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Dec. 28, 2011, 6:34 p.m. | Op-ed — by Oksana Bashuk Hepburn

Oksana Bashuk Hepburn

Oksana Bashuk Hepburn, a former Canadian government executive, is a founding member of the Canadian Group for Democracy in Ukraine.

Almost everyone has favorite lists this time of year -- best movies, books, persons. For the ninth year, here is my list of the best and worst issues, events and people who have had a profound impact on the global Ukrainian community. BEST

1. Former Prime Minister and key political opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, for her fighting spirit during her “show trial.” She condemned presidential interference and the corruption of the judicial process, thereby drawing a line between Ukraine’s present governance and where it needs to be as a full-fledged member of the democratic community.

2. Ukraine’s journalists, for tenacious pursuit of independence despite the fact that 60 have died for the cause of truth since Ukraine’s independence.

3. Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, for a tough message to President Viktor Yanukovych, a letter in which Harper asked him to stand firm on his “commitment to democracy” and warning of “negative impacts” stemming from the politically motivated trial of Yulia Tymoshenko.

4. Canada’s House of Commons, for their commitment to keeping Ukraine in the democratic community by having a Special Debate on the erosion of democracy in Ukraine.

5. The European Council and Ukraine, for finalizing the association agreement, coupled with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy’s strong signal: He said that the “politically-motivated justice in Ukraine,” in particular the Tymoshenko case resolution, “will be a litmus test” for ratification.

6. Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Churchmfor urging Ukrainians to build a “Ukrainian world” in their homeland in response to the call by Kirill, patriarch of the Moscow Orthodox Church, to Russophiles around the globe, and particularly in Ukraine, to build “one Russian world.”

7. Canadians, like Jonathan Kay of the National Post, for criticizing the Canadian Museum of Human Rights’ of selective treatment of genocides. The museum position sends the message that the exposure of Nazi crimes against humanity is of greater value than exposing genocides perpetrated by Communist and other murderous dictatorial regimes.

8. Ukraine’s institutions and citizens, for respecting their constitution, among them the head of Front for Change Party, Arseniy Yatseniuk, who condemned the Party of Regions’ parliamentarians for seditious remarks and said those who hate Ukraine and do not consider it their country (numerous oligarchs) should forfeit Ukrainian passports and go live elsewhere.

9. Ukraine's Constitutional Court, for banning the use of the Soviet Red Army flag as an official state symbol.

10. Generous donors like Peter and Doris Kule, Erast Hutsulak, Ian Ihnatowycz, Maria Fischer-Slysch, James Temerty, the Stasiuk and the Wrzesnewskyj families, Petro Jacyk Endowment Fund, for supporting issues and institutions valuable to the global Ukrainian community.

11. The some 60 Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church youth from Canada who were among 2 million participants in the World Youth Day held in Barcelona for raising their Canadian, Ukrainian and youth day flags higher than any other hailing their commitment around the globe.

WORST

1. Ukraine’s political leaders, for failing to learn and apply the sine qua non of democracy: the separation of powers of parliament, the executive (administration) and the judiciary thus putting Ukraine at the top of the world’s corruption scale and losing its formerly high ”free” rating.

2. European thinkers and leaders (except Poland), for locking into the ‘old think’ regarding Ukraine and failing, for the last 20 years, to incorporate it into the European community, a mistake made after World War I and again after World War II ith disastrous consequences for Ukraine, Europe and the world.

3. President Viktor Yanukovych and Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, for entering into agreements favouring Russia’s interests rather than Ukraine’s, specifically the Kharkiv Accords allowing Russia’s Black Sea Fleet prolonged usage of Ukraine’s space; the creation of Ukroboronprom to facilitate defense integration with Russia; and the free trade agreement aimed at Russia’s dominance of Ukraine’s economic sector.

4. Once again, Yanukovych, for failing to understand the negative implications of the Tymoshenko show trial to his governance and to Ukraine.

5. Former President Viktor Yushchenko, for squashing compatriots like Tymoshenko, being soft on Russia; claiming that he “must run” again in the next presidential election; and otherwise transforming himself from favorite son into a Judas Iscariot.

6. Judge Rodion Kireyev, for discrediting Ukraine’s judiciary via his verdicts in the Tymoshenko trial.

7. Women’s organizations in the diaspora and in Ukraine, for failing to support one of their own -- Tymoshenko. Their inaction on many aspects of this issue, including their silence after she demanded Azarov speak Ukrainian in court, is inexcusable in view of their commitment to Ukrainian as the country’s official language.

8. Ukraine’s Communist Party leaders, including comrades Petro Symonenko and Natalia Vitrenko, for saying the Holodomor, the famine orchestrated by the Soviet Communist Party, is history and no longer important, and Israel’s President Shimon Peres, for lecturing Ukrainians to forget their history, Holodomor included, motivated, perhaps, by the desire to protect Lazar Kaganovich, also a Jew, and a key architect of the genocide.

9. The Canadian Museum of Human Rights Board of Trustees, for selectively highlighting the Nazi genocide and under representing the equally brutal crimes of Communist and other dictatorial regimes thus undermining Canada’s law on equal treatment, and government policy on Holodomor, and tarnishing Canada’ role as a global human rights leader.

10. Signatories of the International Scholars Open Letter -- for falling into the same intellectual trap as the museum: selective focus on Nazi crimes against humanity while under-exposing Communist atrocities.

11. Ukrainian politicians, dignitaries and representatives, for failing to speak Ukrainian in international forums, including Ukraine’s representative and runner-up to the Miss Universe contest.


Oksana Bashuk Hepburn, former president of U*CAN Ukraine Canada Relations Inc. and senior policy adviser with the government of Canada, comments on Ukraine’s progress in democracy.
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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 6:47 p.m.    

Number 1: That old whore, Tymoshenko, getting angry on video after she was caught masturbating in her cell. Now we all know why she has back pain!. :D

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 7:50 p.m.    

you're jealous ...couldn't be with her ...your ultimate dream

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 7:01 p.m.    

Thank you Mr. Putin's KGB for such witty diatribe.

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 7:10 p.m.    

Probably not KGB; I doubt they allow that level of stupidity (though I could be wrong...). This sounds more like the purile fantasy of the Nashi.

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 9:21 p.m.    

Your comments are despicable and contribute nothing to the discussion.

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Tyrannosapiens Tex Hill Dec. 28, 2011, 6:52 p.m.    

