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Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 22.04.2018     A diplomatic boycott of the FIFA World Cup being held in Russia is gaining momentum. The United Kingdom announced that the Royal Family and government officials would have nothing to do with tournament, after Russia launched a nerve agent attack in Salisbury on March 4. Iceland announced that it would join a diplomatic boycott. Then, on April 20, a group of European Union parliamentarians appealed for a boycott of Russia by politicians and government officials from all 28 member states. 60 Members of the European Parliament asked EU governments to stay away from the FIFA World Cup in Russia.   Rebecca Harms is an MEP from the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance and is a member of the Delegation
2018 April 22 Sunday, 09:20
Editorial, Radio Lemberg, 21.04.2018    Однією з головних та вкрай необхідних складових інтеграції України до Евросоюзу є повноцінне об’єднання нашої енергосистеми з мережею енергосистем европейських країн. Воно є не менш важливим ніж створення зони вільної торгівлі чи безвізового режиму для громадян, вступу до об’єднаної системи військової безпеки (НАТО), побудови швидкісних багатополосних міжнародних автобанів, уніфікації промислових стандартів та залізничної колії, тощо.    Відомо, що саме енергетика є основою основ будь якої промисловості та наріжним каменем економіки кожної сучасної країни. Зараз неможливо собі уявити навіть три-чотири години діяльності без електроенергії кожної галузі промисловості, і наприклад
2018 April 21 Saturday, 18:51
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 21.04.2018    Russia’s escalating violence against Ukraine goes from bad to worse. On Friday, the Russian invaders of Europe in Crimea and Donbas launched an attack with rockets against a village to the east of the city of Mariupol, Ukraine.   Just before six o’clock in the morning on April 20, Russian invaders of Ukraine launched a heavy bombardment of defenders at Lebedynske in Donetsk region, firing rockets from Grad multiple launch rocket systems. Over a two hour period, the Russians launched 40 missiles from BM-21 launch vehicles that were stationed in the occupied village of Sakhanka. Sakhanka is 7 kilometres due east of the defensive positions of the Ukrainian armed forces in front of the village
2018 April 21 Saturday, 12:01
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 20.04.2018   Another legacy of the long, brutal occupation of Ukraine by Russia may be coming to an end: the church founded 1,030 years ago in Kyiv is set to return from its temporary 332 year visit to Moscow.   Current Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been going on for over four years. In the face of Russian aggression, the Ukrainian nation is more united than at any time in its modern history. Ukrainians chose a European path by the Revolution of Dignity of 2013-2014. The invasion by foreign armies from Muscovy in Crimea and Donbas has accelerated Ukraine’s movement down that Western path. Ukraine is separating itself from Russia and from the remnants of the Soviet Union and of the Russian Empire at a
2018 April 20 Friday, 10:46
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 19.04.2018     Russia is using heavy artillery again on its invasion battlefront in eastern Ukraine. Russia’s armed aggression is a vicious and an existential attack against the Ukrainian nation. It is also a deliberate violation of the Minsk Agreement and a planned insult to its two western European guarantors, Germany and France. Russia is invading Europe in Ukraine – Ukraine is defending, and Germany and France are doing nothing about it.   Article 2 of the Minsk Agreement of 11 February 2015 requires “withdrawal of all heavy weapons by both sides by equal distances in order to create a security zone of at least 50km wide from each other for the artillery systems of caliber of 100 and
2018 April 19 Thursday, 08:41
By Andrea Thomas, William Boston, The Wall Street Journal, 18.04.2018    Німецькі директори кажуть, що санкції можуть завдати шкоди довготривалим спільним підприємствам і коштуватимуть сотні мільйонів евро. Керівники Німеччини хочуть аби адміністрація Трампа звільнила компанії їхньої країни від жорстких американських санкцій проти Московії.  Німецькі чиновники повідомили, що цього тижня міністр фінансів Німеччини, Олаф Шольц, протягом свого візиту до Вашинґтона продавлюватиме особливі умови для німецьких компаній, а наприкінці квітня вже бундесканцлериня Анґела Меркель планує підняти це питання під час її зустрічі з президентом США, Дональдом Трампом.  Окрім висловлення певних застережень стосовно тих санкцій, які мають на меті
2018 April 18 Wednesday, 22:50
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 18.04.2018    The world needs to shift its attention to Ukraine. The battlefront in eastern Ukraine where Russia is invading Europe will be where Putin strikes the hardest now. Aggressor Russia has suffered three recent set-backs in its war against the West: the expulsion of Russian spies after Russia’s nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom; the sanctioning of Russian oligarchs by the United States arising from the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act; and the bombing of the chemical weapons research and production facilities of Russia’s puppet Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Ukraine has been poorly supported by other Western democratic countries for over four years of Russia’s
2018 April 18 Wednesday, 09:13
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 17.04.2018     Genocide. “Never again” is the response of any moral human being. But the seeds of genocide are in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and civilized humanity is not stopping it.   Russia has a history of genocide against Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars. Since 2014, the Putin regime of state terror has the Crimean Tatars and many Ukrainians under its brutal authority. The precursors of a new genocide can be seen in the Russian occupation regime in Crimea and Donbas.   Russia has never undergone decommunization. The past crimes of Soviet terror from 1917 to 1991 have not been redeemed or even properly acknowledged by the Russian people or their leadership. Ukraine, by contrast, is
2018 April 17 Tuesday, 09:39
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 16.04.2018    On balance, Putin comes off looking as weak after the strike against chemical weapons facilities in Syria by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. The coalition demonstrated that they are vastly more powerful than Russia and its rump proxy in Syria, the Assad regime. And they did it in a mere 45 minutes, very early in the morning on April 14. Russian forces stood down and did nothing to aid the beleaguered Assad. Russian propaganda TV had no ‘victory’ to present to its zombified domestic audience. It resorted to its staple fare, which is anti-Western hate propaganda.   Putin is a KGB thug, and easy to understand. Humiliated in Syria, he will lash out and he will strike where he
2018 April 16 Monday, 09:56
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph, 12.04.2018    «Газпром» – це зброя кремлівської зовнішньої політики та знаряддя для досягнення стратегічних цілей.   Злочинну монополію Владіміра Путіна у постачанні газу до Европи викрито сенсаційними документами, які розкривають навмисні порушення закону Евросоюзу і навіть щось на кшталт політичного цькування протягом майже десятиліття.    Найдовше в історії ЕС розслідування показало, як контрольований Кремлем енергетичний гігант «Газпром» використовував свою надмірну владу для тиску на слабкі держави у східній Европі, а також для розділу єдиного енергетичного ринку ЕС за допомогою примусової цінової політики.    У доповіді
2018 April 15 Sunday, 15:29
Редколегія The Wall Street Journal, 12.04.2018   Зараз дуже турбулентний час для стосунків Европи з Московією, одним з наслідків якого є очікуване визнання Берліном стратегічної важливості газу. Бундесканцлериня Анґела Меркель цього тижня визнала, що новий московський газогін дном Балтійського моря є "політичним". А тепер подивімося що вона робить з усім цим.    У своїй заяві на прес-конференції з президентом України, Петром Порошенком, пані Меркель вперше сама сказала про те, що всі вже знають про проект газогону Nord Stream 2. Простягуючись через Балтійське море цей газогін мав би подвоїти пропускну здатність вже наявного (і недовикаристаного) газогону та дати змогу Московії обійти Україну та інші европейські країни, крізь які
2018 April 15 Sunday, 13:05
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 15.04.2018    Since Russia began its invasion of Europe in Crimea and Donbas over four years ago, the Putin regime has been kidnapping and holding hostage Ukrainians. Russia flimsily disguises these abductions as criminal trials, but the Ukrainians are grabbed because they are activists, patriots, and loyalists to their homeland, Ukraine. Two of Putin’s hostages are suffering acutely at the moment. Pavlo Hryb is being denied essential medical care by the Russians and his health is at grave risk. Volodymyr Balukh is on hunger strike against the injustice of his so-called ‘trial’ and his health is at grave risk.   Pavlo Hryb is a 19 year old Ukrainian, a student at the National University of
2018 April 15 Sunday, 08:41
Editorial, Radio Lemberg, 14.04.2018    У попередній статті про ситуацію в українській електроенергетиці ми розповіли про системні "помилки" в діяльності теперішнього (до речі, досі "тимчасового" — бо так і не обраного на відкритому конкурсі та затвердженого урядом) керівництва державного підприємства НЕК «Укренерго», які мають всі ознаки не те що популізму чи некомпетентності, а відвертої диверсійної діяльності у найважливішій і стратегічній галузі економіки країни. Сьогодні звернемо вашу увагу на те, що насправді діється в одному з підрозділів об'єднаної енергосистеми України, який базується у місті Винниці, і який було обрано для кадрового експерименту з так званої "оптимізації бізнес-процесів".    Нагадуємо, що
2018 April 14 Saturday, 23:26
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 14.04.2018      The brutal Assad regime, aided by the brutal Putin regime, attacked civilians in Douma, Syria with a chemical weapon on April 7. Russia’s state propaganda responded with a massive disinformation campaign of lies. A coalition of Western powers took action on April 14 to degrade the ability of the Putin-Assad cabal to commit mass murder in the future. Kremlin agitprop responded with a fake video that was actually about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.   In the early morning of April 14, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France bombed targets in Syria connected with the Assad regime’s attack with chemical weapons at Douma. In Damascus, coalition forces struck a scientific
2018 April 14 Saturday, 09:43
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 13.04.2018    Ukrainians living under Russian occupation in Luhansk have spotted a large concentration of Russian armed forces armour and military equipment in the environs of the city. It is believed that the tanks and infantry fighting vehicles will be used for a parade on May 9.   The armour and equipment is stationed at the training aerodrome that is to the south-east of downtown Luhansk city. Defunct since 1997, the airfield was once the home of the Voroshilovgrad (Luhansk) Higher Military Aviation School for Navigators. All of Luhansk city is under the control of the Russian armed forces, including this airfield.   Russia has stationed its tanks and self-propelled artillery and infantry fighting vehicles
2018 April 13 Friday, 11:31
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 12.04.2018      The United States is providing Ukraine with life-saving intelligence from drones, and is helping Ukraine defend itself and all of Europe. Canada is not providing Ukraine with life-saving intelligence from satellite imagery, and is helping Russia invade and occupy Ukraine.   Ukraine is fighting Russian invaders in a war of national salvation. Russia invaded Ukraine over four years ago, and today occupies Crimea and part of Donbas. Attacks by Russian armed forces in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine never cease. Defending themselves and other Europeans, Ukrainians fight foreign invaders from Muscovy with indomitable courage. But courage is can never be enough against an implacable enemy
2018 April 12 Thursday, 09:57
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 11.04.2018 Russia is attacking Ukraine in Donbas with a ferocity not seen since the height of its invasion in 2014-2015. The reason for this escalation of warfare along Russia’s invasion of Europe battlefront is unclear. The heavy bombardments serve no military purpose. The Russian armed forces are not on the offensive and are making no serious attempt to gain ground. Neither is the invading army from Muscovy on the defensive, because the Ukrainian armed forces are one-sidedly observing the so-called ‘Easter ceasefire.’ Russia carried out 64 bombardments against Ukrainian defenders and civilians on April 10. What is going on?    Russia is waging a global war against the West. Several campaigns of
2018 April 11 Wednesday, 10:46
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 10.04.2018    The origins of Russia’s Trump-for-president effort lie in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The antecedents of Putin’s use of Trump lie in Putin’s use of Yanukovych.   The US Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the residences and workplaces of Michael Cohen, a lawyer who works for Donald Trump, on April 9. With warrants from a federal judge and with the authorization of the US Department of Justice, the FBI agents were pursuing an investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Trump-Russia collusion leading up to the 2016 US presidential election.   The Trump-for-president effort by Russia goes along with with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in Crimea and Donbas.
