The “Ukrainian Union for the Revival of the USSR” held its founding congress on July 18 in Kyiv. Delegations from eighteen Ukrainian regions attended. The congress approved a program envisaging the “restoration of a Ukrainian Soviet Socialist state … which would join with other Soviet republics in a renewed USSR.” The Ukrainian Communist Party’s parliamentary deputy Volodymyr Moyseyenko was elected chairman of the Ukrainian Union. The organization joins the “International Movement for the Union of Fraternal Peoples,” which is associated with the Union of Communist Parties–CPSU headed by former CPSU Politburo member Oleg Shenin. It was not immediately clear whether Moyseyenko and others were acting on behalf of a radical group within the Ukrainian Communist Party, or whether the party’s official leadership under Petro Symonenko blessed this initiative. (Ukrainian agencies, July 19)
SHEVARDNADZE SURGERY SAID TO BE SUCCESSFUL.