UCCA Calls for Volunteers to Serve as International Election Observers

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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, is currently registering applicants for an upcoming Election Observation Mission (EOM), which will travel to Ukraine for the country’s municipal elections scheduled to take place on October 25, 2015. Given the recent constitutional reforms adopted by Ukraine’s Parliament, as well as a newly enacted Election Law, the upcoming elections in Ukraine represent an important step towards implementing necessary reforms in Ukraine. However, some of these changes will dramatically increase the time needed for local and central election commissions to count the votes, making the need for international election observers more important than ever.

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SAVE THE DATE “UKRAINIAN DAYS” – AN ADVOCACY EVENT TO BRIEF CONGRESS ON IMMEDIATE AID TO UKRAINE

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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 in March, and the most recent one in mid-July on the eve of the 1st anniversary of the downing of MH17.  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 16-17, 2015. 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, as well as to bring attention to Ukraine’s economic situation and the resounding number of internally displaced persons because of the war.  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”.

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 16-17, 2015!  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 www.ucca.org.

On the 24th Year of Ukraine’s Independence

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August 24th marks the 24th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence, when in 1991 Ukraine’s Parliament valiantly proclaimed an end to the nation’s bondage and announced the promise of a free and democratic Ukraine; a promise that for all Ukrainians became a driving force in our existence.

 

This day has enormous significance for Ukrainians as for centuries the nation remained under the oppressive rule of foreign regimes, most notably the Russian Czarist Empire and later, the Soviet Union.  The people of Ukraine endured cruel persecution, unspeakable hardships and garish attempts by the Russian czars and, later, the Soviets, to eradicate the nation of close to 50 million.  During the Holodomor – the Famine-Genocide of 1932-33, 7-10 million Ukrainians were murdered when, in an attempt to destroy the nationally conscious Ukrainian peasantry, the Stalinist regime confiscated all food, leaving the people to starve to death. Countless others suffered in Soviet Gulags forced into backbreaking labor and unbearable conditions, only to perish in desolation. Ukrainians endured numerous purges, assaults and discrimination throughout history.  And yet – they endured.

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NEW WEBSITE ON UKRAINE HOLODOMOR UNVEILED

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State-of-the-art website highlights history of Ukraine genocide in 1932-33

and information on new memorial

Washington, D.C. (U.S. Holodomor Committee) — The U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor-Genocide Awareness 1932-33 today announced the launch of its new website at www.ukrainegenocide.com. The website was developed in preparation for the unveiling of a memorial to the millions of Ukrainians who died in the Holodomor, an artificial famine engineered by Stalin to break the will of independent Ukrainian farmers in the early years of the U.S.S.R.

“The repercussions of the Holodomor are still being felt today.” said Daria Pishko-Komichak, Executive Secretary of the U.S. Holodomor Committee.  “Russian-backed rebels who are fighting in Eastern Ukraine today pose a threat not only to the future of a unified Ukrainian state, but seek to re-write history as they deny the existence of the Holodomor.”

The revamped website features an overview of the Holodomor, including rare historic photos and footage. It was developed by the U.S. Holodomor Committee as a reference resource about the Holodomor and to provide up-to-date information on the Ukrainian Holodomor Memorial being dedicated on U.S. federal land in Washington, D.C., on November 7, 2015.  The Holodomor Memorial site is located at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and N. Capitol Street, NW, a block from Washington’s historic Union Station and several blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

The website will provide regular updates about the dedication ceremony and will continue to expand its archives in the months ahead.  Donations to support the continued work of the U.S. Holodomor Committee may be made directly from the site.  The new, modern website also features links to the U.S. Holodomor Committee’s social media campaign – Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Tumblr, and Facebook.

About the U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor-Genocide Awareness 1932-33

U.S. COMMITTEE FOR UKRAINIAN HOLODOMOR-GENOCIDE AWARENESS 1932-33

Our mission is to promote and spread the truth about one of the least-known genocides in the world–the Ukrainian Genocide (Holodomor) of 1932-1933–through education (curriculum studies, etc.), exhibits, conferences, websites, and the building of a Memorial in Washington, DC dedicated to the victims. By remembering the victims of the Holodomor and other genocides, the U.S. Holodomor Committee will help to ensure that the horrors of the past are not repeated.

UCCA Mourns the Death of Scholar Robert Conquest

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The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) deeply mourns the loss of acclaimed historian, academic and author Robert Conquest, who passed away on Monday, August 3, 2015, at the august age of 98. As an outstanding scholar he is credited by many as being the first to expose the true horrors of Soviet communism, particularly under the totalitarian regime of Josef Stalin.  He is also celebrated, particularly by Ukrainians around the world, as a pioneer of truth for his seminal work “Harvest of Sorrow; Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine”, a groundbreaking study which authentically documents one of the darkest chapters in Ukraine’s history - the Holodmor – Ukraine’s Famine Genocide of 1932-1933.  Sadly, Mr. Conquest passed away only a day before the long-awaited sculpture dedicated to the victims of the Holodomor - the Ukrainian Holodomor Memorial - was installed in Washington, DC. We believe he would have been proud to see this monument dedicated to the millions of victims for whom he spoke so valiantly.

The UCCA is grateful to Mr. Conquest for his many years of research and study, but most particularly for serving as a harbinger of truth for the millions of innocent victims of the Holodomor, when few other non-Ukrainians would dare to speak the facts. Mr. Conquest – we thank you and we honor you for your enormous contribution to history and to justice. May the Lord grant you eternal rest.

 

Vichnaya Pamiat!