&quot;...including their silence after she demanded Azarov speak Ukrainian in court, is inexcusable in view of their commitment to Ukrainian as the country’s official language.&quot;

WORST #12

Kyiv Post for continuing to propagate the nonsense that any language other than Ukrainian used for official purposes in Ukraine is somehow illegal, unpatriotic, or to be looked down upon. You would not have a business model if there wasn't a demand for foreign language materials. Your organization's founder came from a country that has no official language at the federal level.

UNDERSTANDING IS THE POINT! Get your point across in ANY language. It's getting discriminatory at this point.

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 6:59 p.m.    

Thank you PM Azarov.

If you want to live and work in Ukraine, learn to speak Ukrainian. Period.

Just like any other country in the woeld you must learn it's official language.

I guess the russian speaking minority regime ruling in ukraine is too stupid to learn such a difficult language like Ukrainian, including perfffesors and doctors in the current regime.

Ukrainian must be the hardest language in the world to learn as people in Ukraine can learn French, English , German, easily, but even in Kyiv they are too stupid or ignorant to learn to speak Ukrainian.

That's right, be proud you Little Russians !

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 7:33 p.m.    

Maybe it's the fact that most of their trading partners speak Russian, so there is no reason to waste time translating everything into village drivel.

Get with it - if you want to speak Ukrainian, do it in the villages, but don't expect everyone else to submit to your village language fetish!

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 7:56 p.m.    

Da - Spoken like a true proud inferiority complex laden Little Russian who is too pathetically stupid or ignorant to learn his own language...

You should tell you and your Russian mafia goons that the world language of business is in fact ENGLISH, not some pathetic Russian third world backwater language crap.

Don't expect everyone in Ukraine to submit to your foreign Russian fetish.

Sorry to shake your myths- you guys lost the Cold War - refer to breakup of CCCP in 1991 for more details...

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 1:47 p.m.    

You are a prejudice laden nutcase with a huge chip on the shoulder and need professional help. I suggest you see a brain surgeon. Also eat less salo and drink less gorilka you little russian nutcase. If you speak Ukrainian to people in Kiev, you are looked upon like a village idiot.

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 7:13 p.m.    

To all those who slander the diaspora.....we are not the enemey, the enemy is is Yanuk, he lives in Ukraine.

Do not spit in our hand when we reach out to help. Lets work together.

Ukraine has no better friend than Canada.

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 7:26 p.m.    

, said a capo pushing Ukrainian children into the monastery near Bela Cerkov before bolting the gates and leaving them to die of hunger on comand of his Nazi masters.

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 7:34 p.m.    

Field Marshal von Reichenau had the last word. On August 28, 1941, he blamed the division for the 'interruption' of the action and specifically rejected the contention that the measure was comparable to atrocities of the enemy. Such incorrect assertions did not belong in a report passing through many hands. The report as a whole, he stated, should not have been made in the first place.

The children were now shot, not by German personnel of the Sonderkommando, but by Ukrainian militia borrowed from the army.

The Ukrainians, said Obersturmfu&quot;hrer Ha&quot;fner after the war, had

stood around trembling. Ha&quot;fner himself was not spared some

torment. A little girl took him by the hand before she was killed.

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 7:49 p.m.    

old Soviet relic lies,

heh,heh,heh:D

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 1:41 p.m.    

the source is canadian.

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 7:47 p.m.    

heh,heh,heh:D

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 1:41 p.m.    

the source is Canadian.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 4:42 p.m.    

Hey, dickhead! No-one is going to trust you in your sheep clothing while you continue to worship Hitler, spread Nazi ideology and keep the SS Galician monument in Oakville Ontario! Piss off!

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 7:20 p.m.    

No 1 item on the best list should be Oksana's ass-licking skills and on the worst list her taste.

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 7:46 p.m.    

and you are on Putin's A-licking list

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 1:39 p.m.    

and you on Yanukonvict's.

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 7:29 p.m.    

forgot the &quot;scholar&quot; Himka (Hollow Cause is genocide but Holodomor is not)...which List &amp; number does he belong?

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 7:31 p.m.    

The author is a member of the demented diaspora, hence the focus on events in Canada which hold practically no relevance to Ukraine or Ukrainians today.

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 7:44 p.m.    

and YOU &quot;hold relevance to Ukraine or Ukrainians today.&quot; ? LOL

Sorry, Moskal, you have to do better than that! LOL

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 2:34 p.m.    

Typical of delusional little russian diaspora. I don't consider little russians living in Canada Canadians. They are too uncivilised, full of prejudice, homophobic, bad-mannered, uneducated, obstinate and lacking a sense of humour or a sense of reality. Little russians living in Canada are DPs. Their mentality is close to Russians - vicious, unforgiving, selfish, sinister, corrupt and dishonest. They are not Canadians!

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 8:15 p.m.    

best comment so far

thank you, Sir

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 5:15 a.m.    

Bug off , you gutless katsup moron.!

Quit using my name! Sh-t head!!!

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 9:25 p.m.    

Hey moskal what do you know about about Ukraine -right thats what I thought.Not one ukrainian school in the land of Putinia aka russia,not one newspaper ,not one radio or television station...any in Dumboss?

WellI WILL ENLIGHTEN YOU ON HOW MANY TELEVISION AND RADIO PROGRAMS IN CANADA THAT ARE UKRAINIAN CANADIAN

4 Radio stations coast to coast

6 Television programs

7 newspapers

2 magazines

2 Ukrainian bank-co-ops

300 Ukrainian churches

103 Ukrainian halls/cultural centers

YOU SEE MOSKAL UNLIKE YOU OUR UKRAINIAN CULTURE IN CANADA THRIVES ONTO 3 AND 4TH GENERATIONS UNLIKE YOU ...WHO DESTROYS AND SUBVERTS THE UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE.TAKE YOUR DONBASS MAFIA AND CRIMEAN CRUD AND GO BUY A BOTTLE OF ALCOHOL AND WORSHIP YOUR PUTIN...LOL HA HA HA OH MY HA HA HAWWWWW.

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 10:52 p.m.    

NOT ONE Ukrainian Church structure registered in Russia {AKA : Muscovy}.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 2:33 p.m.    

NOT ONE Ukrainian politician has proposed giving Russian the status of an official national language in Ukraine (aka little russia).

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 11:56 p.m.    

Hey Canuck,

What you forget is that Ukraine is NOT a nation state. Half of the population speaks Russian, the other half speaks Ukrainian. The Russian-speakers happen to make up the majority of the population in 9 of the 10 largest cities. So why don't you take your village drivel to L'vov, where you can have your folk dances and Bandera-style Nazi worship all you like.

