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2017

Senator Rob Portman meets with Eastern European ethnic leaders

United States Senator Rob Portman has become a leading expert on the situation in Ukraine, the Baltics, Eastern Europe and Russia. He met with a few dozen leaders of Cleveland's Eastern European ethnic communities at Café 55 on East 55th to discuss US policy and answer their questions about Crimea, Ukraine, Russia, NATO, the Baltics and so on.

Thanks to Andrew J. Futey, President, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, for setting this up.

Judge Perk

Judge Ralph Perk Jr., Irene Morrow, Senator Rob Portman,
Andrew Futey and Marta Liscynesky Kelleher

Ethnic leaders with Senator Rob Portman

Ethnic leaders with Senator Rob Portman


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2016

Senator Portman Receives Ukrainian Community’s Highest Honor

On Wednesday October 19, 2016 U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) received the Shevchenko Freedom Award, the highest accolade awarded by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the nation’s largest representation of Ukrainians in America.

The award, named after Ukraine's poet-laureate and national hero Taras Shevchenko, is awarded to individuals who have displayed a remarkable understanding and given substantial assistance to the Ukrainian American community and the Ukrainian people. Portman, a co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, has long been a leading voice in the United States’ efforts to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity and has pursued steadfast relations with Ukraine in recognition of its vital importance to Trans-Atlantic peace and security while persistently advocating for the United States to play a more active role in helping Ukraine stave off Russian aggression.

He released the following statement:

“I am honored to receive the Ukrainian community’s highest honor from the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America for my work to support Ukraine, the Ukrainian people and friends of Ukraine across the globe. I am proud of my long-established record of support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian-American community, as well as for the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. I have twice visited Ukraine, met with Ukraine President Poroshenko and other senior Ukrainian officials, and remain engaged with ongoing political, economic, and military developments. But more work remains. Twenty-five years after Ukraine gained their independence from the Soviet Union, a familiar foe is once again challenging Ukrainian sovereignty.

The United States must do more to give the Ukrainian people the tools they need to defend themselves, and I will continue to urge the Obama administration to provide these pivotal measures. I look forward to continuing to work with the Ukrainian-American community in support of Ukraine.”

Senator Rob Portman honored by Ukrainians

Senator Rob Portman honored by
Ukrainian Congress Committee of America





Ukrainian Cultural Garden at One World Day 2016

The Ukrainian Cultural Garden and Ukrainian community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.

Ukraine in Parade of Flags

Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Parade of Flags

Ukraine in Parade of Flags

Ukraine in Parade of Flags

Ukraine in Parade of Flags


Throughout the day members of the Ukrainian community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Ukrainian Cultural Garden and shared Ukrainian culture.

Ukrainian Cultural Garden at One World Day 2016

Ukrainian Cultural Garden at One World Day 2016

Ukrainian Cultural Garden at One World Day 2016

Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day

Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day

Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day


More from 2016 One World Day in Cleveland Cultural Gardens


Living Traditions Folk Ensemble performed dances from Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine at the 71st One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on August 28, 2016.

Living Traditions Folk Ensemble

Living Traditions Folk Ensemble


See photos and videos of Living Traditions Folk Ensemble at One World Day


Dance from Ukraine at One World Day 2016

Living Traditions Folk Ensemble performed dances from Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine at the 71st One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on August 28, 2016.

Living Traditions Folk Ensemble

Living Traditions Folk Ensemble


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Putin get out of Ukraine

During the Parade of Flags at the 71st annual One World Day in the Centennial Year of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on MLK Blvd. members of the Ukrainian Cultural Garden chanted "Putin, get out of Ukraine" as they marched.



See more from One World Day 2016


U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Group visits Ukrainian Museum

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington sent four of its researchers and scholars to Cleveland on May 19-20, 2016 to see the WW II and post-war Displaced Persons Camp collections at the Ukrainian Museum-Archives. The Holocaust Museum will be signing an agreement with Ukrainian archival institutions.

Henry Mayer from the US Holocaust Museum presnets book to Andy  Fedynsky

Henry Mayer from the US Holocaust Museum
presents a book to UMA's Andy Fedynsky


Photos and Videos from the Ukrainian Museum Archives event


2015

Traditional Ukrainian Outfit

A highlight of the 6th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) was the multicultural fashion show.

Fashion of Ukraine

Fashion of Ukraine

Videos and photos of the International Fashion Show


Senator Portman Meets with Cleveland Eastern European Communities

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) traveled to Ukraine to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, as well as other government officials. Portman has repeatedly called for increased U.S. military assistance to Ukraine as they continue to face Russian aggression.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US Senator Rob Portman

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US Senator Rob Portman

On Friday, April 17, 2015 Senator Portman, co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, met with members of Eastern European communities in Cleveland to discuss his recent visit to Ukraine and Latvia.

