Rally In Support of Ukraine! Stop Russian Aggression!

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Thursday, March 5, 2015, 1pm
The White House
Washington, DC (UNIS) - The situation in Eastern Ukraine has reached a critical stage. Ukrainian troops have managed to withdraw the bulk of their forces from the city of Debaltseve, but at great cost. The Ukrainian army has fought valiantly, however, they remain short of every necessity, except courage. The Debaltseve salient simply does not have sufficient forces and equipment to hold out against a concerted attack by Russian-backed terrorists and the Russian army, which are equipped with the latest tanks and artillery and led by experienced Russian officers.
It is nearly certain that the war in Ukraine will continue. The next likely target is Mariupol, a city which stands in the path of establishing Russia’s highly coveted corridor to Crimea. Russia has deployed thousands of troops, with the support of heavy artillery and armor. Credible sources in the Mariupol sector report that “there is no evidence of a real withdrawal of heavy weaponry by pro-Russian forces along that front.”
Mariupol, however, is strongly defended. Russia may still opt to bypass the city and launch an armored attack southwest of Debaltseve. This offensive would allow them to carve a direct route to Crimea as well, while cutting off critically needed supplies to Mariupol. If that should happen Odesa will be the next city in the line of assault, and the implications of its capture for Ukraine could be catastrophic. Urgent action on the part of the West is needed now to prevent such a disaster from taking place.
Last year, Congress unanimously passed the “Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014” (HR5859) authorizing the President to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive military assistance. Unfortunately, despite near unanimous agreement among informed experts to provide Ukraine with the needed defensive weaponry, the Obama Administration has, to date, chosen not to act.
In light of this, Ukrainian Americans from the metropolitan Baltimore-Washington area, together with hundreds from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, Florida, and Texas will assemble in front of the White House on Thursday, March 5, 2015. In view of the ever-worsening situation in Ukraine it is of utmost importance for all freedom-loving people attend, en masse, the “Rally in Support of Ukraine” in Washington, DC, and urge the Obama Administration to immediately send Ukraine the military assistance it desperately needs to defend itself against this ongoing Russian invasion. Possession of such weapons would have an incalculable effect on the morale of the Ukrainian military and would bolster the spirit of Ukrainian people to persevere. Let us hope that this will not be a classic case of “too little, too late.”
The rally will focus on the continued war in Eastern Ukraine and the egregious violations of Ukraine’s territorial integrity by Russia, including the illegal annexation of Crimea. Protestors will advocate the
immediate implementation of the “Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014” signed by President Obama in December 2014 – to send defensive lethal military assistance to Ukraine and impose additional sanctions on Russia. Community representatives will also call for Russia to be removed from the SWIFT payment system.
The Crimean Tatar community and other Central and Eastern European communities are expected to participate in the rally. Members of Congress, ambassadors from Central and East European countries, and former U.S. ambassadors to Ukraine have been invited to address the rally, as well.
Come to Washington and impress upon the White House that the future of a free and democratic Ukraine hangs in the balance. The Western free world must come to Ukraine’s aid immediately, before democracy in the region is replaced by Russian tyranny. The implications of such a catastrophe could reach far beyond Ukraine’s borders.
The rally is being organized by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America* and is being held in conjunction with "Ukrainian Days," March 4-5, 2015
The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the umbrella organization representing the over one million Americans of Ukrainian descent, upholds the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. The people of Ukraine have the right to determine their future without the interference of foreign states.
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Thursday, March 5, 2015, 1pm
The White House
Washington, DC (UNIS) - The situation in Eastern Ukraine has reached a critical stage. Ukrainian troops have managed to withdraw the bulk of their forces from the city of Debaltseve, but at great cost. The Ukrainian army has fought valiantly, however, they remain short of every necessity, except courage. The Debaltseve salient simply does not have sufficient forces and equipment to hold out against a concerted attack by Russian-backed terrorists and the Russian army, which are equipped with the latest tanks and artillery and led by experienced Russian officers.

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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,

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

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Washington, DC (UNIS) - The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) and its Washington,
DC public relations bureau, the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), will sponsor the first in-aseries
of advocacy events in our nation’s capital this year, entitled “Ukrainian Days.” On Wednesday,
March 4-5, 2015, the Ukrainian community will have an opportunity to express their concerns to
Members of Congress and encourage them to continue promoting and supporting a strong and effective
U.S. foreign policy towards Ukraine.
After successful advocacy of Ukrainian issues in last year’s Congress, this “Ukrainian Days” series will be
of utmost importance as a follow-up to the Ukraine Freedom Support Act signed into law in December
2014. Given the overwhelming support that Ukraine received last year, this late-winter advocacy event
will reinforce Ukraine’s immediate security concerns of preserving its territorial integrity and
sovereignty, maintaining border security, safeguarding its independence, and continuing economic
reform. It is critical that our community actively demonstrate its interest in these crucial matters.
The two-day advocacy program is supported by the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC). 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. A briefing session with Ukraine
experts will be held on Wednesday morning, March 4th to acquaint the participants with latest
information from Ukraine, as well as to review the advocacy issues. On Thursday morning March 5th, a
breakfast meeting will be held with members of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus. Additional planned
events include a tribute to Taras Shevchenko at the newly-renovated Shevchenko Memorial and a debriefing
session on Thursday afternoon.
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, DC.
SAVE THE DATE: March 4-5, 2015! Join us in advancing our community’s concerns in our nation’s
capital. Further information will be forthcoming on the UNIS Facebook page and the UCCA website
at www.ucca.org
Washington, DC (UNIS) - The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) and its Washington,
DC public relations bureau, the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), will sponsor the first in-aseries
of advocacy events in our nation’s capital this year, entitled “Ukrainian Days.” On Wednesday,
March 4-5, 2015, the Ukrainian community will have an opportunity to express their concerns to
Members of Congress and encourage them to continue promoting and supporting a strong and effective
U.S. foreign policy towards Ukraine.

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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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