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24 March 2021

Mariupol Joined 'Without Barriers' Initiative

Mariupol city is actively involved in the program of creating additional conditions for people with disabilities, which was developed and is being implemented under the auspices of Olena Zelenska. The office of Mariupol's mayor supported this program and was one of the first in Ukraine to start its implementation.

Many new fields of activity have become available for people with disabilities. Orthodoxy, which is the basis of our morality and ethics, has always appealed to love for one's neighbour, to compassion, willingness to help and protect. It is clear that in our pragmatic and selfish age, these are the qualities that help us remain human. In this case, we are talking about thousands of our fellow citizens who need to feel care from society. They have the right to enjoy all the benefits of civilization. By law, we are all equal, and everyone should have access to education, sports, cultural activities, healthcare and social services.

The new program implemented by the Mariupol mayor's office can become an example of a genuine human attitude to human problems. I hope that in the future pilot projects of the program implemented in Mariupol will find support at the national level and will be implemented everywhere as an example of caring for people with special needs.

21 March 2021

Congratulations on the Triumph of Orthodoxy!

Dear friends, congratulations on the Feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy!

Today, together with the entire Orthodox world, we celebrate the victory of the Church over heresies and schisms that have existed at all times.

The tradition of praying in front of icons, known since apostolic age, was interrupted during a period of the great delusion that is iconoclasm.

In the 8th century, the secular authorities intervened in church life and accused the true Orthodox Church, which defeated paganism, of idolatry.

Heretics, backed by political power, began to put pressure on the Church demanding to abandon the veneration of icons.

True Christians had to fight for the right to depict Jesus Christ, God’s Mother and pray in front of icons.

The staunchest guardians of the Orthodox faith suffered and were martyred.

This period lasted over a hundred years, but the time of a clear separation of truth and falsehood has come.
23 February 2021

Vadym Novynskyi's Statement on the Latest NSDC Decisions

The latest decisions of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine to ban broadcasting of TV channels and impose sanctions against some citizens of Ukraine and the Russian Federation, as well as against a list of legal entities accused of financing terrorism, raise major concerns. The NSDC is an important collective body in the structure of the presidential power, and it is entitled to consider such questions and impose sanctions, within the framework stipulated by the Constitution and legislation. And sanctions indeed are a powerful and effective tool for protecting the national security of Ukraine. However, it is unacceptable that the NSDC is used as an instrument of pressure on journalists, public figures and leaders of political parties.

If the Ukrainian authorities have enough evidence of the illegal actions of Viktor Medvedchuk, members of his family and his team, this evidence should become public and a subject of judicial scrutiny. The NSDC is not the Supreme Court, not the highest judicial body. Any data of intelligence agencies, any analytical information is only an element of the evidence base, but cannot be a substitute for a judicial verdict. In a democratic society, the constitutionally stipulated presumption of innocence, and the rights and freedoms of citizens must function.
15 February 2021

Day of Withdrawal of Soviet Troops from Afghanistan

Today is the day of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. 32 years ago, it seemed that this was the last war in which our same-age peers had to take part. Moreover, it was not a war, but rather a mistake, misunderstanding, a crime of politicians. This war did not arouse a sense of justice, despite the fact that Soviet men demonstrated heroism and dedication. And it seemed to us that there would be no more wars within our living memory – the whole history of the Afghan "epic" led us to this conclusion. The Soviet Union just began to collapse, and thousands of "Afghans" – Afghan War veterans – found themselves without any social aid and protection from the state... But the Friendship Bridge and General Gromov walking across this bridge, the last to leave the Afghan land, remain in our memory forever...
15 February 2021

Happy Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple!

Dear friends, congratulations on the Great Feast of the Presentation of Lord Jesus at the Temple!

The Presentation of the Lord at the Temple is one of the most joyful and long-awaited feasts. It is the forerunner of a new life, a spiritual spring.

On the fortieth day after his birth, Baby Jesus was greeted by Simeon the elder at the temple.

With the words "now lettest thou depart" the saint professed the joy on the occasion of the end of the waiting time.