More from Senator Portman's meeting at the Ukrainian Museum & Archives


Sprinkling Days after Easter

The week following PASCHA (Easter) is called "Bright Week" in the Eastern (Orthodox) Christian Church. During Bright Week there are many different ways to enjoy this "Feast of Feasts" - including the "Sprinkling Days"!

On Monday within some of the various nationalities who are Orthodox, the boys seek out the girls of their parishes to "sprinkle" them - usually with scented water - and on Tuesdays, the girls seek out the boys to do the same "sprinkling"

On this Tuesday Ukrainian Dozia Krislaty and Rusyn Laurel Tombazzi sprinkled Ken Kovach. Then Vietnamese Gia Hoa Ryan sprinkled him as well




2014

Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble at Kurentovanje

The crowd was very glad to see the Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble at the Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade on March 1, 2014. Especially in these troubled times.

Kashtan Ukrianian Dance Ensemble

Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble


Highlights from the Kurentovanje Parade


"We need to take sides. We need to be with the Ukrainian people."
Senator Rob Portman

The 53rd annual Captive Nations Dinner of the American Nationalities Movement was held in Wal-Tam's Grand Ballroom in Garfield Heights on July 17, 2014. Over 250 people attended the event to see the Freedom Awards be presented and a keynote address by US Senator Rob Portman.

Senator Portman has emerged as one of Ukraine's most vocal champions in Washington and has sponsored a Senate resolution backing Ukraine in its fight against pro-Russian militants and supported the president's calls for stiffer sanctions.

"He's been wonderful for us. He's been making our argument in Washington," said Marta Liscynesky-Kelleher, president of the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio.

Portman said the U.S. should back up sanctions with military hardware, including anti-tank weapons. "We need to give them (Ukrainians) the opportunity to defend themselves," he said.

Judge Rocky Perk and Senator Rob Portman

Judge Rocky Perk and Senator Rob Portman


Photos/Video of the Captive Nation event with Senator Rob Portman


Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble at Kurentovanje

The crowd was very glad to see the Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble at the Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade on March 1, 2014. Especially in these troubled times.

Kashtan Ukrianian Dance Ensemble

Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble


Kashtan Ukrianian Dance Ensemble


Highlights from the Kurentovanje Parade


2013

Irene Zawadiwsky from Ariel International played the Ukrainian bandura at the 4th annual Worldwide Intercultural Network (WIN) holiday celebration of global diversity at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland Ohio.

Irene Zawadiwsky from Ariel International played the Ukrainian bandura



See other performances and more from the WIN celebration


Ukrainian Display and Dance at Culture Shock

Tri-C West in Parma April 18, 2013

The Cleveland Ukrainian community was represented at the 2013 Culture Shock event which was put on by Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) West and the Parma City School District. Besides a table display, there was a dance performance.

Ukrainian students dancing

More from the Ukrainians at Culture Shock


2012

Harmonia
Opening of Ames Family Atrium in Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012

The band Harmonia played at the grand opening of the Ames Family Atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday October 28, 2012.

The Band Harmonia at Cleveland Art Museum opening

Harmonia at Cleveland Art Museum Ames Atrium opening


Ukrainian Village Parade
Parma, OH
August 28, 2012

Ukrainian Parade Marshalls

Ukrainian Village Parade Marshalls



21st anniversary celebration of Ukrainian independence
Parma, OH
August 28, 2012

Mr. Ihor Diaczyn, President of the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio

Mr. Ihor Diaczyn
President of the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio





Ukrainian Entertainment at celebration of Ukrainian independence
Parma, OH
August 28, 2012

Bayda Men's Ukrainian Quartet

Bayda Men's Ukrainian Quartet



The Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble marched in the 2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade

Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble




See more from Kashtan at the Parade
Ukrainian Cultural Garden at One World Day
August 26, 2012
Photos and Video

Ukrainian Cultural Garden

Ukrainian Cultural Garden at One World Day



2011



Tri-C student Andre Savka is from Ukraine and offered a greeting in Ukrainian at the 2nd annual WIN Cleveland Holiday Party celebrating Cleveland's Diversity.


Ukrainian Village Parade
September 24, 2011 - Photos and Videos

Boy with balloons at Ukrainian Village Parade

Ukrainian Village Parade


Ukrainian Heritage Park Dedication
September 24, 2011 - Photos and Videos

Ukrainian Heritage Park sign

Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Ohio State Representative Tim DeGeeter, Ihor Diaczyn and Roman Fedkiw assisted Parma Mayor Dean DePiero in cutting the ribbon to officially open the new Ukrainian Heritage Park in Parma.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Ohio State Representative Tim DeGeeter, Ihor Diaczyn and Roman Fedkiw assisted Parma Mayor Dean DePiero in cutting the ribbon to officially open the new Ukrainian Heritage Park in Parma


The Ukrainian Cultural Garden was the host for the 64th One World Day.