2018 April 10 Tuesday, 08:12
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 09.04.2018    The saga of the “Nord” took another turn on April 7. Russian diplomats tried to smuggle some of the crew of the arrested fishing vessel out of Ukraine into Russia but were thwarted by alert Ukrainian border guards. This was another defeat for the Russians in an unusual cat-and-mouse game they are playing with Ukraine over the status of Crimea and the Azov Sea.   The “Nord” is a fishing vessel registered in Kerch, Crimea, Ukraine. Ukraine closed all Crimean ports, including Kerch, on 15 April 2014 because Russia invaded Ukraine and violated Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in Crimea. All vessels which call at closed Crimean ports – without a permit from
2018 April 09 Monday, 10:46
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 08.04.2018    Sunday, April 8 is Orthodox Easter. On the battlefront in eastern Ukraine where Russia is invading Europe there was supposed to be a ceasefire. Invader Russia, the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) and defender Ukraine make up the Tripartite Contact Group for the Minsk Agreements. Ceasefires within ceasefires within ceasefires have been ‘agreed’ by the Tripartite Contact Group. Every time Russia and its proxies break the silence regime – every time Ukraine respects it one-sidedly. Putin’s War goes madly on.    The Easter ceasefire was no exception. The Russians broke their promise to stop shooting and shelling within minutes of the time the
2018 April 08 Sunday, 08:34
Editorial, Radio Lemberg, 07.04.2018  В ці дні увагу українського суспільства прикуто до чергових санкцій Заходу проти Московії за агресію проти України, а також до розвитку подій довкола можливого спорудження нового газогону Nord Stream 2 — у всіх на устах надані екологічні дозволи Німеччиною та Фінляндією на прокладання нових труб дном Балтійського моря в їхніх водах та наступна реакція на це сусідніх Швеції та Данії, а також Евросоюзу та США. Значна частина европейців нарешті вже зрозуміла, що Москва використовує енергоносії не як товар, а як стратегічну гібридну зброю для тиску на інші країни, але прокремлівське лоббі в Німеччині все-ще намагається підсадити Европу на газову голку Москви.    Крім того, всі ми бачимо як Національна
2018 April 07 Saturday, 21:43
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 07.04.2018    The United States sanctioned Alexey Miller, the Russian Gazprom monopolist. This is a massive rebuke to Germany and Finland, who earlier took the reckless step of approving the anti-Ukraine, anti-European Union corruption scheme known as Nord Stream 2.   On April 6, the US Treasury Department announced that it was placing under sanctions seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own or control, 17 senior Russian government officials, and a state-owned Russian weapons trading company and its subsidiary, a Russian bank. The reason is simple: Russia is at war with the West, and it must be stopped. The Treasury Department communique singled out Russia’s malign activity around the world,
2018 April 07 Saturday, 10:11
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 06.04.2018    Nord Stream 2 is a scheme by Russia to deprive Ukraine of natural gas transit revenue and destroy Europe’s energy security. Support or opposition to this effort of Russia’s corrupt monopoly Gazprom is becoming a test of the unity and moral integrity of Europe.   On April 5, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine made an appeal to the international community to block construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany, through the Baltic Sea. Resolution No. 8111 of Ukraine’s parliament noted that Russia itself had made the strongest argument against building Nord Stream 2 by launching a gas war at the beginning of March. The resolution noted: “Gazprom suddenly, with no
2018 April 06 Friday, 12:51
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 05.04.2018     Ukrainians are very good at unmasking Russian warfare. They should be good at it, as Ukrainians have learned painful lessons from centuries of invasion and occupation by Russia. So it was that Ukrainians quickly spotted Russia up to its old information warfare tricks in Latvia. Ukrainians caught Russian hate propaganda TV using an actress to portray an aggrieved Russian speaking Latvian resident and speak against Latvia’s education law. The Russian propagandists used the same actress they used in 2014 during the first phases of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, or an actress who looks very similar and uses the same rhetoric of emotional outrage.   In late February/early March 2014, Russian
2018 April 05 Thursday, 10:15
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 04.04.2018    Russia’s war of aggression against the West, particularly against Ukraine, is limitless. There is no moral boundary Muscovy will not cross, no rule of war it will not break, in Putin’s relentless campaign of nihilist destruction. The Azov Sea was active as a theatre of Putin’s War in the first campaigns of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in Crimea and Donbas. On 31 August 2014, for example, Russia attacked two Ukrainian patrol boats in the Azov Sea, sinking one and damaging the other. But almost three years afterwards the north-east corner of the Black Sea has been relatively quiet.   This changed on 7 August 2017 when Russia closed the Kerch Strait, an international strait, to
2018 April 04 Wednesday, 10:13
Том Парфітт, The Times, 02.04.2018    Шпигуни були на місці, керівники повстання вже були названі. Коли Олексій Муратов відправив свій план офіційному представнику Кремля в листопаді 2014 року, цілі були зрозумілими. Пізніше група гакерів зламала захищений документ «Операція «Троя».    В документі йшлося про стратегію підготовки жителів Запорізької області на сході України для промосковського впливу, або, як йдеться в документі, «звільнення від нацистських загарбників і фашистських окупантів».   Ця операція була складовою масштабної стратегії Кремля щодо дестабілізації України. Про що вдалось узнати Тhe Times на основі інформації, яка спливла з пошти Владислава Суркова, впливового
2018 April 03 Tuesday, 14:16
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 03.04.2018    Ukraine is the bravest ally of the United Kingdom. When Britain was attacked by Russia and Western democracies were called upon to show unity and support, Ukraine did not hesitate. Ukrainians stepped up, even though they knew that Russia would retaliate directly and violently against them – the sole fighting defenders of Europe from Putin’s invasion.   Russia attacked in the UK with a nerve agent. Ukraine expelled 13 spies who were acting under diplomatic cover. After the United States and the UK itself, Ukraine sent the greatest number of Russian spies packing. Ukraine is a leading Western democracy taking action against Russia’s intelligence operations. But because Russia is at war
2018 April 03 Tuesday, 11:58
Борис Джонсон, Mansion House, 28.03.2018, переклад українською Віктора Трегубова для «Петр и Мазепа».    Примітка редакції «Петр и Мазепа». Нещодавню промову міністра закордонних справ Великої Британії Бориса Джонсона дехто вже встиг порівняти з Фултонською промовою Вінстона Черчілля. Як на нашу скромну думку, порівняння надто улесливе, якщо співставляти особистості, але коректне в тому плані, що, як і у випадку Фултонської промови, ця промова є фактичним окресленням того, чим колективний Захід зараз вважає Московію і як пропонує до неї ставитися. Досі в нас публікували лише скорочений російський переклад промови — ми вирішили не повторювати чужу працю та перекласти оригінал українською. І так, не
2018 April 02 Monday, 12:09
Boris Johnson, Mansion House, 28.03.2018    My Lord Mayor, Your Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen.    I’m going to talk about Britain’s global role and our work with our allies around the world but I turn first to the events of this remarkable week because never before has there been a collective expulsion of Russian diplomats on the scale that we have seen over the last few days.    As I speak there are now 27 countries that have themselves taken the risk of kicking out people whose presence they deem to be no longer conducive to the public good.    Of course there are many more that have chosen to act in other ways, countries that have issued powerful statements or downgraded their
2018 April 02 Monday, 11:49
Олександр Щерба, Дзеркало Тижня, 30.03.2018    В остаточному підсумку, важливе те, що стародавні римляни називали gravitas: терпіння, витримка й розважливість. І сміливість. Бо без сміливості всі ці чесноти нічого не варті. (с) Ерік Севарейд, американський журналіст   Наступного дня після перемоги Джамали в конкурсі Евробачення я розмовляв із представницею однієї з европейських країн. Вона була схожа на стривоженого птаха: Україна виграла в Московії, та ще й у такому драматичному фіналі, та ще й із такою "політичною" піснею, — що ж тепер буде, чи не надто далеко зайшла Европа у своїй підтримці України? Тоді мені подумалося: щось не те зі сміливістю на нашому континенті.    Перемога України в нинішній
2018 April 02 Monday, 10:37
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 02.04.2018    Russia invaded Ukraine on 20 February 2014. Russia occupied Crimea and part of Donbas and still does. Ukraine and every other Western democratic country imposed economic sanctions on Russian individuals and entities responsible for causing the worst international war in Europe since the Second World War.   Sanctions were supposed to impose an economic penalty on Russia, in lieu of military help for Ukraine which would actually stop Putin’s invasion of Europe in Ukraine. But appeasing Western governments and companies found ways to circumvent sanctions immediately, and it’s been “business as usual” with aggressor Russia without interruption.   Ukraine closed Crimean ports,
2018 April 02 Monday, 09:33
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 01.04.2018    Russia is using the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) as a weapon of war. It has been over four years since Russia invaded Ukraine. In the Donbas campaign of Putin’s War, clerics and religious buildings of the UOC-MP are being used by the intelligence services of the Russian Federation to carry out hostile intelligence operations against Ukraine. The clergy of this denomination take part in terrorist activities and support the Russian Federal Security Services fronted terrorist organizations, the so-called ‘Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic.” This is the conclusion of the Security Services of Ukraine (SBU), and
2018 April 01 Sunday, 09:49
Нік Вуїчич, лекція в Києві, 30.03.2018, переклад українською — Петро Козак   Нам відомо, що майбутнє будь-якої країни залежить від наступних поколінь, для яких важливі цінності. Нам відомо, що гроші допомагають будь-якій країні, але вони не можуть виправити країну. Нам відомо, що лідери кожної країни часами змінюються, але для мене – честь співпрацювати з освітньою системою тут, в Україні, для того, аби заснувати довгострокові зміни у цій країні. Наша міжнародна компанія “Attitude Education”, яка працює разом з “Key strategy”, вкладатиме у справу стільки, скільки зможе: якісь надихаючі відео та інші ресурси для багатьох людей тут, в Україні. Все, аби допомогти батькам, учням та вчителям.   