The whole life of humankind before the coming of the Lord was a weary waiting for the joy from a long-awaited meeting. With the advent of the Saviour to this world, the fear of the unknown was defeated, and a new life began.
05 February 2021

‘I consider the current situation in the media environment and around the television channels as extremely unhealthy and alarming,' Vadym Novynskyi commented on the TV channels’ blocking

A truly unhealthy situation with freedom of speech and the activities of the mass media has developed in Ukraine. The closure of three television channels, as well as the Nazi radicals' attempts to attack NASH TV channel, are an alarming signal to society that the practice of silencing of dissent, which was so actively harnessed during the Petro Poroshenko time, is coming back to the country. Journalists who have opinions different from the official ones are labelled as “separatists”, “vatniks” (sort of Pro-Russian jingoists) and “agents of Moscow”. The channels are accused of "working for enemy propaganda" without a court order and thorough examination. A new wave of “witch hunt” commences.

In this situation, the first thing attention should be drawn to is the basic principle of democracy – the principle of freedom of speech guaranteed by the Constitution of Ukraine. Whatever the pretext is, no matter how noble the goals are, it is obvious that the principle of freedom of speech is grossly violated.
24 January 2021

Six Years Since the Shelling of Skhidnyi Micro-District in Mariupol

Today is the sixth anniversary of the barbaric shelling of Skhidnyi micro-district in Mariupol, which claimed lives of 31 people and left 117 wounded victims. Most of the dead were civilians, including children. Remembering the victims of those bloody events, we must again and again ask the authorities when peace will come to our land again. The war has been going on for almost seven years, and even a truce on the contact line still brings us news of the dead and wounded. A truce is far from peace. This means that we live with a constant sense of foreboding that tragedies similar to the one that took place in January 2015 may repeat themselves. That is why it is so important today to unite for the sake of peace, to demand from the authorities active steps to restore peace, as well as to fight against those who are propagandizing the war.

Eternal memory to the victims! And let the real peace and quiet, which will surely come to the land of Ukraine, become a symbolic monument in remembrance of them!
19 December 2020

Happy Saint Nicholas Day

Святитель Николай - один из любимейших святых нашей Церкви. Он воплотил в жизнь главные заповеди Божии: возлюби Бога и возлюби ближнего своего как самого себя.

Любить - значит приносить себя в жертву другому человеку. Это Божий путь. И святитель показал нам этот путь своими чудесными подвигами и самоотверженным служением людям.

Святой без слов угадывал, в чем нуждается человек и старался помочь. Только любовью наполненное сердце способно на такое. Праздник - это всегда возможность сделать что-то доброе и приятное: порадовать близких, помочь далеким. Не будем пренебрегать этим.

Пусть тепло наших сердец согреет тех, кто нуждается в помощи, заботе, словах поддержки, пусть мир всегда пребывает в наших душах и домах, пусть родные и дорогие нам люди будут всегда рядом, пусть вера в добро никогда не покидает нас.

Мира, любви и радости!

С праздником!

11 December 2020

Office of the Prosecutor General Denied Opening of a Crime Case Against Vadym Novynskyi

Yesterday, some media outlets released information about “the opening of a case against people's deputy (MP) Novynskyi", referring to RBC-Ukraine as the information source.

Today, the Office of the Prosecutor General gave its official clarification according to which Vadym Novynskyi is not “a person who committed a criminal offense or is suspected of committing it” in the criminal proceedings mentioned in the RBC publication. The requested response from the director of the Kyiv-based Territorial Administration of the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) contains similar information.

According to the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations, Vadym Novynskyi has not been served with any notice of charges under the said proceedings.

In this regard, the information distributed by RBC-Ukraine about the “opening of a case AGAINST MP Novynskyi" is false and damages the reputation of the MP. Vadym Novynskyi's press service demands that RBC-Ukraine publishes a refutation of the incorrect information and brings its official apology, as well as asks other media outlets to exclude this incorrect information from their publications.
24 November 2020

Vadym Novynskyi Urged Ministry of Finance and NBU to Negotiate on Rescheduling Public Debt Repayments Amid Pandemic

The Ministry of Finance and the National Bank of Ukraine should take a more active position and initiate a deferral of payments and, possibly, a restructuring of the state debt. On 21-22 November, Riyadh hosted a very important G20 Summit under the chairmanship of Saudi Arabia. One of its outcomes was the final Declaration, in which the G20 States set down their intention to extend the deferral of debt repayments for the world's poorest countries to a total of USD 5.7 billion until mid-2021.

Ukraine could also initiate negotiations with international creditors to have our external obligations reviewed. To ask for help, we should not wait for the catastrophic deterioration in the economic situation to the level of countries that were granted debt rescheduling by G20. The war, deindustrialization, a sharp drop in foreign investment, and now the coronavirus pandemic put the chances of our economic recovery at threat.