The people who matter in Ukraine speak Russian, and that isn't going to change any time soon.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 12:40 a.m.    

Hey pal

Ukraine is actually a nation state where more than 80 % speak or know ukrainian and are ethnically ukrainian (at leats get your facts straight before you lie ---

excluding the ruling Donetsk mafia regime&quot;the people who matter(LOL!) who then dictate to the Ukrainian majority that everything must be in imperial russian language because they are too stupid to learn ukrainian.

Russia on the other hand is an empire made up of innumerable ethnic /asian/ muslim groups- who are also forced to use russian language or else they will be discriminated against from the Moscow empire center.

Take your drivel and worship at the altar to Stalin and Kaganovich , in russian , hebrew, or whatever language suits your moronic comments, as the fact is Russia is Nazi's absolute biggest WW2 collaborator.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 1:04 p.m.    

Nazi swine! Traitor! Vermin! We will fight for our Ukraine clear of svoloch dupa like you and your shitaspora. Sit in you fucking tundra and don't make a sound!

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 1:39 a.m.    

NOT ONE Ukrainian homosexual society registered in Peru.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 2:25 a.m.    

The people who dont matter are KGB-FSB-STALINIST BOOTLICKING putin brown- nosers like you who if you are on ukrainian soil should be deported back to your backwoods russian village in siberia where you can worship your czars and dictators but then you are probably already in russia ...wear a condom on your lapel show your people your true birth right by the way everybody knows that the gutteral russian tongue is a mogloid derivative.We allknow that muscovy was nothing but a pathetic little nomadic haven for alcoholics and it still is...ha ha ha so go back and enjoy life under the czars and take the clown yanukovich with you he belongs in your dump Moscal

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 1:29 a.m.    

Yes, and 80% of the population speak Russian too, because there is a lot of overlap. However MOST PEOPLE in the cities speak Russian first.

It's quite funny to see Canadian diaspora sitting in the bars in Kiev with long faces after learning for the first time that nobody wants to speak Ukrainian.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 2:21 a.m.    

Good one. LOL!

Funny how the Russian Jewish mafia chauvinists anti-Ukrainian regime which owns the government and runs the same Kyiv bars you refer to, which only russian minority mafia goons and several foreigners who only speak Russian typically go to, usually for prostitution purposes..

Thank goodness, the foreigners will think this is russian entertainment putin style, not ukrainian.

The rest of Ukraine you can actually speak in Ukrainian language to those who have not been intimidated by Russian Nazi Stalin Communist collaborators.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 1:05 p.m.    

Nazi ass-licker! Vermin! Rat! You are a disgrace! You are not Ukrainian! Traitor!

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 9:31 p.m.    

Now, now, Minister Tabachnyk, please mind your profanity.

People might think you received your Doctoral Degree from the same institution as Perfffesser Yanuconvict, or the International Scholars' Open Letter Authors.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 1:01 p.m.    

Canada is shit, so is little russian (aka xoxol) diaspora - like a cesspool, full of shit, stink and vomit!

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 7:57 p.m.    

Right on the money analysis.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 1:55 p.m.    

Typical of delusional little russian diaspora. I don't consider little russians living in Canada Canadians. They are too uncivilised, full of prejudice, homophobic, bad-mannered, uneducated, obstinate and lacking a sense of humour or a sense of reality. Little russians living in Canada are DPs. Their mentality is close to Russians - vicious, unforgiving, selfish, sinister, corrupt and dishonest. They are not Canadians!

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 8:02 p.m.    

Ukraine (without Yanukovych and the Party of Russians) is the best.

Russia is the worst.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 12:54 a.m.    

Shallow...

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 1:48 a.m.    

Best best Lviv. We have Bandera and Nazis! Best!!!

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 8:59 a.m.    

Tak ! Tak! Tak!

Lviv best of best citys of citys !

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 1:48 p.m.    

moron!

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 6:11 p.m.    

it is true

Lviv is one of the best cities I have seen

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 11:36 p.m.    

Bestbestbest!!!

Lvov best!!

Heil Bandera! Heil Svoboda! Heil Hitler!

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 9:55 p.m.    

Worst - a stupid list like this. Best Tym going to jail - for destroying the chance of reform in 2005, making billions of dollar in her gas trade deals at the expense of Ukranian people, bribing former PM Lazenko, lying over her income declarations, running at the head of a party of oligrachs mascarading as democrats, trying to make a deal with Yanuk behind Yush's back and signing a gas deal with Russia that led to the most expansive gas in Europe for the country that at the time had a monopoly on transporting the gas from Russia.

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 10:51 p.m.    

You forgot to mention in Worst part the ongoing grooming of &quot; Kim Jong Yanukovych Jr. &quot; as future inept mafia dictator oligarch goon of the Yanuconvict presidential family dynasty.

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 11:54 p.m.    

&quot;full-fledged member of the democratic community&quot;

This list is boas and poor;y listed. There are numerous things missing and the emphasis misplace If anything it devalues and undermines the numerous issues. It minimized Yushchenko's failed presidency to just his decision to re-run for office. It failed to mention the Constitutional Courts decision to nullify the Constitutional reforms of 2004, its interpretation of Ukraine;s Imperative mandate rules that allowed members of a party to cross the floor and support the formation of an alternative government.

The consolidation of presidential power and demise of Parliaments authority.

The failure of the opposition to unite and defend constitutional rights.

The failure of the media to report and address the above.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 12:01 a.m.    

The worst was Yushchenko's presidency. He betrayed Ukraine, undermined and opposed democratic values and destroyed hope and aspirations of a nation.

The opposition for allowing Yushchenko to devalue the principles of democracy and the goals and achievements made as a result of the Orange revolution.

For standing by and allowing Yanukovych to further dismantle the advancements made.

For not acting on the various report and recommendations put forward by the Parliamentary Assemble of the Council of Europe and the Venice Commission.

For failing to reform the parliament and judiciary so as to provide equality and fairness in representation.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 1:53 p.m.    

That wasn't this year. It ended Jan 2010 - TWO YEARS AGO - but you're so OBSESSED you obviously didn't notice. Or perhaps you don't know what the word annual means?

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 6:10 p.m.    

... but I know what &quot;anal&quot; means&quot;

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 1:27 p.m.    

yes, he does

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 2:39 p.m.    