2018 March 31 Saturday, 18:50
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 31.03.2018    Putin scored a big win in Canada on March 30. A Russia appeasement faction showed that it dominates the mandarinate in Ottawa and that it can crush any move to effectively oppose Russian aggression or help Ukrainian defence of the West.   The Liberal government summarily rejected the key recommendations of its own parliamentary committee to support Ukraine. In a move sure to please Putin, Canada refuses to even consider visa-free travel reciprocity between Canadians and Ukrainians. Canada refuses to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine to help resist Russian aggression. The Liberals cut-off the sharing of Radarsat satellite imagery with Ukraine, and it now refuses to reverse that decision, even though such
2018 March 31 Saturday, 10:01
Доктор Немо, Radio Lemberg, 31.03.2018   Рене Декарт (фр. René Descartes, лат. Renatus Cartesius — Ренат Картезій). Сьогодні — 422 роки з дня народження Рене Декарта (31.03.1596 — 11.02.1650). Візіонер з когорти великих, окрім колосального впливу на розвиток філософської думки, зробив суттєвий внесок до математики, фізики — того, що сьогодні назвали б теорією знання.   Декарт прославив своє ім'я великою кількістю трактатів з математики та філософії. Основні з них: «Геометрія» (1637), «Міркування про метод, що дозволяє направляти свій розум і відшукувати істину в науках» (1637), «Засади філософії» (1644).    Крім того він заклав основи аналітичної
2018 March 31 Saturday, 08:41
Борис Джонсон, The Times, 27.03.2018   Ніколи раніше так багато країн не об'єднувалися аби витурити московитських дипломатів. Останньої ночі, більше 20 держав колективно ухвалили відправити додому більше сотні кремлівських службовців.    Таким чином ці союзники Британії свідомо наразили себе на ризик зустрічної реакції. Їхня принципова позиція у відповідь на використання нервово-паралітичної речовини у Солзбері 4 березня може мати високу ціну, можливо у формі витурення їхніх власних дипломатів з Москви.    Тож я глибоко вдячний усім країнам, які вирішили діяти. І я вірю, що вчорашні події можуть стати поворотною точкою.    Не треба недооцінювати практичний вплив цих заходів на шпигунську і диверсійну мережу
2018 March 30 Friday, 17:18
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 30.03.2018   Volodymyr Balukh, 47, is a proud Ukrainian, living in Ukraine, and he shows it. He flies the Ukrainian flag from the roof of his house. He honours the memory of the “Heavenly Hundred” – the Ukrainian patriots who were killed by the Yanukovych regime during the Revolution of Dignity. There’s nothing unusual in that. Except that Russia invaded Ukraine four years ago, and made the ridiculous claim that the part of Ukraine Volodymyr Balukh lives in – Crimea – is not Ukrainian but is somehow a part of Russia.   The self-pitying but violently aggressive Russian state lashed out at Volodymyr Balukh for his acts of loyalty. On 8 December 2016, masked and uniformed men from the
2018 March 30 Friday, 10:21
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 29.03.2018    An attack by Russia against British subjects in the United Kingdom deserved the punishment of the expulsion of a few of Putin’s spies. It merited a more severe response. But what do attacks by Russia against Ukrainian subjects in Ukraine deserve? In the past five days, Russia’s army invading Europe in Ukraine has attacked an astonishing 190 times. On 190 occasions the Russian armed forces attacked Europe’s defenders with long-range artillery, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, heavy mortars, grenade launchers, machine guns, and small arms.   Western democracies have acted against Russian aggression by expelling spies. Britain was defended. Now what? How does the West take further
2018 March 29 Thursday, 09:32
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 28.03.2018    Nord Stream 2 is a scheme to finance Russia’s invasion of Europe in Ukraine. Profits from Gazprom drive the Russian war machine that is destroying lives in Crimea and Donbas. It is an outrage that Gazprom, Vladimir Putin, Alexey Miller, and Gerhard Schröder have not been sanctioned for the grave threat to international peace and security that they constitute. It is a crime against Ukrainians and all Europeans that Germany backs the corruption scheme that is Nord Stream 2.   Nord Stream 2 is pushed by Russian propaganda as just another natural gas pipeline. But it is a weapon wielded by Putin to achieve his war aims. This is what Russia wants to achieve with its Nord Stream 2 weapon:  
2018 March 28 Wednesday, 10:20
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 27.03.2018    Russia is shelling Donbas. Russia held an illegal ‘election’ in Crimea. Russia is bombing hospitals in Syria. Russia attacked people with a nerve agent in Salisbury, England. Russia launched a gas war against Ukraine and the EU. All this Russia has done and is doing just in March 2018 alone. They are all aspects of Russia’s global war of aggression against the West.   In response to one of these attacks – the one against the United Kingdom – Western democracies expelled some Russian spies who were operating under cover as diplomats. Prime Minister Theresa May said that Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal may never fully recover from being poisoned by a Russian
2018 March 27 Tuesday, 12:08
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 26.03.2018    Russia attacked Ukraine with increased vehemence on the weekend. The ceasefire violations committed by the Russian armed forces invading Ukraine numbered in the double digits. On Saturday, March 24, Russia opened fire on Ukrainian defenders 13 times. On Sunday, March 25, the Russians unleashed a staggering number of assaults – 44.   There is supposed to be a permanent ceasefire in effect along Russia’s invasion of Europe battlefront in Donbas. The Trilateral Contact Group, meeting to implement the Minsk Agreements between invader Russia and defender Ukraine, announced yet another ceasefire – calling it “permanent” – on March 5. Russia broke the silence regime right
2018 March 26 Monday, 10:42
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 25.03.2018    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU, Sluzhba Bezpeky Ukrainy) is 26 years old. The SBU has been integral to Ukraine’s war of national salvation against Russian invasion, which has been raging for four years. The 26th anniversary of the SBU happens to come at a time when the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) is being transitioned to the Joint Forces Operation.   The Anti-Terrorist Operation was under the command of the SBU. It is giving way to the Joint Forces Operation under the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This makes sense given that it is not “pro-Russian separatists” that Ukraine is fighting but Russian armed forces invaders that Ukraine is defending against. On March 24,
2018 March 25 Sunday, 10:05
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 24.03.2018    Russia is at war with the West. In recent weeks, the Putin regime has attacked with a nerve agent in Britain and it has held an illegal ‘election’ in Crimea, Ukraine, which Russia invaded and occupied four years ago. Since Russia began open and continuous warfare in 2014, the response of Ukraine has been to fight to defend the homeland and the West, but the response of other Western democracies under attack has been to do nothing more than express “deep concern” at Russian aggression. The shock of Russia’s recent acts of aggression against Britain and Ukraine may change that. The Putin regime is facing some blow-back in the world of diplomacy.   After the Russian nerve
2018 March 24 Saturday, 13:46
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 23.03.2018    Nadiya Savchenko has been arrested and charged. On March 22, the Ukrainian member of parliament was formally accused of having committed serious crimes: collusion to carry out a coup against the Ukrainian government; organizing a coup; planning to assassinate public officials; organizing a terrorist attack against the Verkhovna Rada; facilitating a terrorist act; and illegal weapon handling. This is a remarkable come-down for Nadiya Savchenko: in less than two years she has gone from national heroine of Ukraine to a suspected traitor. The Savchenko who in May 2016 said to Putin: “Get the **** out of Ukraine!” has become the Savchenko who in March 2018 said about her fellow members of parliament:
2018 March 23 Friday, 09:46
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 22.03.2018    International human rights law clearly protects the rights of prisoners. In particular, it prohibits torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, without exception or derogation. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), in force since 1976, states: “All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person." Russia is violating international human rights law by withholding medical care from Ukrainian prisoners – effectively torturing them to death.   In its war of aggression to destroy Ukraine, Russia has abducted and holds hostage many innocent Ukrainian civilians. The
2018 March 22 Thursday, 10:36
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 21.03.2018    The Ukrainian government has seized all the assets of Russia’s Gazprom in Ukraine. Enforcing international court rulings, Ukraine next will be going after $9.3 billion in assets of Gazprom everywhere in Europe. Exercising lawful judgments, Ukraine has a good chance of killing the Nord Stream 2 scheme, putting the criminal monopoly Gazprom out of business, and saving Europe’s energy security for generations to come.   Things are going from bad to worse for Russia in its gas war against Europe. First, Russia’s Gazprom lost in a dispute with Ukraine’s Naftogaz in the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and must pay an award of $2.56 billion. Then, Russia
2018 March 21 Wednesday, 10:08
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 20.03.2018    Russia held illegal presidential ‘elections’ in Crimea on March 18, despite being warned not to by every major Western democracy. In flagrant violation of international law, the foreign Muscovy regime compelled Ukrainians under occupation to participate in the sham voting that affirmed Putin. Now it is time for Russia to face the consequences of its crime.   On March 19, Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over to European Union governments a list of 140 persons who were involved in the organization of the so-called Russian presidential election on the territory of Ukrainian Crimea that has been invaded and occupied by Russia. Spokesperson for the Ukrainian foreign affairs
2018 March 20 Tuesday, 10:19
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 19.03.2018   Russia is preparing a rapid invasion of Ukraine. But the Ukrainian armed forces are mounting a Joint Forces Operation to defend the homeland that should make Putin think twice.   Russia is turning Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula into a heavily-armed fortress. In eastern Ukraine, Russian armed forces invading and occupying part of Donetsk region and part of Luhansk region are organized into two battle formations. In Donetsk the Russians have the 1st Army Corps, or so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic.” In Luhansk there is the 2nd Army Corps, or so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic.” The Russians give the names of Federal Security Service (FSB) created and led terrorist
2018 March 19 Monday, 09:40
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 18.03.2018     Making Ukrainians vote for his re-election completes the destruction of Putin’s legitimacy as the president of Russia.   By invading Ukraine and then holding an ‘election’ on the Crimean part of Ukrainian territory he occupies, Putin deprives himself of democratic legitimacy as president of Russia. Russia invaded Ukraine on 20 February 2014 and then purported to have ‘annexed’ Crimea to the Russian Federation soon afterwards. Russian invader-occupiers have been persecuting Ukrainians who live in Crimea, particular the autochthonous people, the Crimean Tatars. Russia has deprived Ukrainians of their citizenship, conscripted them into the foreign Russian army, abducted
2018 March 18 Sunday, 13:42
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 17.03.2018    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, made a surprise visit to Luhansk region on March 16. The visit was unannounced because the President went right up to the battlefront where Ukrainian defenders are holding off the Russian army invading Donbas. Poroshenko went to the village of Katerynivka and the town of Zolote.   Katerynivka is a small village right on the ‘contact line’ between the Russian invaders and the Ukrainian armed forces. Poroshenko met with villagers at a point that was only a few hundred metres from the front. Katerynivka has only recently been liberated from Russian occupation, having been under Muscovy control since the fighting of autumn 2014. News of the liberation
2018 March 17 Saturday, 13:34
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 16.03.2018    Four years after Russia invaded Ukraine and occupied part of its territory, Ukrainian citizens in Crimea will be compelled to participate in a so-called ‘election’ to reaffirm the dominance of Putin. March 18 is when Putin will be crowned tsar again – although the show is being presented as a presidential election. The event is well-known to have no legitimacy as an expression of the genuine democratic will of the Russian people, because the voting will be neither free nor fair. Putin will end up with even less legitimacy because a statistically significant number of so-called ‘voters’ will be Ukrainians who were stripped of their citizenship and have had foreign Russian
2018 March 16 Friday, 12:28
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 15.03.2018    Caught red-handed attacking Britain with the nerve agent Novichok, Russia is responding with a campaign of disinformation not seen since Russia was caught red-handed shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 with a BUK missile.   Russian propaganda TV (there is no other kind) is propagating numerous conspiracy theories in a disinformation campaign around Russia’s nerve agent attack in Salisbury, England. Prominent among these conspiracy theories is Ukraine. The precedent for this level of “deza” (disinformation) is the propaganda Russian TV put out after Russia’s armed forces shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 with a BUK missile on 14 July 2014. Now, as one
2018 March 15 Thursday, 12:01
Тереза Мей, Прем'єр-міністр, Лондон, 14.03.2018  Повний текст заяви прем’єр-міністра Великої Британії у Палаті Громад (відео)    З Вашого дозволу, пане спікере, я хотіла би зробити заяву про реакцію московитського уряду на інцидент в Солзбері.    По-перше, від імені усієї Палати, дозвольте мені ще раз віддати належне відвазі та професіоналізму усіх служб надзвичайних ситуацій, лікарів, медсестер та слідчих груп, які відреагували на цей жахливий інцидент.    А також — стійкості людей Солзбері. Дозвольте мені заспокоїти їх — як стверджує міністерство охорони здоров’я — теперішній ризик для здоров'я людей є низьким. І уряд буде продовжувати робити все можливе, аби підтримати це
2018 March 14 Wednesday, 18:29
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 14.03.2018    March 13 was a busy day for Putin’s War against the West on many battlefronts, starting with the main campaign against Ukraine. Here’s a sampling:   Putin’s War in Crimea: Russian administration authorities continued to conduct the affirmation exercise for Vladimir Putin (inaccurately called an “election”) on the territory of Ukrainian Crimea, illegitimately occupied by Russia. The international bridge between Russia and Ukraine that will span the Kerch Strait continues to be built without the consent of Ukraine. The Ukrainian ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol on the Azov Sea continue to be blockaded by Russia, in violation of international maritime law. Ukrainian citizens
2018 March 14 Wednesday, 10:52
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 13.03.2018    Federica Mogherini is the Vice-President of the European Commission and the European Union’s foreign policy chief. She is belatedly paying attention to Ukraine, but she is still not paying attention to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Mogherini visited Kyiv on March 14, met with President Petro Poroshenko, and spoke at Taras Shevchenko National University. Ukraine has not been used to being in the EU spotlight lately, and such high-level attention was a welcome change.   Some good things came out of the visit. Speaking to the world press, Federica Mogherini said that the European Union would never recognize the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation. Resolutions of
2018 March 13 Tuesday, 11:40
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 12.03.2018    Russia is invading Ukraine, bombing Syrians, falsifying democratic elections, waging cyberwar, and assassinating people throughout the world. Nevertheless, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), multinational corporations, and the global political elite think it’s a great idea to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The world will come to play football (soccer) on the bones of the dead in Putin’s Russia.   The FIFA World Cup in Russia should be boycotted because Russia is attacking Europe in Ukraine – an invasion that has killed over 10,000 people. The opportunity to cancel the 2018 World Cup in Russia was clear and obvious four years ago, when
2018 March 12 Monday, 18:39
Доктор Немо, Radio Lemberg, 12.03.2018   Передбачення майбутнього в усіх релігіях вважається посяганням на промисел Творця, і нібито люди мали таку опцію, включно з точним знанням свого життя та долі. Забрано це чи є можливість розвинути дар передбачення як нормальну здатність в Homo Sapientis— невідомо, тому прогнозування майбутнього завжди цікавитиме й вабитиме невідомими горизонтами та перспективами.    Спробуємо дати огляд кількох гуру цієї справи, а разом з цим і їхніх прогнозів. Інша справа, що свіжий погляд на старі речі бажаний. Сам технопрогноз справа добра, базується на аналітиці та здоровому глузді, а от перебачити, як ці технології покращать чи погіршать екологію, довкілля, життя — доволі складно, як і все, що
2018 March 12 Monday, 12:20
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 11.03.2018    Without warning, Twitter has suspended the account of one of the most effective journalists who is covering Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russian information warriors and ‘bots’ under their control may have acted, en masse, to manipulate Twitter’s procedures and algorithms regarding complaints about ‘abusive’ posts. Whatever the so-far-unknown reason, the effect of Twitter’s precipitate action was to silence an honest reporter of Putin’s War in eastern Ukraine. The reporter in question goes by the handle “English Lugansk” on Twitter. Using a pseudonym is prudent, given the circumstances of Russia’s invasion and occupation of parts of Ukraine.
