Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry and Olympic delegation upset about Ukraine ‘annexation’

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July 26, 2012, 12:14 p.m. | Sports — by Jakub Parusinski, Mark Rachkevych

A screen shot from the official London Games website that shows the place of birth of Russian Olympic volleyball player Taras Khtey as Lviv region, presumably in Russia as the ticker next to "Lvov Region" suggests -- not in Ukraine or Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
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Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan where he was the co-founder of the now defunct Glasshouse Magazine, Mark currently is an editor of business news and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

 Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry and Olympic delegation chief have filed formal complaints and requested that London Games organizers correct the biographical data of Russian Olympic athletes born in Ukraine.

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AL BALA July 26, 2012, 4:41 p.m.    

The current Education Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk has repeatedly shown contempt of the "Little Russian" language and culture, a derogatory reference to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov was recently asked if he would pray with the Russian president for the glory of the Russian world - an ideological concept that has all Eastern Slavic or Russian-speaking regions subjugated to Moscow.


His answer: "I would gladly do so."

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zoolander July 26, 2012, 7:38 p.m.    

The point is about accuracy and not twisting facts. An athlete can be born in Ukraine and live in Russia and represent Russia, but that doesn't change the fact he/she was born in Ukraine. Russia can't then say the person was born in Russia. "Lvov Region (RUS)"? Zhitomir Region (RUS)? Kiev (RUS)? Lutsk, (RUS)? That's how the official Olympic website is listing birthplaces for some athletes.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 3, 2012, 2:08 a.m.    

Yes correct information is appropriate. They were born in USSR pre 1991 but now hold Russian citizenship

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 3, 2012, 2:09 a.m.    

Yes correct information is appropriate. They were born in USSR pre 1991 but now hold Russian citizenship

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