Some Ukrainians cooperated with the German occupiers, participating in the local administration, in German-supervised auxiliary police, Schutzmannschaft, in the German military, and serving as concentration camp guards. Nationalists in the west of Ukraine were among the most enthusiastic early on, hoping that their efforts would enable them to establish independent state later on. For example, on the eve of Barbarossa as many as four thousand Ukrainians, operating under Wehrmacht orders, sought to cause disruption behind Soviet lines. After the capture of Lviv, in important Ukrainian city, OUN leaders proclaimed a new Ukrainian State on June 30, 1941 and were simultaneously encouraging loyalty to the new regime, in hope that they would be supported by the Germans. Already in 1939, during the German-Polish war, the OUN had been “a faithful German auxiliary”, according to Professor Ivan Katchanovski of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Harvard University Throughout writes that during the war the leadership of OUN B and UPA was heavily engaged in Nazi collaboration:at least 23% of its leaders in Ukraine were in the auxiliary police, Schutzmannschaft Battalion 201 as well as other police formations, 18% too part in training in Nazi Germany's military and intelligence schools in Germany and Nazi-occupied Poland, 11% served the Nachtigall and Roland Battalions, 8% in local administration during the Nazi occupation, and 1% in the SS Galicia Division;according to Katchanovski the percentage of Nazi collaborators among the OUN-B and UPA leadership is likely higher than those numbers, as much data from early occupation is missing. However, despite initially acting warmly to the idea of an independent Ukraine, the Nazi administration had other ideas, in particular the Lebensraum programme and the total 'Aryanisation' of the population. They preferred to play Slavic nations out one against the other. OUN initially carried out attacks on Polish villages, trying to destroy or expel Polish enclaves from what the OUN fighters perceived as Ukrainian territory. When OUN help was no longer needed, its leaders were imprisoned, and many member were summariry executed, with over 600 shot in the Babi Yar massacres.The arrests were only temporary however according to professor Katchanovski; while 27% of the leadership of OUN B and UPA were arrested at one time, they were released relatively soon or allowed to escape.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 2:45 p.m.    

During the military occupation of Ukraine by Nazi Germany, a number of Ukrainians initially chose to cooperate with the Nazis. Their reasons included the hopes of independence from the Soviet Union and past maltreatment by Soviet authorities. However, the absence of Ukrainian autonomy under the Nazis, mistreatment by the occupiers, and the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians as slave laborers, soon led to a rapid change in the attitude among the collaborators. By the time the Red Army returned to Ukraine, a significant number of the population welcomed the soldiers as liberators. At the same time, more than 4.5 million Ukrainians had joined the Red Army to fight Germany and more than 250,000 served as Soviet partisan paramilitary units.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 2:56 p.m.    

In 1947, former soldiers of SS &quot;Galizien&quot; were allowed to emigrate to Canada and to the United Kingdom. The names of about 7,100 former soldiers of SS &quot;Galizien&quot; admitted to the UK have been stored in the so called &quot;Rimini List&quot;.

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 8:57 a.m.    

Eventually the Ukrainian National Army (including the Division) was surrendered by General Pavlo Shandruk to the Allies in Austria, was interned in Rimini Italy.

A Soviet three month investigation in Rimini found no war criminals. It was then transferred to England and finally members emigrated to Canada, USA and Australia. The British and Canadian authorities carefully reviewed the Galicia Division and the Divizynyky and cleared them of any war crimes. No war criminals were found in the Division, but a vendetta by Simon Wiesenthal has falsely accused them of war crimes. An intensive investigation was made by the Canadian government.

Hon. Justice Jules Deschenes in his official Report of March 12, 1987, completely exonerated the Galicia Division from any war crimes.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 3:27 p.m.    

Someday when Ukraine is truly free of Soviet, Russian extremist, Party of Regions mafia then Ukraine will be free to document own history from the correct perspective. Ukrainian history should not be the fairytales and propoganda of Ukraine's occupiers, oppressors and mass murderers of Ukrainians.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 4:34 p.m.    

Free of Soviet, Russian extremist = extermination of Russian-speaking majority, intellectuals, Jews, other ethnic minorities, political dissidents, etc.

Document history = re-write history from a Nazi perspective.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 5:30 p.m.    

Western Ukrainians are proud of their Nazi history, so you won't get far arguing against it, my friend.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 6:07 p.m.    

I am not arguing. I just couldn't understand at first why they are so full of hatred, venom and zenophobia. A lot of the comments on this website follow the same rhetoric as that of Bandera and his type. Even their words are the same, although they are somewhat beyond the pale historically.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 6:28 p.m.    

It is not understood why there is such hatred, venom, zenophobia directed against Ukrainians in these comments.

The Ukrainian were &quot;untermenschen&quot; and exterminated in the millions (including Bandera and his followers),

by the German Nazi.

For idiots to claim that Ukrainians like Bandera and his followers are Nazis is absurd beyond the pale historically.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 8:51 p.m.    

If you go and name and interpret another individual academic's work at length without his permission for such a slanted comment piece as you have done, you should at least be brave enough to tell us your name you spineless scum.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 11:34 p.m.    

The truth hurts, you vermin Nazi collaborator off-spring!

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 11:37 p.m.    

It is not understood why there is such hatred, venom, zenophobia directed against Ukrainians in these comments.

The Ukrainian were &quot;untermenschen&quot; and exterminated in the millions (including Bandera and his followers),

by the German Nazi.

For idiots to claim that Ukrainians like Bandera and his followers are Nazis is absurd beyond the pale historically.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 5:43 a.m.    

LES - &quot;POCHALOSYA&quot;

&quot;POCHALOSYA&quot; is the Ukrainian word for &quot;it is starting again [?] *!* &quot;

The Moskali have been rewriting Wikipedia for the last few years. On this article, there are several copy/paste comments by kremlinoids, from Wikipedia - which were &quot;edited&quot; by the KGB disinformation section. Most entries about Muscovy, The Russian Empire, and the USSR - read like a fairy tale.

There have been many Anti-Ukrainian entries/articles fabricated on Wikipedia . The entries have Anti-Ukrainian disinformation with links to nonexistent websites {bringing the art of plagiarism to a new evil level}. Other links that &quot;quote&quot; famous authors - are just fabricated sentences from a 10-30 page &quot;research paper&quot; that most people would not bother to read. This is the epitome of insane barbaric behavior.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 5:56 a.m.    

It's all a conspiracy! Kremlin hires people to spread disinformation about the demented diaspora!!

Elvis lives!! Man DID NOT land on the moon!!!!!!

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 9:13 a.m.    