2018 March 11 Sunday, 18:38
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 10.03.2018      Russia is at war with the West. In every theatre of war, the Putin regime has attacked using chemical weapons. The Russians are experts at developing and deploying poison and nerve gas. Since Russia started its invasion of Europe in Ukraine – on 20 February 2014 – the Putin regime has notably attacked Ukrainians, Syrians, and Britons with nerve agents. Russia used nerve agents in the Battle of Donetsk Airport in Ukraine, in the bombing of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria, and in the attack at Salisbury in the United Kingdom.   There is substantial evidence that Russia used nerve gas or a choking agent in the final days of the Battle of Donetsk Airport, Ukraine, in January 2015. For months,
2018 March 10 Saturday, 15:24
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 09.03.2018    Ukraine may have foiled a plot to assassinate President Poroshenko when it intercepted a large cache of weapons coming out of Russia-invaded and occupied Donbas. The Security Service of Ukraine or SBU revealed a plot involving Volodymyr Ruban, the Russian terrorist leaders Alexander Zakharchenko and Oleksandr "Tashkent" Timofeev, and operation co-ordinators in Moscow to potentially kill many people in Kyiv. A mass-casualty terrorist operation of the Putin regime against the Ukrainian people may just have been averted.   Volodymyr Ruban is the head of the Ukrainian “Officer Corps” centre for the exchange of prisoners of war from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On March 8,
2018 March 09 Friday, 17:58
Доктор Немо, Radio Lemberg, 09.03.2018    Пітер Тіль (Peter Андреас Тіль, нім. Peter Andreas Thiel; нар. у 1967 році, Франкфурт) — американський бізнесмен німецького походження, інвестор і керуючий хедж-фондами.   ЛЕКЦІЯ 3: СИСТЕМИ ЦІННОСТЕЙ    Багато в чому історія 1990-х - це історія поширених помилок в розумінні того, що таке цінність. Поняття «цінності» перейшло в психосоціальну площину, цінним оголошувалося те, що люди вважали саме таким. Щоб відійти від цієї стадної помилки минулого десятиліття, ми повинні докласти зусиль і з'ясувати, чи можливо визначити об'єктивну цінність бізнесу, і якщо так, то як це зробити. Якщо ми повернемося до міркувань з першої лекції, то зауважимо, що є ряд питань, які
2018 March 09 Friday, 11:27
Joanna Stern, The Wall Street Journal, 07.03.2018, переклад українською Петро Козак    Як обмежити кількість даних, яку Facebook та рекламодавці збирають про вас?   Прихильники теорії змови вважають, що Facebook використовує мікрофон вашого телефону, аби націлювати рекламу, прослуховуючи при цьому ваші розмови. Хоч бути так, насправді, не повинно. Джоанна Стерн з Тhe Wall Street Journalпояснює, як Facebook і його рекламодавці ведуть справжнє спостереження за вами.   «Чи можу я спробувати Cole Haans восьмого розміру?»  Пізніше, тієї ж ночі…Реклама каблуків бренду Cole Haans. Що ж, можливо, просто збіг...   «Які ваги є найкращими?» - голосно запитала мене моя дружина. 
2018 March 09 Friday, 00:15
Петро Порошенко, Neil Buckley, Roman Olearchyk, The Financial Times, Kyiv, 01.03.2018   Financial Times: Україна, безперечно, провела великі реформи з 2014 року. Але за кордоном є враження, що прогрес реформ уповільнюється, або й зовсім може застрягти у ключових моментах, наприклад у створенні антикорупційного суду, що затримає наступний транш МВФ. Люди праві щодо цього?    Петро Порошенко: Останні півроку були надзвичайно насичені активними реформами. І навряд чи ви знайдете будь-яку іншу країну в світі, яка б зробила настільки багато. Бо від вересня 2017 року Україна провела освітню реформу, реальну системну реформу. Ми змінили радянську освіту на західну, більш інтерактивну, освіту. Ми доклали величезних зусиль, аби повернути дуже
2018 March 08 Thursday, 22:22
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 08.03.2018    Russia succeeded in busting sanctions for a second time, and the US government blithely allowed it to happen. Another shipment of liquid natural gas arrived in Boston on March 3 from sanctioned Russian concern Novatek. An earlier breach made in America’s sanctions regime against Russia has now been widened. The defence of Western civilization from Russian aggression has been weakened.   A Russian company called Novatek owns Yamal LNG, which ships liquid natural gas from northern Russia. Novatek is a sanctioned entity because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Doing business with Novatek gives material assistance to the Muscovy regime which is at war with Ukraine. Novatek poses a grave threat
2018 March 08 Thursday, 14:44
Доктор Немо, Radio Lemberg, 06.03.2018    Пітер Тіль (Peter Андреас Тіль, нім. Peter Andreas Thiel; нар. у 1967 році, Франкфурт) — американський бізнесмен німецького походження, інвестор і керівник хедж-фондів.     ЛЕКЦІЯ 2 - ЗНОВУ ЯК В 1999 ?   I. Вечірка вже пройшла    Історія твориться людьми, покоління за поколінням. Ми всі народжуємося у певний час у певному культурному середовищі. Це культурне оточення можна порівняти з розмовою за вечерею; більшість людей говорить спокійно, хтось сердито, дехто голосно, поодинокі пошепки. В міру своїх спосібностей ми вслухаємося, намагаючись зрозуміти, про що говорять. Від чого люди щасливі чи засмучені? Інколи зрозуміти доволі важко. Візьмімо
2018 March 08 Thursday, 11:12
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 07.03.2018    The Ukrainian government and Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas company Naftogaz have won a huge victory over Russia and Gazprom. First, a tribunal of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce awarded Naftogaz $2.56 billion to be paid by Gazprom, resolving a dispute over transit of Russian natural gas through transit pipelines in Ukraine. Then, after Gazprom dropped the input pressure of natural gas to the transit pipelines below the contractually-agreed level, Naftogaz came to the rescue of Moldovan and European Union customers by cutting domestic consumption and diversifying supply to meet delivery levels consistently. Russia completely failed in its gas war blackmail against Europe
2018 March 07 Wednesday, 15:54
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 06.03.2018    Bully Russia went into a fight with Ukraine and is coming out of the scrap with a bloody nose. Using Gazprom as a weapon of its war against Ukraine, Russia did three things. Gazprom announced it would not respect the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal award to Ukraine of $2.56 billion dollars; it said it would break all of its contracts with Ukraine’s Naftogaz; it reduced the pressure on delivery of natural gas pipelines transiting Ukraine below the contractually-obligated level.   With these steps, Muscovy expected Ukraine – the country it is invading and partially occupying – to capitulate. The Putin regime expected Ukraine to fail to meet its transit commitments to down-the-pipeline
2018 March 06 Tuesday, 15:33
Доктор Немо, Radio Lemberg, 06.03.2018   Чесно кажучи, мене завжди слово СтартАп в Україні вводило до стану розгубленості. При таких потужних промислових гігантах, які продукують надскладну техніку, які ледве зводять кінці з кінцями (неповоротка стратегія + чийсь злий умисл), школярі та недовчені студенти з технологіями пластмаса+скотч, трішки софта й сміливості сяють зірками на сторінках ЗМІ як найвищий промисел...   Пропоную негайно змінити назву СтартАп на АпСтарт, що відповідає логіці подій на території від китайського до німецького кордонів та легкоатлетичній методиці: з низького рівня підняти задницю вгору й стартанути після сигналу.    Однак, об’єктивно, наш прогрес залежить від здібної молоді та підприємливих
2018 March 06 Tuesday, 12:10
Editorial, Radio Lemberg, 05.03.2018    On February 26, a young investigative journalist named Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová were found dead in their house in eastern Slovakia. They were murdered. This was the first time such a thing had happened in Slovakia. As Kuciak had been investigating a case which involved the embezzlement of EU funds, connected with the powerful Calabrian crime syndicate 'Ndrangheta, Italian gangsters were suspected and soon detained. There may, though, be other threads to the story.    Since the murders Slovakia has been in turmoil. Huge protests demanded the Prime Minister, Robert Fico, and his much-hated Minister of the Interior, Robert Kaliňák should
2018 March 05 Monday, 23:38
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 05.03.2018    A ceasefire was supposed to start at midnight today, March 5. Russia and Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) had agreed that hostilities would cease along Russia’s invasion-of-Ukraine battlefront in Donbas. The language of the ceasefire agreement was emphatic: the parties agreed that this was to be a comprehensive, stable, and permanent ceasefire. The ceasefire was the latest in a long string of ceasefires that Russia has agreed to and violated since the second Minsk Agreement was signed on 11 February 2015.   Russia always makes a point of breaking ceasefires minutes after they are supposed to take effect. In today’s violation, the 2nd Army Corps
2018 March 05 Monday, 13:28
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 04.03.2018    The Russian invaders of Europe in Ukraine are threatening to make Europeans “freeze in the dark.” But Ukraine has a plan that will keep natural gas flowing and save the rules-based energy market in Europe at the same time.   Russia’s Gazprom must pay Ukraine’s Naftogaz $2.56 billion. This is the decision of a tribunal of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce rendered on February 28. Gazprom could have decided to participate in the rules-based European energy market and pay Naftogaz the award. Instead, the Putin regime decided to start a gas war with Ukraine and the rest of Europe.   Gazprom is both a financier and a weapon of Russian aggression
2018 March 04 Sunday, 14:57
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 03.03.2018    Russia launched a gas war against Ukraine and the rest of Europe on Friday. The opening salvoes looked like Russia’s use of gas supply blackmail in the past, with “let them freeze in the dark” threats looming over Ukrainian gas consumers and westward, down-the-pipeline victims of Putin’s so-called gas weapon. But four years since the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine and four years of fighting Russia’s invasion of Crimea and Donbas have forged Ukraine into a formidable adversary for Muscovy’s imperialist aggression. By the end of the day on March 2, Russia had backed down and failed in its blitzkrieg attack against Europe’s energy security.    On February
2018 March 03 Saturday, 13:49
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 02.03.2018    The United States will sell Ukraine 210 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 37 launchers for $47 million.   The US is providing Javelins, removing a prior restriction on selling lethal weaponry to Ukraine that was foolishly imposed by the Obama administration. But Ukraine will have to buy the missiles and launchers – the US is not giving them as military aid. This makes no sense from the point of view of US obligations to Ukraine, of US strategic interests in countering Russian aggression, or of Ukrainian requirements for national defence and the defence of Europe from invasion from Muscovy. The US should be giving the Javelins to Ukraine for free, it should be giving many more missiles and launchers,
2018 March 02 Friday, 12:10
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 02.03.2018    Багатьох читачів цікавить, що намагається робити Німеччина з газогоном Nord Stream 2. Я нагадую про Закон США HR3364 "Про протидію ворогам Америки за допомогою санкцій" (мова йде про Іран, Московію та Північну Корею). В ньому є окремий розділ щодо Nord Stream 2.    США перешкоджатимуть йому усіма методами. Це означає, що Німеччина може дозволяти що завгодно. Але США шукатимуть країни, які блокуватимуть Nord Stream 2 (наприклад Данію чи Польщу).    Та ще важливішим буде хто фінансуватиме цей газогін. Останні дві новини про "Роснефть" (про скасування контрактів з нею американською ExxonMobil та китайською CEFC) є дуже красномовними в цьому ракурсі. Не думаю, що західні компанії й
2018 March 02 Friday, 11:44
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 01.03.2018      Ukraine is in the vanguard defending Europe’s energy security from the predations of enemy Russia. Germany weakens Europe’s energy security by collaborating with Gazprom, Russia’s gas monopoly and the biggest financier of Putin’s war against Europe. Non-European Union member Ukraine does a better job standing up for European values than Germany, the largest member of the EU.      On February 28, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce awarded a huge victory to Ukraine’s Naftogaz over Russia’s Gazprom. The Stockholm arbitration tribunal was ruling on a dispute over the transit of Russian natural gas through pipelines in
2018 March 01 Thursday, 15:03
  Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 01.03.2018    EPISODE 42 HERE  Despite all efforts and military expeditions to the West, the Cossack state did not succeed in establishing control over Western Ukraine. Weakened by wars, Poland did not put as much pressure on Western Ukrainians as Muscovy on Eastern ones. However, Polish magnates owned the majority of the lands in the region. Their exploitative practices in Galicia caused multiple rebellions of local hajduks (guerillas)opryshoks.    The opryshoks (the common name of rebels in Western Ukraine, meaning separate, independent men) were active in rebellion groups in Right-Bank Ukraine since 1498. The most legendary was the movement (1738-1745) led by Oleksa
