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Ukrainian Ballet – united in art

How on earth were the Ukrainians able to send a ballet to Australia amid the horrors of war? The United Ukrainian Ballet (UUB) comprises award-winning dancers from Ukraine’s best ballet companies, including the National Opera of Ukraine, Kharkiv Opera Theatre and Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre. All the dancers can tell a harrowing story of […]

The Ukrainian-born Inner West artist raising funds for war victims

By SWAGATALAKSHMI ROYCHOWDURY A Ukrainian-born artist from the Inner West is donating her work to a campaign hoping to raise $5 million for Ukrainian refugees.  Thirty-nine-year-old Natalia Vyaz has created a large-scale artwork called 'The Horn of Plenty' that will be sold as part of a global online auction and non-fungible token (NFT) program to […]

Town Hall hosts Ukraine Crisis Appeal Benefit

By SEJA AL ZAIDI Over 700 people gathered this week at Sydney Town Hall to support Ukraine at the Ukraine Crisis Appeal Benefit. The event was held to raise funds for the ongoing humanitarian and refugee crisis taking place in Ukraine, where the civilian death toll is climbing by the day since the Russian invasion […]


Australia’s range of sanctions against Russia over their invasion of Ukraine is unlikely to cause the aggressor any great pain, but they are an important show of solidarity with other worldwide democracies. Since the post-war period our relationship with Russia has always been a curious one, especially when they expanded into the behemoth that was […]

My enemy’s enemy is my enemy

The gang sat around the Brushtail Cafe contemplating Tony Abbott's increasingly bellicose pronouncements. “I don't get it”, Joadja said, polishing glasses. “Tony Abbott is going back into Iraq in order to help the government fight against the Islamic State terrorists, right?” “Right”, said Old Possum, draining the last swig of cider from his bottle. “But […]

Last thoughts before the world ends (or maybe not)

I was down at Possum Point, which is not far from Batemans Bay, taking a few days off with Joadja and Jesse Dingo when the news filtered through that the Russians had invaded Ukraine. Or The Ukraine, as the world used to say until a few short years ago. Maybe “invade” isn’t quite the right […]