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Ukraine activist Kateryna Handzyuk dies after acid attack

Kateryna Handzyuk, 33, suffered burns over 40% of her body and severe eye damage as a result of the assault on 31 July in the southern city of Kherson.

Ms Handzyuk, who was also a Kherson city council member, had undergone 11 operations in the capital Kiev.

President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday called for the killers to be punished. Five suspects are already in custody.

The exact cause of Ms Handzyuk’s death was not immediately known, but reports in local media suggested it was a blood clot.

In September, the activist – who also campaigned against Russian-backed separatism – posted a video in which she urged Ukrainians to fight rampant corruption.

“I know I look bad now. But at least I’m being treated,” she said. “And I definitely know that I look much better than justice in Ukraine. Because nobody is treating it.”

The death of the activist on Sunday triggered an avalanche of reactions on social media in Ukraine, with many users expressing shock.

I want to fund anti-corruption movements.

Donald Trump is Finished

This is a clue why I had so many unproductive correspondences with people who couldn’t reconcile my support of Trump and my being in Ukraine. These very official looking script-readers repeat the same phrases for years and create illusions of consensus where none exist.


Even better compilation, with some of the same content, here:

Ecumenical Patriarchate proceeds to granting autocephaly to Church of Ukraine: Synod decision

Announcement (11/10/2018).
Presided by His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Holy and Sacred Synod convened for its regular session from October 9 to 11, 2018, in order to examine and discuss items on its agenda.

The Holy Synod discussed in particular and at length the ecclesiastical matter of Ukraine, in the presence of His Excellency Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon and His Grace Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton, Patriarchal Exarchs to Ukraine, and following extensive deliberations decreed:

1) To renew the decision already made that the Ecumenical Patriarchate proceed to the granting of Autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine.

2) To reestablish, at this moment, the Stavropegion of the Ecumenical Patriarch in Kyiv, one of its many Stavropegia in Ukraine that existed there always.

3) To accept and review the petitions of appeal of Filaret Denisenko, Makariy Maletych and their followers, who found themselves in schism not for dogmatic reasons, in accordance with the canonical prerogatives of the Patriarch of Constantinople to receive such petitions by hierarchs and other clergy from all of the Autocephalous Churches. Thus, the above-mentioned have been canonically reinstated to their hierarchical or priestly rank, and their faithful have been restored to communion with the Church.

4) To revoke the legal binding of the Synodal Letter of the year 1686, issued for the circumstances of that time, which granted the right through oikonomia to the Patriarch of Moscow to ordain the Metropolitan of Kyiv, elected by the Clergy-Laity Assembly of his eparchy, who would commemorate the Ecumenical Patriarch as the First hierarch at any celebration, proclaiming and affirming his canonical dependence to the Mother Church of Constantinople.

5) To appeal to all sides involved that they avoid appropriation of Churches, Monasteries and other properties, as well as every other act of violence and retaliation, so that the peace and love of Christ may prevail.

At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the 11th of October, 2018

Veterans-turned-mafiosos in Lviv

Post-Communist problems.


Last week the Lviv City Palace of Culture. Hnat Khotkevych broke up a group of men who demanded that the “anti-Ukrainian fascist measures” be stopped. Although it turned out that nothing like this happens in the palace, men refused to leave the premises, threatening and humiliating the workers of the institution. The restoration of the palace of culture succeeded only after the intervention of the police.

ZAXID.NET has been studying video and photo material from the scene to tell more about the group members who dare to storm the communal institution of culture. And it turned out that they are equally close to the authoritative ex-deputy Ihor Krivetsky known under the nickname “Pops” and to the head of the Lviv regional state administration Oleg Synyutki.

Not “National Corps”, then who?

Immediately after the incident, the workers of the palace of culture named after him. Hnat Hotkevich spread the information that representatives of the “National Corps” broke into their institution. Svyatoslav Seryry, head of the regional headquarters of the National Corps, denied this information, while clarifying that only one member of their organization, the head of the Lviv branch Stepan Vinyar, was in place.

