UCCA Marks the First Anniversary of Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity

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Today, Ukrainians observe a new national holiday -- the anniversary of the start of the Revolution of Dignity. In subsequent years and decades, we will gather on November 21st to remember the “Euromaidan” protesters, those seemingly ordinary people who stood out in the cold, united in prayer and in song, astounding the world and exceeding its expectations about Ukraine. This massive, months-long movement in support of reform and modernization led to the end of a criminal regime, and the beginning of a future based on European values, free of corruption and where rule of law and human rights are respected.

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“UKRAINIAN DAYS” – AN ADVOCACY EVENT TO BRIEF CONGRESS ON MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE - November 18-19 in Washington, D.C.

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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 three “Ukrainian Day” advocacy events this year – one at the height of the Maidan protests in early February, one in mid-July (a day prior to the downing of MH17), and the most recent one in mid-September with the arrival of President Poroshenko in Washington to meet President Obama. All three 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.

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IMMEDIATE ADVOCACY NEEDED TO PROVIDE MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE AND NON-RECOGNITION OF CRIMEAN "ANNEXATION"

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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 http://house.gov or http://senate.gov 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 invaded...it 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 .