The View From Here

By Volodymyr Kish

Zellenials

Last year’s stunning victory by Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine’s Presidential election with 73% of the votes cast marked a seismic shift in Ukrainian politics.  This was followed up by the equally stunning success of his newly minted Sluha Narodu party in the subsequent parliamentary elections, where it won an absolute majority of 254 or the 450 seats in the Verkhovna Rada. 

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Singing Ukrainian carols in Canada, 360 video

“Koliada Huliala” is a community singing group based in Montreal, organized by Murmurosi, who teach ancient Ukrainian carols to people of all ethnic backgrounds and languages. Murmurosi (Мурмуроси) is Canadian-Ukrainian duet comprised of Natalia Telentso and Eli Camilo, who are inspired by the Ukrainian folk polyphonic singing tradition. They perform a capella authentic songs and a combination of original compositions and experimental re-arrangements of traditional folk songs.

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The View From Here

By Volodymyr Kish

Zemlya

Back in 1930, master Ukrainian filmmaker Oleksandr Dovzhenko made the widely acclaimed film “Zemlya” (Earth) in which he portrayed the Ukrainian peasants’ deep love for the land that they owned and farmed, against the backdrop of Stalin’s nefarious collectivization campaign. Although Dovzhenko, understandably, was forced to do so through a Bolshevik prism, he still managed to capture the almost mystical tie that Ukrainians had with their famed “Chornozem” or black earth, some of the richest and most fertile land on this planet. That struggle against collectivization cost millions of lives and untold suffering, before the whole Communist system fell apart and the collectivized agriculture experiment in Ukraine was dismantled.

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The View From Here

By Volodymyr Kish

Election Hangovers

As we all know, Petro Poroshenko lost the Presidential election in Ukraine last year by an overwhelming majority to newcomer Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The reasons for his loss are also fairly clear. Despite having done many commendable and progressive things during his term in office, he failed to address the issue that was most painful to the Ukrainian electorate, namely the endemic corruption brought about by an oligarchic controlled state. Though he himself might have been a relatively altruistic oligarch, nonetheless, he was seen as helping perpetuate a state of affairs in Ukraine that the people were not prepared to condone any longer. Voters were willing to take the risk of electing a neophyte rather than endure the same old, same old.

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