Look salo brain, you are up to your ears in ideological dogma and perpetual denial of the truth. Your paranoid demented mind stops you from accepting the reality, so you keep on acting like a little Stalin. Your diatribes are menoposal, your ideas are out of date, your logic is non-existent, no wonder with you the penny never drops.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 4:58 p.m.    

Funny how its the kremlin's hired thugs like PoR who closed the SBU archives. Why? because they vindicate the views that the diaspora has been stating plainly for years... sorry looser, the era where you can simply deny history and substitute your own fantasies is soon ending. Maybe you'd be happier in North Korea. hee, hee!

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 7:48 a.m.    

The archives are closed because the commies are back in power.

The archives showed that 85% of the &quot;red army&quot; that occupied and enslaved Ukraine in the 1920's was Russian (not including Tatars, Chechen, etc- in the 85%).

Also, there were over 200 uprisings, especially in Eastern Ukraine, where the Ukrainian villagers killed or chased the Russian commies out - before the HOLODOMOR. When the &quot;red army&quot; came to stop the uprisings/rebellions MANY UKRAINIAN villagers were slaughtered, including unarmed UKRAINIAN villagers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMx1YSFLRpA&amp;feature=youtube_gdata_player

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 3:34 p.m.    

Posts such as 14:39 should be deleted as extremist falseification of history and provocation.

False Ukrainian history and propoganda of Ukraine's occupiers, oppressors and mass murderers of Ukrainians is insulting to Ukrainians just as Holocaust denial is insulting to Jews.

Any free and comprehensive Ukrainian media would not allow such distorted anti-Ukrainian posts to remain.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 3:39 p.m.    

Particularly when their contemptable insulting anti-Ukrainian comments have nothing to do with the article!

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 4:05 p.m.    

What a bunch of Canadian-centric crap!

The population of Ukraine is 4 times that of Canada. And, this self-proclaimed political expert tells us about the best and worst. Keep it to yourself.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 5:28 p.m.    

If you want some entertainment for a slow night, go down to wank-fest bars like &quot;Barraban&quot; and have a laugh at the Canadian diaspora who have been in Kiev for a few days and realised that nobody speaks Ukrainian. They're fed all of this village horse shit by their grandparents who emigrated during the war, and it devastates them when they realise it's all a lie. The long faces are hilarious.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 7:23 p.m.    

Kievans do generally understand and speak Ukranian with varying degree of fluency, but the point holds true - if you wanted to speak Ukranian to someone in the streat of Kiev, they would probably look at you like at a village idiot.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 3:24 a.m.    

They speak to you in Russian to humor you. If you knew Ukrainian, then they would smile and speak in Ukrainian. :)

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 3:31 a.m.    

See what I mean? They're totally delusional. That's why it hits them so hard when they arrive and realise the cold hard reality. :)

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 4:23 a.m.    

Now I see that the Kremlin {AKA : Muscovy} is in a panic mode; and, assigned kremlinoids 24/7.

PS I have been to Kyiv several times, for several months, and have spoken to hundred's of people that live in Kyiv. There were only three (3) instances where the person did not know how to speak Ukrainian, and two of them spoke &quot;broken Ukrainian&quot;.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 5:21 a.m.    

That's all and well for someone who speaks Ukrainian first. However, if you let *other* people speak first, they speak Russian. They also write in Russian, read news in Russia, do business in Russian, etc.

The smiles and giggles are not due to someone being happy to speak Ukrainian. They're amused by the fact that you're speaking the village language in the city.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 5:56 a.m.    

Thank you for showing your insanely delusional Russian chauvinism/nationalism. :) HE HE :)

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 5:59 a.m.    

Ukrainians are intelligent enough to speak Ukrainian in Ukraine - Moskali are not. :) HE HE :)

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 7:11 a.m.    

Yes, how intelligent it would be to speak Ukrainian in Lugansk, where most people barely understand it at best.

LES - you are a bigot and we all know you and your kind are what makes up the demented diaspora.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 7:56 a.m.    

Ukraine cencus 2001 Ukrainian language :

Lugansk 30% speak Ukrainian.

What % speak Surzhyk ?

Surzhyk (Ukrainian: суржик) refers to a range of russified sociolects of Ukrainian used in certain regions of Ukraine and adjacent lands.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 8:55 a.m.    

Lesya, ti sho spesivsi? You are SO out of your depth on this one it's pathetic. You hide behind some statistics pulled out of your tundra-frozen ass and live in utter denial. YOU are the village idiot!

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 4:06 p.m.    

Ukraine cencus 2001 :

Lugansk 39% are Russian.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 6:04 a.m.    

Thank you for showing your demented diaspora views that Ukraine is a nation state only for Ukrainian speakers. The fact is that most people in cities other than L'vov speak RUSSIAN first.

But that's too difficult for the demented diaspora to understand. They can't believe that things have changed since their grandparents emigrated in the early 1900s.

HE HE :)

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 7:10 a.m.    

If you had the intelligence to understand English, and read my comments, you will see that I never made a derogatory comment about Russian speaking UKRAINIANS. The problem is with that the PAGAN Moskali that are still trying to Russify Ukrainians in Ukraine - to this very day.

PS Many Russian speaking Ukrainians think that they are Russian. When the NKVD/KGB murdered their parents, there were millions (1,000,000's) of orphans.

In the 1930's, the insanely delusional uncivilized pagan barbarians in the Kremlin ordered that all orphans over the age of 11 - to be killed. The younger children were brainwashed and Russified.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZdHxAq2eXs&amp;feature=related&amp;skipcontrinter=1

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PS Why do you hate &quot;Russian&quot; children so much that you will not tell them the truth?

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 6:09 p.m.    

LOL!

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 6:07 p.m.    

best and truest comment so far

Respect, Sir.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 3:54 p.m.    

The pepole that started the Orange revolution were Kyivans.

Orange-clad demonstrators gather in the Independence Square in Kiev on 22 November 2004. On some days, the number of protesters in the center of Kiev reached hundreds of thousands (one million by some estimates).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ukraine_elections_massprotest_20041122.jpg

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 4:48 p.m.    

Bandera was a Ukrainian politician and one of the leaders of Ukrainian national movement in Western Ukraine (Galicia), who headed the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN). The son of a clerical family, Bandera was an activist, a scout, and eventually the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement. He was personally responsible for a series of terrorist acts against Polish and Ukrainian civilian committed in interwar Poland.

During his political career, the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalist (OUN) split into two factions: the OUN-M and the OUN-B. Stepan Bandera was responsible for the proclamation of an Independent Ukrainian State in Lviv on 30 June 1941.