06 November 2020

Congratulations on the Day of Liberation of Kyiv from German Nazi Invaders!

Dear veterans of the Great Patriotic War!

Dear compatriots!

Today we celebrate the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Kyiv from the Nazis.

On 6 November 1943, the troops of the First Ukrainian Front under the command of Army General Nikolai Vatutin liberated the capital of Ukraine from the Nazi invaders having run a successful Kyiv offensive operation. This was a hard-won liberation. Thousands of soldiers died a hero’s death and remained forever in the Kyiv land. 65 units and formations of the Soviet Army received the honorary title of Kyiv.

We are proud of their feat and remember our heroes who defended Kyiv. Our heroic people withstood, showed their valour, courage and will to victory. The heroism of the victors is our common shrine and pride. This is the greatness of our people. And we will carefully preserve and protect our heroic legacy from attempts to rewrite history and turn the Great Victory into sorrow and reconciliation with the enemy. Let the losers grieve, let those who are unable to learn from the tragic pages of history reconcile with Nazism. For us, the memory of the war and the Great Victory is sacred.
03 November 2020

Ten Years Since the Death of Viktor Chernomyrdin

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Viktor Chernomyrdin, a very good friend of Ukraine and a great patriot of Russia, a man who did a lot to ensure that our peoples and countries live in peace and harmony.

I very often recall Viktor Stepanovich, his wisdom and human charm. I was fortunate to be in close touch with this politician and diplomat. Unfortunately, in 2014 and in subsequent years, there was no public figure equal to Viktor Chernomyrdin in the sphere of Ukrainian-Russian relations. He knew how to find a way out of the most difficult situations, how to convince, and foresee. And, I am sure, if he were alive, the history of relations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation could develop according to a different scenario.

Today a vessel named after Viktor Stepanovich Chernomyrdin was launched in Saint Petersburg. A worthy perpetuation of his memory! I would very much like Ukraine to begin to honour its real heroes – those who created the glory of the country, contributed to its development, won the Victory, and not collaborators and perpetrators whose main "valour" was willingness to betray and the ability to hate.

02 November 2020

Vadym Novynskyi's Commentary on Statement by Oleksiy Reznikov

A statement by Oleksiy Reznikov, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, the Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, a representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, who called the Donbass a "cancerous tumour" on the body of Ukraine, and its inhabitants – "mentally sick", gives evidence of reinforcement of the "war party" that is trying to continue the line of escalation of the conflict in the East of Ukraine.

“These are sick territories, mentally sick as well. There is an option of complete resection, amputation, or treatment. I am for therapy and full restoration of our body,” said Reznikov, making it clear that he is far from seeking compromises in this matter.

It is noteworthy that such statements are made at a time when the self-proclaimed republics submit their roadmap for resolving the conflict to the Ukrainian side for consideration, and this project has many positive and acceptable points. At the very least, this document could be seen as significant progress in the negotiations. The Ukrainian side had to say its word. If statement by Reznikov is Ukraine's response, then it is the Ukrainian side that now demonstrates its inability to negotiate, in the eyes of the world community.
31 October 2020

Vadym Novynskyi Called on All Branches of Power to Return to Constitutional Framework

The current situation related to the Constitutional Court’s decision to abolish e-declarations system, and the presidential bill on the termination of powers of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine highlighted two major problems that deal a heavy blow to the foundations of statehood: firstly, the interference of the Office of the President in the activities of the judicial branch, and, secondly, the interference of foreign states in the internal affairs of Ukraine.

The foundation for the current conflict was laid by Petro Poroshenko’s regime, by his so-called reform of justice and judicial system. The parliament lost its power to dismiss judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine for violation of their oath precisely as a result of changes to the Constitution in 2016. In the course of the so-called “lustration,” many professional lawyers were dismissed, hundreds of courts were dissolved, and “manually managed” puppet judges loyal to the authorities were appointed. Ten out of fifteen judges of the current Constitutional Court of Ukraine were also appointed by Petro Poroshenko’s regime. The politicization of the constitutional justice system is the main reason why the incumbent Constitutional Court, for example, has been unsuccessful in considering the constitutional petition on termination of lustration for more than six years, and the language law petition for more than a year.
28 October 2020

Congratulations on the Day of Liberation of Ukraine from Nazism!

