five arrows to the Persian
2017 December 27 Wednesday, 12:40
  Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 27.12.2107    Never forget why sanctions were imposed on Russia. Russia invaded Ukraine on 20 February 2014 and has been at war with the largest wholly European country ever since. Instead of declaring war against the Russia and actively helping Ukrainians who are defending and saving Europe, Western powers imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and entities that were responsible destroying the peace and committing crimes against humanity. Sanctions are the very least that Western powers could have done.   If Russia wants sanctions to be lifted, then the wisest course of action would be to stop attacking Ukraine, and for all Russian forces to leave Crimea and Donbas. But Putin is not a wise leader. The
2017 December 27 Wednesday, 12:27
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 27.12.2017    EPISODE SIX HERE  The Scythians believed that their ancestral home was the territory of modern Ukraine and claimed that they lived along the Dnipro 1,000 years before their return in the 7th century BC when they met the Cimmerians here.    The Scythians were among the first peoples in Europe, following only Greece and Italy, to develop a full-fledged state with a permanent army, government, taxes, minted money etc. The Scythian state existed for a millennium (until the 4th century AD) in some regions of Ukraine.    The name of Scythians was given to them by the Greeks. They called themselves Skolotoi, after their king Scyles, who ruled in the 5th century BC.
2017 December 26 Tuesday, 12:00
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 26.12.2017    Some Ukrainians who are prisoners of war and hostages of Russia may be released in time for New Years. If this happens it will be a joyous event. It has been a long time coming: some of the detainees have been held since early in Russia’s invasion of Europe in Crimea and Donbas, since 2014.   Russia is required to do an “all-for-all” prisoner swap. This is a condition of the Minsk Agreements. Russia has been non-compliant with this and every other condition of the Minsk Agreements for two years. Ukraine has been prepared all along to make the exchange. Finally, a breakthrough may be in the offing. On December 27, there is proposed to be a “306 for 74” prisoner swap: Ukraine
2017 December 26 Tuesday, 11:54
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 25.12.2017    EPISODE FIVE HERE    After the settlement of the different Indo-European tribes, part of them, i.e. the Indo-Iranian tribes, remained in the steppes of southern Ukraine and Crimea. They were thus named because ethnic groups related to them settled also in North India and Iran.    Indo-Iranians, or Cimmerians, who lived in the territory of Ukraine became the first people in Eastern Europe to be mentioned in a written source, the "Iliad" by the Greek poet Homer. They had long swords and attacked settlements in modern central Ukraine.    Cimmerians, image on an ancient Etruscan vase   In the 7th century BC, the Scythians came to Ukraine.
2017 December 25 Monday, 16:39
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 25.12.2017    For the first time, Ukraine has a holiday on December 25, Christmas Day. The statutory day-off was added this year as yet another sign of the strong European choice Ukrainians have made starting with the Revolution of Dignity of 2013-14, and the true independence of Ukraine.   Traditional Orthodox Christmas will still be celebrated on January 7 in Ukraine. Saint Nicholas Day on December 19 by the Orthodox calendar is an observed but not a statutory holiday. Did Moroz (Father Frost) and Snihurochka (Snow Maiden) are making a cultural comeback in Ukraine. New Years is of course a big celebration, as it is all around the world. Add it all up, and Ukraine is a magical place in the darkest days of
2017 December 25 Monday, 13:06
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 24.12.2017    EPISODE FOUR HERE    In the middle of the 4th millennium BC, the Serednii Stih culture (named after a site in Zaporizhia) emerged on the outskirts of the Trypilian Culture between the Lower Dnipro and the Lower Don. The local population switched from agriculture to transhumance. Groups of herdsmen would drive flocks to remote pastures in the spring and return to the villages in the fall.    Cattle breeders initially found it difficult to compete with the Trypilians as they had worse tools and weapons. Archaeologists found a settlement in southern Ukraine in which all men were Trypilians and all women came from the Serednii Stih culture.    At the
2017 December 24 Sunday, 11:01
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 24.12.2017    Russia broke the “Christmas ceasefire” within hours of it supposedly taking effect. Russian forces invading Europe in Ukraine attacked three times early on December 23. They attacked in the “Svitlodarsk bulge” area of the battlefront, which is north of the occupied city of Debaltseve. The Russians fired 82mm mortars, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms at Ukrainian defenders who are dug in in fortified positions near the village of Luhanske. Russia also attacked to the north of the occupied city of Donetsk, striking Ukrainian defenders near the town of Avdiivka. To the south, the Russians attacked across the battlefront at Ukrainian positions near the village of
2017 December 24 Sunday, 09:09
Igor Aizenberg, Facebook, 23.12.2017, English version by Oliya Melnichuk    Four days ago, I wrote about a "strange" sudden appearance, in multiple Western media outlets, of articles with the same theme of "Total corruption of Ukraine", dated between December 5th and 12th, pushing forward the notion that Poroshenko administration's orders are going after those who have to fight corruption, also expressing sympathy towards "Robin Hood" and sending him condolences due to his detainment for this very reason. This left me with the impression of a carefully mastered campaign. Moreover, mastered on the highest possible level with the skillful use and manipulation of the Western free press.  So, who are the authors behind these articles (that is the
2017 December 23 Saturday, 16:04
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 23.12.2017   EPISODE THREE HERE   In the late 19th century, the Ukrainian archaeologist Vikentii Khvoika discovered ancient, masterfully designed pottery near the village of Trypilia in the Kyiv region. The culture was initially named after the village of Cucuteni in Iasi County, Romania, where similar ceramic fragments had been found in 1884 by Teodor Burada. Then scientists named it the Cucuteni-Trypilian Culture.    The population of the territory covered by the Trypilian Culture was at least one million at any given time. Trypilian villages formed large populated areas where neighbors lived in safety.    The oldest of these dated back to the Stone Age, the 6th millennium
2017 December 23 Saturday, 13:09
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 23.12.2017    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is finishing its fourth calendar year. In that time, Ukraine has evolved rapidly into a thoroughly European, Western, and democratic country – what it was was always meant to be from a millennium of history and culture and tradition. Also in that time, Russia has devolved rapidly into a regime of state terror and imperialist aggression, that rivals the totalitarianism of the Stalinist era. In the past, Russian aggression against Ukraine and occupation of its territory had suppressed the Ukrainian national spirit. But with Putin’s War of Aggression – and occupation of some of the territory of Ukraine – this time the Ukrainian people are united and
2017 December 23 Saturday, 09:53
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 22.12.2017, English version by Vasyl Starko    EPISODE TWO HERE   Around the 7th millennium BC, the residents of what is now Ukraine started using bows and arrows and domesticated dogs at the same time as those who lived in Southern Europe and Western Asia. People learned to travel along rivers on rafts and later in boats. The rivers of Ukraine turned into transportation routes and accessible sources of fish.    From the 7th until the 4th millennium BC, people in Ukraine learned not only to gather the gifts of nature but also to reproduce them thanks to cattle breeding and agriculture. Hunting no longer provided enough food for the growing tribes and, moreover, reduced the population
2017 December 22 Friday, 14:15
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 22.12.2017    Moldova and Ukraine suffered total Russian occupation in the past and suffer partial Russian occupation now. These countries know Russian aggression from bitter experience. Finding ways to make the unwelcome Russians pack up and go home is a common concern of Moldovans and Ukrainians.   The longest illegal occupation by Russian armed forces of part of a European country dates back to the period when the Soviet Union was collapsing. The Trans-Dniester region of Moldova has been occupied by Russian troops since the time of Yeltsin. The Russians call their soldiers peacekeepers, even though they have no mandate from the United Nations and the Moldovans have demanded they leave – repeatedly. 
