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10 August 2020

Central Election Commission Left Significant Part of Donbas Residents Without the Right to Vote

On 8 August 2020, the Central Election Commission by its decision left a significant part of the Donbas population without the right to vote. On 25 October 2020, no local elections will be held in Svitlodarska, Toretska, Volnovakhska, Olhynska, Vugledarska, Myrnenska, Sartanska, Avdiivska, Mariinska and Ocheretynska amalgamated local communities. In Luhansk region, residents of Hirska, Lysychanska, Nyzhnioteplivska, Popasnyanska, Severodonetska, Stanychno-Luhanska, Shchastynska and Shyrokivska communities will not be able to vote. This is more than half a million people whose constitutional rights are once again neglected by the central government.

However, most of these populated areas held both presidential and parliamentary elections in 2014, local elections in 2015, and residents of these regions showed an all-time high level of support for the president and his party during the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2019. And today the authorities give reasons for the cancellation of local elections such as sharply deteriorated security situation in areas close to the delimitation line, which looks extremely unpersuasive.
28 July 2020

Congratulations on the Day of Baptism of Kyivan Rus!

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

Today we are praying in commemoration of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Duke Volodymyr, and we mark another anniversary of the most important milestone in our history – the Baptism of Rus. This is a great landmark event that determined the course of our history and the future of our land for centuries. It also enabled Saint Volodymyr, who enlightened our ancestors with the light of Christ's truth, to become equal to the apostles and be famous for centuries.

Back then, having joined the large family of Christian nations, we became part of the great Christian civilization with its remarkable achievements of thought, high spirituality and the richest creative heritage. The Day of Baptism was even more important for us in a spiritual and moral sense. After all, the Baptism is not just a choice, it is not just a rite. This is the Sacrament of a new birth. Birth not in the flesh, but in spirit. In it, the covenant between God and man is restored. This is why today we are celebrating the Day of spiritual birth of our people.

09 July 2020

The Constitutional Court Must Protect the Fundamental Law

Historically, Ukraine is a multinational, multi-confessional and multilingual State. More than one hundred and thirty nationalities live on its territory, speaking more than eighty languages. Multiculturalism and multilingualism are inalienable features of the people of Ukraine, and these features constitute their identity. Therefore, the state language policy is meant to be a reflection of this reality. As the experience of Canada, Switzerland, Finland and Belgium shows, cultural pluralism and multilingualism are the foundations of identity and power in a democratic, multinational and multilingual rule-of-law state. The idea of unity in diversity enabled Switzerland, a country not big in size, to survive and grow stronger.
28 June 2020

Happy Constitution Day!

Today, Ukraine celebrates the Day of its Constitution – the Basic Law, which, in theory, should be an unshakable foundation for civil rights and obligations, a document streamlining relations between government bodies, between authorities and society.

The Constitution reflects the fundamental principle of our social compact: activities of the state are determined by the rights and freedoms of citizen, as well as their guarantees, and not vice versa. It is the Ukrainian people who, having adopted the Constitution, gave restrictive instructions to the state, and not the state that gave us a list of rights and freedoms. And it is the state that is responsible to an individual for how these rights are exercised and protected.
21 June 2020

Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation to Pay UAH 4.3 Million to Families of Medical Personnel that Died from COVID-19

Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation In Honour of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God will allocate UAH 100,000 to families of each of the 43 medical staff members who died from COVID-19.

Vadym Novynskyi announced this on his Facebook page.

The MP congratulated medical and healthcare specialists on their professional holiday, emphasizing their special role in containing the spread of the infection in Ukraine, as well as their self-sacrificing struggle to save lives of their patients.

'This year, as never before, ordinary people riveted special attention on your work. You are the ones who give hope and those who save people during the worst pandemic in the recent history of mankind. Thanks to your work, thousands of Ukrainians have already recovered from this dangerous disease. Thanks to your efforts, the mortality rate from coronavirus in our country remains one of the lowest in the world. We thank you for that!' said the politician.
17 June 2020

Medical Staff of Dnipropetrovsk Region Received Additional Equipment from Novynskyi's Foundation

Vadym Novynskyi's Charitable Foundation in Honour of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God provided lung ventilators and personal protective equipment to medical staff of municipal hospital No. 7 of Kamyanske town (Dnipropetrovsk region).

The latest delivery included two high-performance Carescape R860 (General Electric) lung ventilators. In addition, personal protective equipment, namely more than 1,000 protective screens and more than 1,000 biological protection suits, were handed over to all healthcare personnel of the town.

'We are grateful to Vadym Novynskyi, a shareholder of Metinvest, for his significant contribution to the fight against the pandemic. The new lung ventilators are significantly higher in class, efficiency and versatility compared to the domestic ones. Availability of this intelligent and very much needed equipment enables the municipal healthcare system to reach a whole new level in rendering the healthcare services, and to be prepared to counteract the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible,’ said Andriy Bilousov, the mayor of Kamyanske town, who was present at the hand-over procedure.
07 June 2020

Happy Holy Life-Giving Trinity

Dear friends, Happy Holy Life-Giving Trinity!