Dear compatriots!

76 years ago, on 28 October 1944, after the successful Eastern Carpathian strategic offensive, the Soviet Army came up to the western border of the Ukrainian SSR. Ukraine was liberated from the Nazis.

We will always remember our soldiers-liberators who defeated the German Nazi invaders. We will remember those who fought on the front line, and those who expedited the Victory in the rear, soldiers, mothers, and children. This memory is a true identity and genetic code of our people – the great victorious people who expelled Nazism from our land and revived the country after the war.
20 September 2020

Oleksiy Danilov's Statements Incite Sectarian Strife in Society

A statement by Oleksiy Danilov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC), made us doubt about the time we live in and the irreversibility of the changes that came after the presidential elections in 2019. It seems that Mr. Danilov is trying to return to the propaganda methods that Oleksandr Turchynov and Petro Poroshenko were going by at their time. However, unlike Turchynov, Danilov does not openly attack the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, but speaks of some "religious organizations" that initiate conferences, forums and religious processions, being "an instrument of the hybrid war and the Russian world". With his statement Danilov slyly hints and provokes. He cannot but understand that such statements incite sectarian strife in the society, which seemingly subsided with President Zelenskyy coming to office.

According to the Constitution, the NSDC Secretary is a person reporting directly to the President. It would be interesting to know whether Mr. Danilov coordinated his statement with Volodymyr Zelenskyy? Or does every secretary in our country think of himself as the General Secretary?

15 September 2020

Call for New Presidential Elections in the Republic of Belarus is a Politicized and Thoughtless Step from the Verkhovna Rada

A call for new presidential elections in the Republic of Belarus is a politicized and thoughtless step from the Verkhovna Rada, which could jeopardise Ukraine's relations with this neighbouring state and, in particular, could jeopardise the work of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, destroying the platform for dialogue. This is why I voted against the corresponding draft Resolution in the Parliament today.

Only interests of Ukraine, and not those of third parties, should be the priority of our foreign policy. And interests of Ukraine consist in preserving and developing good neighbourly relations with the Republic of Belarus.

Belarus and its President Alexander Lukashenko have always been very correct and friendly towards Ukraine, not recognizing the annexation of Crimea and providing a platform for negotiations on a peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donbas.
01 September 2020

Congratulations on the Day of Knowledge!

Dear schoolchildren, teachers and parents! And especially first graders!

Today, all of us together with you are opening a new page in life – some of you go to school for the first time, someone takes their child there for the first time, and some of you first ever sit down at a university bench. 

Today, our special thanks go to teachers who are meeting their pupils and students. After parents and family, they are the ones who help us take our first steps into adulthood.

And only having grown up and matured, we realize that years of studies give us much more than just a diploma or certificate. And today many of us, adults, sincerely wish to hear the school bell again and experience this joyful expectation of something new and interesting coming.

During school years, we get the main skill – the ability to learn and cognize. It makes us competitive and successful in modern life. And the common success of our country consists of your future successes.
28 August 2020

Day of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today is the day of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

The day when She, making intercession on earth, goes to Eternal glory to Her Son and Lord to become our Heavenly Intercessor! The Intercessor and Advocate for the entire humankind, which in any troubles and circumstances, in the most difficult situations, in diseases and sorrows, puts all hope on the Mother of God!

The simplicity and hope with which people who turn to Her, yearning for help and consolation, cannot be but heard!!! The Mother of God has abundantly granted and is granting her grace and blessing. She generously pours out mercy onto the souls of all those who strive to her with unfeigned faith!!!

In the life of each of us, there are situations when we need support and consolation, and not always there is a person nearby who would listen, help or at least sympathize. However, we should never forget about our Heavenly Mother who is glad to comfort, intercede and protect us at any difficult moment. She, like a real Loving Mother, Covers us with Her protective mantle, and we, as loving children, must not forget to thank Her for her great mercies and blessings!!!
27 August 2020

Draft Law on Additional Guarantees for Teachers in Context of Coronavirus Pandemic

Today, together with a group of colleagues, Members of Parliament, we submitted for consideration to the Verkhovna Rada a draft Law on additional guarantees for teachers (reference number 3033a), which provides for the support of teachers in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers are one of the most vulnerable categories of citizens. In fulfilling their professional duty, they are constantly in contact with children and parents, putting themselves at increased risk.