2017 December 22 Friday, 10:48
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 21.12.2017, English version by Vasyl Starko    EPISODE ONE HERE    The great glaciation of the Northern Hemisphere began 1 million years ago, reaching a peak from the 150th to the 100th millennium BC. Lower temperatures caused a glacier up to several kilometers thick to spread out from Scandinavia and cover much of Europe. In those days, most of the territory of Ukraine was periglacial — it was traversed by herds of mammoths, reindeer, buffalo etc., as well as by primitive hunters. In certain periods, the glacier reached down the valley of the Dnipro to the territory of what is now the city of Kremenchuh. Winds blowing from the glacier toward periglacial plains picked up dust and
2017 December 21 Thursday, 13:05
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 21.12.2017    The shock of Russia’s attack on Novoluhanske is still fresh. Russian armed forces invading Europe in Ukraine fired 40 rockets at civilian targets in the small town on December 18. They launched the rockets from Grad multiple-launch rocket systems located in Russia-occupied Horlivka, a little over 10 kilometres away. Eight people were injured – six of these were elderly ladies and one was a six-year-old child. 50 buildings in Novoluhanske were damaged, and some were set on fire in the attack. Russian rockets exploded in the area of a school, a kindergarten, and an outpatient clinic. Electricity and natural gas supply to the town are disrupted, and Ukrainian emergency services have set up warming
2017 December 21 Thursday, 12:54
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 21.12.2017  Традиційно наприкінці року підбиваємо підсумки минулого року та пишемо плани на рік майбутній.   2017 — ГОЛОВНІ ПОДІЇ:   1 Призначення Мюллера спецпрокурором для розслідування зв’язків Трампа та його оточення з Московією, висунуто звинувачення Фліннові та Манафортові.    2 Призначення Волкера спецпредставником державного департаменту США стосовно України.    3 Набрання чинності безвізового режиму для громадян України в країнах Евросоюзу.    4 Ухвалення закону про те, що вступ до НАТО є головною зовнішньополітичною метою України.   5 Два роки Україна не купує природного газу в Московії.    6 Ухвалення Конґресом США
2017 December 21 Thursday, 12:26
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 20.12.2017, English version by Vasyl Starko    The first humanoid creatures emerged in East Africa some 2.5 million years ago. About 1.2 million years ago, humanlike beings came to Europe via the Balkans. The oldest discovered settlement of hominid creatures in Central and Eastern Europe is located in Ukraine. Hand axes and scrapers made from stone and bones dating back more than 1.1 million years were discovered at a site near the village of Korolevo in Zakarpatia (Transcarpathia). Flint tools and the bones of the steppe elephant, the Etruscan rhinoceros, the giant deer, hyenas etc. were found at a 400,000-year-old site near town of Medzhybizh in Khmelnytsky Oblast (region).  HOMO SAPIENS
2017 December 20 Wednesday, 22:58
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 20.12.2017    Russia is invading Ukraine and the situation of human rights in Crimea is dire. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (the UNHCHR) issued a report and found that the treatment the Russian occupiers dish out to Ukrainian citizens in temporarily occupied Crimea is much worse than at any time since Putin invaded on 20 February 2014. The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee) issued a draft resolution based on the UNHCHR report and European Union reports about what is going on behind Putin’s invasion of Europe battlefront that stretches across Ukraine.   United Nations reports reveal a significant deterioration
2017 December 20 Wednesday, 10:52
Доктор Немо, Radio Lemberg, 20.12.2017   Найкращі лідери — сильні та рішучі, але разом із тим скромні. Скромність не означає, що ви слабкі або невпевнені в собі. Це означає, що ви достатньо свідомі та тверді в переконаннях для того, щоб бачити заслуги інших, не відчуваючи загрози для себе.    Скромність означає, що ви готові прийняти думку, що могли помилятися, визнати, що не можете мати відповідей на всі питання. А отже, ви віддасте належне тим, хто цього заслуговує.    Джим Коллінз так пише про найкращих лідерів: «Винагороджуючи тих, завдяки кому став можливим успіх компанії, вони дивляться у вікно, а не у дзеркало».   Забути про «ЕГО»      Скромність
2017 December 20 Wednesday, 07:55
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 19.12.2017        Russia may start an offensive against Ukraine, all along the battlefront in Donbas where Putin’s army is invading Europe.   Russia launched a terror attack on civilians in the village of Novoluhanske, Ukraine on December 18. Russian armed forces fired a full salvo of rockets from a Grad multiple-launch rocket system located in Russia-occupied Horlivka. Pro-Russian accounts on social media posted observations and comments and confirmations online. The outskirts of Horlivka lie 10 kilometres to the south-west of Novoluhanske. The rockets were fired by the Russians at civilian targets in the village of Novoluhanske. 47 homes were damaged in the village. A school, a kindergarten, and a
2017 December 19 Tuesday, 12:29
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 19.12.2017 Україна завдяки Майданові вирвалась з колоніального рабства Московії і зробила великий поступ до Заходу, до західних військово-політичних та економічних інституцій (НАТО й ЕС), до европейської Цивілізації. Після втечі московського намісника, Віктора Януковича, на територію колишньої метрополії з усіма коштами України та її народу, у держскарбниці України було лише ₴100,000 (приблизно десять тисяч доларів!). Як довго Україна змогла би протриматись, якби Захід миттєво не надав вагому фінансову допомогу? Тиждень? Місяць? І знову би повернулась до Москви...    Відкрию вам один "секрет". МВФ є організацією більше геополітичною, ніж економічною. МВФ є гаманцем Заходу (ще один "секрет" — практично все в МВФ
2017 December 19 Tuesday, 11:49
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 18.12.2017    Russia is invading Europe in Ukraine. Putin’s assault on the largest country that is wholly within Europe has been underway for 3 years, 9 months, 28 days. Russia illegally occupies Crimea and part of Donbas, and Putin’s army attacks across the battlefront near the cities of Luhansk, Donetsk, and Mariupol relentlessly. In order to achieve his war aim of destroying Ukraine, Putin needs Western leaders to make two colossal mistakes. The first mistake Russia needs the West to make is to refuse to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine. The second mistake Putin desperately hopes appeasing Western leaders will make is to lift sanctions on Russia before Russia leaves Crimea and Donbas and while Russia
2017 December 18 Monday, 12:54
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 17.12.2017    Russia is rattled. It’s now four years after EuroMaidan, the Revolution of Dignity, began in Ukraine. All of Putin’s evil machinations to destroy the freedom of the Ukrainian people have failed. The war Russia is waging against Ukraine continues to inflict a terrible toll, but Russian forces are not advancing. Furthermore, the propaganda lie that Russia’s invasion of Europe in Ukraine is somehow an internal conflict within Ukraine is going nowhere. All the world sees that it is a rampaging Russian army that is killing, wounding, and destroying in Donbas. Sanctions against Russian individuals and entities are being extended, not lifted.   Russia is a nation without honour. If it had
2017 December 17 Sunday, 09:57
Editorial, Radio Lemberg, 17.12.2017    Dear readers in the E.U., in the U.S., in Canada and in Japan,    Your governments and non-government organizations donate to many projects in Ukraine which have a positive and permanent influence on our society. Meanwhile, there are many local organizations and institutions which use your good name and your money, but they’re doing absolutely the wrong job.    For example, checking on their activity in social networks you will find that many of these "independent media" and "anti-corruption NGOs" share nothing but unverified and biased information about Ukraine, often generated by Russia's propagandists. It sounds unbelievable but, for example, Radio Liberty in Ukrainian
2017 December 17 Sunday, 09:29
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 16.12.2017    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has a Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine: the OSCE SMM. This mission has a false premise, because the OSCE SMM refuses to acknowledge that Russia is a party to the conflict, that Russia is the aggressor, and that the war being fought on the territory of Ukraine is between Russian invaders and Ukrainian defenders. Russia should be expelled from the OSCE for naked violations of the Helsinki Final Act, but instead the OSCE invites Russia to place monitors on the OSCE SMM mission and forbids Ukraine from placing monitors. This bizarre situation means invader Russia is “monitoring” its own invasion through and organization which is supposed
2017 December 16 Saturday, 10:56
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 15.12.2017    Russia is torturing Ukrainian political prisoners by denying them medical treatment. Denying medical treatment to prisoners is a crime under international human rights law. When state authorities take a person into custody, international human rights law requires those state authorities to provide the most appropriate treatment in accordance with professional medical standards. Russia has been invading Europe in Ukraine since 20 February 2014, and has been violating every article of international human rights law while doing so. Particularly outrageous is Russia inflicting suffering on Ukrainian captives by taking away the medical treatment and care they need and which they must receive under international
2017 December 15 Friday, 12:56
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 15.12.2017    У понеділок я написав про те, що на мою думку, на Заході є незадоволення темпами структурних реформ в Україні. Депутати, які вчора повернулись зі США, це підтвердили. В чому справа?    Маємо затримку з черговим траншом від МВФ. Ми не виконали ще п'ять рекомендацій (і наших зобов'язань) МВФ плюс питання ринку землі.    Маємо затримку з черговим траншом від ЕС. Ми не виконали чотири рекомендації (і наші зобов'язання).    Ми виконали нашу Угоду про асоціацію з ЕС лише на 15%.    Тобто ми реально буксуємо і ми маємо говорити про це вголос.    Верховна Рада має ухвалити всі потрібні закони. Мінімум — десять законів для розблокування
2017 December 15 Friday, 12:35
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 14.12.2017     Ukraine can now buy lethal weapons from Canada. Canadian defence firms are no longer prohibited from selling their goods and services to Ukraine. A change in Canada’s regulations came about on December 13 when the Canadian government added Ukraine to the Automatic Firearms Country Control List (the AFCCL). This is an exclusive list of countries for whom the Canadian government will consider granting an export permit for lethal weaponry. A statement issued with the amendment order read in part: “The Government of Canada has determined that Ukraine is an appropriate destination for inclusion on the AFCCL.” With Ukraine added to the list, there are now 40 such countries. Ukraine joins
