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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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!

July 17th Day of Mourning Remembering the Tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

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July 17, 2015 will mark the one year anniversary of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 which resulted in the deaths of all 298 passengers and crew members on board. The Boeing 777-200ER, an international passenger flight en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down while flying over the occupied Donetsk oblast in Ukraine, by pro-Russian terrorists most likely using a BUK surface-to-air missile. Immediately following the crash, Russian Colonel Igor Girkin, leader of the so-called Donbas separatists, claimed responsibility and boasted on social media about shooting down a Ukrainian AN-26 military plane. However, once it became clear that Flight MH17 was a civilian aircraft, the terrorists denied any involvement and the post was taken down. Evidence, however, points to the fact that Flight MH17 was downed by pro-Russian terrorists.

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UCCA Attends 2nd World Congress of Crimean Tatars in Ankara, Turkey

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Below is the statement delivered by UCCA Executive Board Member, Andrij Dobriansky, at the Congress:

 

Ankara, Turkey (UCCA) – On August 1-2, 2015, the 2nd World Congress of Crimean Tatars gathered in Ankara, Turkey. Sadly, instead of marking a joyous celebration, this historic occasion was overshadowed by the current Russian occupation of the indigenous Tatar homeland - Crimea.

Shortly after masked gunmen stormed the Supreme Council of Crimea in a pre-dawn raid, the world awoke to the reality that the world’s largest country, Russia, which possesses the largest known number of nuclear warheads, had yet again militarily invaded a sovereign territory. Russia not only blatantly violated the UN Charter with its actions in February of 2014, but also the Helsinki Final Act, the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, and at least 2 bilateral agreements between Russia and Ukraine, not least of which was the so-called “Friendship Treaty.”

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"UKRAINIAN DAY"

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Ukrainian Day
Ukrainian-American Advocacy Event

July 15, 2015

Dear Friends of Ukraine,

 

The Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), the Washington, DC public affairs bureau of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), will sponsor the second in a series of "Ukrainian Days" advocacy events on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. This "Ukrainian Day" event is extremely important as it will coincide with the 1st anniversary of the shooting-down of Malaysian Airline MH17 over Ukraine. Our goal in July will be to reinforce Ukraine's most pressing need for security assistance in order to preserve its territorial integrity and safeguard its independence against continued Russian threat!

Please stay tuned for further details...

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact UNIS at 202 547-0018, or by e-mail at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Looking forward to seeing you in Washington in July 2015!

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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... Read more...
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