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Ukrainian Catholic University Professor Killed in Protest

A modern history professor at Ukrainian Catholic University was killed during the recent protests in the country, according to Catholic News Agency.

The University is mourning the loss of Bohdan Solchanyk, an archivist and sociologist with a special interest in electoral practices in contemporary Ukraine, according to CNA.

“I really appreciated Bohdan as a creative young lecturer and researcher,” Oleksander Ziatsev, the former chair of Ukrainian Catholic University’s modern history department, told CNA.

CNA reports:

[Solchanyk] earned a masters in sociology at Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, and was a Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate Program for Social Research in Warsaw; he taught such courses as “The Soviet Union as a System” at Ukrainian Catholic University and was well regarded among faculty and students.

Solchanyk had a deep concern for Ukraine’s public life, and was reported to have been active in the country’s Orange Revolution in 2004… The Orange Revolution was bloodless, but the current demonstrations saw their bloodiest days this week, with reports of up to 100 dead, both protestors and police forces, since Feb. 18; Ukraine's Health Ministry, meanwhile, has confirmed 75 dead, according to the Kyiv Post.

“We unequivocally affirm that responsibility for the current escalation rests solely on the government – personally Viktor Yanukovych and his ‘hawkish’ command,” the rectorate of Ukrainian Catholic University declared in a Feb. 19statement.

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