2017 December 14 Thursday, 10:33
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 13.12.2017   Russian shelling of Ukrainian defenders and civilians was particularly intense all along the Donbas battlefront on December 12. Witness reports came in from Luhansk to Donetsk to Mariupol, and from some places that for a long time have been relatively quiet. Russia’s invasion-occupation forces in Ukraine typically fire shells and rockets from residential areas of towns and villages, using a “human shield” tactic to avoid counter-battery fire from the Ukrainian defenders. Witnesses are usually able to tell where the Russians are shooting from, because it is nearby to their apartments and houses. The Russians also typically start their bombardments by shooting back at Russia-occupied territory, to
2017 December 13 Wednesday, 10:54
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 12.12.2017    Я не хочу боротись проти вітряків. Я не хочу сидіти перед екраном та лише тим і займатись, що когось заспокоювати та спростовувати фейки та напівфейки.    Ви не забули, що триває гібридна війна? І що її надважлива складова частина — це війна інформаційна?    Ви не забули, що ми програли інформаційну війну вже давно? І що з боку України, в усьому медіапросторі, кремлівській пропаганді протистоять лише кілька політиків у Facebook та кілька наших блоґерів у Twitter та Facebook?    Ви не забули, що кожній "гарячій" новині треба дати час, пару днів, охолонути?    Ви не забули, що Москва кинула до бою всі свої сили та консерви у світі, в Европі, в
2017 December 12 Tuesday, 13:38
Доктор Немо, Radio Lemberg, 12.12.2017   Міжнародна група науковців Іллінойського університету експериментально змогла підтвердити існування нового стану матерії – екситонію. Майже 50 років фізикам не вдавалося досягти такого результату, повідомляє журнал Science.   «Група експериментаторів виявила конденсат із квазічастинок (екситонів), які є пов’язаним станом електрона і «проміжку» з позитивним зарядом. Конденсат, за їх висновками, і є екситонієм, новим станом матерії. Квазічастинки-екситони нагадують бозони: вони не пов’язані з електричним зарядом і можуть перебувати в одному квантовому стані», – наголошується в повідомленні.    Щоб підтвердити існування екситонію наукові
2017 December 12 Tuesday, 11:53
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 12.12.2017    The Ukrainian Canadian Film Festival held a screening Monday night in Ottawa of a powerful documentary called “The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov.” The film is about the most famous Ukrainian prisoner of conscience held by Russia, the film director and writer Oleg Sentsov, 41. It concerns the events of his Kafka-esque show trial by the Russian occupation authorities in Crimea. “The Trial” is by Askold Kurov, and is a 2017 Poland-Estonia-Czechia co-production.    The case against Oleg Sentsov was fabricated and political. The charges were that Sentsov was the head of a terrorist organization and leader of a plot to blow up monuments. But the Russian
2017 December 12 Tuesday, 10:53
Oleh Ponomar, Facebook, 11.12.2017    Maybe some of you aren't interested in this topic, but I feel very obligated to write about it. My friends, when we strongly needed faith, I wrote about Faith. When we strongly needed confidence, I wrote about Confidence. Today we strongly need more decisive reforms and I must write about them.    So, the main focus of public discussion this week is the battle for a clear and open land market in Ukraine.    I would like to respond to those who say that the moratorium has been extended for another year due to unresolved specific technicalities.    Just to remind: Ukraine, according to the Memorandum with the IMF, was supposed to open the land market in May of this
2017 December 11 Monday, 21:40
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 11.12.2017      The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948, 69 years ago. Human Rights Day, the 10th of December, is an opportunity to reflect on the condition of human rights in the world. The gravest violations and abuses of human rights today are being committed by the Russian Federation. These outrages are most egregious where Russia is invading Europe, which right now is in the southern and eastern parts of Ukraine. Putin’s War and illegal occupation of Crimea and parts of Donbas have led to almost every Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights being violated by Russia.   Article 1 of the Universal
2017 December 11 Monday, 11:18
Алекс Бен-Арі, Radio Lemberg Israel, 10.12.2017    Формально Сенат США ухвалив спеціальний закон про визнання Єрусалиму столицею Ізраїлю ще далекого 1995 року, ба з одним «але»: у президента США була і є можливість відкладати набрання чинності цього закону щопівроку, підписуючи відповідні укази. Це «але» давало змогу Сенатові не втручатися у міжнародні відносини США, які (так вже склалося історично) є повноваженням Адміністрації президента, а також дозволяло саме президентові ухвалювати рішення залежно від геополітичних інтересів Сполучених Штатів. Білл Клінтон, Джордж Буш Молодший, Барак Обама — всі вони відкладали це рішення щодо Єрусалиму, розуміючи, наскільки шкідливим воно може бути для мирного процесу, який із
2017 December 11 Monday, 00:54
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 10.12.2017      Russia has been invading Europe in Ukraine for 3 years, 9 months, 20 days. Putin’s army has not given up any of the territory it has gained since the Battle of Debaltseve in January-February 2015. Russia has not respected a single provision of the Minsk Agreements, such as a ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weapons, and returning control of the international border. Russia attacks Ukrainian defenders and civilians every day and every night. Over 10,000 innocent civilians have been killed in Putin’s War, including 298 people who were aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 that Russian armed forces shot down. Over 1.5 million Europeans who are Ukrainian citizens have been made homeless by
2017 December 10 Sunday, 11:00
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 09.12.2017      Ukraine’s education law is vindicated. As the Ukrainian government stated all along, a law on education that emphasizes teaching the state language in state schools is good policy and solidly in keeping with European practice. This is the conclusion of the European Commission for Democracy through Law, known as the Venice Commission, which is an advisory body of the Council of Europe. The Venice Commission found there was no merit in the complaint from Hungary that the language article of the law “On Education” narrows the rights of representatives of national minorities.    The law “On Education” is innocuous. It says that Ukrainian is the state language of
2017 December 09 Saturday, 13:08
Rex Tillerson, OSCE Ministerial Plenary Session, Wien, 07.12.2017 Thank you for the opportunity to address this body. The OSCE is an indispensable pillar of our common security architecture that bolsters peace and stability in Europe and Eurasia. Of all the challenges confronting the OSCE today, none is more important or vexing than the situation in Ukraine. The United States is committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. We call for full implementation of the Minsk agreements. We will never accept Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea. Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine. 
2017 December 08 Friday, 13:47
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 08.12.2017   Все пропало? Ні! Майдан був критично важливим. Майдан був першим кроком, без якого Україна не мала б жодного майбутнього. Майдан вирвав Україну з-під лап Московії. Україна повернулась до Европи. Україна за ці чотири роки стала асоційованим членом Евросоюзу. Україна впевнено крокує до НАТО.    Але. Як я писав на початку 2015 року — це лише початок Шляху.    Майдан створила найпасіонарніша частина суспільства, якої, як і в кожній країні, у нас не більше 15%. Решта 85% це справжнє болото. Цю частину суспільства зґвалтовано більшовизмом і совком протягом ста років. Ця частина суспільства хоче та чекає простих рішень, яких немає і яких не буває. Ця частина суспільства обрала Раду. І
2017 December 08 Friday, 13:01
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 08.12.2017    Ukrainians and Russians are radically different people. Their societies are nothing like each other, at the roots. This distinctness is something Ukrainians know and feel and experience from birth. Russians who can escape from Kremlin propaganda have a sense of it too. But in Western Europe and North America most people merge the notions of “being Ukrainian” and “being Russian.” This erroneous perspective has had ill consequences for Ukraine. Descriptions have been imposed from outside, and the Moscow viewpoint has dominated for hundreds of years. Until recently, Ukrainians have not been giving voice to themselves, and having that voice heard beyond their borders.   With the
2017 December 08 Friday, 12:29
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 07.12.2017    Спочатку задача на логіку. Всі московитські масмедіа, весь московитський інтернет, всі московитські соцмережі безпрецедентно активно висвітлюють тему "корупції та боротьби проти корупції в Україні". (Ми не навіть не питаємо про те, чому вони всі не боряться проти корупції у себе на Московії, де протягом останніх 15 років, за різними оцінками, вкрадено два-три трильйони доларів — ось де Корупція!) Московія напала на Україну і веде проти нас бойові дії. А корупція дуже сильно роз'їдає владу та суспільство, критично послаблює державність. Тобто Московія має бути дуже зацікавленою у високій корупції в Україні. А вона — навпаки, дуже цим переймається та бореться. Де тут логіка??   Логіку
2017 December 07 Thursday, 14:00
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 07.12.2017    December 6 was Armed Forces Day in Ukraine. Ukrainian armed forces have been in combat for over three years, stopping Russia’s invasion of Europe in Crimea and Donbas. Ukrainians and people in other Western countries have a lot to celebrate and to give thanks for. On the battlefield, Ukraine is saving Europe.   The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances was signed on 5 December 1994, 23 years ago. Ukraine was three years old as a once-again independent country. Russia was also three years old as a once-again independent country, but it chose to call itself the Russian Federation and claimed to be the successor state of the Soviet Union. Western countries accepted the lie that Russia alone was
2017 December 07 Thursday, 11:55
Rex Tillerson, NATO Headquarters, Brussels, 06.12.2017
2017 December 06 Wednesday, 21:53
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 06.12.2017    Відкриття цивілізованого ринку землі — це надпотужний поштовх для економічних реформ та інвестицій в Україну.    Це сигнал усім західним союзникам, які з нами з перших днів Майдану та московсько-української війни, про те, що Україна намагається стати европейською, ринковою та відкритою країною.    Це сигнал усім світовим фінансовим інститутам (Всесвітньому Банку, Европейському Банку, МВФ, тощо) про те, що Україна йде шляхом реформ і з нього не зверне.    І невелике пробуксовування сьогодні - це лише тимчасова технічна прикрість.    Я розумію, що саме тому Московія робитиме все, аби відкриття ринку землі в Україні ніколи не відбулось. 
