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George Floyd and the Ukrainian Martyrs

This is an article from “Church Militant”, who, as their name implies, tends to take more right wing positions:

Pope St. John Paul II solemnly proclaimed 28 Ukrainian martyrs and faithful servants of God as blessed on June 27, 2000, but their Christian witness amid the terrors of 20th-century communism bears relevance — and provokes questions — in these troubled times.

The new martyrs of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church followed the example of St. Stephen, the first martyr, who in his hour of death, as Acts 7 records, “looked up to Heaven and saw the glory of God.” As he was being stoned, Stephen prayed for his killers and asked Jesus to receive his soul.

The Ukrainian martyrs bore witness to God through hard labor in gulags, beatings, poisonings, sadistic torture — even an unspeakably perverse mockery of the Crucifixion.

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Father Zenovii Kovalyk, who was arrested by communists while delivering a homily in 1940. After nefarious tortures, he was crucified against a prison wall in 1941.

A contemporaneous Ukrainian lay survivor remembered Fr. Kovalyk this way:

[His] sermons made an incredible impression on the listeners. But in the prevailing system of denunciations and terror this was very dangerous for a preacher. So I often tried to convince Father Kovalyk … that he needed to be more careful about the content of his sermons, that he shouldn’t provoke the Bolsheviks, because here was a question of his own safety. But it was all in vain. Father Kovalyk only had one answer: “If that is God’s will, I will gladly accept death, but as a preacher I will never act against my conscience.”

The martyrs were not political activists — they were Catholics following the way of Jesus — but they were considered political criminals whose very existence as believers threatened the Soviet state.

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Some Ukrainian-Catholic observers have noted that the June 28 panachyda for George Floyd is scheduled next to the June 27 feast of the Ukrainian martyrs, and are wondering about a hagiographic conflation of sorts.
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Borys Gudziak of the
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They question whether Gudziak and his comrades are themselves assuming the Marxist mantle of the martyrs’ persecutors.

They wonder, in other words, if the leftist forces that killed the martyrs ironically are now being recreated in such contemporary Catholic services as Floyd’s panachyda.

And what would — what do — the martyrs themselves think of that irony being played out in the Church they died for?

“If politics is everything, is there room for God?” one observer remarked to Church Militant.

Church Militant previously reported on Gudziak’s failure to “focus on spiritual matters,” instead publicly expressing political biases against President Trump.

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In 1949 — during the thicket of persecution against Catholics in the Ukraine — Pope Pius XII, recognizing the grave physical and spiritual danger Marxism posed for faithful all over the world, issued the Decree Against Communism. The degree excommunicates all Catholics collaborating with or voting for communist organizations. In other words, Catholics cannot aid communist organizations, including Black Lives Matter with its explicit Marxist aims.

An ancient hymn in the honor of the Ukrainian martyrs reads:

O blessed martyrs of Ukraine! You did not tear apart the integrity of the Body of Christ, but handed over your bodies to torment: You did not submit to the flattery of the enemy, nor did you renounce our unity with Peter. From your earthly homeland of Ukraine, together with the Universal Church, receive the gracious gift of this ancient hymn: “O holy martyrs, you suffered gloriously and have received your crowns; on our behalf entreat the Lord, to have mercy on our souls.”

As the faithful remember of the Ukrainian martyrs on June 27 — and St. Stephen before them — it must be remembered that many people across the world, for nothing more than wanting to follow Christ, are at this moment being persecuted, tortured and killed.

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/the-new-martyrs-of-the-ukrainian-greco-catholic-church

Analysis: Ukraine’s central bank governor quits post citing “political pressure”

National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) Governor Yakiv Smolii submitted his resignation on July 1 in what was widely seen as a major blow to Ukraine’s reform agenda. In his resignation letter, Smolii cited “systematic political pressure” as the reason behind his departure. The nature of Smolii’s exit raises serious questions over the continued independence of the NBU, which has been credited as a key factor behind Ukraine’s macroeconomic stabilization in recent years. Smolii, who had been at the helm of the NBU since 2017, enjoyed a strong reputation in business and financial circles for his role in taming inflation and ensuring currency stability.

