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All-Union News Network - UNA
« on: June 30, 2016, 06:12:39 AM »
Special Report ¦ Greater Ukraine, Greater Problems

The concept of national identity is well-known and serves to create a unified purpose for a nation's people, a sense of belonging; yet, for the newly-elected Tymonshenko government, the idea of a unified Galicia-Volhynia identity is still not entirely realised.

Concurrent with polling for the parliamentary elections, the Research and Branding Group conducted a survey on people's national identity, that is to what nationality did they believe themselves to belong. The results, interesting from a sociological perspective, also have the strong possibility of influencing foreign policy towards the other regions in Eastern Europe. Of those polled, over one third of respondents believed themselves to be both "Galician-Volhynian" and "Ukrainian" while nearly 25% of respondents did not feel themselves "Galicia-Volhynian" at all, calling themselves entirely Ukrainian. The long-standing tension between Western Ukraine (geographically speaking) and the Eastern regions has manifested itself in many ways: the West now independent as our Fatherland traditionally has long-standing Polish influences and is predominantly Catholic; the East tends towards Russia and is Orthodox.

Yet, even on a national level, the tension is clear: many traces of a Ukrainian identity are still present in the Republic's symbols from its coat of arms to its national motto and even its flag (the colours of the Ukrainian flag merely reversed). Prime Minister Tymoshenko is supported in government by the Forward, Ukraine! party, whose pro-expansion sentiment is clear, calling not only for the inclusion of Kyiv and the Central Region of Ukraine but also for Belarus and the former Galicia-Volhynia lands to the southeast. Tymoshenko's All-Union Fatherland Front also supports a minimalist expansion plan towards the former Galicia-Volhynia lands and Belarus, excluding her coalition partner's maximalist plans for Central Ukraine.

Tymoshenko has already been reported to have met with several leaders of the Belarusian diaspora, many of whom call Lviv a second home, including Jazep Sa˛yč - noted politician and lecturer on Belarusian history and language at the University of Lviv. The Office of the Prime Minister has yet to confirm this, but Mr Sa˛yč's office at the University did hint at a meeting.

Even if this plan was put in motion, it is unknown what reaction the public or indeed the international community would have. Tymoshenko would undoubtedly be supported by many in Volyn and Rivne, on the southern border with Brest and Gomel, and whose links with the latter two are strong.

Either way, the search for a realised national identity continues even if with what citizens identify is still unclear.
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2016, 01:49:29 AM »
Prime Minister Meets with Belarusian Dissidents
Ľviv / Lwów


After refusing to comment on the meetings with Belarusian activists last week, the Office of the Prime Minister briefly offered confirmation that a meeting between the Prime Minister and several members of the Belarusian dissident community, opposed to the current government in Minsk. Talks were held on closer co-operation between the Republic and Belarusian communities as well as increased support for Belarusian cultural activities in Galicia-Volhynia.

The meeting has displeased the Minsk government: in a terse statement, it said, "There is no need for concern about the internal affairs of Belarus and the continued involvement of Galicia-Volhynia must stop."

Prime Minister Tymoshenko said, after the meeting had concluded, "Belarus is a key partner and a valued friend but just as when a friend makes poor decisions you must stand up to offer advice, the same must happen between nations. We hope for continued friendship between our two countries but we must also work to safeguard the people of Brest, of Gomel, of Viciebsk, of Belarus when their own government refuses to intervene."
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2016, 02:20:05 AM »
UNA Special Report | Full Support for Independent Brest

Today at 12:00 Eastern European Time, the Free Republic of Brest was declared at an announcement at Brest Fortress; led by Alexander Janukevich, a noted Belarusian activist and leader of the opposition against the Central Government in Minsk. The declaration of independence comes after the Central Government's refusal to respect and protect Belarusian language rights and human rights, instead supporting pro-Russian sentiments and suppressing any language other than Russian.

Prime Minister Tymoshenko, after an emergency meeting of the Cabinet, issued a strongly supportive statement in which she called for "the full support of our friends and brothers in Brest" and "our Republic stands behind the Free Republic of Brest now and always, and will offer any support they need".

A military presence has already been established on the border with Brest and is ready to deploy at the command or invitation of the Brest authorities. Prime Minister Tymoshenko enjoys popular support for her pro-Brest policies and is supported by her coalitions partners. Roman Bezsmertnyi, leader of Forward, Ukraine! and People's Deputy for Dubno, has called for an immediate military intervention to support Brest. The issue will be presented before the Supreme Council early tomorrow in a vote the government is expected to win, mainly owing to the strong support Forward, Ukraine! offers Tymoshenko.
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