2017 December 06 Wednesday, 14:37
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 06.12.2017      A well-orchestrated mob prevented the arrest of Mikheil Saakashvili on December 5. Ukrainian law enforcement officers attempted to take Saakashvili into custody at a luxury apartment in Kyiv near Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square). A crowd of people that was numerous, co-ordinated, and violent blocked a police van, smashed it open, overwhelmed the law enforcement officers, and dragged Saakashvili out of custody. The mob was so confident in their street-power superiority over Ukrainian officers that they then paraded to the Verkhovna Rada, the Parliament of Ukraine, for a rally with a speech by Saakashvili. Saakashvili is now a fugitive, and is not – as Ukrainian authorities had intended
2017 December 06 Wednesday, 12:03
Олег Пономар, Факти ICTV, 05.12.2017    Олег Пономар – найкращий блогер України 2017 року: він переміг у рейтингу Фактів ICTV Топ-100 блогерів.   ФЕНОМЕН ПОНОМАРЯ   Я переміг у Топ-100 завдяки кільком чинникам: збулися прогнози, манері писати позитивно, звичкою робити ранкові пости, які стали традиційними і невід’ємною частиною початку дня кожного читача; мої джерела, які рідко коли помилялися. Починаючи з 2014-го, я був одним з перших, хто стверджував зі 100% упевненістю, що в України все вийде. Таких людей було мало, хіба що згадаю Свирида Опанасовича. Зараз таких блогерів вже кілька десятків. Наприклад, Денис П'ятигорець, який робить таку саму підбірку новин. Влад Пономар.
2017 December 06 Wednesday, 11:14
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 05.12.2017    An inter-agency rivalry within the Ukrainian government has broken out in public. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (PGO) and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) have criticized the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), saying it has gone beyond the scope of its mandate in carrying out its investigations. Bureaucrats are supposed to keep disputes “in house” but public airings of grievances are not unheard of in any country in the world. What is concerning about this current spat in Ukraine is that it touches on foundational politics: the legacy of the Revolution of Dignity, the fight against corruption, and Ukrainians’s “European Choice.”   The
2017 December 05 Tuesday, 14:08
Доктор Немо, Radio Lemberg, 05.12.2017  Джерело Принцип подвоєння знань вже в дуже короткі терміни дозволить реалізувати все те, що описане фантастами і навіть більше. Стимулюємо фантастів мріяти і генерувати нові думки поза сферою Дайсона. Техноновинки, як зонд Curiosity на Марсі, безпілотні електроавтомобілі та повідомлення про успішно пересаджену голову стають звичними в стрічці новин. Популяризуючи ці досягнення привертаємо увагу талантів на нові неймовірні звершення та розробку технологій, які немов взяті з фантастичних романів. Ось кілька мотиваційних успішних приклади того, що вже матеріалзувалося в реальності.   Фантастична технологія: лазерна зброя.     Раніше не було нічого, що було б порівняти з приголомшливою руйнівною
2017 December 05 Tuesday, 13:23
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 04.12.2017    The Russian invaders of Europe in Ukraine are flying their flag in Luhansk city. The military occupation of this part of Ukraine by a foreign power is now being publicly marked as such. The pretence of “separatists” or “pro-Russian rebels” has been abandoned. Crimea and part of Donbas are the same: temporarily occupied territory of the Russian Federation.   The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine said this in its daily report of 2 December: “In Luhansk city the SMM observed flags of the Russian Federation placed alongside “LPR” flags for the first time outside certain public buildings. It saw the flags on five buildings used by “LPR” members
2017 December 04 Monday, 10:25
Доктор Немо, Radio Lemberg, 04.12.2017   Фізик Кіотського університету Теруакі Еното опублікував дослідження, в якому розповідається, що блискавки працюють як природні прискорювачі елементарних частинок. Результати Еното і його команди вперше підтверджують домисли про це явище, що датуються 1925 роком.    Тоді науковці припустили, що грози можуть породжувати заряджені радіоактивні частки. При зіткненні хмар електрони переміщаються між хмарами і поверхнею Землі або між двома хмарами, при цьому вони переміщуються не через порожній простір. По дорозі вони стикаються з молекулами атмосферного газу.    Всі ці зіткнення нагрівають газ до стану, названим плазмою. Частину цього світіння, люди можуть бачити як характерний
2017 December 03 Sunday, 22:58
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 03.12.2017    Ukraine should hold a referendum on membership in NATO and the EU. This is an idea that began to be articulated during the Revolution of Dignity of 2013-14. It has been stated as a desirable goal by President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, most recently on December 1. “In the very near future, the referendums on the accession to NATO and the membership in the European Union will definitely be held in Ukraine and I am confident that the people of Ukraine will support my initiative,” President Poroshenko said. He pointed out that exactly four years ago, on 1 December 2013, over a million Ukrainians came out to Maidan in Kyiv to protest against the Yanukovych regime beatings of student demonstrators,
2017 December 03 Sunday, 08:07
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 02.12.2017    What was the Putin regime hoping to achieve through Michael Flynn? Why was it so important to get this particular agent of Russia’s intelligence/security services as close as possible to the Trump campaign and then to the Trump presidency? The answer is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Putin’s obsession with lifting sanctions without stopping his invasion.   Russia invaded Ukraine on 20 February 2014. Sanctions against individuals and entities responsible for war crimes were imposed right away, by the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia, Japan, and other countries. The United Nations General Assembly condemned Russian aggression and imposed a requirement of
2017 December 02 Saturday, 09:06
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 01.12.2017    Ukraine liberated another village. The village of Verkhniotoretske lies between Horlivka and Donetsk city, in Donetsk region in Ukraine. It is on the Ukrainian side of the battlefront of Russia’s invasion of Europe in Donbas. Volunteers who support the Ukrainian armed forces reported on social media that elements of the 95th Air Assault Brigade liberated the village of Verkhniotoretske on November 30. Semen Kabakaev said on Twitter: “Congratulations to our guys in the leading positions and to all involved. Good news in the evening!” Verkhniotoretske is no longer in the “grey zone” but is decidedly Ukrainian.   Russia bombarded the villiage of Verkhniotoretske on 20 separate
2017 December 01 Friday, 10:31
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 30.11.2017   Russia is the aggressor in the war being fought on the territory of Ukraine. No one denies this except agents of Russian propaganda. The OSCE, through its Parliamentary Assembly, outlines and condemns Russian aggression. In July 2016, the Tbilisi Declaration and resolutions were adopted by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA). In the Tbilisi Declaration, Russia was condemned for its “aggressive practices.” The OSCE PA called on the Russian Federation to “reverse the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.” The Tbilisi Declaration talks accurately about Russia’s “armed intervention in certain areas of the Donetsk
2017 November 30 Thursday, 12:42
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 29.11.2017    Альтернативи мінським угодам сьогодні немає. Про це вкотре говорять наші західні союзники (в НАТО — Єнс Столтенберґ, в Держдепартаменті США — і Курт Волкер і Рекс Тіллерсон). Про це говорить і геополітична логіка усього процесу: повернути Україні окуповані території й водночас за допомомогою санкцій перемогти агресивно-реваншистське утворення на планеті — Московію.   Ті, хто притягують сюди за вуха Будапештський меморандум 1994 року, свідомо чи несвідомо лукавлять. Уявімо. Нехай США хочуть його виконати. Як вони це мають зробити? Оголосити Московії війну? Озброїти свого союзника, Україну, і влаштувати бійню посеред Европи? Ні. Сенс у тому, аби розіграти вишукану геополітичну
2017 November 29 Wednesday, 20:09
Speech by Rex Tillerson, The Wilson Centre, Washington DC, 28.11.2017    SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good morning, and thank you, Jane, for that very kind introduction, and also thanks to the Wilson Center for this opportunity to address you today.    The Wilson Center has made many important contributions to public policy over the years, and therefore it’s a very fitting venue for our discussion today on Europe, considering that 100 years ago this year the United States entered World War I under the leadership of President Wilson. While we tend to associate Wilson with spearheading America’s first major involvement in European affairs, I think it’s worth remembering that our commitment to Europe was earlier
2017 November 29 Wednesday, 19:38
