Boycott Russian goods, say Bolton's Ukrainian community

A woman passes by shops burned by shelling in Donetsk, Ukraine

A woman passes by shops burned by shelling in Donetsk, Ukraine

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

BOLTON'S Ukrainian community is urging people to boycott Russian goods amid ongoing tensions between the two nations.

Members of the Ukrainian club in The Haulgh say they are horrified about the atrocities taking place in their country.

The Bolton branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB), claims Europe is “now at war”, after Russian tanks were believed to have illegally crossed Ukraine’s border.

Its members have subsequently backed the AUGB General Council’s calls to ban all Russian assets in the UK and say supermarkets should ban Russian products from their shelves.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has accused Russian armed forces of a ‘blatant violation’ of Ukraine’s sovereignty, while US President Barack Obama has said “the new images of Russian forces inside Ukraine make that plain for the world to see”.

Since April, 2,600 people are believed to have been killed in Eastern Ukraine and at least 1,000 Russian troops are believed to have entered the country.

Russia has denied sending troops and arms to Ukraine.

Yaroslav Tymchyshyn, the community officer for the Bolton branch of AUGB, said he was “deeply saddened” by what is happening in his homeland.

Mr Tymchyshyn, aged 60, who lives in The Haulgh, said: “I think people need to realise that Europe is now at war — I strongly believe that. My wife’s cousin was in a battalion in the Eastern front for three months and he will not talk about the horrors he saw there.

“The people of Bolton can assist us by boycotting Russian products. I don’t want them to buy Russian Standard Vodka or anything associated with Russia.

“The West has got to ask itself — ‘how long can we carry on with these lies?’”

Peter Hrycaj, chairman of the Bolton branch of AUGB, described the situation in his homeland as a ‘tragedy’.

Mr Hrycaj, aged 63, of Horwich, said: “We are horrified with what’s been going on — this has been going on for many, many years. It’s a tragedy.

“It has been 23 years since Ukraine gained independence, but it feels like the past is repeating itself. Russia is trying to fool people in terms of its involvement.

“Anything that supports Ukraine and weakens Russia, whether it be banning Russian products or making other economic sanctions, has to be welcomed.”

A statement from the AUGB General Council said: “We call on the UK Government to act with strength and resolve now: to freeze all Russian assets in the UK and EU and to provide urgent medical and military assistance to Ukraine's government.

“This is not just Ukraine's fight. For the sake of long term peace and stability in all of Europe, Russia's relentless aggression, lies and breaches of international law cannot and must not be tolerated any longer.”

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11:34am Mon 1 Sep 14

guesty86 says...

Looks like another minority trying to impose restrictions on our way of life again, why are they trying to involve this country in their fight, by dictating what produce we should buy
Looks like another minority trying to impose restrictions on our way of life again, why are they trying to involve this country in their fight, by dictating what produce we should buy guesty86
  • Score: -46

12:04pm Mon 1 Sep 14

SleepingThunder says...

Did Crimea not vote to become part of Russia? I think it is EU trying to impose its will on people & state when they do not like the way the vote turns out.
In all honesty I find escalations in Ukraine scary & EU are shooting there self in the foot with sanctions a lot of EU goods are traded into Russia.
Did Crimea not vote to become part of Russia? I think it is EU trying to impose its will on people & state when they do not like the way the vote turns out. In all honesty I find escalations in Ukraine scary & EU are shooting there self in the foot with sanctions a lot of EU goods are traded into Russia. SleepingThunder
  • Score: -29

12:18pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Tim Burr says...

guesty86 wrote:
Looks like another minority trying to impose restrictions on our way of life again, why are they trying to involve this country in their fight, by dictating what produce we should buy
What way of life would that be?

I don't think you understand - how is asking you to boycott dictating?

Would you be happy to live under occupation?

Yaroslav Tymchyshyn's relatives fled tyrants and murderers that made Hitler look like an amateur in the murder stakes, would you like to see it happen again?
[quote][p][bold]guesty86[/bold] wrote: Looks like another minority trying to impose restrictions on our way of life again, why are they trying to involve this country in their fight, by dictating what produce we should buy[/p][/quote]What way of life would that be? I don't think you understand - how is asking you to boycott dictating? Would you be happy to live under occupation? Yaroslav Tymchyshyn's relatives fled tyrants and murderers that made Hitler look like an amateur in the murder stakes, would you like to see it happen again? Tim Burr
  • Score: 25

12:36pm Mon 1 Sep 14

emptyhead says...

Hard to know which liars to believe in a situation llike this. It looks like the Western world is just Putin bashing to my eyes.
Hard to know which liars to believe in a situation llike this. It looks like the Western world is just Putin bashing to my eyes. emptyhead
  • Score: -31

12:55pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Albinosupport says...

I do empathise with the Ukrainians', but not all Russian people are bad, and if they have shops here then that is someone's livelihood that is going to be affected, families etc. Yes it is awful what is happening over there but we need to rise above it and carry on.
I do empathise with the Ukrainians', but not all Russian people are bad, and if they have shops here then that is someone's livelihood that is going to be affected, families etc. Yes it is awful what is happening over there but we need to rise above it and carry on. Albinosupport
  • Score: 8

1:00pm Mon 1 Sep 14

waynagain says...

Russia is only inciting unrest in Ukraine because they know that the USA won't do anything. Putin knows Obama is weak and he's taking advantage. He wants the rich natural resources found in that region of Ukraine. First he took over Crimea, now he wants eastern Ukraine, and claims he is helping Russian citizens in those areas. Sounds very similar to what Hitler said when he went into Austria and the Sudetenland.
Russia is only inciting unrest in Ukraine because they know that the USA won't do anything. Putin knows Obama is weak and he's taking advantage. He wants the rich natural resources found in that region of Ukraine. First he took over Crimea, now he wants eastern Ukraine, and claims he is helping Russian citizens in those areas. Sounds very similar to what Hitler said when he went into Austria and the Sudetenland. waynagain
  • Score: 34

1:19pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Tim Burr says...