We often and rightly speak about healthcare workers who are exposed to high risk of infection. Yet, this also applies to teachers to the same extent. We proposed to extend to teachers the provision according to which a diseased teacher must receive compensation from the state in the amount of 100 minimum salaries (UAH 472,300). If the disease has led to disability, the compensation should be increased to 300 minimum salaries (UAH 1,416,900). In the event of a teacher’s death due to coronavirus infection, his/her family must receive compensation from the state in the amount of 750 minimum salaries (UAH 3,542,250).

24 August 2020

Happy Independence Day of Ukraine!

Dear Friends, 

On this Day of Independence of Ukraine, I would like to wish that our State would gain its true independence – in the understanding that the founding fathers of our country laid down 29 years ago. Without regard to instructions, directives and wishes of foreign mentors and counsellors. Without working in the interests of alien forces, which over the past six years has been presented almost as a standard of “patriotism”.

I wish every citizen of Ukraine would remember that independence is the greatest responsibility – to history and to future generations. I wish every Ukrainian citizen wisdom, peace, prosperity, good health, love and unity. I also wish that they would remember that real friends of Ukraine in the world are not those who come to take advantage of us, covering themselves with good intentions. True friendship is tested by time and deeds. I wish Ukraine had more real, strong and reliable friends!
13 August 2020

Open Letter to the President of Ukraine

Today, I addressed the President of Ukraine with the following statement:

“On 9 August, the Republic of Belarus held its presidential elections. According to preliminary information, the overwhelming majority of Belarusian citizens voted for the current president, Alexander Lukashenko.

At the same time, we witness how certain forces in the Belarusian society are trying to influence the results of the expression of will by means of force.

Ukraine experienced similar processes twice. The events observed in Belarus have a lot in common with the events in Ukraine in 2004 and 2014. First of all, we can speak about interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states by external players, artificial support of protest actions from outside in order to destabilize the situation in the country, up to the change of the existing leadership through violent coup. The incitement to physical confrontation with law enforcement agencies and to protest actions is a sneaky and brutal technology to create a snowball effect of protests that would destroy the Belarusian society. All this is presented as "the will of the people" and "the revolution", although the technologies of such "colour revolutions" have long been known.
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!

10 April 2020

Novynskyi's Foundation to Provide Ukrainian Hospitals with Insulating Boxes for Transporting Patients

10 special-purpose insulating boxes for transporting COVID-19 patients, earlier purchased by Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation in Honour of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God, have been delivered to Ukraine.

The protective/insulating boxes allow the initial transportation to hospitals of persons suspected of being COVID-19 positive. At the same time they ensure a sufficient level of protection for doctors handling such patients.

Each chamber has four built-in flat portals providing easy access to the patient, and two auxiliary portals used for infusion lines and other medical equipment.

Protective boxes of this type can also be used as protection from a "contaminated" environment for transporting patients with weakened immunity. In the coming days, the insulating boxes will be distributed for the needs of Ukrainian hospitals.

10 April 2020

High-precision Diagnostic Systems for Detecting COVID-19 Delivered to Ukraine

High-precision and highly efficient diagnostic systems for detecting COVID-19 disease, purchased in China by Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation in Honor of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God, arrived in Ukraine.

Three iPonatic systems have been customs cleared and sent to healthcare facilities of Kherson, Mariupol, and Kryvyi Rih cities.

The systems use the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) technology. In addition to the diagnosis of COVID-19 coronavirus, they allow the detection of respiratory pathogens of influenza A and B virus, respiratory syncytial virus, adenovirus, human rhinovirus, and mycoplasma pneumonia.

09 April 2020

Mobile Team of Ukrainian Healthcare Professionals Commissioned to Italy

Last Saturday, a mobile team of Ukrainian healthcare professionals set off for Italy to render assistance to their Italian colleagues in the fight against coronavirus. This is an act of humanitarian assistance to the country that is one of the epicenters of the epidemic in Europe today, and the country where Ukrainian expatriate community (diaspora) of thousands of people lives.

In addition to directly rendering the assistance, their mission is to gain valuable experience for Ukraine, which has not yet entered the epidemiological peak. Ukrainian doctors will learn advanced protocols and methods of treating the disease. Best practices will then be implemented at home.  

The delegation includes 10 healthcare professionals from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. These are infectious disease specialists, resuscitators, surgeons, anesthetists, endocrinologists, neuropathologists and medical nurses.
07 April 2020

Congratulations on the Occasion of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dear Friends, Congratulations on the Occasion of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary!