Interview by Susan Glasser, Politico, 27.11.2017 Susan Glasser: You’ve just returned in recent days from your latest round of talks with one of Vladimir Putin’s top lieutenants, Vladislav Surkov. Tell us about that, Kurt.    Kurt Volker: Well, Vladislav Surkov is in the presidential administration of Russia. He has been given the responsibility of dealing with some of these frozen conflicts: Abkhazia, South Ossetia. He’s viewed as the person who is in charge of their intervention in Ukraine, both Crimea and in the Donbass.    I’ve been asked by Secretary Tillerson on behalf of the State Department, but also on behalf of the U.S. government, to get the U.S. more engaged in negotiations to try to resolve this
2017 November 29 Wednesday, 19:04
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 29.11.2017      Russia has been invading Europe in Crimea and Donbas since 20 February 2014. Not a day has gone by since without an attack by the Russian armed forces and intelligence services against Ukrainian defenders and civilians. The human cost of Putin’s War is appalling.   10,220 Ukrainians have been killed by Russian invaders and their proxies since Putin’s War began. This current total was revealed by Iryna Gerashchenko, First Deputy Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, at a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Interparliamentary Council. Well over seven deaths per day can be attributed to enemy action since Russia commenced hostilities. In addition to 10,200 Ukrainians killed, 298 citizens of
2017 November 29 Wednesday, 11:48
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 28.11.2017     Secretary-General Thorbjørn Jagland is appealing to the Council of Europe to appease Russia to keep it as a member, and not press the defence of the human rights of Europeans in Crimea and Donbas. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe must stay true to its core mission and reject Jagland’s outrageous appeal.   Russia invaded Europe in Ukraine on 20 February 2014. The Russian invader-occupiers immediately began to abuse and violate the human rights of Europeans in Crimea and Donbas who fell under their power. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voted to expel the delegation from Russia, until such time as Russia began to respect its obligations as a
2017 November 28 Tuesday, 10:26
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 27.11.2017    Russia is escalating its abuse and violations of human rights. Ukraine is trying to bring the world’s attention to the violence of the Russian occupation regime in Crimea and Donbas. The rest of the world is trying to ignore what is happening, afraid of fulfilling its responsibilities under international human rights law to punish Russia and seek justice for the victims of Russian aggression.   The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group noted on November 26 that the number of political prisoners held in Russia and in temporarily occupied Crimea is now over 60. Iryna Gerashchenko, First Vice Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, said on November 24 that the number of civilians, soldiers (Prisoners of
2017 November 27 Monday, 08:34
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 26.11.2017    Їх легіон. Вони називають себе українцями. Вони називають себе корінними киянами. Вони кажуть, що прославляють Україну. Вони кажуть, що вони її люблять...    Відомі колишні і теперішні футболісти та інші спортсмени; гумористи та власники бульварних видань; відомі співаки та інші артисти з когорти "не твоя війна"; тощо.    Вони всі говорять, що поза політикою. І що ми один народ. І що не все так однозначно. І що нам все одно треба мати гарні стосунки зі сусідами. Вони ніколи або вкрай рідко говорять прямо про війну і хто агресор.    Можливо, я помиляюсь (але впевнений, що ні), але їхні серця не стискаються від болю, коли вони думають (а чи думають взагалі?) про те,
2017 November 26 Sunday, 15:54
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 26.11.2017      On November 23 there was a battle between Russian forces invading Europe in Donbas and Ukrainian forces. Russia attacked defensive positions of Ukraine outside Krymske in Luhansk region in a combat engagement that lasted eight hours. Ukrainian Ministry of Defence spokesperson, Colonel Andriy Lysenko, reported on the Battle of Krymske: “During the engagement the adversary was firing upon Ukrainian positions with all weapons available, including mortars. In the second half of the day, the enemy kept attacking Ukrainian positions in the area of Krymske with mortars and small arms.” The Russians gained no ground.   Russia had surged large numbers of troops into Luhansk city on November
2017 November 26 Sunday, 13:56
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 25.11.2017    A speech to commemorate Holodomor Memorial Day – by Michael MacKay, 25 November 2017, Ottawa, Canada   The Holodomor was a genocide of the Ukrainian people. In 1932-33, a famine was manufactured by the Russian Bolshevik occupiers of Ukraine. A planned campaign of mass murder was carried out through forced collectivization of farms, setting impossibly high quotas on the delivery of grain, and seizing crops. Food was taken away from starving people. Historian Orest Subtelny wrote that “The central fact about the famine is that it did not have to happen.” The Russian occupation regime systematically confiscated the harvest of 1932 knowing and intending that this would lead to the deaths
2017 November 25 Saturday, 01:29
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 24.11.2017      Russia at war has caused another death of an innocent. On November 23, the Russian invader-occupiers of Ukraine conducted a series of violent raids on the homes and businesses of Crimean Tatars. Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officers burst into a restaurant, and seized 83-year-old Vedzhie Kashka. She had been suffering from heart problems, and she died under the stress of the arrest.   Vedzhie Kashka was a victim of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944, inflicted upon Ukrainians of Tatar heritage by Stalin and the Russian invader-occupiers of Ukraine of that era. She was a life-long campaigner for the self-determination of her people, the Crimean Tatars, and of their right of
2017 November 24 Friday, 11:24
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 23.11.2017      The Ukrainian armed forces have taken full control of some villages in the “grey zone” on the battlefront of Russia’s invasion of Europe in Donbas. Ukraine has also been able to establish new positions to rationalize the defence. It appears that Europe’s defenders were able to exploit the opportunity created by large numbers of Russian troops vacating their front line positions to go to the city of Luhansk, where they were taking part in the power struggle amongst Russian occupation regime figures.   The reports of these small advances are still awaiting official confirmation. Most prominent are the reports that the Ukrainian armed forces were received as liberators in
2017 November 23 Thursday, 10:53
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 22.11.2017      Internecine strife has broken out in the Kremlin, and it is playing out in Russia-invaded and occupied Ukraine. A coup that is not yet ready to break out in Moscow broke out as naked invasion of Luhansk instead. Putin’s hold on power is not as monolithic as it may appear, and his faction lost a battle today. Putin’s defeat may bring evil consequences to how Russia further prosecutes its war on the West. The suffering of that evil will fall most heavily on the defender of Europe, Ukraine.    From the time of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014 up to 21 November 2017, Putin’s favourite to be his proxy in Russia-occupied Luhansk has been Igor Plotnitsky. Putin needed a
2017 November 22 Wednesday, 11:00
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 21.11.2017  One hundred years ago, Ukraine emerged as an independent state for the first time in the modern era. On 20 November 1917, the parliamentary assembly in Kyiv known as the Tsentralna Rada (the Central Council) declared sovereignty for Ukraine under the name Ukrainian People’s Republic. Unlike the declarations of autonomy earlier on 23 June and 16 July 1917, the declaration of sovereignty on 20 November 1917 bore no reference to the Kerensky government in Russia, or the Bolshevik coup that was occurring there. The Bolshevik coup became a civil war in Russia, and Ukrainians had little interest in that for its own sake and much more interest in establishing Ukrainian national identity in a sovereign state. 
2017 November 21 Tuesday, 10:46
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 20.11.2017    У вересні Білорусь отримала від Московії $700 мільйонів. Отримала тому, що Лукашенко десь з-пів року перед тим робив дуже виразні реверанси в бік Европи (але Захід не дав йому й половини тих коштів).    Так ось, кредит врешті отримано, і його треба трохи відпрацювати. А на кому? Звичайно ж, на Україні.    Та якщо ви спитаєте Лукашенка, чи він любить Україну, він відповість — люблю її як рідну. І що цікаво, він не лукавить. Це лише бізнес, нічого особистого.    Лукашенко не дурень і не сліпий. Він знає, що на Заході — вся міць та всі гроші світу, всі можливості і все майбутнє Білорусі. Років через 10–30. А наразі — як є.   
