Ukrainian Day Advocacy Event - Save the Date

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Dear Friends of Ukraine,

SAVE THE DATE for this year's third “Ukrainian Day” advocacy event on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  This is a very important year for the community as we focus on Ukraine's security challenges, the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia, and necessary reforms for Ukraine's full integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions.  Our goal is to seek support for Ukraine's immediate needs - military assistance; continued sanctions against Russia; and, support for Ukraine's reform efforts.

The highlight of the “Ukrainian Day” advocacy event will include a gala evening congressional reception commemorating UNIS’ 40th anniversary. Founded during the height of the Cold War in 1977, UNIS has been instrumental in advocating the community’s concerns for four decades. Its unwavering commitment in bringing about independence for Ukraine and, since 1991 enhancing the bilateral relations between Ukraine and the United States, has earned it much respect throughout Washington.

PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO BE REPRESENTED IN WASHINGTON FOR THISMOMENTOUS ADVOCACY EVENT!

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact UNIS at 202 547-0018, or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Looking forward to seeing you in Washington in October!

RUSSIAN SANCTIONS ARE HERE TO STAY

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New York (UCCA) – On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA (H.R. 3364), codifying into law all existing sanctions imposed on Russia for its illegal annexation of Crimea and its military invasion of Ukraine. Several weeks prior, CAATSA had been passed by both Houses of Congress by an overwhelming and veto-proof majority – 98-2 in the Senate and 419-3 in the House – conveying the strong, bipartisan support for Ukraine in the United States.  As the first major piece of legislation of this Administration, this bill will further punish Moscow for its “significant” cyber attack and influence campaign during the 2016 presidential election, increase US sanctions on Iran, require the Administration report to Congress on Iran’s collaboration with North Korea, and authorizes the expansion of existing US sanctions against all three countries, including their potential applicability to non-US firms.

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DISINFORMATION

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New York (UCCA) – Increasingly over the past few months, the ideological battleground that is social media has seen an uptick in attacks targeting Ukraine. A vast majority of these messages are automated by Russian networks, simply repeating their old messages in order to weaken the overwhelming support of Ukraine by the West. The most disturbing messages, however, are those that can be sourced to voices featured in U.S. media, or worse yet, by government officials.

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UCCA Announces Plans to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Ukrainian World Congress

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In 2017, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), the unifying body of Ukrainian communities around the world, is commemorating its 50th anniversary of service in furthering the interests of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people.  Following the February launch in Toronto, Canada, the UWC will be marking its historic anniversary in communities around the world under the motto “Ukrainians together – the future is ours!”

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UCCA WELCOMES AMB. VOLKER’S ASSESSMENT

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New York, NY (UCCA) -- The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the nation’s largest representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, welcomes Ambassador Kurt Volker’s recent statement that the United States is considering sending lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine to help Ukraine "defend itself if Russia were to take further steps against Ukrainian territory."


Ambassador Volker departed for Ukraine shortly after his appointment as the United States’ Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations earlier this month. After spending the day at the front lines and the adjoining demarcation zone, he correctly assessed that the conflict is a “hot war” and not a frozen conflict.  Coming days after Russia’s bloodiest attempted advance in 2017, which took the lives of 17 Ukrainian soldiers and left dozens more injured, Ambassador Volker, publically stated that Russian “aggression” is to blame for violence in eastern Ukraine and this crisis needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. To better engage in the peace process, Volker added that a new strategic dialog with Russia is needed, one that is based on the principles of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and a change in Russia’s approach.


The UCCA has repeatedly called for the United States to provide lethal defensive assistance to Ukraine, and the newly-appointed US Special Representative’s recent remarks give us hope that the United States will seriously take into consideration stepping up our efforts to address the continuing national security threats Russia poses not just to Ukraine, but to the stabilizing transnational, trans-Atlantic security framework that first emerged after the Second World War.