PRESIDENT TRUMP ACKNOWLEDGES RUSSIA’S ‘DESTABILIZING ACTIVITIES’ IN UKRAINE

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New York (UCCA) – Earlier today, President Donald Trump was welcomed by throngs of Poles in Warsaw’s Krasiński Square, where he stood at the foot of the Memorial to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising and urged Russia “to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere.” Following his re-commitment that the United States “stands firmly behind Article 5,” it was also announced that an agreement was reached to sell 8 Patriot missile defense systems to Poland by the end of the year, in a memorandum signed on Wednesday night.

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PASS THE SENATE RUSSIA SANCTIONS BILL IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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On June 14th, the U.S. Senate passed a crucial amendment to the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act (S.722) by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 97-2. S.Amend232 adds new sanctions targeting various sectors in Russia’s economy, as well as sanctions individuals affiliated with Russia’s defense sector. Critically, all existing sanctions imposed on Russia for its illegal annexation of Crimea and its military invasion of Ukraine would become codified into law under this legislation. The bill would help ensure that sanctions against the Russian Federation will remain in place until the withdrawal of all covert and overt Russian forces and equipment from Ukraine.

The Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act has now been sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, where it faces an uncertain future. Tentative discussions have not resulted in a consensus on the scope and depth of a Russia sanctions-regime bill.

Below, please find a sample letter to your Representative petitioning of support a Russia sanction bill similar to that passed in the U.S. Senate.  Additionally, you can submit your letter online at: www.house.gov.  Simply log onto the website, find your Representative and complete the online form to submit your correspondence. Should you have any questions, please contact the UNIS office at (202) 547-0018 or at unis This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Sample Letter

The Honorable (name)

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative (name):

As an American of Ukrainian descent, I am deeply concerned about Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine.  Beginning with the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014, the Russian Federation has violated numerous tenets of international law and order.  Such actions must be rebuked by Ukraine’s strategic allies and the global community of democratic nations.

Recent legislation by the U.S. Senate – S722 & S.Amend232 – would seek to impose stricter sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and interference in our electoral process.  I highly encourage and request that you support a similar bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Punitive actions against Russia must be taken immediately to thwart future acts of aggression and interference.  I look forward to your active support of this issue.

 

Sincerely,

WHITE HOUSE WELCOMES UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT AS UKRAINIAN AMERICANS DEMAND MORE ACTION

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New York (UCCA) – Earlier today, President Donald Trump welcomed Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko to the Oval Office for a frank discussion about recent developments in Ukraine, as well as continuing the United States’ support of Ukraine in defense of its sovereignty and democratic values. Today’s meeting came on the heels of Speaker Paul Ryan and Chairman of Ukraine’s Parliament, Andriy Parubiy, meeting last week and signing a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming the U.S. Congress – Verkhovna Rada Parliamentary Exchange (CRPE). Also today, the United States Treasury sanctioned 38 additional individuals & entities related to Russia's continued occupation of Crimea.

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Rep. Pascrell Statement on Senate Russia Sanctions Bill Re-passage

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), author of the No Russian DACHA Act (https://pascrell.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-pascrell-introduces-the-no-russian-dacha-act), released a statement following the Senate's second passage of Russian sanctions ahead of President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week.

"Congress needs to enact expanded Russia sanctions immediately. Now that the Senate has approved corrected legislation there should be no excuse for delay here in the House. When the leadership has wanted it to happen, I’ve seen legislation move through these chambers so fast it would give you whiplash."

"President Trump is scheduled to meet with Vladimir Putin next week. Undeniably, Russia interfered to great effect in our most fundamental democratic process, our presidential election. And today Russia threatens our planes in Syria and has not retreated from their invasion of Crimea. Yet despite this, Mr. Trump has toyed with easing sanctions against Russia and has refused to stand up to Mr. Putin. We must not cover for an administration refusing to upset Moscow. It’s time to stop letting Russia get away with their egregious acts of aggression. It was wrong for process delays to hold up the bill earlier in the week – let’s act now."

UCCA MOURNS THE PASSING OF PATRIARCH LUBOMYR CARDINAL HUSAR

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New York, NY (UCCA) – Ukrainians around the world are mourning the passing of His Eminent Beatitude, Lubomyr Cardinal Husar, Major Archbishop Emeritus of Kyiv and Halych. Known outside of our community for his tenure as head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church from 2001-2011, in the hearts of Ukrainian Americans, he remained one of our own since his immigration to the United States in 1949.

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Press Releases

Rep. Pascrell Statement on Senate Russia Sanctions Bill Re-passage
Friday, 30 June 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), author of the No Russian DACHA Act... Read more...
WHITE HOUSE WELCOMES UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT AS UKRAINIAN AMERICANS DEMAND MORE ACTION
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
New York (UCCA) – Earlier today, President Donald Trump welcomed Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko to the Oval Office for a frank discussion... Read more...
Bitter Harvest Available on DVD June 13
Thursday, 25 May 2017
Dear Ukrainian-American Friends!!! On JUNE 13TH, 2017, the film "BITTER HARVEST" will be released on DVD in the United States! A love story, set... Read more...
UCCA Calls on Community to Support Screening of “Bitter Harvest” at your local theater!
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
BITTER HARVEST is a love story, set against the backdrop of the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine. Produced by prominent Ukrainian-Canadian Ihor... Read more...
REMEMBERING JOSYF CARDINAL SLIPYJ
Friday, 17 February 2017
New York, NY (UCCA) – On the 125th anniversary of his birth, Ukrainians and others around the world will pause this Friday, February 17, 2017, to... Read more...

Statements

PRESIDENT TRUMP ACKNOWLEDGES RUSSIA’S ‘DESTABILIZING ACTIVITIES’ IN UKRAINE
Friday, 07 July 2017
  New York (UCCA) – Earlier today, President Donald Trump was welcomed by throngs of Poles in Warsaw’s Krasiński Square, where he stood at the... Read more...
UCCA MOURNS THE PASSING OF PATRIARCH LUBOMYR CARDINAL HUSAR
Friday, 09 June 2017
  New York, NY (UCCA) – Ukrainians around the world are mourning the passing of His Eminent Beatitude, Lubomyr Cardinal Husar, Major Archbishop... Read more...
REMEMBERING CHORNOBYL
Monday, 24 April 2017
New York, NY (UCCA) – On Saturday, April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history began with the rupture of Reactor #4’s... Read more...
Ukrainian National Fund 2017
Monday, 03 April 2017
For 77 years, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) has served as the nation’s largest representative body of Americans of Ukrainian... Read more...
UCCA Calls on Community to Support Screening of “Bitter Harvest” at your local theater!
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
BITTER HARVEST is a love story, set against the backdrop of the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine. Produced by prominent Ukrainian-Canadian Ihor... Read more...
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