56-year-old Stepan Vinyar, a long-time participant in various types of paramilitaries, in the early 1990’s he represented the “battle wing” of the Social-National Party of Ukraine (SNPU), which was created in Lviv in 2004, which was transformed into “Liberty” in 2004. In 2015, Stepan Vinyar became a member of the civil corps Azov, which later became the basis for the creation of the “National Corps”.

ZAXID.NET was able to recognize photos and videos from the scene of another four members of the group who broke into the Palace of Culture. These are Sergey Favorsky, Maxim Kamenetsky, Ruslan Mutsin and Oleg Dudok. None of these men is a member of the National Corps, but they all have much in common with each other.


Night at Sokolniki robbed and shot their leg 37-year-old Lviv


“Lviv is already divided between Kopytk and Mordov. If we come here first, then this is ours”

Pislya vykhodu materialu «Fantastychna chetvirka» do ZAXID.NET pochaly zvertatysya meshkantsi Lʹvova ta oblasti z informatsiyeyu pro diyalʹnistʹ fihurantiv statti. Sered zvernenʹ buv lyst vid meshkantsiv m. Vynnyky. Vony stverdzhuvaly, shcho kolyshni atovtsi obsluhovuyutʹ interesy firmy, yaka nezakonno zabudovuye yikhnye podvirʺya. Tsi lyudy zalyakuyutʹ meshkantsiv i bʺyutʹ yikh navitʹ u prysutnosti pravookhorontsiv.

Zakhystyty vynnykivchan ne spromihsya navitʹ mer Volodymyr Kvurt. Dopomohty lyudyam z·holosyvsya narodnyy deputat Dmytro Dobrodomov. ZAXID.NET vyrishyv pereviryty tsyu «fantastychnu» istoriyu.

Chy domovytʹsya Dobrodomov?

«Do p’yatnytsi vy stattyu ne davayte. My chekayemo rezulʹtatu vid Dobrodomova. Vin vzhe zustrichavsya z Veremeyenkom. Nam mayutʹ podzvonyty i skazaty, chy viddayutʹ podvirʺya. A todi my hotovi na budʹ-yaki intervʺyu», – poyasnyuye meshkanka Vynnykiv Tetyana Kizyma.

Tetyana Kizyma, yiyi cholovik Taras ta susidy zvernulysya do ZAXID.NET pislya toho, yak vpiznaly v publikatsiyi «Fantastychna chetvirka» cholovikiv, yaki vzhe druhyy rik zalyakuyutʹ i napadayutʹ na nykh.

«YA khochu, shchob vony viddaly lyudyam zemlyu, ale za stav ya budu sudytysya i dali», – zvertayetʹsya do Tarasa i Tetyany susid Yaroslav Semenyuk. Vin rozkladaye na stoli kupu sudovykh rishenʹ, skarh i prypysiv.
After the release of the material “Fantastic Four” to ZAXID.NET began to appeal to residents of Lviv and the region with information about the activities of the contributors of the article. Among the appeals was a letter from the inhabitants of Vinniki. They argued that former attacks served the interests of a firm that illegally built their yard. These people intimidate the inhabitants and beat them even in the presence of law-enforcers.

Even the mayor Volodymyr Kvurt failed to protect the vinnikivschans. People’s Deputy Dmytro Dobrodomov called on people to help. ZAXID.NET decided to check out this “fantastic” story.

Do Dobrodomov agree?

“Until Friday you do not give the floor. We are waiting for the result from Dobromodov. He has already met Veremeyenko. We have to call and say, give the yard. And then we are ready for any interviews, “says Vinnikov resident Tatiana Kizima.

Tatiana Kizima, her husband Taras and his neighbors turned to ZAXID.NET after finding out in the publication of the Fantastic Four men who have been intimidating and attacking them for the second year.

“I want them to give land to people, but I will continue to judge myself afterwards”, – addresses Yaroslav Semenyuk, Taras and Tetyana. He lays a bunch of court decisions, complaints and orders on the table.

The state of Utah recognizes Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people

The press service of the Ukrainian Embassy in the US reports that the American state of Utah recognized the Holodomor (famine) of 1932-1933 as the genocide of Ukrainian people.