Soviet authorities authorised the KGB to assassinate him which took place in Munich, West Germany, on 15 October 1959.

Bandera is a controversial figure in contemporary Ukraine due to his cooperation with Nazi Germany in 1939-1941. In September 1941 Bandera was imprisoned by the Nazis; in September 1944 he was released. On 22 January 2010, the outgoing President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko awarded to Bandera the title of Hero of Ukraine (posthumously). The award received strong international condemnation, and was declared illegal by a Ukrainian court in April 2010. In January 2011, under President Viktor Yanukovych, the award was officially annulled.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 4:57 p.m.    

In May 1941 at a meeting in Krakow the leadership of Bandera's OUN faction adopted the program &quot;Struggle and action for OUN during the war&quot; (&quot;Боротьба й діяльність ОУН під час війни») which outlined the plans for activities at the onset of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union and the western territories of the Ukrainian SSR. Section G of that document –&quot;Directives for first days of the organization of the living state&quot; (&quot;Вказівки на перші дні організації державного життя») outline activity of the Bandera followers during summer 1941 In the subsection of &quot;Minority Policy&quot; the OUN-B ordered: &quot;Moskali, Poles, Jews are hostile to us must be exterminated in this struggle, especially those who would resist our regime: deport them to their own lands, importantly: destroy their intelligentsia&quot;... ... &quot;so-called Polish peasants must be assimilated&quot;... &quot;Destroy their leaders.&quot; In late 1942, some Ukrainian nationalist groups were involved in a campaign of ethnic cleansing of Volhynia, and in early 1944, these campaigns began to include Eastern Galicia. It is estimated that over 40,000 Poles killed during spring and summer of 1943 campaign in Volhynia by certain Ukrainian groups including the OUN-Bandera which bears primary responsibility for the massacres.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 5:15 p.m.    

Beginning in 1943, the UPA adopted a policy of massacring and expelling the Polish population of Volhynia and Eastern Galicia. The ethnic cleansing operation against the ethnic Polish population began on a large scale in March of that year and lasted until the end of 1944. In Volhynia deadly acts of aggression, including the mass murder of Poles, occurred throughout 1943 before spreading to eastern Galicia in early 1944. In June 1943, Dmytro Klyachkivsky head-commander of UPA-North made a general decision to exterminate all male Poles living in Volhynia. July 11, 1943, was one of the bloodiest days of the massacres, with many reports of UPA units marching from village to village, killing Polish civilians. UPA units surrounded and attacked 99 of Polish villages and settlements in three counties – Kowel, Horochow, and W&amp;#322;odzimierz Wo&amp;#322;y&amp;#324;ski.

In August 1943, during the III OUN Convention, Roman Shukhevych accepted the &quot;Volhynia stategy,&quot; an operation which was aimed at Poles and was to be conducted by Dmytro Klyachkivsky.

The methods used by the Ukrainian nationalists in both Galicia and Volyn consisted of killing all Poles in the villages, then pillaging the villages and burning them to the ground. Victims, regardless of age or gender, were routinely tortured to death.

In late 1943 and early 1944, after most Poles of Volhynia had either been murdered or had fled, the genocide moved to the neighboring province of Galicia. In March 1944, the main Command of the UPA ordered the ethnic cleansing of all Poles from Galicia. Unlike Volhynia, where Polish villages were destroyed and their inhabitants murdered without warning, Poles in eastern Galicia were sometimes given the choice of fleeing or being killed. By the end of summer 1944, mass acts of terror aimed at Poles were taking place in Eastern Galicia to force them to resettle on the western bank of the San river. A popular slogan during the period was &quot;Poles beyond the San&quot;. Ukrainian peasants sometime joined the UPA in the violence, and large bands of armed marauders, unaffiliated with the UPA, brutalized civilians. Because of this, the total number of Poles murdered specifically by UPA is unknown. Estimates of the Polish deaths in Volhynia are over 50,000. The number of UPA victims in Volhynia, Galicia and current Poland combined ranges from 80,000 to 100,000.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 5:50 p.m.    

These inflated numbers are made up with no documentation, and without appropriate detailed historical context are meaningless , and part of smear campaign against Ukrainians who desire an independent ukraine, free from tyranny.

OUN never represented the Ukrainian people as a whole or official government policy.

To add some context during this time, well over 10 MILLION Ukrainian victims were exterminated or murdered or executed during and up to time of World War 2 at the hands of Nazi Germans, Soviet Union Stalin's Russian/Jewish collaborators and by Polish government/partisans.

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 6:11 a.m.    

&quot;In 1940 in Ukraine lived 41.3 million people. In 1945 - 27.4 million people.&quot;

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 5:25 p.m.    

Bandera was Nazi scum who fought against his fellow citizens.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 10:31 p.m.    

Dear Guest from the Kremlin,

Kremlinoids always use the term &quot;Nazi&quot; for non-Russians because they are still trying to bamboozle the world into thinking that Moscow did not start WWII in cohorts with Hitler and the Nazis.

Kremlinoids refrain from mentioning that Moscow bombed the civilian women and children in Helsinki - without a declaration of war - in 1939, because those facts are not included in the homo-sovieticus Soviet Encyclopedia.

Homo-sovieticus decided to use the term &quot;Great patriotic war&quot; (6/22/41 - 5/9/45) rather than WWII (3/15/39 - 8/15/45) even though WWII continued for most Eastern European (and Germany) countries until the 1980's or 1990's, because of the systemic occupation and enslavement by Moscow and the Kremlin's KGB.

Unfortunately, for Georgia, the ungrateful barbarians in the Kremlin decided to invade An Eastern European country in 2008 {Georgian territory}, AGAIN!

Georgia lost about 50% of their male population helping to save the USSR.

{Actually, the USSR was just a huge Potemkin village put on the map of our planet - in reality it was just a continuation of Muscovy}

After what Moscow did to Georgia in 2008 - in &quot;gratitude&quot; for saving Moscow, the Georgian &quot;Red Army&quot; veterans must be rolling over in their graves.

Sincerely,

LES

PS If anyone honestly believes that Georgians, Ukrainians, Latvians, or Estonians [etc] were Socialist and wanted to be in &quot;union&quot; with the Moskali, then they would be plainly insanely delusional.

Read more:

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/opinion/op_ed/detail/118368/#ixzz1hxOk4OCL

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 11:31 p.m.    

Nazi TRAITOR!

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 11:32 p.m.    

Oh, yes, and the expression is &quot;in cahoots&quot;, not &quot;in cohorts&quot;.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 2:14 a.m.    

