Ukraine-related events set

AMSTERDAM – The city Ukrainian-American community invites its neighbors and friends to attend two special local events, a news release said.

In a continuing annual tradition, Mayor Ann Thane will issue a proclamation at City Hall, 61 Church St., at noon Friday to commemorate Ukraine’s Independence Day.

Sunday will mark the 23rd anniversary of the independence of Ukraine, the release said.

Also, Father Marian Kostyk will conduct a special mass and memorial service Sunday at 9 a.m., at the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 24 Pulaski St., to pray for peace and for the repose of the souls of “the thousands of victims of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s aggression, including the passengers of flight MH-17,” the release said.

In addition to these events, on Sunday at 12:30 p.m., Lt. Colonel Ihor Dzera, the Ukrainian Military Attache to the United Nations, will hold a press conference at the Watervliet St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 2410 Fourth Ave. at 24th St., the release said.

Dzera will describe the present situation in Ukraine and will explain how Americans can help.

“Since February of this year, more than 2,000 Ukrainians have been killed, tens of thousands wounded, and more than 100,000 displaced from their homes by Putin’s relentless covert, and now overt, interventions,” the release said.

At 2 p.m., a memorial service will be held for the victims of the ongoing Russian terrorism in Ukraine. After the service, Dzera will also address the community in the church hall, the release said.