About the Ukraine

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  • Population: 44.9 million
  • Languages: Ukrainian (official), Russsian
  • Main religions: Ukrainian Orthodox (83%), Ukrainian Greek Catholic (8%)

About Ukrainian-Americans

  • Local population: About 2,400 of Ukrainian ancestry
  • Why they came here: Early immigrants were looking for work; later immigrants were political refugees after the fall of the Soviet Union.
  • When they came: 1880s and 1990s

More resources:

  • "Kobzar's Children: A Century of Untold Ukrainian Stories," by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
  • "The Winding Path to Freedom: A Memoir of Life in the Ukrainian Underground," by Roman Mac

Then-Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, spiritual leader of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, visits Utica's St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Catholic Church in Aug. 2004. Credit: Michael Doherty/Observer-Dispatch
Parishioners prepare perogies for the St. Volodymyr the Great Ukrainian Catholic Church Festival in Oct. 2009. Credit: Dave Londres/Observer-Dispatch

An annual festival helped the local Ukrainian community bounce back from an act of vandalism

Sources: CIA World Factbook, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, 2006-2010 American Community Survey, O-D archives