Q: What’s the difference between Ukraine and Russia? Aren’t they basically the same country?
A: There are many similarities between Ukrainian and Russian culture. Their histories have been closely connected throughout the centuries and for a significant part of its history, Ukraine has not been independent of Russia. However, Ukraine and Russia are now independent countries, with their own laws, customs, currencies, politics and languages. Knowledge of Russia frequently is only superficially helpful in understanding Ukraine.

Q: How many Ukrainians are there in the United States?

A: It is estimated that there are approximately 900,000 people of Ukrainian descent living in the United States.

Q: Is it dangerous to go to Ukraine due to the long-term effects of the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident?
A: Although there are some negative long-term health effects for those individuals who were exposed to the radiation of the exploded reactor and who continued to live in the region after the accident, there is no reason to fear visiting Ukraine. The vast majority of Ukraine was unaffected by the Chernobyl accident in the first place.

Q: What is the role of the UACC relative to the existing organizations that promote Ukrainian culture?
A: We try to work with Ukrainian cultural organizations where logical and welcome their participation in the UACC. However, our primary goal is the promotion of commercial activity. The cultural organizations do very good work and we do not see a need to duplicate it.

Q: I don’t know anything about Ukraine, but I’m curious. Can I participate in the UACC community?
A: Absolutely! Our primary goal is one of education.