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Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty
Henry M. Robert

This week in history

3 June, 2008 - 00:00

June 3 1649: Bohdan Khmelnytsky’s envoys arrive in Moscow to propose joint military actions against the Kingdom of Poland.

1906: The first issue of the journal Ukrainskyi visnyk , the organ of the Ukrainian bloc in parliament and the State Duma, comes off the presses in St. Petersburg.

June 4 1500: The Kyiv community is exempted from all trade duties in accordance with Magdeburg Law.

1990: The Council of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church ordains Metropolitan Mstyslav (Skrypnyk) patriarch of the UAOC.

June 5 1707: Hetman Ivan Mazepa of Ukraine begins secret talks with King Charles XII of Sweden on joint operations against Tsar Peter I of Russia.

1990: The first Council of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church convenes in Kyiv.

June 6 Ukrainian Journalist’s Day 2000: U.S. President Bill Clinton begins his visit to Ukraine during which President Leonid Kuchma of Ukraine announces that the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Station will be closed on Dec. 15, 2000.

June 7 1989: The world’s largest aircraft, the AN-225 (Mria), flies from Kyiv to Paris with the orbital shuttle Burn mounted on its fuselage.

1993: The International Committee on Economic Reforms and Cooperation is established in Kyiv as a nongovernmental organization to encourage the inflow of private foreign capital.

June 8 1937: The first convention of Ukrainian architects opens in Kyiv.

1995: President Leonid Kuchma and Oleksandr Moroz, Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, sign a constitutional agreement on the underlying principles of the organization and functioning of state power in Ukraine.

June 9 1847: Tsar Nicholas I approves Taras Shevchenko’s sentence: conscription, with a ban on writing and painting.

1995: The presidents of Ukraine and the Russian Federation sign an agreement in Sochi on the separate stationing of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia and the Navy of Ukraine, as well as on the distribution of the Black Sea Fleet's property.