On 9 December the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Latvia hosted the discussion dedicated to the 100th anniversary of diplomatic service of Ukraine with participation of Ukrainian historians Ivan Patryliak and Andrii Rukkas, as well as Ukrainian and Latvian activists.
While opening the event Charge d’Affaires a.i. Alisa Podolyak told the gathering about the establishment of the Ukrainian diplomatic service on 22 December 1917 and celebration in 2017 the centennial of the Ukrainian revolution of 1917 – 1921. Having briefed the audience about the main landmarks of Ukrainian – Latvian diplomatic relations, the participants also discussed the general foreign political surrounding and challenges, which the Ukrainian People’s Republic faced that time.
The experts outlined the key tasks of the military policies of the UPR, activities of the Ukrainian national forces in Latvia in 1917 – 1920, the emerging of Ukrainian national identity among soldiers of military units, technologies of discreditation of Ukrainian national leaders and answered the questions of those present.
Prof. Ivan Patryliak – Dean of the Historical Faculty of the Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University, Professor of the Department of Modern History of Ukraine. Specialist in the history of the Ukrainian liberation movement 1930's - 1950's, the history of Ukraine during the Second World War. The author and co-author of more than 200 scientific and popular science publications.
Dr. Andri Rukkas – Associate Professor at the Department of Central and Eastern European History, Faculty of History, Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University. He is a specialist in military history of Ukraine in the 1st half of 20th century, and has more than 100 scholarly and popular publications.