Despite an immense number of Putin supporters in New York and Russia, few brave guys behind an NY-based group of activist “Russian Americans in Support of Ukraine” take an opposing stand against the dictator.
One of the group’s initiators, Kostantine Tchourine, has stuck out of the Ukrainian diaspora of activists from Razom (Together) for Ukraine as an ambitious Russian American in search of measures to persuade his hostile natives to support Ukraine and potentially stimulate Russia’s own Maidan for Dignity.
On Monday, news agencies including The New York Times reported that E.U. aimed the latest sanctions at Putin’s backed rebells in the Eastern Ukraine this time; not Kremlin. [NY Times]
Eastern Ukraine experienced an uneasy start of the week. Number of casualties reportedly escalated since the beginning of the September cease-fire, as Russia resumed heavier supply of troops and artillery to the separatists. (Kiev Post)
During the recent NATO Summit in Wales, Ukraine’s President Mr. Poroshenko in his speech denounced Russia’s attempts to keep the nation out of NATO, stating that no one has a right to decide the future of Ukraine other than its people.[Ukraine Today]
Ukraine implemented a new national commemoration day on November 21. The Day of Dignity and Freedom will remember the country’s historic outbreak of unrest from corruption. [Mirror Weekly]
CELEBRATE FIRST EUROMAIDAN ANNIVERSARY IN NEW YORK
The New York contributors of Euromaidan Press and DigitalMaidan call Ukrainians from around the world through a Facebook page, to hang the national flag and commemorate the year anniversary.
Olena Sidlovych invited me to her office inside of an old mansion known as the Ukrainian Institute of America on the 79th street of the Fifth Avenue Museum Mile located across a scenic Central Park East.
Since you currently are outside of most factors that might heavily influence your opinion, you have access to free flow of information on TV, internet, people surrounding you. After what you might have observed in the past few months between Russia and Ukraine, what’s your personal opinion about the Russian intervention?
My opinion is the same as the opinion of any adequate or sane person – Russia has no right to interfere in the internal affairs of Ukraine and even more so invade its territory.
I met Valentina Bardakova last February on the Brooklyn Bridge. She appeared as a young beautiful blonde giving out Ukrainian flags to the crowd that came out to support the Human Chain of Freedom Walk she organized with the fellow campaigners. Ms. Bardakova handed me an American flag to hold as a symbol of New York diaspora’s support of the fallen heroes in Kiev. Her notable initiative was a profound moment for the empathetic folks that joined that day.
The ArtBeam gallery in Chelsea last week concluded an amateur photojournalistic exhibit shot from the epicenters of violence across the ocean. Material Evidence. Syria, Ukraine…Who is next curated by a German photojournalist Benjamin Hiller, for four weeks greeted inquisitive Ukrainian immigrants among the New York crowd.