Nice to know that Moscow is sending their kremlinoids to American schools. What will the KGB say when they find out that you have not learned how to use a dictionary yet? :) HE HE :)

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 11:45 p.m.    

Dear LES from the demented diaspora,

Your post doesn't even come close to addressing the fact that Bandera was a Nazi collaborator.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 8:45 p.m.    

Re-open the FSB archives and find out!

or are you sovoks afraid

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 6:14 a.m.    

The reason why Moskali hate Bandera:

ORIGINAL RECORDING OF SPEACH BY STEPAN BANDERA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E23fpnYajU

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 7:51 p.m.    

Komunist mass murderers are NOT fellow citizens! Get some psychiatric therapy you old Soviet relic.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 11:02 p.m.    

Gets some hard facts rather than old wives tales passed down from your demented diaspora grandparents!

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Anonymous Jan. 1, 2012, 3:19 a.m.    

I guess sovok katsaps like you are too afraid of the truth.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 6:05 p.m.    

Bandera was an ordinary criminal who misused the political situation of the time for his crimes

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 7:52 p.m.    

and you are an ordinary idiot who can't resist exposing himself

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 8:43 p.m.    

Lets re-open the FSB archives and find out!

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 11:01 p.m.    

Yes, let's do that.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 7:21 p.m.    

I don't like it your best and worst Mrs Oksana Bashuk Hepburn, simply because you're biased (to right wing), you could be a good speaker of the USA foreigner office. this lst should be done by somebody ''very neutral'' if possible....

Thank you.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 7:23 p.m.    

The Best and Worst list is true.

Too bad for you if the truth hurts.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 7:42 p.m.    

Especially when the truth is one-sided and turns out to be a pack of lies.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 7:42 p.m.    

and full of ideological dogma...

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 7:58 p.m.    

It is clear that the Worst #10 - Signatories of the International Scholars Open Letter are weighing in heavily throughout the comments with more continuing hateful lies and anti-ukrainian defamation which is their raison d'etre par excellence.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 11:30 p.m.    

and now write it in Ukrainian. Let's see the colour of your blood, or are you just full of shit?

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 11:03 p.m.    

The colour of diaspora Ukrainian blood is brown, because they're full of shit.

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 6 a.m.    

&quot;Try to know yourself, your own wickedness. Think on the greatness of God and your wretchedness.&quot;.

PS The Russian Empire {AKA: Muscovy} still exists today, and is trying to expand - and consume and enslave its neighbors.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/119507/50/page/1/#comments#ixzz1i562nSB2

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 6:13 a.m.    

That's great, LES, a.k.a. Grand Dementoid of the Ukrainian Diaspora.

What does your post have to do with the fact that Canadian Ukrainians are full of shit?

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 8:25 p.m.    

Google her. It's interesting. How's Ottowa, Miss Hepburn?

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 9:48 p.m.    

The worst is failure to build railroad to USA from Kyiv by crossing the Bering strait,i am talking bullet train just imagine the scenic views.The best is femen the gift that doesn't stop giving.

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Anonymous Dec. 29, 2011, 10:13 p.m.    

I think they should start by building a railroad from New York to London via Singapore. Imagine the scenic views!

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 8:51 a.m.    

Fellow citizens, please help me !!!

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 2:04 p.m.    

Citizens of which country? Canada?

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 5:25 p.m.    

Yanukovych is the worst president in Ukrainian history. He is a traitor who sold out Ukraine to its greatest enemy, Russia. Yanukovych and the Party of Regions members must be tried for treason.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 9:36 p.m.    

Mrs Hepburn i loved your movies like 'unforgiven' with Burt Lancaster.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 10:21 p.m.    

What I do not understand about some Ukrainians is their belief that to speak their native language (Ukrainian) is somehow second best, and that they should speak the language of another nation. Have you no pride?

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 10:53 p.m.    

Ukraine isn't a nation state. That's what the demented diaspora never wants to understand. Just like Belgium, Canada, and many other countries, Ukraine has more than one major linguistic group. City dwellers tend to speak Russian, while villagers tend to speak Ukrainian. Something similar can be seen in Scotland.

Only an imbecile or a member of the demented diaspora would argue that everyone in Ukraine should speak Ukrainian simply because the two words share a common root. Anyone who understands history knows that Russian is preferred by half of the population.

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 5:41 a.m.    

Russian is an adulterated form of Ukrainian. Ukrainians tried to teach Moskali Slavic, but the Moskali created a despicable language and are still trying to force their neighbors to speak it. The Ugro-Finnic Moskali are still too ignorant to learn Ukrainian.

There were no schools in Moscow until UKRAINIANS opened one.

Lavrenty Zyzany brought the manuscript of his Catechism to Moscow in 1626 and Kyrylo Tranquilion Stavrovetsky the manuscript of his Instructive Gospel in 1627, and Metropolitan Petro Mohyla sent Ihnaty Starushych in 1640 to propose founding Moscow’s first school by the efforts of the Ukrainian clergy.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/politics/detail/118802/50/page/1/#comment-156586#ixzz1i4uP0KrY

PS Why do you hate Russian children so much that you will not tell them the truth?

Slavic lands c. 500-550 AD

{Please note that the Slavic language moved North-Northeast}

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Origins_500A.png

Slavic peoples in 6th century

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d3/Slavic_peoples_6th_century_historical_map.jpg

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 6:09 a.m.    

You're a demented soul, LES. Are you out of your mind? What kind of imbecile would even attempt to describe Russian as a Finno-Ugric language?

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 9:09 a.m.    

Based on your ad hominem comment, and your lack of English comprehension, you must be a Moskal.

PS I stated, &quot;The Ugro-Finnic Moskali&quot;.

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 7:30 p.m.    

&quot;Russian is preferred by half of the population&quot;

What a myth !

&quot;Anyone who understands history&quot; understands Ukrainians have been forcibly Russified and executed in the millions by the Russian regimes over centuries to wipe out Ukrainian language, people, and culture, which they have failed to do to this point.

Ukraine is a nation state where the vast majority over 85% of people are Ukrainian and speak Ukrainian.

There are minorities who live in Ukraine who should respect the official language and culture and speak it (just like any other civilized european country( dictatorships like Russia excluded))- particularly the imbecile demented Yanukovych/commie russia mafia goon regime dictatorship running the country currently.

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Anonymous Jan. 1, 2012, 1:48 p.m.    

