Postcrossing #UA-1314549: Greetings from the City of Lviv

I recently blogged about a card received from Lviv during the current war. This is one that came to me seven and a half years ago using the Postcrossing system. Ironically, this card is also a product of the Farion line published in Lviv. Lviv (Львів) is the largest city in western Ukraine, and the sixth-largest in Ukraine, with a population of 717,510. It serves … Continue reading Postcrossing #UA-1314549: Greetings from the City of Lviv

Lviv, Ukraine: My Ukraine

Despite having a family history rooted in southwestern Russia with ancestors on my father’s side (wealthy landowners with ties to the aristocracy up until the 1917 Revolution) and strong connections in the Voronezh and Samara oblasts, I have come out in support of Ukraine during the ongoing conflict. I have a number of close friendships with people in the capital city of Kyiv and dotted … Continue reading Lviv, Ukraine: My Ukraine

Ukraine Independence Day

August 24 marks the Independence Day of (modern) Ukraine (День незалежності України), celebrating the 1991 Declaration of Independence (Акт проголошення незалежності України). This was adopted in the aftermath of the coup attempt in the Soviet Union on 19 August, when hardline Communist leaders attempted to restore central Communist party control over the USSR. In response (during a tense 11-hour extraordinary session), the Supreme Soviet (parliament) … Continue reading Ukraine Independence Day