Hundreds enjoyed the beautifully refurbished Garden and the rededication of the statue of Lesya Ukrainka.

Click on the links below to see numerous photos and videos from the special day. Congratulations to Dozia Krislaty, Committee Chair and President of Branch 8 of the Ukrainian National Women's League of America and her team for a wonderful job.

Lesya Ukrainka statue in the Ukrainian Garden

Lesya Ukrainka statue in the Ukrainian Garden


Lesya Ukrainka Statue Rededication
Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Blessing of the Statue
Most Reverend John Bura DD and other Clergy

The Ukrainian Identity by Ihor Diaczun
President of the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio

Ribbon cutting on Lesya Ukrainka statue
Women from the Ukrainian National Women's League of America

Origins of the Statue of Lesya Ukrainka
Ukrainian National Women's League of America President Marianna Zajac

Lesya Ukrainka's significance in Ukrainian literature
Mary Hovanec, Professor of History at Cuyahoga Community College

Lesya Ukrainka poems 'Rondo' and 'Contra Spem Spero'
recited by Christina Skabyk


Ukrainian Garden sign



Kashtan Ukrainian Dancers at One World Day

Kashtan Ukrainian Dancers

Kashtan Ukrainian Dancers at One World Day


Zorya Ukrainian Women's Ensemble at One World Day

Zorya Ukrainian Women's Ensemble at One World Day

Zorya Ukrainian Women's Ensemble at One World Day


Very Rev. Bohdan Zhoba of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church sang a prayer at the Polish Constitution Day event on May 1, 2011.

Very Rev. Bohdan Zhoba of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church sings a prayer




2010

2010 Ukrainian Village Festival at St Vladimir

Tamara Host and Paul Burlij welcome people to the Festival

Tamara Host and Paul Burlij welcome people to the Festival



Ukrainian Veterans

Ukrainian American veterans at the
2010 Polish Constitution Day Parade


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Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Cleveland
Including statues of Lesya Ukrainka, Ivan Franko, Taras H. Shevchenko and Volodymyr the Great aka Saint Vladimir Svyatoslavich



Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio (photo by Dan Hanson)


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Holodomor - Ukrainian Famine

olodomor - Ukrainian Famine memorial at St Vladimir

Ukrainian Famine memorial at St Vladimir


Larysa Petrivna Kosach-Kvitka - Lesya Ukrainka statue in Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio (photo by Dan Hanson)

Lesya Ukrainka statue in Ukrainian Cultural Garden



Ukraine was the center of the first eastern Slavic state, Kyivan Rus, which during the 10th and 11th centuries was the largest and most powerful state in Europe. Weakened by internecine quarrels and Mongol invasions, Kyivan Rus was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and eventually into the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

The cultural and religious legacy of Kyivan Rus laid the foundation for Ukrainian nationalism through subsequent centuries. A new Ukrainian state, the Cossack Hetmanate, was established during the mid-17th century after an uprising against the Poles.

Despite continuous Muscovite pressure, the Hetmanate managed to remain autonomous for well over 100 years. During the latter part of the 18th century, most Ukrainian ethnographic territory was absorbed by the Russian Empire. Following the collapse of czarist Russia in 1917, Ukraine was able to bring about a short-lived period of independence (1917-20), but was reconquered and forced to endure a brutal Soviet rule that engineered two artificial famines (1921-22 and 1932-33) in which over 8 million died.

In World War II, German and Soviet armies were responsible for some 7 to 8 million more deaths. Although final independence for Ukraine was achieved in 1991 with the dissolution of the USSR, democracy remained elusive as the legacy of state control and endemic corruption stalled efforts at economic reform, privatization, and civil liberties.

A peaceful mass protest "Orange Revolution" in the closing months of 2004 forced the authorities to overturn a rigged presidential election and to allow a new internationally monitored vote that swept into power a reformist slate under Viktor Yushchenko. Subsequent internal squabbles in the Yushchenko camp allowed his rival Viktor Yanukovych to stage a comeback in parliamentary elections and become prime minister in August of 2006.

An early legislative election, brought on by a political crisis in the spring of 2007, saw Yuliya Tymoshenko, as head of an "Orange" coalition, installed as a new prime minister in December 2007.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


Map of Ukraine


Ukrainian Orthodox Church Traditions, History and Future

Native costumes from Ukraine from the Ukrainian Museum-Archives

Beautiful Pysanky (Decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs) from Ukraine


Ostrich Egg Pysanka

Ostrich Egg Pysanka


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Taras Szmagala Sr at Ivan Franko statue in The Ukrainian Museum-Archives

Board Chairman Taras Szmagala Sr at Ivan Franko statue
in The Ukrainian Museum-Archives



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