New Union in Ukraine Unites 150 000 Armenia’s

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The "Union of Armenia’s of Russia" served as an example for the creation of the "Union of Armenia’s of Ukraine" NGO–which unites the Armenian community of the country consisting of almost 150,000 people. Nver Mkhitarian–poet Mnatsakan Tarian’s son–a well-known builder and businessman–was elected the chairman of the union. Nver Mkhitarian presides over the "Pozdnyak" dwelling-construction corporation in Kiev.

As Zhenya Tserunian–the chief editor of the Armenian "Aragats" monthly–issued in Kiev–said–"The Union of Armenia’s of Ukraine" has several centers at present–the work of each is controlled by the center functioning in Kiev. In her words–the priority purpose of the organization is to solve the issue of uniting the Armenia’s of Ukraine–assistance of the new members of the community–organizing Armenian Sunday schools at the Armenian churches.

Zhenya Tserunian pointed out that in Ukraine and in the Crimea and Lvov particularly–Armenia’s have been dwelling since the 11th century. Before the 18th century–they were basically concentrated in Lvov where Armenian schools functioned–a church–a museum and other centers of Armenian culture. The two-layered Armenian community in Ukraine is conditioned by the following circumstance: old residents and new-comers. The old residents are those who have come before the 19th century–many of whom occupy high positions in the main country-ruling circles. 99%. The new-comers are those who came to Ukraine after the 1988 earthquake–from Gyumri. There are refugees from Azerbaijan–as well. They deal with trade–construction and other works. Zhenya Tserunian ascertains that most of them are ready to go back to the homeland provided they can find job there.

"Aragats" has been issued in Kiev since September 21–1994. It is an appendix of the "Golos Ukrainy" newspaper–and is issued in the Armenian and the Ukrainian languages. The expenses for the paper issues (3000 copies) are covered by the Ukrainian government. The same way–the papers of 5 other national minorities are issued – Bulgarian–Greek–Polish–Tatar–and Jewish.

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