2018 March 01 Thursday, 14:09
  Michael Mackay, Radio Lemberg, 28.02.2018      They’re called “IDPs”: Internally Displaced Persons. They’re refugees in their own country. They’re Ukrainian citizens who were forced to flee their homes in Crimea and Luhansk and Donetsk when the foreign invasion armies from Muscovy came in 2014. They’re the people who would not submit to the the tyranny of the Putin regime and who chose loyalty to Ukraine over surrender to the aggressor on Ukrainian land. They are among the best and brightest of Ukrainian society. And they are being treated with neglect by the Ukrainian government.   The Ukrainian government should be giving massive support to IDPs because it is the just and humane thing to do, but
2018 February 28 Wednesday, 12:40
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 27.02.2018   EPISODE 41 HERE  The Muscovite tsars always directly emphasized, even in their ukases, that the objective of Muscovy’s policy in Ukraine was to obliterate Ukrainians as a people.    In 1721 Muscovy officially proclaimed itself as the Russian Empire. By using the Greek name Rossiya (meaning Rus' or Ruthenia), imposed on Muscovy by a Peter I ukase, Muscovy tried to appropriate the glory and heritage of the medieval Kyivan Rus’ and the great Kyiv princes.    To eliminate any memory of names Rus', Ruthenia and Ukraine, Muscovy began to use a word Malorossiya (Little Russia) for the lands along the Dnipro river, and later Muscovy began to use a similar word
2018 February 27 Tuesday, 22:25
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 27.02.2018    Russia is a regime of state terrorism. Since Russia invaded Ukraine four years ago it has extended its rule – by violence and torture and fear – to Ukraine’s southern region of Crimea and to part of Ukraine’s eastern region of Donbas. Agents of the Russian terrorist regime, like the Federal Security Service (FSB), abduct Ukrainians. The Russians torture Ukrainians, put them up to show trials in kangaroo courts, and hold them hostage in prisons in Crimea, in basement dungeons in Donbas, or in the gulag in the Russian Federation.   Delicate negotiations and skillful diplomacy by the the Ukrainian government have managed to free some hostages. Crimean Tatar leaders Akhtem Chiygoz
2018 February 27 Tuesday, 14:49
Колективний лист, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 19.02.2018    Минулого тижня четверо депутатів Епарламенту від Німеччини (Манфред Вебер з ХСС, Райнгард Бютікофер з Союз 90 / Зелені, Надя Гірш з ВДП та Елмар Брок з ХДС), а також троє депутатів німецького Бундестаґу (Норберт Реттген з ХДС, Олівер Крішер з Союз 90 / Зелені та Міхаель Лінк з ВДП) звернулись до всіх німецьких політиків (а головно — до членів СДПН) про загрозу Европі від нового газогону Nord Stream 2 та опублікували свого листа у провідній німецькій газеті.    Солідарність – ключове слово у суперечці навколо "Nord Stream 2", яка розділяє Евросоюз. Без солідарності Европа не рухається вперед. Навряд чи хтось із реалістично мислячих
2018 February 26 Monday, 13:26
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 26.02.2018    Crimea is as much a part of Ukraine as Alaska is a part of the United States. In the past, the Russian Empire occupied Crimea and Alaska, but that confers no right on the country that calls itself the Russian Federation to occupy Crimea or Alaska now. Russia invaded Ukraine and seized Crimea in 2014 because the Putin regime doesn’t respect international law and because at that time the Ukrainian state was weak. Russia has not yet invaded and seized Alaska only because the United States remains strong.   Ukraine was weak in 2014 because Russia had largely succeeded in neutering the power and corrupting the loyalty of the Ukrainian army over many years of subversion. Putin ordered Russian Spetsnaz
2018 February 26 Monday, 12:13
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 25.02.2018   Cyprus was invaded by Turkey in 1974. The northern part of Cyprus has been occupied by the Turkish army since that time. Turkey created a fake ‘republic’ which no one in the world recognizes except the invader regime in Ankara. Greek-speaking Cypriots were made homeless by Turkish invaders. Illegal settlement of northern Cyprus has taken place by non-Cypriots from Turkey. United Nations peacekeepers are still on the truce line that cuts across the island, although fighting has not taken place for many years and the contact line between free Cyprus and Turkey-occupied Cyprus is crossed relatively easily.   Turkey is violating resolutions of the United Nations, the European Union, the Organization
2018 February 25 Sunday, 09:33
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 24.02.2018    Russia sent the 74th resupply convoy to its army invading Ukraine on February 22. Russia invaded Ukraine on 20 February 2014, and sent the first truck convoy of weapons, ammunition, and war matériel to occupied eastern Ukraine on 22 August 2014. This was an act of war which was not prevented at the time, and which Putin has now repeated 73 times more. The two army corps of the Russian armed forces which occupy parts of Luhansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine receive unlimited supplies via these truck convoys and also by rail.   In a blatant violation of the Minsk Agreement of 11 February 2015, Russia maintains exclusive control over 402 kilometres of the Ukraine-Russia border, 12
2018 February 24 Saturday, 10:12
Boris Johnson, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 22.02.2018    On the night of 22 February 2014, the most powerful men in Russia gathered in the Kremlin and resolved to seize Crimea from Ukraine.  They would later make elaborate efforts to give their decision a veneer of legitimacy – including by staging a bogus referendum – but that meeting between President Vladimir Putin and his security chiefs was designed to seal the fate of Crimea’s people.  We know this because Mr Putin said as much. In a documentary for Russian television, broadcast in 2015, the President described the sequence of events.  He decided to grab Crimea during that conclave in the Kremlin 3 weeks before the sham referendum. All those
2018 February 23 Friday, 11:09
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 23.02.2018    Russia is a crime syndicate in the guise of a state. On February 22, an international cocaine trafficking operation of the Putin-Kremlin mafia was busted in Argentina. 389 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of $60 million, was seized from a school on the grounds of the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires. This is a stunning revelation of the way in which Russia uses criminal enterprises to enrich Putin and the narrow circle of oligarchs around him, as well as finance Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.   Argentinian authorities arrested  a former Russian embassy staffer and an Argentinian police officer on February 22. The Minister of Security of Argentina, Patricia Bullrich,
2018 February 23 Friday, 09:35
Serge Marco, Petr i Mazepa, 21.02.2018    Am 16. Februar fand ein ziemlich nicht triviales Ereignis in der Welt statt, das einmal mehr beweist, egal wie viel man Geld der EU dem deutschen Kanzler füttert, wird er seine Karriere in russischen Energieunternehmen fortsetzen. Daher kann bereits argumentiert werden, dass ein neuer Vorstandsvorsitzender von Rosneft eine Frau sein wird. Und jetzt werden wir das Ereignis selbst analysieren.    Am 16. Februar sagte Merkel, die deutsche Regierung glaube nicht, dass der Bau der Nord Stream 2 von Russland nach Deutschland die Diversifizierung der europäischen Gasversorgung bedroht. Berlin betrachtet Nord Stream 2 ausschließlich als ein Geschäftsprojekt, durch das russisches
2018 February 22 Thursday, 20:51
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 22.02.2018    Russian armed forces invading Ukraine attacked across the battlefront in Luhansk and Donetsk regions yesterday. Putin’s army has been doing this every day and night since April 2014. On February 21, Russian armed forces in the Luhansk sector of the battlefront attacked a Ukrainian armed forces medical evacuation armoured vehicle with an anti-tank guided missile. A medic, Sabina Halytska, was killed. Russia committed a gross violation of the Geneva Conventions, which afford protection for medical personnel, facilities, and evacuation platforms such a medevac vehicle marked with the distinctive emblem of the Red Cross on a white background.   Sabina Halytska was a nurse serving with the 10th
2018 February 22 Thursday, 08:48
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 21.02.2018   EPISODE 40 HERE    Ivan Mazepa (a hetman of Ukraine in 1687–1709), was born in 1639 in Mazepyntsi (Kyiv region). He studied in the Kyiv Mohyla College, studied artillery and engineering, and spoke seven languages. He was a general chancellor (1669-1673, a head of the diplomatic department) in the government of hetman Petro Doroshenko and a general osaul (1682-1686, a head of the military headquarters) under hetman Ivan Samoilovych. More big churches were built and restored in Ukraine under Mazepa in 20 years of his ruling than in all the centuries under the rule of Muscovy. These majestic buildings have common features which art critics call the Mazepa baroque.   
2018 February 21 Wednesday, 12:31
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 21.02.2018    Russia is an aggressor state. Since Russia invaded Ukraine on 20 February 2014, four years ago, this is the least that can be said. But it has not been said, officially, until now. On 20 February 2018, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko signed a law which recognizes the Russian Federation as an aggressor state.   The law is called “On the peculiarities of the state policy to ensure the state sovereignty of Ukraine in the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.” It is needed to transition Ukraine from the posture of the “Anti-Terrorist Operation” which was the term used in the very early days of the war in 2014, but which quickly became wildly
2018 February 21 Wednesday, 10:23
Мішель Айкмаєр, Sungunews, 17.02.2018, переклад з німецької  Більш як 30 керівників держав та біля 100 міністрів дебатували на 54-й Мюнхенській безпековій конференції (MSC2018) про поточну ситуацію у світовій безпеці. І вона виглядає не надто доброю, це добре відомо Вольфґанґові Ішінґерові, постійному директорові MSC.  Глобальні політичні загрози постійно перебувають у фокусі уваги щорічної MSC. Через чисельні кризи, шеф MSC наголосив, що такі ціннощі Заходу як демократія та свобода зараз перебувають у занепаді та під загрозою.  «Міжнародний порядок, який ми створили після війни, перебуває під загрозою», — зауважив Ішінґер, вказуючи на нестабільність на Заході. Попри прогрес, все сигналізує про тривогу. «Я думаю, що світ
2018 February 20 Tuesday, 15:53
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 20.02.2018   Ми підійшли до моменту істини у наших подальших реформах. Наші західні союзники та донори вже не дають коштів під майбутні реформи. Вони вимагають реформ сьогодні, а кошти даватимуть завтра. Це не скасовує того, що я щиро визнаю — за чотири роки (2014-2018) справжньої незалежності Україна провела більше реформ ніж за попередні 23 роки напів-окупації (1991-2014). Але ми вперлись у стіну. І цьому є чотири причини. - вичерпалась ейфорія значної кількості людей після Евромайдану та Революції Гідності, - політики почали готуватись до наступних виборів і скочуються у щораз сильніший популізм, - подальші реформи впритул підійшли до особистих інтересів багатьох депутатів (саме по їхніх кишенях почали бити
2018 February 20 Tuesday, 12:34
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 20.02.2018    The Holodomor of 1932-33 was a genocide of the Ukrainian people. It was planned and executed by the Soviet regime of state terror, which was the Russian occupation regime in Ukraine from 1920 to 1991. The Muscovy invader-occupiers of Ukraine carried out the Holodomor by engineering a famine that killed no fewer than three million and as many as 11 million people. “Holodomor” means “murder by hunger or starvation.”   Many countries have passed laws to officially declare the Holodomor to be a genocide of the Ukrainian people. These countries invariably have laws to officially declare the Holocaust to be a genocide of the Jewish people. Canada, for example has the “Ukrainian
2018 February 20 Tuesday, 09:24
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 19.02.2018    Russia is at war with Ukraine. Since the start of 2018, 21 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in action, and 90 have been wounded in action. These casualties occurred on the battlefront in Luhansk and Donetsk regions where Russia is invading Ukraine. The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, was obliged to give this grim news at a luncheon given by Ukraine at the Munich Security Conference, called “Ukraine on the Frontlines of a New Kind of Warfare: Lessons for the West and Prospects for Peace,” on February 17.   Ukrainian soldiers, sailors, and airmen have been defending the homeland – and defending Europe – since Russia’s unprovoked invasion began on 20 February 2014.
