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The Ethnology Notebooks. 2024. № 1 (175), 83—95

UDK 94(477)”1991/1993”:061.2(=161.2:100)

DOI https://doi.org/10.15407/nz2024.01.083

WORLD CONGRESS OF FREE UKRAINIANS: ESTABLISHING RELATIONS WITH UKRAINIAN STATE INSTITUTIONS AND SOCIETY (1991—1993)

YATSIV Andriy

  • ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1421-6518
  • Master of History, Deputy Director,
  • The International Institute of Education,
  • Culture and Diaspora Relations,
  • Lviv Polytechnic National University,
  • 32A, Stepana Bandery Street, 79013, Lviv, Ukraine,
  • Contacts: e-mail: yatsiv@gmail.com

Abstract. The article highlights the development of relations between the World Congress of Free Ukrainians (WCFU) and the Ukrainian state authorities, public institutions, and society in 1991—1993. Being a superstructure of Ukrainian communities in the diaspora, the WCFU began active communications with representatives of state authorities, public institutions, and society from the first months of the existence of an independent Ukrainian state, seeking ways of interaction and assistance. The systematic participation of the WCFU representation in significant events in Ukraine in the first years of independence and the search for ways to help the Ukrainian state and people demonstrated the clear intention of the Ukrainian diaspora at the beginning of the 1990s to overcome the artificial break between Ukrainians in Ukraine and abroad, caused by years of Soviet occupation, and to become a factor in the revival and development of Ukraine.

The purpose of the article is to systematize and analyze the chronology and development of relations between the World Congress of Free Ukrainians, its representatives and structural components on the one hand, and the Ukrainian state authorities, public institutions, and society on the other in 1991—1993.

The object of the study is the Western Ukrainian diaspora and the World Congress of Free Ukrainians. The subject of the study is the processes of communication and relations between the WCFU and the institutions of the Ukrainian state and society.

The practical significance of the study lies in the possibility of applying its conclusions to expand the theoretical base of Ukrainian diaspora studies, in particular the institutional movement of the Western Ukrainian diaspora and Ukrainian socio-political thought of the XX century.

Keywords: Ukrainian diaspora, World Congress of Free Ukrainians, state independence of Ukraine, Yuriy Shymko, Vasyl Veryga, Leonid Kravchuk.

Received 13.02.2024

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