News of Smolii’s resignation sparked alarm in Ukraine and among the country’s international partners. “Under his leadership, Ukraine has made important strides in achieving price stability, amply demonstrating that an independent central bank is a key element of modern macroeconomic policymaking,” said an IMF spokesman in a statement. “That is why the independence of the NBU is at the center of Ukraine’s IMF-supported program, and why it must be maintained under his successor.”

It is feared that the departure of the NBU governor could now derail Ukraine’s recently agreed USD 5 billion deal with the IMF, which was designed to help the Ukrainian economy overcome the shocks of the coronavirus crisis. The initial market reaction to Smolii’s resignation was negative, with the Ukrainian government forced to cancel a planned USD 1.75 billion bond sale and the hryvnia currency falling by over 1% to its lowest level since April.

Roman Waschuk, Former Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine: Warning shots from G7 Ambassadors; a chorus of Western disapproval; Eurobond issue pulled; glee on the part of Kolomoiskiy and Yanukovych operatives; and lightning-fast implementation of NBU Governor Smoliy’s resignation letter by the often ponderous parliamentary machine. This flurry of events over the past twenty-four hours in Ukraine forms the latest chapter in the demolition derby that has hit the systemic reforms of the Maidan period since President Zelenskyy entered office last year. Healthcare and education were targeted first, with policy-driven Western-oriented ministers and deputies replaced by youngish but reliably malleable post-Soviet “fixers”. With the presidency now apparently a transactional policy-free zone, vested interests are having a field day, including in the financial sector. As foreshadowed in Zelenskyy’s hit TV series “Servant of the People”, we are now witnessing mounting resentment at Western lecturing and financial strictures, which are derided as “external control”. This has culminated in effectively telling the IMF and international investment community to go to hell, after having first pocketed an initial IMF tranche of USD 2.1 billion. This is emotionally gratifying, perhaps, but fraught with macroeconomic peril in a world that is entering what is likely to be a prolonged coronavirus-inspired economic crisis. One year ago at the Toronto Ukraine Reform Conference, we tried to show President Zelenskyy the benefits of maintaining financial stability and an open economy. Unfortunately, between the Ukrainegate impeachment scandal and the pandemic, there hasn’t been much leader-level positive Western engagement (Chancellor Merkel excepted) since then to counter the self-interested populist nativism being peddled to Zelenskyy by his oligarchic whisperers.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/analysis-ukraines-central-bank-governor-quits-post-citing-political-pressure/

Calls to Action and Resources for Racial Justice in the Ukrainian American and Ukrainian Canadian Communities

https://ukrainianantiracistcommunity.com/

Targeted Action Items

These action items are specifically written for sectors of the Ukrainian North American community. For those who signed our Calls to Action, we hope that you will also champion these action items at your places of worship and cultural organizations. This is a living document, as UAC is committed to working with leaders in these institutions to enact changes. As we stated before, the calls to action below will demand earnest reflection, investments of time and, in some cases, money.

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Five African Students Hold Black Lives Matter Protest in Ukrainian City – City Council Minister Asks for their Names So He Can Deport Them

A group of five African students held a Black Lives Matter protest in Tarnopil, Western Ukraine.

Following the demonstration the Deputy Chair of the City Council asked for their names so he can deport them.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/five-african-students-hold-black-lives-matter-protest-ukrainian-city-city-council-minister-asks-names-can-deport/

KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov Warned Us About communist subversion in 1984.

Yuri Bezmenov –

ideological subversion
active measures
psychological warfare

“change the perception of reality so such an extent that despite an abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusion in the interests of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their country.

It’s a great brainwashing process with goes very slowly.”

and is divided into four basic stages

demoralization 15 to 20 years

Areas of application of subversion:

Religion
Education
Social Life
Power Structure
Labor Relations
Law and Order

“A person who was demoralized is unable to assess true information. The facts tell nothing to him.”

Accusations of Anti-Semitism as Ukrainian police official requests list of Jews in western city of Kolomyya

JTA — A Ukrainian Jewish group accused the nation’s police force of “open anti-Semitism” after a high-ranking police official requested a list of all Jews in the western city of Kolomyya as part of an inquiry into organized crime.

The official request to the head of Kolomyya’s Jewish community is dated February 18, 2020, according to a photograph of the document that Eduard Dolinsky, director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, shared on Twitter Sunday.

