HISTORIC NYC CONFERENCE TO HONOR 25 YEARS OF UKRAINIAN INDEPENDENCE

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New York, NY (UCCA) – On September 17, 2016, a once-in-a-generation, full-day conference will bring together over two dozen key academic, media and governmental voices from the United States, Ukraine and Europe to discuss the historical significance of Ukraine as well as delve into the country’s prospects for towards becoming a full-fledged member of the Euro-Atlantic Community. The event entitled Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Modern Ukrainian State will gather at the Princeton Club of New York (15 West 43rd Street) and feature four panel discussions and three highlight presentations dedicated to taking a fresh, critical look at topics such as Ukraine’s Distant and Recent Past, as well as carefully divining Ukraine’s Near and Further Future. Following the panels and presentations will be a special evening banquet, also at the Princeton Club, at which U.S. and Ukrainian government officials will reflect upon Ukraine’s Present Situation as well as the state of relations between our two countries.

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25 Years of Independence

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New York, NY (UCCA) – August 24, 2016 will mark 25 years since the people of Ukraine proclaimed an end to centuries of bondage, and resolutely vowed to protect their new democracy, while charting a future course towards closer European integration. Sadly, this historic anniversary is overshadowed by the knowledge that for the past 2 years the people of Ukraine have been fighting to defend their nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity from military, economic, cyber and information warfare – or hybrid war - by Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Just last month, Ukraine recorded the highest number of civilian casualties from Russian attacks in over a year, twice that of the previous month.

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UCCA Issues Statement on Platforms of American Political Parties

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New York, NY (UCCA) – The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the nation’s largest representation of over 1,000,000 Ukrainians in America, continually monitors positions and statements made throughout every election cycle concerning U.S. foreign policy and the continuing war being waged against Ukraine by Putin’s Russia. Over the past several months, UCCA representatives have reached out as in years past to both the Republican and the Democratic National Committees in advance of an historic election this November. Additionally, since August of 2015, members of the UCCA Executive Board have communicated directly with the campaigns of several presidential candidates from both major parties, on behalf of the Ukrainian American community and its desire to aid the Ukrainian nation, in accordance with the stated mission of the UCCA.

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#SUPPORT UKRAINE!

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Earlier this year, the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), the Washington DC public affairs bureau of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), initiated the #SUPPORT UKRAINE! campaign to bring more attention to the situation in Ukraine, the plight of Ukrainians enduring the ravages of war in eastern Ukraine, and those who are under constant brutal measures in Russia-occupied Crimea. #SUPPORT UKRAINE! activities included “Ukrainian Days” advocacy events, rallies in front of the White House, and outreach to the mass media.  Joining us have been other Central and East European communities who clearly understand that if left unchecked, acts of Russian aggression will drastically effect world security and re-draw the current map of Europe.  Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity are paramount to geo-political stability worldwide.

The U.S. Congress is out of session for the traditional August recess.  #SUPPORT UKRAINE! campaign is calling upon all Ukrainian community representatives to meet with their Members of Congress in your local districts.  This provides a unique opportunity to bring to their attention issues of concern regarding U.S.-Ukraine relations and relevant factors of U.S. security interests in the Central and East European region.  Below please find a checklist of questions and concerns to raise with your elected official.  Please use the checklist to engage in a discussion with your official and request a written statement in support of our issues.

Thank you for your continued support and attention to this important matter.  Should you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact the UCCA at 212 228-6840 or UNIS at 202 547-0018 at your convenience.

In addition, please note the following information regarding commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian Independence Day in Congress will be commemorated on Thursday, September 15, 2016.  The event will feature an evening reception with remarks by Members of Congress, presentation of awards, as well as a "Ukrainian Day" advocacy event during the day.  Additional details will be forthcoming.

25th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence

"Ukrainian Days"

September 15, 2016

Congress – Washington, DC

SUPPORT UKRAINE! and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s restored independence. Walk the halls of Congress during the day advocating for greater assistance to Ukraine and join members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to honor Ukraine’s renewed independence.

#SupportUkraine

Checklist for Ukrainian America Voters

___ The non-negotiability of the territorial integrity of Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders, including Crimea.

___ Demanding the immediate withdrawal of covert and overt Russian forces and equipment from Ukraine.

___ The “Open Door “ policy for eventual NATO membership for Ukraine.

___ Maintaining and strengthening economic sanctions against Russia until it fully complies with its international obligations.

___ Enhancing the U.S.-Ukraine strategic partnership.

For more info: facebook.com/ucca.org or ucca.org

 

 

UCCA Honors 20th Anniversary of Ukraine’s Constitution

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New York, NY (UCCA) – This Tuesday, June 28, marks 20 years since Independent Ukraine’s democratically elected Members of Parliament, working late into the night, delivered on the promise of drafting and ratifying a new Constitution. Of the many countries experiencing independence for the first time in decades, Ukraine took the longest to ratify its Constitution. Perhaps signifying its international importance on the world stage, agreements for Ukraine to cooperate militarily with NATO and the renouncement of its nuclear weapons were ratified before Ukraine took to finalizing its national system of law.

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