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The Russian Attack of Ukraine


Wednesday March 18, 5 PM ET

12 March 2022

The Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa and the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association (UCPBA) Ottawa Chapter  cordially invite you to the 36th Annual Ivan Franko Memorial Lecture to be delivered by Olesya Khromeychuk and entitled “Misunderstanding Ukraine and Russia’s War.”


For over two weeks, the Russian army has been indiscriminately bombing Ukrainian cities. The brutality of the attack stunned the international community and placed Ukraine at the centre of the world’s attention. Ukraine’s capacity to resist came as a surprise to many who underestimated Ukraine’s unity and resolve. Olesya Khromeychuk will share her observations of the West’s response to this phase of Putin’s war against Ukraine and reflect on it through her personal experience of losing a brother to this war. The lecture will be inspired by the writing of her new book A Loss: The Story of a Dead Soldier Told by His Sister (2021).


The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 18, at 5.00 PM ET (North American East Coast Time) on Zoom. To register to the event, please click on this link:


Dr Olesya Khrometchuk is a historian and a writer. She received her PhD in History from University College London. She has taught the history of East-Central Europe at the University of Cambridge and several other institutions. Prior to A Loss, she published ‘Undetermined’ Ukrainians: Post-War Narratives of the Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ Division. She is currently the Director of the Ukrainian Institute London.


We look forward to welcoming you to this unique event.




Dominique Arel

Chair of Ukrainian Studies, uOttawa


Cassian Soltakevych

President, UCPBA Ottawa Chapter

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