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The U.S. Congress has recessed for their election campaigning and will not resume their session until mid-November.  In the meantime, as the congressmen and senators are campaigning in their respective districts and states, it is imperative that you contact their district offices, request a meeting, and advocate passage of three congressional bills regarding military assistance to Ukraine and non-recognition of Crimea's "annexation" by Russia.  Time is of the essence...Congress will only be in session for a few weeks in November and December.  Ukraine needs assistance from the United States immediately!  Your attention to these issues is highly appreciated!

The two bills in the House of Representatives are:

* H.R.5190, the Ukraine Security Assistance Act of 2014 provides military assistance to Ukraine and designates Ukraine as a Major non-NATO Ally (MNNA).  It was introduced by Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and is co-sponsored by Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Sander Levin, co-chairs of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus.

* H.R.5241, the Crimea Annexation Non-recognition Act prohibits the United States to recognize de juro or de facto annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.  It was introduced by Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA).

The bill in the U.S. Senate is:

* S.2828, the “Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014” provides military and security assistance to Ukraine, designates it as a Major non-NARO Ally (MNNA), and imposes further sanctions on the Russian Federation.  The bill was introduced by the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), respectively.

UNIS requests you contact your elected officials (Senator or Congressman) immediately and request a meeting to seek their support of H.R.5190, H.R.5241, and S.2828.  Please visit or and find your elected official and send an electronic message requesting their support for the bills.  Briefing papers on the topics are enclosed.

Ukraine has been needs the Ukrainian American community’s assistance!   ACT NOW!

Please distribute this information to your e-mail contacts. SPREAD THE WORD - HELP UKRAINE NOW!!

Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the Ukrainian National Information Service 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 .

Observer Application for the October 26, 2014 Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine

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UCCA's International Election Observer Application


Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections

October 26, 2014


Since 1994, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) has been hosting delegations of International Election Observers to monitor Ukraine’s presidential and parliamentary elections. In anticipation of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine on October 26, 2014, the UCCA is once again actively seeking volunteers to serve as International Election Observers.


If you are interested in serving as a member of the UCCA’s Election Observer Mission, Ukraine’s Central Election Commission (CEC) requires a completed questionnaire and photo or scanned copy of the face page of your passport. This application must be accurately and fully completed in order for your name to be submitted to the CEC.  Both documents must be submitted to the UCCA National Office no later than October 13. 2014.

To participate as a UCCA International Election Observer, you must plan to be in country at least 7-10 days to fully participate in the program.  Since the elections are being held on Sunday, October 26th, you should arrive no later than October 22nd so that you can participate in the UCCA’s October 23rd mandatory election briefing seminar, and have plenty of time to travel to the destination where you will be observing the elections. For your safety, CEC accreditations will be distributed only after completing the UCCA Training session.  Your stay in Ukraine should extend several days past October 26th to allow for travel back to Kyiv as well as participation in the UCCA’s mandatory debriefing session on October 28th. The UCCA Election Observer Mission will conclude on October 29th.  A detailed Election schedule will be forthcoming.

Additionally, all observers of the UCCA Election Observer Mission must follow a strict code of conduct.  The UCCA Code of Conduct form is attached to this letter and must be signed by you prior to obtaining your official accreditation from the Central Election Commission (CEC).  Failure to adhere to the Code of Conduct may result in observers being stripped of their accreditation and removed from the mission.

The UCCA will make every effort to accommodate your choices as to where you wish to observe the elections, but reserves the right to deploy you where needed, as your safety is our first priority.

The UCCA does not cover expenses related to the Election Observer Mission.  All observers are responsible for covering their own expenses related to the mission, including travel, accommodations, meals and medical insurance, should you so desire.

The UCCA is responsible for organizing and covering all costs for training, providing accreditation and coordinating logistics for observers as well as election monitoring.


The UCCA does not take responsibility in the event the CEC rejects your application for any reason.