2018 February 19 Monday, 10:48
Олег Пономар, Facebook, 19.02.2018    Я часто вживаю термін "Колесо Історії". Про що йде мова у нашому конкретному випадку?    Мова про те, що існують об'єктивні, універсальні закони розвитку людства, прогресу, діалектики. Один з яких — всі імперії чи недоімперії рано чи пізно розвалюються.    В нашому випадку це означає, що прийшов історичний час Грузії, Молдові й Україні (а згодом і Білорусі та Вірменії) вийти зі сфери впливу Московії.    Це геополітичний вектор і цей тренд надовго. Так розвивається Світ. Не може недоімперія, яка не є іноваційною, яка нічого не може запропонувати Світові крім своїх залишків нафти та газу, яка виводить всі свої кошти на Захід, бути магнітом для сусідів. Більше не
2018 February 19 Monday, 10:26
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 18.02.2018      Russia has been invading Europe in Crimea and Donbas for four years. Once put aside as being provocative to Russia, the path to NATO membership for Ukraine is back under discussion. Putin attacked Ukraine – unprovoked – in 2014, undertook a so-called ‘annexation’ of Crimea, and commenced trench warfare in Donbas that has been raging ever since. There is little fear of provoking Russia to a war that Putin has already started.   In 2008 at Bucharest, Ukraine was rejected for the Membership Action Plan for NATO, but promised eventual membership. The caution of a decade ago has been replaced by urgency to find some way to get Ukraine into NATO. For its part, Ukraine is active
2018 February 18 Sunday, 14:57
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 17.02.2018      Russia is invading Europe in Ukraine. Starting in 2014, Putin destroyed the post-Second World II settlement that avoided international war and kept Europe largely at peace. You wouldn’t know any of this by reading the reportage coming from news agency Reuters about Putin’s War, or by listening to the statements of Germany’s Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel. Lazy journalism from Reuters and Russian disinformation from Gabriel means that the reality of war in Europe is ignored, and the lies of Kremlin propaganda are amplified.   Reuters published a news item on February 17 that at first had the headline “Ukraine progress should soften sanctions on Russia: Germany’s
2018 February 17 Saturday, 22:52
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 16.02.2018    EPISODE 39 HERE   Outrage at the partition of Ukraine triggered an anti-Muscovite rebellion in Left-Bank Ukraine (i.e. to the East off the Dnipro river) in 1667. It started in Pereyaslav, the same site of the Pereyaslav Treaty of 1654.    The local Cossacks and city residents destroyed a local Muscovite garrison and killed the voivode. Sensing the general outrage, hetman Ivan Briukhovetsky (1663-1668) decided to go against Muscovy himself rather than wait to be removed from power.    In January 1668 a council of Cossack officers in Hadiach supported the abolition of Muscovite power in the Hetman State and Ukraine’s acceptance of a Turkish
2018 February 16 Friday, 13:48
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 16.02.2018    Russia is ramping up for more war. On February 15, the Russian armed forces in western Russia, in Russian-occupied Ukrainian Crimea, and in Russian-occupied Ukrainian Donbas conducted simulated attacks and drills with military aviation, missile forces, artillery, and armed formations that were preparation for a full-scale attack against Ukraine. Russia is already attacking day and night along Putin’s invasion of Europe battlefront in Donbas, and is escalating these attacks. In recent days, in addition to the daily shelling and shooting at Ukrainian defenders and civilians, Russia has begun to assault Ukrainian positions with sabotage & reconnaissance teams.   Ukrainian Air Force Command
2018 February 16 Friday, 11:37
János Széky, Radio Lemberg, 16.02.2018    Being a Hungarian in opposition to the notoriously pro-Kremlin Budapest government, and a supporter of the Ukrainian cause, I can understand Michael MacKay's exasperation over MFA Szijjártó's (that's PM Orbán's) hostile gestures (see "Hungarian Government Keeps Bullying Ukraine"), but  I think he is unintentionally wrong on three points.   First. The Hungarian concept of Greater Hungary is not "exactly the same" as the Muscovite concept of Greater Russia. The histories of the two nations are very different. Unlike Muscovy, whose mode of existence was continuous territorial conquest from the 14th century until 1945, Hungary basically remained within the
2018 February 16 Friday, 09:50
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 15.02.2018    Peter Szijjártó, foreign minister of Hungary, cannot stop himself from telling Ukrainians what to do. He’s been hammering away at Ukraine for almost half a year now, giving orders about internal Ukrainian policy concerning language, education, and about Ukrainian citizens who Szijjártó considers to be Hungarian. Szijjártó is practically in hysterics that Ukraine now has a policy to teach in the state language, Ukrainian, to Ukrainian students in Ukrainian schools. The Hungarian foreign minister has carried out his threat to block every meeting between Ukraine and the European Union and between Ukraine and NATO.   Hungary stopped a NATO defence ministers
2018 February 15 Thursday, 09:29
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 14.02.2018    Since the Battle of Debaltseve three years ago, Russia’s invasion army has made no gains in Ukraine. The Ukrainian defenders of the homeland and of Europe have not given up any ground, and have liberated some Ukrainian territory in Donbas region from the foreign invaders from Muscovy. Putin is frustrated by three years of static and fruitless trench warfare. Putin doesn’t have the political wisdom to withdraw from Donbas and Crimea so that sanctions on Russian individuals and entities can be lifted. Instead, he orders new attacks again and again. Sanctions remain and Russia gains no military victories in its war against Ukraine.   February 11 marked the third anniversary of the signing of
2018 February 14 Wednesday, 08:13
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 13.02.2018    EPISODE 38 HERE  In the fall of 1653, during a campaign against Ukraine, a 50,000-strong Polish army led by King John II Casimir was encircled near the village of Zhvanets in Podillia. The Polish army began to suffer from hunger and epidemics. However, the position of the Crimean Khan once again saved Poland from a complete rout and the Polish king from captivity. This forced the hetman to sharply change his international political orientation.    Muscovy, which had repeatedly suffered defeats from Poland (in 1569–1581, 1604–1618 and 1632– 1634), was afraid to intervene in the conflict. Moscow wanted Ukraine and Poland to exhaust each other.  
2018 February 13 Tuesday, 17:27
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 13.02.2018     A sad milestone was passed on February 12. Three years ago, the second Minsk Agreement was signed. It wasn’t a peace treaty, it wasn’t an armistice, it was supposed to be a ceasefire, and it never proved to be binding on Russia. Russia has been invading, occupying, and attacking Ukraine every day for 3 years, 11 months, 23 days. The Minsk Agreement hasn’t made the slightest difference to Putin’s War and Russia’s unrelenting aggression against the West.   The Minsk Agreement of 12 February 2015 was doomed from the start. Russia insisted that it was not a party to the agreement, but only a guarantor. Russia is the invader of Ukraine in Crimea and Donbas, but the lie was
2018 February 13 Tuesday, 10:37
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 12.02.2018     Canada doesn’t have visa-free reciprocity with Ukraine. The Government of Canada stops Canadians from welcoming Ukrainians to Canada visa-free – even though Ukrainians have the privilege of welcoming Canadians to Ukraine visa-free. A committee of the Parliament of Canada recommended in December 2017 that visa-free reciprocity be implemented, but the Government of Canada ignores it, is completely silent on the subject, and makes no bureaucratic moves to start negotiations to make visa-free travel for Ukrainians to Canada happen.   Free trade in goods and services and the free movement of people go together naturally. Centuries of the theory and practice of liberal economics have taught us
2018 February 12 Monday, 10:50
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 11.02.2018   EPISODE 37 HERE    A true Ukrainian national hero, Bohdan Khmelnytsky (1595–1657), came from a noble Ukrainian family. During a battle in Muscovy, he did a favor for the Polish Prince Władysław, who gave him a saber as an award and became sympathetic to him since that time.    Khmelnytsky stood out due to the combination of a lucid mind, sagaciousness, modesty in everyday life (a rare thing for nobility), determination and caution. A 1649 panegyric noted that Khmelnytsky became a knight under which “Volodymyr’s Rus’ rose to its feet”. In contrast, the Poles called Khmelnytsky “the Scourge of God”. A millennium earlier, this was the
2018 February 11 Sunday, 13:52
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 11.02.2018      Decommunization is effectively complete in Ukraine. This was announced by the Director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, Volodymyr Vyatrovych, in an interview with Radio Liberty. Vyatrovych said: “Decommunization in the context of the deprivation of the symbols of totalitarian regime has actually been completed, we have renamed settlements - about a thousand, almost all of them.” He also said that all the Lenin monuments and memorials to other leaders of the Soviet regime of state terror have been removed – at least all the ones that are known in public records.   Ukraine passed a law on 9 April 2015 called “On the Condemnation of the Communist and National
2018 February 11 Sunday, 09:29
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 10.02.2018     The Olympics have two noble ideals: fair competition in sport and peace. That means that for the duration of the Olympiad athletes obey the rules of competition and the countries they come from refrain from going to war. These were the ideals of the Olympics in Ancient Greece, and they are the ideals of the modern Olympics since they were revived in 1896.    For the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Russian athletes violate the rules of fair competition by having engaging in a state-sponsored doping scheme to cheat. The Russian Federation violates the Olympic Peace by invading Europe in Ukraine – something Russia has been doing since immediately after the Sochi 2014 Olympic
2018 February 10 Saturday, 10:09
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 09.02.2018   EPISODE 36 HERE  It did not take the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth much time to turn from a state tolerant to different peoples into a state which was alien to Ukrainians and in which they did not enjoy equal rights, even formally.    Under pressure from the government the Ukrainian magnate elite began to switch to Catholicism, with just a handful of landlords and the gentry remaining on the side of their people.    The Polish king called on the Cossacks to leave their settlements beyond the rapids in order not to irritate Turkey. He did not recognize the Cossacks in towns and villages (except for the commanders of several thousand “registered”
2018 February 09 Friday, 14:07
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 09.02.2018    Russia attacked Ukraine across the border. In the first incident of blatantly international warfare since the “Christmas ceasefire,” Russian gunmen launched an attack with light infantry weapons across the Ukraine-Russia border from Ushakovka, Rostov region, Russia. The attack occurred at 12:30 p.m. on February 8. The Russians fired upon Ukrainian servicemen who provide protection to the state border of Ukraine. The attack occurred on Day 1,449 of Russia’s invasion of Europe in Crimea and Donbas.   On the Ukrainian side of the border from Ushakovka, Russia is Luhansk region. A scant 100 metres to the west of the Ukraine-Russia border at Ushakovka is the Derkul River. Ushakovka is 40
2018 February 09 Friday, 10:40
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 08.02.2018    Putin’s War is raging in the heart of Europe. That should be the top news everywhere, but to go by the mainstream press it is not newsworthy. The mainstream press is completely failing in its duty to report on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. After some interest in 2014 (when Putin’s War in Crimea and Donbas was reported in false, Kremlin propaganda terms) Western media gave up on reporting the invasion at all.   The war is about to enter its fifth year. Russia is invading the largest country that lies wholly within Europe: Ukraine. Russia has been attacking militarily every day since 20 February 2014, and will continue to attack because nobody except Ukrainians makes any attempt to stop
2018 February 08 Thursday, 08:56
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 07.02.2018    Putin’s rule lacks democratic legitimacy. He will not get it in the upcoming elections because Ukrainians in Crimea will be made to vote as if they were Russians. The illegitimacy of voting taking place in Crimea will poison the ‘victory’ of Putin.   Putin’s senseless invasion and occupation of Ukraine is poison to the last semblance of democracy in Russia. On 18 September 2016, Russia conducted an election for the State Duma which was neither free nor fair. A fatal blow to the legitimacy of the vote was that it was conducted on the territory of Ukraine, in temporarily occupied Crimea. The six deputies who were supposedly elected from Crimea were sanctioned by Canada, the United
2018 February 07 Wednesday, 10:31
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 06.02.2018     Russia is invading Europe in Ukraine and in Georgia. As the de facto occupying power in parts of Ukraine and parts of Georgia, Russia has obligations under international humanitarian law which it must meet. One of these is that Russia cannot compel Ukrainian citizens or Georgian citizens to serve in the Russian army, or pressure them to volunteer. But the foreign invaders from Muscovy are doing precisely that, and they’re even stealing Ukrainian and Georgian citizenship from the captive population to get more cannon-fodder into Putin’s army.   Russian now has a law incorporating armed formations of the Russia-occupied Tskhinvali Region of Georgia into the armed forces of the Russian
2018 February 06 Tuesday, 11:31
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 05.02.2018   EPISODE 35 HERE  The Cossacks turned the Black Sea into a true battlefield, although it was fully surrounded by Turkish territories. They seized Trabzon, Varna, Sinop, Kefe (now Feodosia), Kezlev (now Yevpatoria) and the suburbs of Istanbul, liberating many prisoners and capturing booty.    In 1573, a squadron led by hetman Samiilo Kishka was defeated and he himself was taken prisoner. Chained to a Turkish galley, Kishka rowed for 26 years until he organized a rebellion of rowers. In 1599 they killed the Turkish crew and returned to Ukraine where they were hailed as heroes and Kishka was re-elected as hetman.    In the late 16th century, the boyars of Moldova and
2018 February 05 Monday, 14:13
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 05.02.2018     More German companies are breaking sanctions imposed against Russian individuals and entities because Russia invaded Ukraine. They’re doing it indirectly, through Russian affiliate companies. Under the pretence of doing business in Russia with Russian companies, the German firms are actually selling goods and services in Ukraine’s Crimea, which since March 2014 has been illegally occupied by Russia.   Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser met with Putin in March 2014, days after Russia invaded Europe in Ukraine, to pledge long-term support by Siemens to Russia. Siemens carried out a plot to break sanctions and ship four turbines to Crimea in occupied Ukraine by way of Krasnodar Krai in Russia proper.