The prophecy about the birth of the world's Saviour came true, unnoticeable for the whole world. The good news – the main news for all the humankind – came quietly, peacefully and joyfully, like everything genuine and great, without loud statements and pompous words. The world changed in a flash, because full faith of the human, the Virgin Mary, to God was revealed.

Today, unconditional faith in Christ of each of us can be a decisive force that will help overcome all troubles and diseases in this world. Trust in God, His Providence and holy will is the main condition of our faith.

02 April 2020

Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Novynskyi's Foundation Provided a Hundred Thousand PCR Tests and Protection Gear to All Regions of Ukraine

Today, on behalf of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), clergymen in all regions of Ukraine provided medical staff with the tests (DialPlexQ™ 2019-nCoV), which Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation purchased in South Korea.

In addition to the tests, UOC bishops handed over to hospitals additional personal protective equipment meant for medical staff in Mykolaiv, Kherson, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kharkiv regions. Earlier, hospitals in these regions also received thousands of high-class biological protection suits and respirators from Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation.

Kherson region was one of the first regions to receive the testing systems. To date, 40 systems for 4,000 tests, 1,060 protective goggles and 550 reinforced medical masks have been delivered here.


31 March 2020

Medical Staff in Six Regions Received Up-to-date Protective Gear from Novynskyi's Foundation

Hospitals in Donetsk, Kherson, Mykolaiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kharkiv regions received up-to-date high-class biological protection suits and respirators (N99 and N95) from Vadym Novynskyi's International Charitable Foundation in Honour of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God. Very soon, 100,000 tests (DialPlexQ™ 2019-nCoV), which Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation purchased in South Korea, will be delivered to medical laboratories.

‘Only by joining together we can defeat our common mischief, can provide help to healthcare professionals and protect people,’ said Vadym Novynskyi, the founder of the Foundation.

He also emphasized that the immediate plans of Smart-Holding and the Foundation include an additional purchase of biological protection suits, medical masks, respirators, disinfectants and other sought-after medical equipment.

31 March 2020

Lung Ventilator and a Hundred of Reusable Protective Suits for Medical Staff Provided to Oleksandrivska Clinical Hospital

The Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy and the founder of the Foundation, Vadym Novynskyi, provided the doctors of Oleksandrivska Clinical Hospital with the latest-generation lung ventilator designed to simultaneously operate for two patients, as well as a hundred of reusable protective suits and a hundred of protective goggles.

The medical equipment was handed over to representatives of the clinic by the Primate of the UOC, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy at his residence in Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. The Head of the Church blessed the medical staff of the clinical hospital, as well as all representatives of the medical professions in Ukraine: ‘God's blessing to all healthcare professionals, all those who work hard today, who show love for their neighbours every day. This is especially valuable when these neighbours are in trouble. May God bless and protect you!’

 

30 March 2020

Vadym Novynskyi's Charitable Foundation Bought 100,000 Coronavirus PCR Tests for Ukrainian Hospitals

Vadym Novynskyi's Charitable Foundation has purchased in South Korea and delivered to Ukraine 100,000 DialPlexQ™ ️PCR testing systems for the diagnosis of coronavirus in laboratory conditions.

In the coming days, the testing systems will be handed over to Ukrvaktsyna state enterprise and will be distributed countrywide to specialized infectious diseases laboratories that have the necessary conditions for storage and handling of such reagents.

This was reported by Yevgeniy Zagorulko, a representative of Vadym Novynskyi's Charitable Foundation in Honour of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God. He also explained that the purchased set of the testing systems contains all the necessary components for the most accurate method of detecting coronavirus - PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction). That is why there is no need for additional reagents. The testing time takes from 105 to 120 minutes. It may vary depending on the laboratory, its equipment and personnel.

27 March 2020

Delivery of 100,000 DialPlexQ™ ️2019-nCoV Tests from South Korea

Preparation for the delivery of 100,000 DialPlexQ™ ️2019-nCoV tests from South Korea is in progress. DHL delivery service is loading the cargo in Seoul. In the coming days, the testing systems will arrive in Ukraine, where they will be immediately distributed to specialized infectious diseases laboratories throughout the country that have the necessary conditions for storage and handling of such reagents. The delivery was organized through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine at the initiative of the Office of the President of Ukraine. 

