For many Ukrainians, like for Poles and the Balts, the Second World War on their territory was a clash of two equally dreadful predators, the Nazis and Bolsheviks. Which of the two was more oppressive might be an interesting question for academic debates, but it is of little relevance for people who feel today that the Nazi regime is dead and buried, while the Soviet regime, in its Putinist neo-imperial reincarnation, is alive and well and still threatens their shaky stability and sovereignty by various means.
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Recently, the Memorial Society received a visit from representatives of the Security Service of Ukraine and the Kyiv Municipal State Administration, who demonstrated an intense interest in the Society’s activities. After their visits, the Society lost its telephone service for an entire week.
The UWC President also recognized the continuing efforts of the Ukrainian diaspora to assist the disaster victims, primarily by providing for their ongoing medical treatment through the supply of medicines and equipment, and by keeping the international community informed of the situation at Chornobyl. In particular, he highlighted the efforts and resources of such well-known charitable organizations as the Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund in the U.S. and the Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund.
He also acknowledged the positive results of the April 2011 Chornobyl Pledging Conference held in Kyiv, where participating nations and organizations pledged some 550 million Euros for the construction of a long-term shelter to cover the fourth nuclear reactor and a waste storage facility for the plant’s three other decommissioned reactors.
Ukraine inherited from the totalitarian communist regime the grim and lasting legacy of this nuclear catastrophe, whose destructive power transcended all borders. The efforts to deal with the aftermath of Chornobyl and the far‑reaching effects of the disaster exceed the abilities of any one country and call for the cooperation of the entire international community. Therefore, the Ukrainian World Congress calls on the international community to join together to address the consequences of the Chornobyl catastrophe.
“Aspects of Chornobyl” Friday, April 29, 2011
Dr. Chrystyna Durbak – Founder, World Information Transfer, Inc.
Alexa J. Milanytch – Country Director, Children of Chernobyl Relief and Development Fund
Mary Mycio – author of Wormwood Forest
Michael Foster Rothbart – Freelance photographer and Fullbright Fellow
Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund Presents A Commemorative Concert, Photo Essay and Lecture
Marking The Silver Anniversary Of The Worldʼs Worst Nuclear Disaster.