2017 November 20 Monday, 19:41
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 20.11.2017    Sometimes the incongruity of events is so overwhelming that only reciting the facts will do. Insight into the significance of what happened may eventually come, but it is elusive in the moment. On November 19, Rudolf Giuliani arrived in Kharkiv, Ukraine, was met at the airport by Hennadiy Kernes, and later attended the launch of a book, “Is Lenin With Us?” written by Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Arsen Avakov. The ostensible reason for such an unusual meeting was to “improve the security sphere” in Kharkiv. Incongruous, bizarre, unexpected – but what to make of all this?   That someone who is close to the Trump administration in the United States would go to
2017 November 20 Monday, 11:00
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 19.11.2017    • Рішення про вступ до НАТО залежить від США. НАТО — це витвір США. США створили НАТО, США годують НАТО, США підтримують НАТО у бойовому стані. Решта — згідно зі своїми силами та можливостями. Дехто навіть через силу чи з-під батога. Тому США й прагнуть, аби інші члени альянсу активніше фінансували НАТО. США створили НАТО, аби захистити своїх союзників (фактично весь західний табір) в Европі від радянської/московської агресії.    • Рішення про те, що Україна стане членом НАТО давно прийнято у США принципово. Це лише справа часу та готовності України. Протягом найближчих трьох років Україна має провести політичні, економічні та військові реформи. А потім офіційно заявити про
2017 November 19 Sunday, 14:51
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 19.11.2017      When Putin speaks, the Western press pays attention – even though Putin tells nothing but lies, and his words don’t match the actions of Russia. When Putin’s terrorists and criminals in Russia-occupied Ukraine speak, they are signalling Russia’s actual intentions. But the Western press pays no attention to them or to what Russia’s army invading Europe is doing in Donbas and Crimea.   On November 16, Putin had a telephone call with Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky, who he placed as figureheads of the so-called “DPR” and “LPR” terrorist organizations and crime syndicates. Putin pretended to consult with these proxies, and to
2017 November 19 Sunday, 13:40
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 18.11.2017      Ukraine is a non-aligned country that is on the cusp of joining NATO, and which is currently being invaded and partially occupied by aggressor Russia. Sweden is a non-aligned country that is on the cusp of joining NATO, and which is harassed but not yet under direct military attack by aggressor Russia. The two countries came closer together in a remarkable way this week.   Sweden is stepping up for the defence of Europe. In 2018, the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) will most likely begin training Ukrainian armed forces at the NATO Partnership for Peace Training Centre in Yavoriv, in western Ukraine. Sweden will join the United States, Canada, and Lithuania in teaching modern combat
2017 November 18 Saturday, 09:38
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 17.11.2017      Lithuania passed a “global Magnitsky” law on November 16, by a unanimous vote in the Seimas. Lithuania passed amendments to the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens which make it the fifth country to pass global Magnitsky human rights legislation – after the United States, the United Kingdom, Estonia, and Canada. Lithuania’s Magnitsky law refuses entry to Lithuania to persons who have been involved in human rights abuses, money laundering and corruption.  It is a “global Magnitsky” law, and does not single out Russian human rights abusers over human rights abusers from other countries. Human rights are universal, and national laws for the protection of human rights
2017 November 17 Friday, 11:10
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 17.11.2017    Отримав багато питань на цю тему, тож вирішив написати окремий пост про 9 травня.    По-перше. Справжніх ветеранів (хто дійсно брав участь у боях) залишилось вкрай мало. Я повністю поважаю їх право за радянською звичкою святкувати 9 травня. Вони можуть йти класти квіти до пам'ятників, випити стограм, тощо. Для цього і спеціально для них в календарі навіть вказано, що 9 травня є святковим днем. Це чудово. Але чому вся країна має в цей день не працювати? Назвіть хоч одну причину?    По-друге. Маємо сусіда, який до лютого 2014 року контролював Україну як класична метрополія контролює свою колонію. Був свій намісник, був контроль за владою, армією, спецслужбами, інфопростором, тощо. Та
2017 November 17 Friday, 10:28
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 16.11.2017      On November 15, Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with Aleksandr Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky. This is the first acknowledged direct communication between Putin, the leader of aggressor Russia, and the two men who are the figurehead leaders of two of Russia’s terrorist organizations, the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic.” Putin was giving orders to his subordinates about how he plans to further prosecute his war against Ukraine.    Normally, Putin deals at arm’s length with Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky. Vladislav Surkov acts as Putin’s “grey cardinal” between him
2017 November 16 Thursday, 13:20
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 15.11.2017    Відкритий ринок землі та прозора приватизація. Реформувати чи перечекати?    Друзі, реформи не бувають популярними, якщо це справжні реформи. Завжди є політики, які постійно думають про свій наступний електоральний цикл та свій ніжний електоральний рейтинг, побоюючись втратити його внаслідок голосування за непопулярні серед народу реформи.    І є державні діячі — Політики з великої букви, які думають про країну та її добробут, дивлячись на 10-30-50 років вперед. Вони не хворіють популізмом, в них є яйця (навіть у жінок).    І саме такі Політики входять до Історії, а про популістів люди забувають вже через кілька років. Історичний приклад.   
2017 November 15 Wednesday, 12:17
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 15.11.2017      On November 14, Ukraine scored a diplomatic victory and Russia suffered a diplomatic defeat at the United Nations. The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly – the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee – adopted an updated draft resolution affirming that Crimea is Ukraine and condemning Russia for it’s illegal occupation and illegitimate annexation. The vote for the resolution was 71 in favour to 25 against, with 77 abstentions. The resolution had about 40 co-sponsors. The language of the resolution “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine” is stronger than that of a similar resolution passed by the UN
2017 November 15 Wednesday, 09:02
Доктор Немо, Radio Lemberg, 15.11.2017   Якщо ви дійсно бажаєте щастя, журналіст Ерік Баркер з Бізнес Інсайдеру радить довіряти порадам нейробіологів. Адже саме вони цілими днями займаються вивченням людського мозку, і знають, що саме може зробити кожного з нас щасливим.    В інтернеті безліч людей дає поради про те, як стати щасливим. Але, насправді, вони і гадки не мають, про що говорять, описуючи суб'єктивні відчуття та ірраціональні міркування. Тому не довіряйте їм. Якщо чесно, то й мені вірити не варто.    Довіряйте нейробіологам. Вони цілими днями займаються вивченням мозку, і знають, що по-справжньому може зробити людину щасливою.    Ідеї стосовно цього має дослідник із Каліфорнійського
2017 November 15 Wednesday, 07:23
Theresa May, London, Lord Mayor's Banquet, 13.11.2017    My Lord Mayor, My Late Lord Mayor, Your Grace, My Lord Chancellor, Your Excellencies, My Lords, Aldermen, Sheriffs, Chief Commoner, ladies and gentlemen.    As we meet here tonight, we are approaching a defining moment in the history of our nation and our place in the world.    It is a period of great change and it will, of course, have its challenges.    There will be ups and downs along the way. But I believe we should embrace this period with confidence and optimism.    Not grounded in some article of faith, but with a clear understanding of our strengths as a nation.    We are the fifth biggest economy in
2017 November 14 Tuesday, 16:00
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 14.11.2017      To civilized people, the term “safe corridor” implies a worthy humanitarian purpose. People use a safe corridor to travel from one place to another without being attacked. To Russians who are invading Europe in Ukraine, “safe corridor” means a place where Ukrainians will be unarmed and where they won’t shoot back when they are attacked; it is a soft target. There are five functioning checkpoints in Russia-invaded and occupied Donbas which are supposed to be safe corridors. With regular shelling, decrepit infrastructure, and arduous bureaucracy, the Russians make travel as miserable and as dangerous as possible for Ukrainians who fall under their power. The hatred Muscovy
2017 November 14 Tuesday, 15:12
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 13.11.2017    Russia invaded Crimea in February of 2014, and Ukrainians began to flee. Russia invaded Donbas in April of 2014, and many more Ukrainians began to flee. With the invasion and occupation by Russia still underway, today over one million six hundred thousand Ukrainians are officially registered as “internally displaced persons.” The United Nations estimates that about four million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance. Europeans are refugees within Europe. There have not been so many displaced persons from Ukraine, the largest country that is wholly within Europe, since the aftermath of the 1939 to 1944 Nazi German and Soviet Russian invasions of Ukraine. Despite the humanitarian crisis in
2017 November 13 Monday, 12:54
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 12.11.2017  На мій погляд, Народний Фронт має гарне політичне майбутнє і дуже високі шанси на виборах до парламенту у 2019 році. І ось чому.    На третьому з'їзді партії, який відбувся 11.11.2017 в Києві, Народний Фронт застовбив за собою справжню праву, республіканську нішу (яструбину — в хорошому сенсі цього слова) в українській політиці та на виборчому полі. Сьогодні вже жодній іншій партії не вдасться стати правіше Народного Фронту (наші так звані "праві націоналісти" взагалі тут ні до чого, бо насправді пропагують лівацькі, комуністичні й популістські лозунги).  Народний Фронт на сьогодні — найбільш евро-атлантична та анти-московська сила в Україні. Партія виступає за форсування руху
2017 November 13 Monday, 12:22
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 12.11.2017    Putin is running out of options with his invasion of Europe in Ukraine. In fact he has only one good option left,
2017 November 12 Sunday, 10:36
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 11.11.2017      Modern totalitarian regimes use modern methods of torture. Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and now Putin’s Russia employ medical doctors to coerce political prisoners. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on 20 February 2014, the Putin regime has been using punitive psychiatry against the Ukrainian patriots and Crimean Tatars they kidnap and against the prisoners of war they capture.   Psychiatry is a science of mental health. Real psychiatrists promote good mental health and treat mental illness. Punitive psychiatry is a technique of torture. It is a weapon of domination used by totalitarian regimes to associate expression of political dissent with having a mental disorder.