Last Name (as written in passport):                   ___________________________________

First Name (as written in passport):                   ___________________________________

Middle Name (as written in passport):   ___________________________________

Citizenship:                                                       ___________________________________

Date of Birth (mm/dd/yy):         ___________________________________


Passport Number:  ____________________   Passport issued by (country):_____________


Passport issued on (date):   _____________    Passport expiration date: ________________


Profession                                                        ____________________________________

Place of employment                                         ____________________________________

Name of International organization from which you will be serving as an International Election Observer                                                 Ukrainian Congress Committee of America

Type and date of the election of deputies of Ukraine, which provides for the supervision of the electoral process                                             October 26, 2014 Parliamentary elections

Election observation experience (country, year)   ____________________________________

Address:(street, state, zip code, Country)                 ____________________________________




Telephone /fax/email     __________________________________________________________


Date of entry into Ukraine: _____________ Date of departure from Ukraine: ______________


Additional Questions for the UCCA


In order to be considered as a UCCA International Election Observer, you must answer all of the questions below.


1. Have you ever served as an International Election Observer with the UCCA?            YES /NO

If yes, when and where?           _____________________________________________

[If you have never served as an International Election Observer with the UCCA, we strongly urge you to provide a letter of recommendation with your submitted application, from your employer/university, a Ukrainian community organization or other international organization]

2. Knowledge of languages (please place check on appropriate line):

Fluent                     Good Command                    Limited  No Knowledge


Reading            ____                ____                            ___                  ___

Writing ____                ____                            ___                  ___

Speaking          ____                ____                            ___                  ___



Reading            ____                ____                            ___                  ___

Writing ____                ____                            ___                  ___

Speaking          ____                ____                            ___                  ___

Other languages: ______________________________________


3. Do you need transportation from the airport?                         YES                 NO

(Transfers from the airport can be arranged at a rate of 30USD)

4. If you would like transportation from the airport, please provide detailed flight information including: date and time of arrival, airline carrier, flight number.


5. Will you need UCCA to arrange hotel accommodations while in Kyiv?

YES                 NO

If yes, would you prefer a hotel room or an apartment?  Hotel                Apartment

If yes, would you be willing to share a room?                 YES                 NO

If traveling with someone with whom you would like to share a room, please provide their name: __________________________________________


If you are staying with family/friends, please provide contact information including address and phone number?



6. If selected as a member of the UCCA’s Delegation of International Election Observers, do you agree to be placed in any part of Ukraine?                                               YES                 NO

7. The UCCA International Election Observer Mission will be coordinating its work with the Ukrainian World Congress to send observers where they are most needed. Because your safety is our first priority, the UCCA cannot guarantee that you will be placed in the oblast of your choice.  Please list, in order of preference, the oblasts in which you would prefer to serve as an International Election Observer,







8. Would you like the UCCA to arrange for in-country travel (ie. Train/plane tickets for travel to/from another oblast outside of Kyiv)?          Train         Plane                       YES                 NO

9. Will you need hotel accommodations in the oblast where you will be serving as an International Election Observer?                                                                YES                 NO

Please understand that your selection as an UCCA International Election Observer is a serious commitment, and that if accepted, your colleagues on the observer mission, as well as the UCCA are counting on you to keep your commitment.  Although emergencies do happen, your selection as an observer is an honor for you, your country, the UCCA and your fellow observer teammates.  It is expected that you will honor your commitment.

Please understand that all expenses related to serving as a volunteer Election Observer with the UCCA Mission are the sole responsibility of the applicant.

Please submit the completed form, along with a photo or scanned copy of the face page of the passport to the UCCA National Office by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or regular mail to:

Ukrainian Congress Committee of America

203 Second Avenue

New York, NY 10003

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the UCCA’s National Office at (212) 228-6840 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




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Washington, DC (UNIS) -   The Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), the Washington public-affairs bureau of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), has sponsored two “Ukrainian Day” advocacy events this year – one at the height of the Maidan protests in early February, and the most recent one in mid-July.  Both events brought dozens of participants to Washington, DC to meet with government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) involved in formulating and monitoring U.S. policy toward Ukraine, as well as to interact with Members of Congress to discuss the community’s concerns of additional, desperately needed assistance to Ukraine.

In mid-September, UNIS will once again sponsor “Ukrainian Days” advocacy event on Wednesday and Thursday, September 17-18, 2014.  This endeavor is especially critical considering the war being waged in eastern Ukraine against the foreign-borne Russian-supplied terrorists.  The goal of “Ukrainian Days” is to encourage Members of Congress to enhance support of military assistance to Ukraine to fend off the terrorists and preserve Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence.  The “Ukrainian Days” event will also honor individuals who have contributed to the betterment of U.S.-Ukraine relations with a reception and presentation of the “Friend of UNIS Award”.

