UCCA Strategy Plan to Assist Ukraine

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UCCA STRATEGY PLAN

In light of the critical situation in Ukraine, the UCCA’s External Affairs Committee  has developed an emergency Strategy Plan for our community to help us achieve our main goal—the implementation of the Ukraine Freedom Support Act which will enable the U.S. government to provide the defensive lethal military aid Ukraine so desperately needs. The Strategy Plan also includes other timely issues which deserve our community’s attention and support.

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Urge Secretary Kerry to Condemn Russia and Support Nadiya Savchenko

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From: The Honorable Bill Pascrell, Jr.
Date: 1/20/2015

Deadline: Thursday, January 22

Current Signers: Sander Levin

Dear Colleague,


In advance of Global Free Nadiya Savchenko Day on January 26th, please join me in urging Secratry Kerry to intensify his public condemnation of Nadiya Savchenko’s illegal imprisonment by Russia.


It has been over seven months since Nadiya Savchenko, a former Ukrainian Air Force pilot, Iraq War Veteran, Member of Ukraine’s Parliament and delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, was captured by Russian-backed militia in southeastern Ukraine and brought to Russia. Since being transnationaly abducted, Savchenko has been accused of helping kill two Russian journalists and held in isolation while she awaits her day in Russian court, which has been delayed.


As a result of the delay, Savchenko has been on a hunger strike for over a month while in Russian prison. These actions are a clear violation of her human rights and international standards according to clause 5 of the September 5, 2014 Minsk Protocol, which called for the immediate release of all unlawfully detained persons.


Savchenko has become a rallying point in the Ukrainian community and deserves our support. If you have any questions or you would like to sign on, please contact Dylan Sodaro in my office at 5-5751 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by COB Thursday, January 22.

Sincerely,


Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.

Member of Congress



Letter Text

Dear Secretary Kerry,


We write to urge you to strongly condemn Russia’s transnational abduction and the subsequent unlawful detention of Nadiya Savchenko, former Ukrainian Air Force pilot, Iraq War Veteran, Member of Ukraine’s Parliament and delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and do everything in your power to secure her immediate release.


On June 18, 2014, Ms. Savchenko was captured by pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine while carrying out her duty to defend her country. Eventually, she was transported to Russia, illegally detained under unsubstantiated charges, subjected to numerous interrogations by Russian authorities and denied access to her counsel. These actions are a clear violation of her human rights and international standards according to clause 5 of the September 5, 2014 Minsk Protocol, which called for the immediate release of all unlawfully detained persons. Subsequent to Russia’s actions and the decision to extend her arrest, Ms. Savchenko entered a hunger strike. We are deeply concerned for Ms. Savchenko’ health and wellbeing, as she is in solitary confinement and has been denied urgently-needed medical attention and communication with her legal counsel.


Russia’s actions betray their previous commitments and have derailed good faith efforts to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine. It is imperative you utilize all diplomatic efforts to ensure the safety of Ms. Savchenko’s life and other illegally imprisoned Ukrainians immediate release. We respectfully urge you to intensify your public condemnation of her illegal imprisonment by Russia, and demand that she and the other illegally imprisoned Ukrainians be freed.


Sincerely,

Friends of 37th Zaporizhsky Territorial Volunteer Battalion Adopted by Washington, DC Region

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Washington, DC – A local group of community activists recently met to discuss the current crisis in Ukraine and how the Washington, DC area can directly assist the war effort.  One of our community members, Dr. Vitalij Garber, who has extensive defense and military experience, was an international election observer under the auspices of Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) during the recent Ukrainian elections.  Dr. Garber was assigned to the Zaporizhska Oblast and in the process had an opportunity to get acquainted with the region and in particular the newly formed 37th Zaporizhsky Territorial Volunteer Battalion.  That centrally-located oblast reaches down to the Sea of Azov and sits astride of the next likely Russian invasion route on its way to grab a land corridor to Crimea.

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UCCA Calls for the Immediate Release of Nadiya Savchenko

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The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the representative organization of the over one million Americans of Ukrainian descent, strongly condemns Russia’s transnational abduction and subsequent unlawful detention of Nadiya Savchenko, former Ukrainian Air Force pilot, Iraq War Veteran, Member of Ukraine’s Parliament and delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and calls for her immediate release.

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‘UKRAINE FREEDOM SUPPORT ACT OF 2014’ PASSES CONGRESS… PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS ACT

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Washington, DC (UNIS) – The Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 passed the United States Senate in the late hours of Saturday, December 13th.  With the unanimous consent vote in both chambers, the bill was sent to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature.  President Obama signed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

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