2017 November 11 Saturday, 11:18
Michael MacKay, Radio Lembeg, 10.11.2017     On November 9, both the Government of Canada and the Official Opposition made strong statements in support of Ukraine’s proposal for UN peacekeeping. Canada’s foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, said: “Our government has been unwavering in its support for the people of Ukraine and Ukraine's territorial integrity. We condemn Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, the ongoing violence and ongoing support to insurgents in eastern Ukraine.” Her statement went on to say that Canada was exploring “the viability and utility of peacekeeping and policing in Ukraine” and that Canada is “working hard to ensure any peacekeeping effort guarantees Ukraine’s
2017 November 10 Friday, 11:13
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 09.11.2017    You might be sanctioned by Russia and not even know it. You might try to enter Russia with a valid visa and be turned back at the border anyway. You might be inside Russia legally but be arrested and deported summarily. You might be doing a business deal and have your property seized. You might be visiting friends or family in Russia and be kidnapped and held hostage. All of this is possible because Russia has a blacklist of people it doesn’t like but refuses to say who is on the list.   Russia announced the secret sanctions in Ottawa on November 7. A spokesman for the Russian embassy said that Russia had sanctioned “dozens” of Canadians who are “political actors pursuing a a
2017 November 09 Thursday, 12:14
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 08.11.2017      One hundred years ago, on 7 November 1917, the Bolsheviks organized a coup against the Kerensky government in Russia. A brief renaissance of Russian society was snuffed out by the Red Terror. This event marked the beginning of the end of a brief period of independence for Ukraine, which would suffer invasion and occupation by Russia for the next 74 years. It also marked the beginning of the most brutal, most violent, and most extensive regime of destruction and mass murder in human history.   Ukraine regained formal independence in 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed. It began to get effective independence with the Revolution of Dignity of 2013-2014. A consequence of the democratic and cultural
2017 November 08 Wednesday, 13:04
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 07.11.2017    Ukraine is the largest country that lies wholly within Europe. Ukraine is being invaded by Russia, a country that lies mostly in Asia. Other wholly European countries, led by Lithuania, are finally waking up to their responsibilities and putting together a plan to support Ukraine. From 20 February 2014 to today, Ukraine has been defending European civilization on its own against the foreign invaders from Muscovy. Although the forces of appeasement still dominate in Berlin, Paris, and London, they don’t hold sway in Kyiv, Vilnius, and Warsaw. Countries that know from historical experience the mortal danger that Russian aggression poses are leaded the effort to rationalize support for front line defender
2017 November 07 Tuesday, 11:34
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 06.11.2017    Коли рік тому з'явились "панамські папери", я вказав, що цей контрольований витік інформації є ударом світового уряду по Путіну. Там було 80% матеріалів про "гаманці" Путіна, а решту 20% — усілякий дріб'язок.    Вчорашній дозований витік інформації "райських паперів" — це другий етап. Цього разу це удар проти московитського оточення Трампа і знову проти Путіна (і зовсім невипадково напередодні їхньої зустрічі у В'єтнамі). Отже.    • Фіґурантами паперів стали тринадцять осіб з найближчого оточення Трампа: три члени адміністрації, чотири радники та шість великих донорів. Зокрема, це міністр торгівлі Вілбур Росс (зв'язок з Московією через "Сибур"), державний
2017 November 06 Monday, 12:48
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 05.11.2017    Проаналізуймо такий логічний та часовий ланцюжок.    1 Нещодавно Путін заявив, що незабаром стосунки між Україною і Московією налагодяться та відновляться. Він цього дуже сподівається. Ба одна маленька за́пинка — для цього треба змінити владу в Україні, яку (на думку Путіна) "народ не підтримує". Але ж ми знаємо справжню причину несприйняття Москвою української влади. Це те, що Україна стала асоційованим членом Евросоюзу і тепер прагне повного членства у цій спільноті. А також те, що Україна законодавчо визначила своєю головною зовнішньополітичною метою вступ до НАТО.    2 Зрадофіли. Що це за феномен такий? Це люди, які зазомбовані до рівня втрати логіки. Які втратили
2017 November 06 Monday, 08:50
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 06.11.2017      Russia’s invasion of Europe in Ukraine was especially violent in Donetsk on November 5. Russian armed forces fired GRAD multiple-launch rocket systems and heavy artillery at Ukrainian defenders across the battlefront, and at Ukrainian civilians in both Ukraine-controlled and Russia-controlled neighbourhoods. The headquarters of the “Anti-Terrorist Operation” of the Ukrainian armed forces recorded 137 launches of GRAD rockets against the town of Avdiivka and 110 launches against the village of Opytne – 247 rocket attacks. Both places are north of the city of Donetsk. Shelling of Avdiivka went beyond the industrial “PromZone” and hits were recorded in residential areas
2017 November 06 Monday, 08:27
Володимир Горбулін, Дзеркало тижня, 03.11.2017  "Життя завжди з тріском ламає всі формули. І розгром, хай який він потворний, може виявитися єдиним шляхом до відродження". © Антуан де Сент-Екзюпері. "Військовий льотчик"    Понад чотири роки активної гібридної війни, безліч зусиль учених і експертів у сфері аналізу нового феномену, — але в підсумку ми все ще в стані дуже фрагментарного розуміння того, що відбувається.  Усе свідчить на користь того, що рівень аналітичних рефлексій щодо геостратегічної ситуації досяг певної критичної межі, яка нагадує глухий кут. Осмислення гібридної війни як "речі в собі" ніяк не вийде за свої внутрішні обмежувачі, не стане "річчю для себе". У рамках цього глухого кута ми
2017 November 05 Sunday, 15:00
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 05.11.2017      Kurt Volker tells it like it is: Russia controls everything that is happening in the easternmost part of Ukraine. There is no rebellion. There is no separatist movement. There are no people’s republics. There is only Russian occupation. Speaking at a State Department briefing on November 3, the United States Special Representative for Ukraine said this:It's not an internal strife. It's not an ethnic conflict; it's not an indigenous conflict. It is one where on the eastern side you have 100% Russian command and control of what's happening there.”    Russia invaded Ukraine on 20 February 2014. It began the invasion in Crimea and expanded to Donbas. In both these places,
2017 November 05 Sunday, 14:45
Kurt Volker, Department of State, Washington, 03.11.2017  Special representative of Department of State, Ambassador Kurt Volker, gave a press-conference on Russia-Ukraine conflict in Washington on Friday. His opening comments and answers:   AMBASSADOR VOLKER: Okay. Well, it is great to be here, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to update all of you on what has happened now in the last three months and a bit since I was appointed to work on Ukraine issues for the U.S., and basically say I think we’ve seen a lot of movement, activity, some of it positive. And so I think it’s worth taking stock of where we are and what some of the next steps might be.    Let me start out by emphasizing that this is still a
2017 November 05 Sunday, 12:01
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 04.11.2017     Number 1 on the list of corrupt foreign officials sanctioned by Canada is the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro. Good. Now it is time for Canada to sanction the world’s most corrupt foreign official and worst violator of human rights, the President of Russia and invader of Europe in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin. In the name of humanity: stop Putin.    On November 3, Canada brought in regulations under the “Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law).” These are sanctions imposed on individuals who have committed grave violations of human rights. The sanctions consist of a seizure of assets in Canada, a ban on travel to Canada, and a
2017 November 04 Saturday, 12:27
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 03.11.2017    Crimea is bleeding. Russian invader-occupiers have brutalized Ukraine’s southern peninsula for three and a half years, and their brutality is getting worse. Russian persecution of the Crimean Tatars is particularly acute, and amounts to slow-motion ethnic cleansing. The Putin regime has an escalating policy of harassment, intimidation, kidnapping, and torture against the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian patriots. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has launched a #CrimeaIsBleeding appeal to coincide with a resolution being submitted to the United Nations General Assembly. The appeal and the resolution are meant to focus the world’s attention on the plight of Ukrainian citizens who are captives
2017 November 03 Friday, 10:24