The two-day advocacy program will be in conjunction with the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) advocacy event being held on Thursday, September 18th.  As a founding member of the CEEC, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America works in tandem with the CEEC to advance U.S. foreign policy issues in Central and East Europe.  Thursday’s CEEC advocacy event will provide members of the Ukrainian America community an opportunity to meet with other ethnic community members and advocate issues of mutual interest.

Founded by the UCCA during the height of the Cold War in 1977, UNIS has been instrumental in advocating the community’s concerns for almost 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.

SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 17-18, 2014!  Join us in advancing our community’s concerns in Washington and celebrate a “Ukrainian Evening” on Capitol Hill. Further information will be forthcoming on the UNIS Facebook page and the UCCA website at


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Dear Friends of Ukraine,

Based upon the community's prodding, the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus has initiated a letter of support to House and Senate leadership requesting a Joint Session of Congress for Presdient Poroshenko when he is in Washington in mid-September.  Attached please find the initial UNIS Action Item requesting you to contact your Member of Congress and advocate a Joint Session of Congress.
Please visit and find your Member of Congress and send an electronic message to sign onto the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus letter to the Speaker of the House and Senate leadership to afford President Poroshenko an opportunity to address a Joint Session of Congress. The Caucus letter is listed below for your reference.

Sign onto Letter Inviting Ukrainian President Poroshenko to

Address a Joint Session of Congress


Dear Colleague,

As you know, Ukraine has experienced a tumultuous several months, from civil unrest that ousted the Yanukovych regime to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and incitation of continued violence in eastern Ukraine. Since 1991, Ukraine has shown steady improvement on its path to becoming an open and democratic society. The United States has a moral obligation to show its commitment to the promotion of democracy around the globe and stand up for those who are struggling for freedom. Given the pivotal moment in history the Ukrainian people currently face, the United States should reinforce its commitment to its strategic partnership with Ukraine by inviting President Poroshenko to address a Joint Session of Congress.

Please join Members of the House Ukrainian Caucus in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership urging them to invite President Poroshenko to address Congress during his expected visit to the U.S. later this month.

To sign on, please contact Shira Siegel in Congressman Quigley’s office at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Mike Quigley                   Marcy Kaptur                 Jim Gerlach                   Sander M. Levin

Member of Congress        Member of Congress       Member of Congress       Member of Congress



Text of letter:

Dear Mr. Speaker, Madam Minority Leader, Mr. Majority Leader, and Mr. Minority Leader,

Ukraine’s President Petro O. Poroshenko is expected to visit Washington, D.C. in September 2014.  Given the importance of our relationship with Ukraine and the ongoing crisis there, we respectfully ask you to invite President Poroshenko to address a Joint Session of Congress.

Ukraine faces a pivotal moment in its history, and the United States is an important partner in Ukraine’s struggle against Russia aggression. From the beginning of the current crisis in Ukraine, the United States has supported the Ukrainian people in their aspirations toward democracy. In the face of an existential threat from Russia, it is more important than ever that the United States and our NATO partners support Ukraine. A joint session with President Poroshenko will show Congressional support for Ukraine while informing Congress of the best ways that we can support the U.S.-Ukraine relationship.

We hope you will extend an invitation to President Poroshenko. Such a gesture will help to deepen and strengthen the relationship between the United States and Ukraine.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.



Members of Congress

Also, SAVE THE DATE - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH for a massive rally in support of Ukraine in front of the White House during the time that Presidents Obama and Poroshenko meet.  This will be an opportunity to show our unified support for Ukraine.  

Please distribute this to your e-mail contacts!
Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the Ukrainian National Information Service 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 .

UCCA: Action Item Support MNNA Status for Ukraine!

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On July 21, President Petro Poroshenko requested Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA) Designation Status for Ukraine live on CNN. In recent months this issue has been a top priority for the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, and has been a major talking point for UCCA's Ukrainian Days in Washington, DC as well as in district Congressional meetings. We now need a big push to get the White House on board.