Three months of protests in Kiev and now across western Ukraine and into its Russified east are parts of a renewed struggle for post-Soviet democratic integrity and national sovereignty by a courageous and long-suffering people.
Canada was the first Western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence after 28 million — 92 per cent of eligible voters — voted in their 1991 referendum to declare independence from Russia. Many Canadians have a long and close history with Ukraine.
The Ukrainian sense of nationhood survived centuries of foreign occupation and oppression. In 1918, an independent Ukraine was proclaimed, but it survived only until 1920; two years later, most Ukrainian territory was incorporated into the Soviet Union. The national poet, Taras Shevchenko, termed Ukraine “this land of ours that is not ours.”
Canadians of origin in Ukraine (numbering about 1.2 million) have played an important role in our own history. In the three waves of immigration from what is now Ukraine,Read More »from Uprising in Ukraine: Western nations must heed the cries for help