2018 February 05 Monday, 10:34
Енді Грін, Radio Lemberg, 04.02.2018    Гібридна московитська агресія проти України втілюється за багатьма напрямками, а одним із головних є домінування у українському інформаційному просторі. Протягом останніх років кремлівські спецслужби, використовуючи різноманітні методи, поступово захопили майже повний контроль над нашою медіасферою.    Вкрай агресивна, прихована і неприхована, кремлівська пропаганда має на меті повний підрив української державності і є зосередженою на декількох пріоритетних напрямках:    - спотворення іміджу вищого керівництва держави, насадження думки, що саме воно є винним у подіях на сході України та на півострові Крим;  - абсолютне замовчування ролі президента Московії в організації
2018 February 04 Sunday, 19:50
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 04.02.2018      Another Ukrainian village has been freed of foreign invader-occupiers from Muscovy. Katerynivka in Luhansk region was liberated by the Ukrainian armed forces. Yuriy Mysyagin, a volunteer supporter of Ukraine’s resistance to Russian aggression, said: “The village of Katerynivka in Luhansk region is ours! The Armed Forces of Ukraine did everything in a calm and quiet way some time ago.”   News of the liberation of Katerynivka was revealed on February 2, only two days after news of the liberation of Novooleksandrivka. The two villages are 7 kilometres away from each other, in a straight line – 11 kilometres by road through the safety of the city of Popasna in free Ukraine.
2018 February 04 Sunday, 15:40
Олександр Пасхавер, телеканал "Прямий", 03.02.2018    Як Порошенкові вдалося за три з половиною роки зробити більше, ніж усім президентам за попередні роки, як підвищення народжуваності та мілітаризація суспільства врятують Україну від агресії Московії, коли і чим закінчаться реформи, чому було знищено Збройні сили України та як Московія (СРСР) зламала український народ у 1930-ті роки — інтерв'ю Миколи Вересня з радником президента України, Олександром Пасхавером.   Микола Вересень: [минулої] суботи ми були на одному заході, і всі почали сперечатися з приводу того, як це, "зрада" чи "перемога"? Все українське суспільство поділилося, одні люблять Порошенка — і це "порохоботи", а інші його не люблять, і там якось їх
2018 February 04 Sunday, 11:38
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 03.02.2018   EPISODE 34 HERE    In 1554, Dmytro Vyshnevetsky (1516–1563), a Volhynian prince of Ukrainian-Lithuanian origin, built at his own cost a fortress called Sich on Mala Khortytsia island right in the centre of Dnipro river, downstream of the rapids. Because of its location, i.e. downstream of the rapids and further, all these lands of Ukraine were called Zaporizhia (Trans-Rapids), and its military inhabitans later were called Zaporizhian Cossacks.   The Sich became the headquarters of the Cossack Host. The islands Khortytsia and Mala Khortytsia with their high rocky shores were best suited for the deployment of the Cossack fleet and the organization of voyages to the
2018 February 03 Saturday, 17:55
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 03.02.2018    Russia’s war against the West is accelerating. Russia is deploying more warplanes to territory it illegally occupies in Ukraine – Crimea – and territory it illegally occupies in Japan – the Northern Territories. Russia is using these aircraft to demean the sovereignty of Ukraine and Japan, and to threaten aviation and shipping in the Black Sea and in the North Pacific Ocean.   Russia invaded Ukraine on 20 February 2014. In the first months of the war, Russia seized Ukraine’s southern peninsula of Crimea. The Russians pirated Ukrainian naval vessels and stole military bases. One of the bases the Russians stole was Belbek, Crimea, Ukraine. Today, the 38th Fighter Aviation
2018 February 03 Saturday, 12:14
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 02.02.2018      Ukraine is holding the line against Russia’s invasion of Europe in Crimea and Donbas. Stalled by the stubborn resistance of Ukrainians, Putin has expanded his war elsewhere. What started as a regional war with Russia’s invasion and occupation of Crimea has already expanded to a global hybrid war, with Russia bombing Syrian civilians and with Russia falsifying the US election of 2016. In recent weeks, there have been developments that remove constraints on Putin to expand his war against Ukraine. The war aim of Muscovy has always been to destroy the democratic spirit, the independence, the territorial integrity, and the sovereignty of Ukraine. Here are five signs that Russia’s invasion
2018 February 02 Friday, 11:18
Бен Кардін, Сенат США, 10.01.2018, переклад українською Петро Козак  На початку січня Бен Кардін, відомий сенатор-демократ зі штату Мериленд, оприлюднив свою доповідь з аналізом головних методів гібридної війни, які застосовує Кремль для дестабілізації ситуації у різних країнах, під назвою: «Асиметричний наступ Путіна на демократію в Московії та світі: наслідки для національної безпеки США». Ми продовжуємо публікацію окремих розділів цього документу, і другим ми переклали розділ його доповіді, який стосується Грузії. Розділ про Україну можна прочитати тут Вторгнення у Грузію у 2008 році є яскравим прикладом того, як Московія використовує силу, загарбуючи територію всередині іншої країни. Після багатьох років зростання
2018 February 01 Thursday, 13:50
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 01.02.2018     The Ukrainian armed forces liberated the village of Novooleksandrivka. The village is in Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine. It lies in the ‘grey zone’ between Russia-invaded and Russia-occupied territory and free Ukraine territory. There are only 20 inhabitants now — without electricity supply since the summer of 2014. The city of Popasna in free Ukraine is only a kilometre to the north-west of Novooleksandrivka. The city of Pervomaisk in Russia-occupied Ukraine is six kilometres to the east.   On 22 September 2014, the Russian invasion army began a breakout from their salient in Pervomaisk. By 27 September 2014, the battlefront fell right across the village of
2018 February 01 Thursday, 11:13
Kurt Volker, U.S. Department of State, 29.01.2018    The U.S. Special representative for Ukraine negotiations, ambassador Kurt Volker, after his trip to Ukraine and Dubai, hold a telephonic press briefing via the U.S.-European Media Hub in Brussels while being in New York.    Moderator: Greetings to everyone from the U.S.-European Media Hub in Brussels. I would like to welcome our participants dialing in from across Europe and thank all of you for joining today’s discussion.    Ambassador Volker: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you very much. Good morning from here in New York. As just mentioned, thank you for the introduction, I was in Dubai and prior to that in Ukraine. Prior to that I was also in
2018 January 31 Wednesday, 23:32
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 31.01.2018     The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) is aimed at eliminating trade barriers, such as tariffs, and creating opportunities for doing business and boosting investment in both countries. After many years of negotiations, CUFTA was fully implemented on 1 August 2017. From then on, it was time for promises to be kept. Less than five months later one big project has been implemented in Ukraine and an even bigger one has been announced. Doing business in Ukraine, Canadian businesses have opened a solar power plant and have plans to open an iron ore mine and processing facility. Free trade is starting to reap rewards for Canadian and Ukrainians.   The first investment from the Canadian side
2018 January 31 Wednesday, 10:45
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 30.01.2018    Russia invaded Ukraine on 20 February 2014. Timid sanctions by the US and other countries have had no effect, and Putin’s War has expanded into a global war in the almost four years since the Spetsnaz attacked Crimea. Russia falsified the 2016 US election to make vote loser and compromised Russian intelligence services asset Donald Trump the president. The US Congress passed a Russia sanctions bill, with overwhelming support, on 27 July 2017. With a whining caveat, Trump signed it on 2 August 2017. Delaying until the last possible moment, Trump announced on 29 January 2018 that he would not enforce the law and would not sanction Russian individuals and entities for what they did interfering with,
2018 January 30 Tuesday, 08:24
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 29.01.2018    EPISODE 33 HERE  During the Muscovite-Lithuanian Wars of the 15th and 16th centuries, the Crimean khans often acted in alliance with Muscovy. These invaders took Ukrainians as prisoners and sold them on the slave markets in Kefe (now Feodosia in the Crimea) and Istanbul (now in Turkey).    Muscovite princes regularly instigated the Crimean khans to make military expeditions into Ukraine. As a result of one such campaign the Crimean invaders burned Kyiv and sent ritual implements from looted churches as a gift to the prince of Muscovy. During another raid they even killed the metropolitan of Kyiv.    Ukrainian hunters, fishermen, farmers and merchants who
2018 January 29 Monday, 17:51
Юваль Ной Гарарі, виступ на WEF у Давосі, 24.01.2018, переклад українською Петро Козак    Всесвітньовідомий автор бестселерів «HomoSapiens: коротка історія людства» та «HomoDeus: коротка історія майбутнього», ізраїльський професор-історик Юваль Ной Гарарі, на Всесвітньому економічному форумі у Давосі, виступив з напевно найцікавішою промовою серед усіх ораторів. Ми переклали його виступ українською мовою, і дуже радимо прочитати цю статтю самим та потім ще раз — разом з вашими дітьми. Крім того, перша його книга вже є у продажу українською мовою, а незабаром англійською з’явиться вже третій його бестселер — «Двадцять один урок для двадцять першого століття».    МИ — ОСТАННІ
2018 January 29 Monday, 14:48
 Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 29.01.2018    On January 28, sanctions imposed on Russia for invading Ukraine were busted wide open. The Gaselys, a liquid natural gas carrier under long-term lease by French energy concern Engie, docked in the Port of Boston. It is carrying liquid natural gas from Yamal LNG in Russia. Yamal LNG is owned by Novatek, which is on the US Treasury Department list of sanctioned companies. Novatek was sanctioned by the US on 12 September 2014, at a time in Putin’s War when Russia’s invasion army was advancing in Donbas and Russia had cut natural gas supplies to Germany and to Poland.   The shipment of liquid natural gas originated from a Yamal LNG project that is majority owned by a Russian company called
2018 January 29 Monday, 10:07
Jim Mattis, Department of Defense, 19.01.2018     Десять днів тому міністр оборони США представив синопсис національної оборонної стратегії, вперше після приходу до влади адміністрації Дональда Трампа. Ми зробили переклад українською двох найцікавіших розділів цього документу, про стратегічне середовище та цілі міністерства оборони США, та взяли під олівець найцікавіші тези. А весь документ англійською можа прочитати тут СТРАТЕГІЧНЕ СЕРЕДОВИЩЕ    Національна оборонна стратегія США визнає все більш складне середовище глобальної безпеки, яке характеризується явними викликами вільному та відкритому світопорядку, а також виникненням довготривалої стратегічної боротьби між країнами. Ці зміни вимагають прозорої оцінки тих
2018 January 28 Sunday, 19:04
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 28.01.2018    Russia has sent the 73rd truck convoy of supplies to its occupation army in Donbas. Like all the convoys, the trucks were not inspected at the Ukraine-Russia border. Like all the convoys, the Russians faked the trucks as carrying ‘humanitarian’ supplies. Russia lies – all the time.   Russia sent the first truck convoy of matériel to its army invading Ukraine on 22 August 2014. At the time, it seemed that this was a “red line” and a clear act of war. Although the Ukrainian government raised the alarm, no other Western government gave this outrage of Russian aggression the attention it deserved. Having gotten away with the first resupply convoy, Putin has now gotten
2018 January 28 Sunday, 12:30
Artem Shevalev, Facebook, 24.01.2018    Well, flying to Zurich, let's use this time wisely - here's my #Davos2018 'manifesto' for Ukraine.    Of course, Davos is about global issues and this year more than ever about the future. Still, I believe that today Ukraine is the epitome of issues and challenges that emerging economies and early transition nations around the world are and will be facing as the technological and, hence, wealth gap with the developed world expands further.    So, in Ukraine we've been trying, with varied degree of success, to reform Ukraine since 2014. I would argue that none of us, who were and still are part of these efforts realised the complexity of the task at hand. What had to be done was
2018 January 27 Saturday, 10:37
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 27.01.2018      Ukraine has had a good showing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. President Petro Poroshenko led a high-level delegation which did what they were supposed to do at this gathering of the rich and powerful: present Ukraine to the world in the best possible light. The take-away from Davos for the participants was that Ukraine is decidedly set on its European path, is “open for business,” and represents an opportunity for growth.   A shift in sentiment is underway. When “looking to the east” in Europe, businesspeople are slowly overcoming their instinct to look to Russia. Russia is under sanctions because it has invaded Ukraine in Crimea and Donbas, and
2018 January 27 Saturday, 09:34
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 26.01.2018    EPISODE 32 HERE    After the Mongol invasion, hordes led by Mongols and composed also of the remaining Cumans and natives of Central Asia roamed southern Ukraine. The unpopulated Wild Fields laid between these lands and the areas settled by Ukrainians. In 1347-1348, a plague epidemic originated in the Crimea, spread via Byzantium, sweeping across all of Europe within several years and reaching back Ruthenia (Ukraine) via Poland.    The Crimean Khanate (Qırım Hanlığı aka Qırım Yurta) originated in the early 15th century when certain clans of the Golden Horde Empire ceased their nomadic life in the Desht-i Kipchak — Kypchak Steppes of today's Ukraine and southern