“On October 10, in Salt Lake City, in the presence of the Ukraine Ambassador to the USA, Valeriy Chaly, Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Utah Jonathan Friedman and the Governor of the State of Utah, Gary Herbert signed the Declaration of Victims Commemoration of the Holodomor genocide of 1932-1933 in Ukraine,” the statement reads.

The state will honor the memory of the Ukrainian victims on November 24, 2018. The US Senate also recognized the Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people on October 4th.

The Holodomor has been recognized as agenocide in 12 more states: Ohio, Missouri, Washington, Wisconsin, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Kansas. Moreover, in June, the governor of Illinois declared 2018 the Year of Memory of the victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine.

Poland wants Military Base called “Fort Trump”

After months of pushing for a permanent U.S. military presence in Poland as a bulwark against Russia, the Polish president offered President Donald Trump a new incentive tailored to his real estate sensibilities: naming rights.

“I would very much like for us to set up a permanent base in Poland, which we would call Fort Trump,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said Tuesday in a joint press conference at the White House. “I firmly believe that this is possible. I am convinced that such a decision lies in the Polish interest and in the interest of the United States.”

Standing nearby, Trump smirked and raised his right eyebrow before pursing his lips as he appeared to consider the possibility of an American military base in Poland emblazoned with his name.

Russian trolls will have an identity crisis.

Ukrainian Soros Employee Deported from Poland

The George Soros Open Dialog Foundation called this an “act of political nature carried out by the Polish authorities in order to stop the activities of the organisation in the country and abroad.”

The Soros agitators were organizing disruptions against the Polish government and can’t understand why they were kicked out!

Kozlovska’s husband, Mr Bartosz Kramek, Head of the Open Dialog Foundation’s Board, who had been calling for various civil disobedience actions in Poland.

Just Like Obama, Trump’s Russia Policy Speaks Louder Than His Words By Mikheil Saakashvili

I speak from personal experience on this topic: In 2012, Russian intelligence services interfered in the Georgian parliamentary elections, boosting the Kremlin’s preferred candidate through disinformation operations.

Thus, my opinion of President Trump’s policy vis-à-vis Russia is perhaps more positive than one might assume from my background. My reasoning is two-fold: After a lifetime of firsthand experience with Russian aggression, I must evaluate Trump’s actions against the proper historical context. In doing so, I have found that Trump’s actions speak for themselves.
The Outrage Seems Selective

On the first point, I consider it unfair that Trump’s performance in Helsinki has garnered harsher criticism than other incidents in recent memory. In 2012, for example, a hot microphone at a global nuclear security summit picked up then-President Barack Obama assuring Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” to negotiate with Putin after the presidential election.

During a debate with GOP opponent Mitt Romney the same year, Obama casually dismissed the Russian threat, quipping: “The 1980s called; they want their foreign policy back.”

. . . .

This brings me to my second point: Trump’s actions toward Russia speak louder than words—and so did his predecessor’s. Indeed, the Obama administration’s foreign policy undermined America’s credibility in my region, which Putin considers Russia’s “backyard.” There are many opinions about Trump’s rhetoric on Crimea, but it is a fact that the Russian land grab in Ukraine happened on Obama’s watch.

How, exactly, did this happen? During and after Ukraine’s revolution of 2014, which ousted a Kremlin-backed dictator, on a daily basis the United States cautioned Ukraine not to escalate in response to Russian aggression. Thus, Putin saw an opportunity to annex Crimea without risking a direct confrontation with the West—and he seized it. Putin is a bully, but not a fool.
What a Difference Two Years Makes

Rather than changing his course after Moscow redrew the borders of Europe by force, Obama doubled down. Despite bipartisan consensus in favor of selling lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine, and vocal support from his own administration officials (including Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton), Obama repeatedly refused to authorize the sales.

Instead of anti-tank weapons, the Ukrainians defending their territory from Russian invasion received hot blankets and canned goods from the Obama administration. At the same time, Obama asserted that the Ukraine conflict had “no military solution.” With these words—and more importantly, these actions—he was perceived by some on the Russian side as accepting the Kremlin’s sphere of influence in Ukraine.

Despite my warnings, the Obama administration also essentially turned a blind eye to Russian meddling in Georgia’s 2012 elections.