Ukrainians Before and After Euromaidan

Andriy Buniak
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Faculty of Computer Sciences
Master Program in
Information Control Systems and Technologies (1st year)
from Volodymyr-Volynsky town, Volyn’ region

One of the most significant achievements the Euromaidan resulted in was the dramatic change, the evolution of the Ukrainians as a nation. Considering the national spirit’s strength, the feeling of unity and the struggle of democratic changes, the Ukrainians have become one nation in the terms of a few months.

Firstly, the spirit of the Ukrainians have evolved significantly. After the Orange revolution, which definitely brought nothing but disappointment to the major part of its participants, the morale of the nation was heavily damaged. Ukrainians felt cheated and frustrated that resulted in many years of apathy and despair considering political activity. Even the first steps of Euromaidan were met with a bit of skepticism due to the comparisons with the past failures. Nevertheless, long tough months of revolution 2014 have changed the minds even of the strongest critics. The dedication and courage shown on the Independence Square inspired the increase of patriotism throughout the whole country. Today despite all the tough circumstances the victory was get in, the Ukrainians feel optimistic and confident as they have no moral right to fail with their political choice again. Read more

Lecture: “The Battle for Ukraine, 2013-2014”

Bohdan Nahaylo lectures on “The Battle for Ukraine, 2013-2014”

Bohdan Nahalylo, a Ukraine specialist who had formerly worked with Amnesty International, Radio Liberty, and the United Nations, delivered the 2014 Wolodymyr Dylynsky Memorial Lecture on April 4 at St. Vladimir Institute in Toronto. His topic was “The Battle for Ukraine, 2013–2014.”

The lecture provided a solid synopsis of recent events in Ukraine while adding a historical context and the speaker’s personal observations. The event was sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (through the Wolodymyr Dylynsky Memorial Fund) and St. Vladimir Institute.

The Four Maidans: Introductory comments

For sociologists, space is both a physical and a social construction. That is, space has both material and symbolic dimensions. For this reason, particular spaces can come to embody, express or carry within them shared meanings and identities. There is no better example of this phenomenon than the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) which has undergone massive transformation – both physical and symbolic – over the past 5 months. Read more

Volodymyr Kravchenko on Ukraine after Yanukovych

Ukraine after Yanukovych through a Historian’s Eyes

Volodymyr Kravchenko, Director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS)
Volodymyr Kravchenko
Director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and Professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

On the one hand, a professional historian finds it more difficult than a political scientist or a sociologist to define what is now happening in Ukraine, since his conceptual apparatus is different from theirs. On the other hand, the current Ukrainian phenomenon, which has aroused alarm and hope throughout the world, cannot be understood without some grasp of history. Read more