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Eugene Czolij

Eugene Czolij is president of the Ukraine-2050 nongovernmental organization and served as president of the Ukrainian World Congress from 2008-2018. Ukraine-2050 was established to help implement within one generation – by 2050 – strategies for the sustainable development of Ukraine as a fully independent, territorially integral, democratic, reformed and economically competitive European state.

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Eugene Czolij: NATO gets another chance

Eugene Czolij: NATO gets another chance

by Eugene Czolij

Not everybody is fortunate enough to get a second chance. However, during the 2023 NATO Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 11-12 July, NATO will have another chance to correct the monumental geopolitical blunder it committed 15 years ago at the 2008 NATO Summit in Bucharest, Romania. During the NATO Summit

Eugene Czolij: When will Russia’s genocidal war end?

Eugene Czolij: When will Russia’s genocidal war end?

by Eugene Czolij

Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in our op-ed section are those of the authors and do not purport to reflect the views of the Kyiv Independent. Over the last year, numerous political pundits have opined on various aspects of Russia’s genocidal war against Ukraine, including on the critical

Eugene Czolij: 2022’s daunting year-end questions

Eugene Czolij: 2022’s daunting year-end questions

by Eugene Czolij

Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in our op-ed section are those of the authors and do not purport to reflect the views of the Kyiv Independent. NATO member countries and Israel have the weapons to enable Ukraine to impose a no-fly zone and stop a genocide, which would create

Eugene Czolij: Russia’s 'Z' stands for zero

Eugene Czolij: Russia’s 'Z' stands for zero

by Eugene Czolij

The opinions expressed in the op-ed section are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions of the Kyiv Independent. There was some speculation as to what the letter “Z” meant for the Kremlin, and why it became the symbol of Russia’s genocidal war against

Eugene Czolij: It’s time to stop Russia

Eugene Czolij: It’s time to stop Russia

by Eugene Czolij

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in the op-ed section are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions of the Kyiv Independent. After suffering five months of the worst devastation in Europe since the Second World War and defending their homeland with a determination that

Eugene Czolij: Enough already – NATO must do the right thing

Eugene Czolij: Enough already – NATO must do the right thing

by Eugene Czolij

After the Second World War, the international community made a critical commitment to “never again” allow the atrocities committed during that war to be repeated. Indeed, the web site of the United Nations articulates that commitment as follows: “The Genocide Convention was the first human rights treaty adopted by the

Eugene Czolij: Russia smears Victory Day with Ukrainian blood

Eugene Czolij: Russia smears Victory Day with Ukrainian blood

by Eugene Czolij

On 8 May the international community commemorates Victory in Europe Day or V-E Day, marking the official signing in Berlin of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender to the Allies, and remembers all those who have fallen in defending liberty and democracy during World War II, including millions of Ukrainians. Russia

Eugene Czolij: Russia is committing genocide in Ukraine

Eugene Czolij: Russia is committing genocide in Ukraine

by Eugene Czolij

On 14 April 2022, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted a declaration on the genocide committed by Russia in Ukraine. Can the atrocities committed by Russia in Ukraine since 24 February 2022 be really called “genocide”? Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, also

Eugene Czolij: EU must grant Ukraine EU membership now

Eugene Czolij: EU must grant Ukraine EU membership now

by Eugene Czolij

The Treaty on European Union, also known as the Maastricht Treaty, establishes how a country can become a member state of the European Union. The relevant provisions of this treaty regarding membership stipulate that: “Article 2 The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy,

Eugene Czolij: The West must act now

Eugene Czolij: The West must act now

by Eugene Czolij

With Russia’s ruthless and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine in the early morning hours of 24 February 2022, Vladimir Putin has brazenly challenged the West. Ukraine is courageously holding the fort at a high cost of human lives, both military and civilian, as well as an inestimable destruction of property.

Eugene Czolij: The Budapest Memorandum – reality check

Eugene Czolij: The Budapest Memorandum – reality check

by Eugene Czolij

On 5 December 1994, at an OSCE conference in Budapest, Ukraine, the United States of America, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland signed a Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with Ukraine’s accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

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