"To members of Parliament, the news that Russian soldiers are fighting alongside mercenaries in Eastern Ukraine is very disturbing.

President Vladimir Putin's denials of not assisting his paid mercenaries no longer hold water.

Ukraine is facing an invasion by Russian troops, supposedly on holiday.

The situation is very grave, whether for Ukrainians or Europeans. Sanctions seem not to be working and the regime in Moscow has acquired selective deafness.

Could you please, as a matter of extreme urgency, make representations to the Prime Minister's Office, the Foreign Secretary and the Defence Minister? Ukrainian soldiers, professional and volunteers, and civilians are dying defending Ukraine against this invasion.


It is not an incursion, it is not troops lost 25kms inside the Ukrainian border; it is an invasion of Russian forces under the control of Putin. Ukraine is a sovereign state. Russia has declared war on its neighbour, Ukraine.

The west cannot and should not sit idly by, it needs to act, and act decisively, against Putin and Russia.

Please assist Ukraine and Ukrainians in our hour of need.

Yaroslaw Tymchyshyn Community Officer Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, Bolton Branch"
"To members of Parliament, the news that Russian soldiers are fighting alongside mercenaries in Eastern Ukraine is very disturbing. President Vladimir Putin's denials of not assisting his paid mercenaries no longer hold water. Ukraine is facing an invasion by Russian troops, supposedly on holiday. The situation is very grave, whether for Ukrainians or Europeans. Sanctions seem not to be working and the regime in Moscow has acquired selective deafness. Could you please, as a matter of extreme urgency, make representations to the Prime Minister's Office, the Foreign Secretary and the Defence Minister? Ukrainian soldiers, professional and volunteers, and civilians are dying defending Ukraine against this invasion. It is not an incursion, it is not troops lost 25kms inside the Ukrainian border; it is an invasion of Russian forces under the control of Putin. Ukraine is a sovereign state. Russia has declared war on its neighbour, Ukraine. The west cannot and should not sit idly by, it needs to act, and act decisively, against Putin and Russia. Please assist Ukraine and Ukrainians in our hour of need. Yaroslaw Tymchyshyn Community Officer Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, Bolton Branch" Tim Burr
  • Score: 33

3:22pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Wolfie190 says...

What rubbish Russian goods do we import here anyway ?
What rubbish Russian goods do we import here anyway ? Wolfie190
  • Score: -5

4:30pm Mon 1 Sep 14

mr.mark.c says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
What rubbish Russian goods do we import here anyway ?
Gas
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: What rubbish Russian goods do we import here anyway ?[/p][/quote]Gas mr.mark.c
  • Score: 1

4:34pm Mon 1 Sep 14

SleepingThunder says...

Putin/Russia did what EU asked & put it to the vote the people voted to become part of Russia , you cannot get more democratic than that.
Europe exports many goods to Russia & we Import most of our natural gas from Russia so as we apply sanctions so do Russia.
What did Victoria Nuland: US-Assistant Secretary of State say on phone intercept F*ck EU just get our man in government.When are we going to learn US is not the worlds policeman.
Putin/Russia did what EU asked & put it to the vote the people voted to become part of Russia , you cannot get more democratic than that. Europe exports many goods to Russia & we Import most of our natural gas from Russia so as we apply sanctions so do Russia. What did Victoria Nuland: US-Assistant Secretary of State say on phone intercept F*ck EU just get our man in government.When are we going to learn US is not the worlds policeman. SleepingThunder
  • Score: 1

8:31pm Mon 1 Sep 14

pradagucci says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Wolfie190 wrote:
What rubbish Russian goods do we import here anyway ?
Gas
Snow!!
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: What rubbish Russian goods do we import here anyway ?[/p][/quote]Gas[/p][/quote]Snow!! pradagucci
  • Score: 0

8:35pm Mon 1 Sep 14

pradagucci says...

guesty86 wrote:
Looks like another minority trying to impose restrictions on our way of life again, why are they trying to involve this country in their fight, by dictating what produce we should buy
So then our country shouldn't stick it's nose in the whole world's business also. We have dictated other countries for decades and we still do........what a pathetic comment.
[quote][p][bold]guesty86[/bold] wrote: Looks like another minority trying to impose restrictions on our way of life again, why are they trying to involve this country in their fight, by dictating what produce we should buy[/p][/quote]So then our country shouldn't stick it's nose in the whole world's business also. We have dictated other countries for decades and we still do........what a pathetic comment. pradagucci
  • Score: -1

10:13am Tue 2 Sep 14

oftbewildered2 says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Wolfie190 wrote:
What rubbish Russian goods do we import here anyway ?
Gas
and wheat I believe - and we export a heck of a lot to Russia; loss of that export market would affect the British economy. This is a mess indeed. Of course we all want to support those we perceive as being suppressed etc., and I am sure the government will be taking all steps to try to sort this out. Very difficult when Putin and his officials seem to adopt an attitude of denial
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: What rubbish Russian goods do we import here anyway ?[/p][/quote]Gas[/p][/quote]and wheat I believe - and we export a heck of a lot to Russia; loss of that export market would affect the British economy. This is a mess indeed. Of course we all want to support those we perceive as being suppressed etc., and I am sure the government will be taking all steps to try to sort this out. Very difficult when Putin and his officials seem to adopt an attitude of denial oftbewildered2
  • Score: 0
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