Today we recall the day when a great and unprecedented event happened – the Holy Spirit descended onto the first Disciples of Christ and our Church was born.

It was born not through human effort, but through Divine effort.

Since then, our United Cathedral Apostolic Church has been bearing a true understanding of the Image of God and the Grace of the Holy Spirit, and we, faithful children of Christ, get that the same grace as the apostles did. We get it through successors of the apostles, bishops or priests, anointing us after the baptism with the words "seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit".

And thus we are embarking on the path to salvation and eternal life.

The Church has gone through many challenges since its inception.

And now It is going through trials too. Split, persecution, restrictions, defamation and diseases.
04 June 2020

Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation Provides Personal Protective Equipment to Healthcare Staff of Kherson

Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation in Honour of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God has provided personal protective equipment to healthcare personnel of Kherson region.

The latest humanitarian supply included 1,000 sets of biological protection suits and 1,000 protective screens.

‘We thank the Foundation and Vadym Novynskyi for their regular and consistent assistance to the region in the fight against the epidemic. The provided equipment will be distributed to regional healthcare facilities and will be protecting their medical personnel working at the forefront,’ said Vadym Chaban, the Deputy Head of Kherson Regional State Administration, during the hand-over procedure.
03 June 2020

Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation Delivered Equipment and Protective Gear to Healthcare Staff of Mykolaiv

Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation In Honour of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God donated lung ventilators and personal protective equipment to medical staff of Mykolaiv municipal hospital No. 1.

The latest humanitarian supply included 2 high-performance lung ventilators manufactured by General Electric, as well as 1,000 sets of biological protection suits and 1,000 protective screens.

'Today it is very important to provide all healthcare personnel with personal protective gear, since they are the ones at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus. We are thankful to the Foundation and Smart-Holding for the provided charitable support. Thanks to such assistance, our city today occupies a worthy position in the healthcare field among other cities of Ukraine,' said the mayor of Mykolaiv, Oleksandr Senkevych during the formal hand-over procedure.
01 June 2020

In Blessed Memory of Mykhaylo Lytvynenko

A man of astonishing fate – a composer, a choir conductor, an Honoured Artist of Ukraine, a long-time regent of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra's choir, Mykhaylo Lytvynenko, passed away.

Without overstating it, I call such people the True Ukrainians. After all, he combined wisdom, courage, faith in God, commitment to the Church and endless love for Ukraine. He was really a very bright person: despite all the hardships that fell on his fate, Mykhaylo Lytvynenko radiated kindness itself.

In 1951, he received a sentence of 25 years in camps for his views and beliefs. He was released under an amnesty after the death of Stalin. He was the regent of the choir at St Volodymyr's Cathedral in Kyiv, and after Filaret went into schism, he became the regent of the choir at the Holy Dormition Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. Many people remember Mykhaylo Lytvynenko’s move when, in sign of disagreement with Filaret’s actions aimed at splitting Orthodoxy in Ukraine, he sang “Many Years” to His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr. After that, Mykhaylo Lytvynenko left St Volodymyr's Cathedral, a place 18 years of his life were associated with.
07 May 2020

“The Last Battle” Documentary to the 75th Anniversary of the Great Victory

“The Last Battle” documentary has premiered on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory. The movie is an attempt to look at the Great Patriotic War through the eyes of veterans themselves. The author of the idea and the director of the film is Aleksey Batkovskiy.

These days we hear a lot about what politicians and historians think about the war. Politicians and historians who are ready to forget and score out, distort and rewrite the past. We see how the seeds of scepticism are sown in the minds of descendants – ordinary men ready to follow some fashion trends and chase after sensations. While asking the surviving veterans about the greatest tragedy of the twentieth century, trying to recreate the picture of the Feat from the mosaic of memories – was not just unwelcome, but rather deliberately avoided in recent years.

02 May 2020

Six Years since the Odesa Tragedy

Six years ago, one of the most terrible crimes in the modern history of Ukraine took place. Three hundred people suffered in the events near the Trade Unions House in Odesa, 48 of whom died.

Today is not the time for saying some loud and lofty words in memory of the tragedy of 2 May 2014. The memory of the lost requires concrete actions. Together with the lawyer group CREDENS, we have managed to achieve the initiation of three lawsuits concerning the organization of the bloody massacre in the Trade Unions House by armed groups and specific individuals. The Office of the Prosecutor General merged them into one case and on 16 April announced that it began to study the case files.

I am sure that the investigation of the crime, which has no statute of limitations, will be brought to the end, and the perpetrators, no matter what positions they hold, will be brought to justice and will get the punishment they deserve.

Eternal memory to the victims and sincere condolences to their families!