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The First Steps: Ivan Ohienko’s Entry into the Ukrainian National Arena

Oleh Gerus,
Professor of History,
University of Manitoba

This presentation will shed some light on Ivan Ohienko’s almost accidental entry into Ukrainian political life. His involvement with community efforts to establish a university in the city of Kamianets-Podilsky transformed this little known young academic into a national figure and that in turn opened the door to ministerial service in the short-lived government of the Ukrainian National Republic.

From that time, both as Professor Ivan Ohienko and as Metropolitan Ilarion, he would be driven by personal ambition and a sense of destiny to lead and serve the Ukrainian people for the rest of his life.