“Please provide us the following information regarding the Orthodox Jewish religious community of Kolomyya, namely: The organization’s charter; list of members of the Jewish religious community, with indication of data, mobile phones and their places of residence,” read the letter.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ukrainian-police-official-requests-list-of-jews-in-western-city-of-kolomyya/

The former Azovs claim that Biletsky beat them because of Sternenko

Original article (in Ukrainian): https://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2020/05/8/7250931/

It seems that there’s some conflict between Azov veterans and their once-leader. Hard to understand the full story from the translation.

Here’s a translation:

Former Azov volunteers Nazariy Kravchenko and Serhiy Filimonov were beaten by their brothers, including Azov founder and National Corps leader Andriy Biletsky.

Source: posts by Nazariy Kravchenko and lawyer Masi Nayem on Facebook

Details: On the evening of May 7, Kravchenko and Filimonov were invited to talk to Biletsky, but were beaten instead of talking.

According to Kravchenko, this happened due to the support of Odessa activist Serhiy Sternenko, against whom murder proceedings have been opened in defense of the attack.

Kravchenko pointed to four people in the photos.

Ukrainian Pravda has not yet been able to obtain Biletsky’s comment on this issue.

Kravchenko’s direct speech: “Last night Serhiy Filimonov and I were invited for a conversation with Andriy Biletsky. .

Thank you to all my colleagues for their time and inspiration in trying to convince me, but I want to say that I will continue to support Serhiy. They do not abandon their own. “

Low-Class People Fighting Over a Low-Class Business – shooting in Brovary (Video)

Apparently, this tweet in from Brovary, a town on the outskirts of Kyiv.

https://twitter.com/your_melanie/status/1266260700747325441

Different oligarchs are fighting over control of the crappy little busses that provide public transportation. I assume corrupt local police are tied up with gangs and local oligarchs.

Shit fighting over shit. Very sad to see this in Ukraine. And their weapon’s discipline is inexcusably bad. They’re a bigger threat to each other than to any adversary.

Kyiv Fraud Factory Firms Traced to Penniless Proxies

But all three of these struggling Swedish citizens own companies registered at a prime address in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital city. Even more improbably, they bought these Estonian companies through other firms they own in the tiny Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

They are part of a larger network of firms registered in the same distinctive way: Estonian companies owned by shell companies in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, largely owned by down-on-their-luck Swedes.

The reason for this unusual ownership pattern becomes clearer after a look at what these companies were used for: hawking get-rich-quick investment schemes online.

Many are tied to a Ukraine-based call center exposed in a series of articles by OCCRP and Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) in March. The center allegedly defrauded people across the world by convincing them they were making investments in stocks, bitcoins, and foreign currencies through legitimate financial firms. The scheme is currently under investigation in Sweden.

https://www.occrp.org/en/fraud-factory/fraud-factory-firms-traced-to-penniless-proxies

Related: http://romaninukraine.com/swedens-foreign-minister-calls-for-action-on-milton-group-fraud/

AUDIO Released of JOE BIDEN and Ukrainian President Poroshenko Discussing FIRING VIKTOR SHOKIN Who Was Investigating His Son — FOR IMF LOAN!!

An audio tape was released by Creative Destruction Media where Joe Biden is pressuring former Ukrainian President Poroshenko to fire former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

The men discuss the firing of then Prosecutor Shokin for corrupt reasons, in order to prevent an investigation into Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and other criminal actions.

Victor Shokin was investigating Joe Biden’s son Hunter at the time.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/05/breaking-audio-released-joe-biden-pressuring-ukrainian-president-poroshenko-fire-viktor-shokin-investigating-son/

SBU names number of Ukrainians held captive in occupied Donbas

As of April 30, 2020, a total of 214 persons remain in captivity, the latest data say, RFE/RL reported referring to the SBU. “The list of persons the Ukrainian side is searching for as those illegally deprived of liberty in the temporarily occupied territories is compiled based on appeals from families and relatives of victims, reports by non-government organizations, mass media, as well as information exchange between entities involved in the implementation of relevant tasks,” the SBU said.

Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/war/sbu-names-number-of-ukrainians-held-captive-in-occupied-donbas-10985513.html