Ukrainian language in Ukraine is part of history, just like Scottish Gaelic and Celtic in Ireland. Yes, those people were once repressed, but now they've largely adopted English language and most of its culture.

85% of people CAN speak Ukrainian in some form, but very few do in major cities. Ukrainian is the majority language in just 1 of the 10 largest cities. It's obvious that Ukrainian has no place when the majority of the media and nearly all significant business is conducted in Russian.

The diaspora in Canada can never understand these facts, as their worldview is tainted by the old wives tales that their grandparents have been muttering since the war. They are from a bygone era, old fashioned, and irrelevant to modern Ukraine.

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Anonymous Jan. 1, 2012, 6:19 p.m.    

The people of Ukraine's nation state are 85% Ukrainian and speak Ukrainian- this is not part of history,rather vibrant nation which is being rebuilt.

Comparing the Celtic language to the 45 million Ukrainians who are forcibly Russified and exterminated in the tens of millions against their will for centuries and even now is ludicrous.

Ireland and Scotland now have rule of law and democracy , which Ukraine with its corruption is nowhere near.

Ukraine's Yanukonvict mafia regime which is controlled by Russian , Jewish, and other anti-Ukrainian thugs is the problem as they are the 1% ruling dictator minority.

They steal all the money and control all the business and media as well currently, which is why it is regrettably forced on Ukrainians in Russian language, and there is even a 24 hour Jewish news channel funded in Ukraine by these same donetsk oligarch crooks( seems really odd when there is no such channel even in Israel and these same yanukovych regime crooks do not even fund a Ukrainian 24 news channel)

Your comments clearly does not represent the democratic free will of the modern Ukrainian people, particularly the young people, which want freedom and Ukrainian language and culture and democracy in all their media and business, and have this right in their own country of Ukraine.

This comment made by Ukrainian citizen and not made by Canada diaspora.

Take your stupid irrelevant comments about Canada diaspora and mutter them to fellow comrade Putin and Stalin and Kaganovych who would be thrilled.

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Anonymous Jan. 1, 2012, 9:27 p.m.    

Well spoken sir.

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Anonymous Jan. 1, 2012, 10:25 p.m.    

I guess they must speak Ukrainian in your village, because that's the only place someone would come up with such trollop like what you write.

The simple fact is that Russian is the preferred language of the majority in 9 of the 10 largest cities in Ukraine. 85% of people in Ukraine speak Russia, because it's a multi-lingual country. So there is no point in quoting that useless figure. The only important one is the PREFERRED language in the cities. Villagers can drivel on all they like in Ukrainian, German, or whatever language they prefer. The important people speak RUSSIAN.

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Anonymous Jan. 2, 2012, 5:22 a.m.    

Go put up more statues to IMPORTANT Russian speakers like Stalin.

Include a statue for Kaganovych.

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Anonymous Jan. 1, 2012, 10:31 p.m.    

QUOTE: &quot;Comparing the Celtic language to the 45 million Ukrainians who are forcibly Russified and exterminated in the tens of millions against their will for centuries and even now is ludicrous.&quot;

You are obviously either a moron or have absolutely no comprehension of Scottish or Irish history at all.

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Anonymous Jan. 2, 2012, 5:08 a.m.    

The IMPORTANT people in the business world speak English, not Russian.

The IMPORTANT 1% ruling Ukraine mafia oligarch dictators drivel on in Russian and Jewish and whatever other anti-Ukrainian language they learn, instead of speaking Ukrainian.

You trollop is pathetic.

Too bad the entire nation state of Ukraine suffers for centuries from your type of misinformation and inferiority complex propaganda.

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Anonymous Jan. 2, 2012, 5:10 a.m.    

You obviously choose to distort Ukrainian history.

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Anonymous Jan. 7, 2012, 6:41 a.m.    

I was amazed when I found out that during Yaroslav Mudry’s rule there was a girls’ school in Kyiv!

Later, during the Middle Ages the Syrian monk Paul Allepo wrote after visiting our country that in Ukraine even children and elderly people can write whereas in Europe it was the privilege of priests only.

The first books were printed here in the 15th century. The first tram in the Russian Empire was launched in Kyiv in 1892! The first illuminated street in the Russian Empire was Khreshchatyk! Who knows about this in Europe?

http://www.day.kiev.ua/215211

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 4:10 p.m.    

2012 will see good things for Ukraine-the gas issue will be resolved by march 1.The kerch strait border will be decided on.Ukraine will join customs union by years end as well as csto thereby improving both the economy and security of Ukraine.EU will ratify the association agreement.EURO2012 will be a success showing the world what a modern nation is Ukraine and october election will show democracy is alive and well in Ukraine.

Happy New Years.

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 4:48 p.m.    

5 YEAR plan is working good comrade Putin.

Sincerely Yours,

The Party of Regions Stalinukovych Office of Propaganda

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AL BALA Jan. 25, 2012, 3:15 a.m.    

Azarov gives Moscow {AKA : Muscovy} Ukraine's cultural heritage for free (while Ukraine is paying more for gas - the highest price in the world...) - meanwhile, Yanukovych is too ignorant to realize/understand/care that Yanukovych will be remembered in history as the Benedict Arnold {AKA : Judas} of Ukraine?

Did Yanukovych not learn anything when he gave the BSF to Moscow for free? Today, non-Ukrainian flags fly on the lighthouses on the coast of Ukraine!

Is this the legacy that Yanykovych wants to leave his children?

Is this the legacy that the other Judases in the Verchovna Rada want to leave their children?

Today 1:00

As reported, on the eve of the Epiphany deputies of the Verkhovna Rada registered a draft law № 9690 &quot;On the return of the cultural heritage of religious organizations,&quot; according to which the Cabinet is in charge of the 3-month period to address issues regarding the transmission facilities located in the area Kremenets, Holy Epiphany Convent of Ternopil diocese and Pochayiv Holy Assumption Laura of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), and facilities located in Kiev - the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (Monastery), UOC (MP), without the right of alienation and change of purpose referred to objects.

http://www.interfax.com.ua/rus/main/92490/

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AL BALA Feb. 15, 2012, 9:34 a.m.    

“Paradoxically, this Fatherland destroyed his father, my grandfather, who was purged in 1933, on charges of anti-Soviet activities, namely for spreading ‘rumors’ about the Holodomor in Chernihiv oblast. He received 10 years in camps and vanished without a trace together with my grandmother. My father was 12 at the time. He was raised by other people. He kept this secret all his life, never said a word about it. I found the documents in the Chernihiv archives, after his death.

http://www.day.kiev.ua/296328

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