UCCA Statement on the Release of 1st Lt. Nadiya Savchenko and the Disappearance of Ervin Ibrahimov

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New York, NY (UCCA) - The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the representative organization of over one million Americans of Ukrainian descent, joins Ukrainians and defenders of liberty worldwide in celebrating the release of Iraq War Veteran, Ukrainian Air Force pilot, and Member of Ukraine’s Parliament, Lt. Nadiya Savchenko. Breaking all international convention, this delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe had been held in detention by Russian authorities since her abduction on June 17, 2014.

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UCCA Statement on Ukraine’s Day of Remembrance for the victims of the Crimean Tatar Genocide

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Every 18th of May, communities across the world pause to reflect on the mass murder of over 100,000 Crimean Tatars, a genocide conceived of and perpetrated by Josef Stalin, in the course of the Soviets physically removing all indigenous people from the Crimean peninsula in 1944. Approximately 238,000 deportees, 113,000 of whom were children, 93,000 women, were rounded up in the early morning hours, placed on cattle cars, and sent away to far-off Soviet farm collectives and forced labor camps. This Sürgün, or “violent expulsion,” remains hidden in the annals of 20th century atrocities, just as the brutal colonization of Crimea in 1783 by Tsarist Russia, which saw tens of thousands of indigenous Crimean Tatars drowned alive for the amusement of their captors.

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United Nations Marks the 30th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Catastrophe

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On April 26th the United Nations General Assembly held a commemorative meeting to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chornobyl catastrophe.

As President of the 70th session of the General Assembly, H.E. Mogens Lykketoftl opened the session by reminding everyone that, although 30 years have passed since this catastrophe, when huge quantities of radioactive particles exploded into the atmosphere over large parts of Ukraine, Belarus, and the Russian Federation, the areas affected by Chornobyl are still struggling to overcome poverty, exclusion and stigma.  “Moving forward, we must continue to demonstrate international solidarity so that those most affected by this accident will be able to recover to the fullest,” he emphasized.

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UCCA NYC Branch President, Ivanka Zajac, Awarded for Her Dedication to Ukraine’s Freedom Fighters

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New York, NY (UCCA) --- On April 26th, Ivanka Zajac, President of the UCCA NYC Branch, was honored for her selfless and continuous dedication in assisting Ukraine’s Freedom Fighters since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine.  Before colleagues and friends, Ms. Zajac was bestowed a series of awards, including the prestigious “Order of St. Barbara” Award, for her tireless efforts in raising funds to equip our Ukrainian soldiers who are currently fighting to secure Ukraine’s freedom and territorial integrity.

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On the 30th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Catastrophe

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Thirty years ago today, the worst nuclear disaster in history occurred at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant, causing irreparable harm and tragic human, natural and economic losses to Ukraine and its people.

On the night of Saturday, April 26, 1986, an act of unforgivable negligence at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Northern Ukraine resulted in disaster. An explosion at the plant blew the concrete roof off of Reactor #4 sending large amounts of toxic radioactivity billowing into the atmosphere.  This was not simply an industrial accident, but the unimaginable result of carelessness and disregard on the part of Soviet authorities, that led to human tragedy on a massive scale. Cognizant of their error, the regime did the unthinkable. It imperiled millions of lives by remaining silent and refusing to admit that anything out of the ordinary had happened! It wasn’t until Swedish diplomats, having detected abnormal amounts of radioactivity within their own country, gave notice on Monday, April 28th of their impending desire to file an official alert with the International Atomic Energy Agency, that Moscow finally issued this brief five-sentence statement, which read: “An accident has occurred at Chornobyl Nuclear Power Station.  One of the atomic reactors has been damaged.  Measures are being taken to eliminate the consequences of the accident.  Aid is being given to the victims.  A government commission has been set up.”

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Press Releases

UCCA NYC Branch President, Ivanka Zajac, Awarded for Her Dedication to Ukraine’s Freedom Fighters
Wednesday, 04 May 2016
New York, NY (UCCA) --- On April 26th, Ivanka Zajac, President of the UCCA NYC Branch, was honored for her selfless and continuous dedication in... Read more...
United Nations Marks the 30th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Catastrophe
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
On April 26th the United Nations General Assembly held a commemorative meeting to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chornobyl catastrophe. As... Read more...
Ukrainian Community to Commemorate 30th Anniversary of Chornobyl Nuclear Accident in Ukraine; Sunday, April 17 Program of Prayer, Song, Reflection and Hope Will Also Pray for Peace in Ukraine
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information contact: Rev. John M. Fields Director of Communications Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia... Read more...
UCCA Urges President Obama to demand the immediate release of Nadiya Savchenko #FreeSavchenko
Wednesday, 09 March 2016
The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the representative organization of over one million Americans of Ukrainian decent, sent an urgent... Read more...
Annual Requiem at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Commemorates Ukraine’s Holodomor
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
New York, NY (UCCA) - On Saturday, November 21, 2015, hundreds of Ukrainians, friends and supporters gathered at Manhattan’s iconic St. Patrick’s... Read more...

Statements

UCCA Statement on the Release of 1st Lt. Nadiya Savchenko and the Disappearance of Ervin Ibrahimov
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
  New York, NY (UCCA) - The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the representative organization of over one million Americans of... Read more...
UCCA Statement on Ukraine’s Day of Remembrance for the victims of the Crimean Tatar Genocide
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Every 18th of May, communities across the world pause to reflect on the mass murder of over 100,000 Crimean Tatars, a genocide conceived of and... Read more...
On the 30th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Catastrophe
Friday, 22 April 2016
Thirty years ago today, the worst nuclear disaster in history occurred at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant, causing irreparable harm and tragic... Read more...
The UCCA Condemns the Ongoing Occupation of Crimea
Friday, 18 March 2016
It should come as no surprise to our fellow Americans, and those who value freedom and equality as basic human rights, that the Ukrainian Congress... Read more...
UCCA Honors Ukraine’s Day of Dignity and Freedom
Friday, 20 November 2015
New York, NY (UCCA) -- For a land with centuries of tradition, November 21st is only a recent commemorative date in Ukraine’s history. On this Day... Read more...
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