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 02.11.2017    Putin’s War is relentless. There is no ceasefire in Russia’s invasion of Europe in Donbas. In the month of October, Russian armed forces attacked Ukrainian defenders and Ukrainian civilians 544 times on the Mariupol, Donetsk, and Luhansk battlefronts. That’s an average of one attack every 1 hour 22 minutes over the whole month. Russia attacked with mortars, grenade launchers, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, large-bore artillery, multiple-launch rocket systems, anti-aircraft guns, heavy machine guns, and small arms. Ukrainian casualties were 11 armed services members killed in action and 47 wounded in action. The worst single day for Ukraine was October 25, when four soldiers were killed
2017 November 02 Thursday, 10:00
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 01.11.2017     Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman is visiting Canada. On October 31 he held talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa. There was some gentle banter in the press about the youthful Trudeau – he’s 45 years old – being the elder statesman: Groysman is 39. But serious matters are on the agenda, and the main one is trade. In the summer of this year, Canada and Ukraine finally ratified a free trade agreement that has been 20 long years in the making. It is urgent that Canada and Ukraine use the opportunity of formal free trade to expand the miniscule economic ties they have now to the substantial ties they ought to be.   Canada and Ukraine want to talk about
2017 November 01 Wednesday, 09:58
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 31.10.2017    Paul Manafort was indicted by special prosecutor Robert Mueller in the United States on October 30. He is charged with numerous offences, including money laundering and failing to declare himself to be a foreign agent.  The indictment focuses on the period from 2006 to 2014 inclusive, when Paul Manafort was a political operative working for Viktor Yanukovych and the Party of Regions in Ukraine. Manafort is the first prominent alleged conspirator to be accused in the investigation of Russia’s interference in the US election of 8 November 2016.    Several lines of defence have sprung up to try to insulate Trump, Putin, and Russia from damage due to the Manafort indictment. The indictment
2017 October 31 Tuesday, 11:22
Петро Копка, Гордон, 26.10.2017  "Кам'яний вік закінчився не тому, що у світі закінчилися камені.  Так само і нафтовий вік закінчиться не тому, що у нас скінчилася нафта".  Ахмед Закі Ямані, міністр нафти і мінеральних ресурсів Саудівської Аравії у 1962–1986 рр.   Вік нафти і газу як стратегічної сировини, за допомогою якої корумпуються політичні еліти цілих країн і змінюються геополітичні розклади, добігає кінця. Головне завдання людства на найближче майбутнє – якомога швидше зіскочити із вуглеводневої голки. До того ж події кількох останніх років показали, наскільки вразливою стає цивілізація, віддаючи свою долю в руки країн – виробників нафти.    За останні три роки на міжнародному ринку
2017 October 31 Tuesday, 09:51
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 30.10.2017      On 18 February 2014, fire broke out at the headquarters of the Party of Regions in Kyiv, Ukraine. This happened in the final days of the “EuroMaidan” protests which became known as the Revolution of Dignity. The Party of Regions was the political party of Viktor Yanukovych; he had been cracking down violently on Ukrainians who were protesting for a better life in the streets of Kyiv and throughout Ukraine. The 18th, 19th, and 20th of February were the most violent days of the Revolution of Dignity, when many peaceful protestors were shot and killed by snipers from Yanukovych’s special riot police. Putin ordered his man Yanukovych to flee Kyiv, which he did on the night of
2017 October 30 Monday, 09:50
Nicholas Fandos and Michael D. Shearoct, The New York Times, 26.10.2017    Under pressure from Republicans and Democrats, the Trump administration on Thursday turned over to Congress a list of Russia-connected entities it will use to determine new sanctions meant to rebuke Russia for actions in Eastern Europe, Syria and its meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election.  Administration officials made clear to lawmakers that they intended to impose sanctions on individuals in the United States and elsewhere who did “significant” business with the Russian entities, sending an early warning that such deals must soon end.    The list appeared to be an attempt to mollify critics — including
2017 October 29 Sunday, 13:35
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 29.10.2017     Russia sent the 70th truck convoy of war matériel across the Ukraine-Russia international border into the Russia-occupied zone of eastern Ukraine on October 27. Russia puts white coverings on the trucks and signage saying they are “humanitarian aid” for the people of Donbas. The trucks are not inspected by any international humanitarian organization, though, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (the ICRC). Nor are they inspected by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Special Monitoring Mission (the OSCE SMM) for Ukraine. Nor are they inspected by the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. The so-called “humanitarian convoys” are widely
2017 October 29 Sunday, 12:26
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 28.10.2017     On October 27, the United States brought in the first round of non-proliferation sanctions against Russia. These sanctions are regulations under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) that was signed into law on 2 August 2017. Sanctions against Russian entities were entered under the CAATSA provisions “Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act of 2017.” The sponsors of the CAATSA specified that the “countering Russian influence” provisions were aimed at deterring further Russian aggression against Ukraine and against the Syrian people, and also at boosting Ukraine’s energy and cyber security.    The sanctions just entered
2017 October 28 Saturday, 11:23
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 27.10.2017    “He is a real hero. Even under torture he didn’t change his position. For Vlad, Luhansk is Ukraine.” – Roman Bochkala, journalist, speaking about Vlad Ovcharenko.    News has leaked out from Russia-occupied Luhansk that Vlad Ovcharenko was sentenced in a kangaroo court of the so-called “LPR” to 17 years of imprisonment at hard labour. His ‘crime’ was to display the flag of his country, Ukraine, and to burn the flag of the terrorist organization “LPR.”    Vlad Ovcharenko was kidnapped by gunmen holding allegiance to the “LPR” terrorist organization on 16 October 2016. On social media, he had been writing observations
2017 October 27 Friday, 09:20
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 26.10.2017      Russia’s slow-motion ethnic cleansing of the Crimean Tatars continues. On October 25, the Russian regime which is invading Europe in Crimea released two hostages, Ahtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov. The two men are out of the clutches of Muscovy, but for the time being they cannot return to their homeland that has been stolen from them. Grave violations of human rights by the Russians in the parts of Ukraine illegally occupied by them continue unabated.    Ahtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov are leaders of the Crimean Tatars, who are the autochthonous people of Ukraine’s southern peninsula. When Russia commenced its invasion of Ukraine on 20 February 2014, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar
2017 October 26 Thursday, 12:44
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 26.10.2017    Я багато разів писав, що вони будуть. Теракти, диверсії, саботаж, кібератаки, сакральні жертви, тощо. Це тактика та практика ЧК/НКВД/МГБ/КГБ/ФСБ, і це зрозуміло та передбачувано.    Це явище сьогодні неможливо перемогти й ліквідувати. Ніяк. Жодними методами. Ні застосування візового режиму з Московією (а ми його фактично запроваджуємо з нового року — і це дуже добре), ні санкції в цьому не допоможуть.    Уявімо фантастичний варіант. Ми відгородились стіною від сусіда так, що жодна миша не пролізе. І що? Ми маємо Україну, в якій вже є мільйони ворогів України і мільйони корисних ідіотів, яких ворог може використати для постійних чи одноразових операцій. Є мільйони
2017 October 26 Thursday, 11:56
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 25.10.2017      Russia has been invading Ukraine – the largest country that is wholly within Europe – and occupying part of its territory since 20 February 2014. A land war is being waged in the heart of Europe. As a result of Russia starting and continuing to fight international war, over 1.6 million Europeans have been made homeless and are refugees. Ukraine has over 1.6 million so-called “internally displaced persons.” This humanitarian catastrophe is caused by Russian aggression. It is made worse by the negligence of other Western countries who do not stop Russian aggression and do to not help on a scale that is need it to alleviate the suffering of IDPs in Ukraine.    October
2017 October 25 Wednesday, 12:39
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 24.10.2017    Зрозуміло навіть першокласникові, що пані Собчак не балотувалась би у президенти Московії, якби це не було частиною вистави "вибори-2018". Це надає виставі певного ґламуру, перчинки, побутовості. Та її роль має один дуже важливий політичний нюанс. Ось її свіжа заява:    "З точки зору міжнародного права, Крим є українським. Крапка. Далі нумо розмовляти. Як це відбуватиметься, що буде далі, як продовжуватиметься життя людей в Кримі. Бо це, власне, дуже важливо. Як ці люди завтра повернуться до України? Там справді величезна кількість "русскіх" людей, які справді це підтримують. Та на конкретне питання я даю конкретну відповідь: ми не дотримались нашого слова, ми порушили Будапештський меморандум
2017 October 24 Tuesday, 21:32