Vadym Novynskyi's Charitable Foundation in Honour of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God became the only financial partner of the delivery understanding the importance of having up-to-date quick and reliable coronavirus tests in the context of the unfolding pandemic. The total financing amounted to more than USD 1.5 million.
26 March 2020

Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation Donated Lung Ventilators and Medical Protection Equipment to Mariupol Hospital

The hospital’s intensive care unit received two lung ventilators, each of which can operate for two patients simultaneously, as well as two hundred reusable professional protective suits and two hundred protective goggles for doctors.

During the equipment hand-over, Vadym Novynskyi said: 'The experience of China prompts that the key to success in the fight against coronavirus is universal strict discipline, tough measures introduced by the state and their rigorous implementation on the ground. This is a fair share of contribution by which each of us can help the state stop this common challenge today. I want to assure you that our Charitable Foundation continues the procurement process. The next shipments of equipment and protective gear have been paid, and as soon as they become available on the suppliers' side, we will be bringing them to Ukraine. Yet, I would very much like to know that this medical equipment is useful to the Mariupol hospital, particularly for rendering such medical aid as planned operations rather than urgent cases. We are praying in hope that the virus will recede after Easter. I am sure that the Lord will not leave us!'

25 March 2020

His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy and Vadym Novynskyi Delivered Lung Ventilator and Medical Protection Equipment to Chernivtsi

At the initiative of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy of Kyiv and All Ukraine, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (the UOC) delivered charitable aid to the regional children's clinical hospital in Chernivtsi city to help fight against coronavirus.

The support package included an up-to-date lung ventilator that can operate simultaneously for two patients, as well as one hundred reusable water-repellent protective suits and one hundred protective goggles for the medical staff of the hospital.

When handing over the equipment, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy thanked the Member of the Parliament, the founder of the Charitable Foundation in Honour of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God, Vadym Novynskyi for helping Chernivtsi region.

24 March 2020

Vadym Novynskyi Donated Two Lung Ventilators and Biological Protection Suits to Doctors of Kherson Region

Vadym Novynskyi's Charitable Foundation provided Kherson Regional State Administration with two mechanical lung ventilators, as well as 200 top-class biological protection suits, 200 masks and protective goggles for local doctors.

This is the first part of the humanitarian aid that was donated by the MP's Foundation to meet the needs of the region.

MP Vadym Novynskyi said about this in Kherson, during a briefing held following a meeting between local authorities and representatives of businesses in the region.

The Head of Kherson Regional State Administration Yuriy Gusev thanked the parliamentarian for the provided assistance. In his turn, Vadym Novynskyi said that the region will receive the next part of the humanitarian aid in the near future, once the procurement process is completed.

23 March 2020

Delivery of Equipment from China

A special aircraft of the Armed Forces of Ukraine arrives in Kyiv from China tonight, bringing the necessary medical equipment to Ukraine for the fight against SARS-CoV-2 virus.

At the initiative of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in the near future, such flights will be flying between Ukraine and the countries where the leading manufacturers of medical equipment, protective suits, respirators, etc. are located.

This flight delivers to Ukraine, among other things, 10 lung ventilators, 850 sets of protective clothing, 1,000 medical glasses for medical staff, as well as 10,000 rapid tests to identify and confirm COVID-19. All this equipment was purchased by Vadym Novynskyi's Foundation in Honour of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God. It was purchased in conditions of huge rush and demand higher than possible.
19 March 2020

Nationwide Humanitarian Aid Campaign for Veterans of the Great Patriotic War, Combat Veterans, Labour Veterans and Disabled People

Vadym Novynskyi's Charitable Foundation has launched a nationwide humanitarian aid campaign for veterans of the Great Patriotic War, combat veterans, labour veterans, and disabled people. This was announced by Dmytro Sergeyev, the director of the Foundation.

‘Helping our esteemed heroes – those who liberated our land from fascism – is one of the most important focus areas for the Foundation. On a personal request of its founder, Vadym Novynskyi, the supply of essential food packages was organized in all regions of our presence to support these people during the quarantine period and, if possible, to reduce their need for going out to food stores. In collaboration with local veteran organizations, we developed a plan for targeted delivery of food packages to their homes and in the morning of 18 March the deliveries began,’ said Dmytro Sergeyev.

The first locations where the project started were Kyiv city and Kyiv region. In the coming days, the Foundation's offices in Kherson, Mykolayiv, Odesa and Donetsk regions will join in.