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Ukrainian Rusyns

  • 21 March 2022 12:21 PM
    Reply # 12674995 on 12673703
    Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Deborah,

       My heart goes out to the people of Ukraine. It is horrific that which is shown in the news. As far as ethnicity, Carpatho-Rusyns are not Ukrainans. We are not a sub group of Ukrainians but have our distinct culture, history, language. Many of our people live in Ukraine in Transcarpathia in the western part of the country. From my contacts, I understand there is not fighting on  the ground there  and our Rusyn  people are providing humanitarian aide to the refugees. 

      I,too, am 2nd generation. My family in Ukraine lives in a village  beneath the Carpathian mountains and I am very worred for there safety.

    Sharon Jarrow

    Sharon,

    Thank you for your response.  I certainly will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.   I've never been able to trace beyond my grandparents immigration, what family I may have in Eastern Europe.  I only know that 90% of my dna comes from this tragic region of Europe and I wish there was something,  anything that I do to ease the pain of the people of Ukraine and surrounding countries.   

    If you can please post a link of the best way to contribute to the humanitarian needs of these peoples. 

    Sincerely,

    Deborah

  • 20 March 2022 5:15 PM
    Reply # 12673887 on 12673055

    This topic of how Russians viewed Carpatho-Rusyns is complicated.  In general, Russia (depending on the leader and the time in history) considers all East Slavs to be Russian.  This includes Carpatho-Rusyns, Ukrainians, and Belarusians.

  • 20 March 2022 2:04 PM
    Reply # 12673703 on 12673055

    Hi Deborah,

       My heart goes out to the people of Ukraine. It is horrific that which is shown in the news. As far as ethnicity, Carpatho-Rusyns are not Ukrainans. We are not a sub group of Ukrainians but have our distinct culture, history, language. Many of our people live in Ukraine in Transcarpathia in the western part of the country. From my contacts, I understand there is not fighting on  the ground there  and our Rusyn  people are providing humanitarian aide to the refugees. 

      I,too, am 2nd generation. My family in Ukraine lives in a village  beneath the Carpathian mountains and I am very worred for there safety.

    Sharon Jarrow

  • 19 March 2022 7:18 PM
    Message # 12673055

    Hello All:

    I am a second generation Rusyn - both my paternal and maternal grandparents are Rusyn and immigrated to the U.S. in the late 19th century and early 20th.  My maternal grandparents were from the border of Ukraine and southern Poland on the Northern slopes of the Carpathians,  and my paternal grandparents from  North Eastern Slovakia.   

    I am distraught and heartsick about the horrific death and destruction that Russia has inflicted on Ukraine, and I have been trying to understand and learn more about the Rusyns in Ukraine.   I understand that Ukraine did not recognize Rusyns as a minority population, but only a subgroup.  

    I would greatly appreciate if forum members could help me understand how Russians viewed the Rusyn populations, and how many Rusyns are still in Ukraine.   

    My prayers, love and deep sorrow go out to the Ukrainian people.

    Sincerely,

    Deborah

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