2018 January 26 Friday, 16:55
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 26.01.2018    The Russian occupation administration in Crimea increasingly is persecuting Ukrainian citizens. Crimean Tatars are a particular target. The invaders from Muscovy are harassing, abducting, torturing, and holding hostage more and more of the autochthonous people of Ukraine’s southern peninsula. Russia’s abuse of human rights is now so extreme that the so-called ‘authorities’ in Crimea are reaching back to a time before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, before 20 February 2014, to invent ‘crimes’ against the Russian Federation.   On January 25, gunmen of the Russian occupation administration in Ukraine’s territory of Crimea carried out blitz searches of homes of
2018 January 26 Friday, 14:38
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 25.01.2018    Putin turns on and off the war in Donbas like flipping a light switch. The Russian Federation completely controls soldiers in eastern Ukraine who are fighting against the Ukrainian armed forces. Russia is invading Ukraine, and command and control of the invasion army is in Moscow.    When the world is not paying attention – which is most of the time – Russian occupation forces in eastern Ukraine shell defenders and civilians relentlessly. Russia violates the ceasefires of the Minsk Agreements all the time. But when prominent international visitors come to Ukraine, Putin is able to stop the shelling and the shooting on command.    United States Special
2018 January 25 Thursday, 11:41
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 24.01.2018   EPISODE 31 HERE  In 1471, the Lithuanian prince abolished the Kyiv principality and appointed the Lithuanian landlord and Catholic, Martynas Goštautas, as voivode in Kyiv. The Kyivans denied him entry into the city. The boyars asked the Lithuanian prince to respect Kyiv’s glory and appoint an Orthodox prince or one of his sons to the city. Goštautas must assemble a large army and only thus he succeeded in establishing himself in Kyiv. A large Lithuanian garrison permanently stayed in the Kyiv castle and new Lithuanian administrations were appointed in counties and volosts. The abolition of the principality disgruntled the population in Ruthenia (Ukraine). People
2018 January 24 Wednesday, 17:39
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 24.01.2018    Russia wants sanctions lifted without being required to stop its aggression against Ukraine, or stop its occupation of Crimea and parts of Donbas, or stop its gross abuse of human rights. Russia is using agents of influence in the Council of Europe to remove sanctions on the Russian delegation and restore it to full voting rights in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).   The Council of Europe is Europe’s oldest international body for the protection of human rights. When Russia invaded Ukraine on 20 February 2014 and subsequently claimed to have annexed Crimea, PACE delegates recognized the grave threat to international human rights and to European values and voted to suspend
2018 January 24 Wednesday, 11:06
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 23.01.2018    EPISODE 30 HERE   The Slavic lands were much more developed than the Lithuanian ones in the Frand Duchy of Lithuania and Ruthenia (Rus’). Rus’ accounted for 90% of the territory and official records and chronicles were kept in the literary Ruthenian (Ukrainian) language of the time. Even in the late 16th century, when the state apparatus was being Polonized in the wake of Ukraine’s inclusion into Poland, the current Lithuanian Statute of 1588 required to write all official documents only in Ruthenian (Ukrainian).    In some regions, Lithuanian princes kept rulers from the Rurik dynasty in place, but the Grand duke of Lithuania removed the local Prince
2018 January 23 Tuesday, 18:45
  Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 23.01.2018        Russian invader-occupiers of Crimea and Donbas have been throwing Ukrainians into basement dungeons from the start of their aggression. On 27 December 2017, some Ukrainians who were prisoners of war or civilian hostages of the Russian occupation administration were freed in a prisoner swap. A nurse, Halyna Hayeva, and a professor, Ihor Kozlovsky – Ukrainian patriots – were among the 73 who went from Russia-occupied Ukraine to free Ukraine.    Freed hostages confirm that Russia is invading Ukraine and the areas not controlled by the Ukrainian government are areas under Russian occupation administration. They confirm that Russian regular troops are in battle
2018 January 23 Tuesday, 11:57
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 22.01.2018   EPISODE 29 HERE  Principality of Galicia-Volhynia continued the statehood traditions of Kyivan Rus’ for a century. The same dynasty of the descendants of Mstyslav the Great continued to rule there.    In 1199 a Volhynian prince, Roman II Mstyslavovych (son of Mstyslav II of Kyiv, ruled in 1173-1205) finally united Volhynian and Galician principalities in one state. In 1203 he set his power also in Kyiv, Pereyaslav and Chernihiv and led many military campaigns against Cumans, Hungarians, Poles and Lithuanians. In 1205 he died in action fighting troops of Cracowian prince, Leszek Bialy.    His son, Danylo Romanovych (Daniel son of Roman, born in 1201)
2018 January 22 Monday, 12:40
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 22.01.2018     Russian occupation forces in Ukraine attacked a passenger bus near Olenivka on January 21. One person was killed and one was injured in the attack. The bus was fired upon by soldiers of the 1st Army Corps (Donetsk or so-called “DPR”) of the Russian armed forces. They attacked the bus at their checkpoint near the village of Olenivka, which is in the Russia-occupied zone of Ukraine’s Donetsk region.   Anatoly Kazakov, 57 years old and a resident of Donetsk, died of a head wound. Aleksandr Dubrov, a 65 year old resident of Shakhtarsk was brought to a hospital in Russia-occupied Donetsk.   According to Ukrainian armed forces command, the Russians carried out this attack in a
2018 January 22 Monday, 08:54
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 21.01.2018    Independence and Reunion Day, celebrated on 22 January in Ukraine, is momentous because of four events that occurred on the 21st or 22nd of January over the past century. Their common theme is the unity of all Ukrainians, and the continuity of the independence of Ukraine.    On 21 January 2015, Ukrainian armed forces withdrew from the ruins of Donetsk International Airport, ending a battle with Russian armed forces that had lasted 240 days. Putin’s army invading Ukraine in Donbas poured limitless troops and weaponry into this battle, and the death toll on the part of the Russians was horrendous. Ukraine lost more than 200 servicemen killed in action defending Donetsk airport. The
2018 January 21 Sunday, 11:03
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 20.01.2018   EPISODE 28 HERE  The lands of the Lithuanian tribes were separated from the Mongols by dense forests. Lithuanian chieftains acquired military experience as they launched attacks on the lands of the former Kyivan state, Poland and the Teutonic Order. The Belarusian chronicle reported that the Lithuanians were so poor prior to their ascent that they paid tribute to Galician and Volhynian princes in bast and brooms for lack of more valuable goods.    During the rule of the Lithuanian Grand Prince Gediminas (1295–1341), Lithuanian forays turned into a massive onslaught. Noteworthily, his predecessor Prince Butvydas was forced to give Galician and Volhynian princes lands in the
2018 January 20 Saturday, 16:57
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 20.01.2018    Hungary is a saboteur within NATO, serving the interests of Russia. The Hungary's government of Victor Orbán now stands alone against the other 28 members of the North Atlantic alliance. Hungary is wrecking collective security.   On January 18, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó stated that Hungary will block a NATO-Ukraine ministerial meeting. He said that at a meeting with the Head of the Society of Hungarian Culture in Zakarpatia and also a Verkhovna Rada deputy, Vasyl Brenzovych – in other words, while he was interfering in the internal affairs of Ukraine. Szijjártó has been using the Hungarian minority within Zakarpatia – who are
2018 January 20 Saturday, 13:48
Джері Райс, директор з комунікацій, брифінг МВФ, 19.01.2018, переклад українською Петро Козак     Для вашої зручності ми переклали декілька питань і відповідей з брифінгу прес-секретаря МВФ, які стосувались Московії, України та біткойнів. Весь текст цього брифінгу можна прочитати тут (англійською)   [...] ПИТАНННЯ: Представник МВФ у Московії, Ґабріель Ді Бела, у середу відвідав міжнародну економічну конференцію. Він говорив про історичну важливість для Московії не втрачати вплив у глобальній економіці, наголосив на необхідності її зросту щонайменше на 3% у наступні кілька років, та скоріш за все ріст її економіки обмежиться 1,5 %. Тож, на які кроки повинен піти уряд Московії, аби прискорити цей зріст?    МІСТЕР
2018 January 19 Friday, 17:26
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 19.01.2018    EPISODE 27 HERE    In the early 13th century, Ukraine was still fragmented, the Cumans no longer posed a threat and few people thought about a common defense. Meanwhile, a new horde was emerging in Asia. The nomadic Mongols borrowed from China knowledge and tools for storming cities and kept strict discipline in their army, including punishment by death for the slightest of violations.    The Mongol ideology was to establish worldwide rule — “a military expedition to the last sea”. The Mongols formed a huge army of hundreds of thousands of warriors from subjugated peoples.    Meanwhile, the hired military forces of the Rus’
2018 January 19 Friday, 15:14
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 19.01.2018    On January 19, Ukraine took a solid step to assert its sovereignty and restore its territorial integrity. Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, passed a law “On special aspects of state policy to ensure Ukraine’s state sovereignty in temporarily occupied areas in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.” Before this law, Ukraine had been calling its war of national defence against Russian invasion an “Anti-Terrorist Operation.” With this law, Ukraine is now taking “measures to ensure national security and defence, deterrence and repression of Russian armed aggression.” By calling out Russia as an aggressor state, Ukraine is bringing ‘realpolitik’ into the conduct of the
2018 January 19 Friday, 12:51
Gerry Rice, Communications Director, IMF Briefing, 18.01.2018    For your convenience, we publish here just some questions and answers of the IMF spokesman concerning Russia, Ukraine and bitcoin issues. The full transcript of his briefing please read here.   [...] QUESTIONER: The IMF representative in Russia, Gabriel Di Bella, on Wednesday visited (inaudible) it's international economy analytical conference. He talked about historically the object for Russia is not to lose importance in the global economy and it needs grow at least three percent but at least in the next few years, potential growth may be limited at something between around 1.5 percent. So, what steps the Russian government should take to boost growth? MR. RICE: Well,
2018 January 19 Friday, 01:29
Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 18.01.2018    The Governor-General of Canada, Julie Payette, is in Ukraine. She arrived in Lviv on the evening of January 17. While in Ukraine she will visit with Canadian soldiers who are working with Ukrainian soldiers at the Yavoriv military base under Canada’s “Operation UNIFIER,” which is a part of NATO’s training commitment to Ukraine. The Governor-General will also meet with the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. Canada announced previously that it was seeing to expand its military assistance to Ukraine. Part of this assistance is that Ukraine now has access to Canada’s defence industry for the purchase of weapons.   The position of Governor-General is unfamiliar to many
2018 January 18 Thursday, 07:59
Oleksandr Palii, A History of Ukraine, 17.01.2018    EPISODE 26 HERE    The word Ukraine (Ukraina) first appeared in a chronicle in 1187. This happened even before the Mongol invasion, which undermines the Muscovite (Russian) imperial storyline about a “common cradle” of Ukraine with the Russian (Muscovite) people. For a long time, Muscovy (Russia) tried to promote the idea that Ukraina was derived from the word okraina “outskirts, borderland”. This was possible because in conditions of censorship, few researchers even read the chronicles. An entry in the chronicle for 1187 mentions that the Pereyaslav's Prince, Volodymyr Hlibovych, was “mourned by all of Ukraine”. The Pereyaslav Principality was
2018 January 17 Wednesday, 19:24
Бен Кардін, Сенат США, 10.01.2018, переклад українською Петро Козак  Минулої середи Бен Кардін, відомий сенатор-демократ зі штату Мериленд, оприлюднив свою доповідь з аналізом головних методів гібридної війни, які застосовує Кремль для дестабілізації ситуації у різних країнах, під назвою: «Асиметричний наступ Путіна на демократію в Московії та світі: наслідки для національної безпеки США».  Ми починаємо публікацію окремих розділів цього документу, і першим ми переклали розділ його доповіді, який стосується самої України.  Україна, мабуть більше за інші країни, накликала на себе гібридну московську агресію у всіх її можливих формах. Це смертельна суміш військових атак, убивств, дезінформації, кібератак, а також використання
2018 January 17 Wednesday, 16:52
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