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NYC March and Requiem Commemorating Ukraine’s Holodomor Draws Over 1,000

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New York, NY (UCCA) Over 1,000 Ukrainian Americans and supporters gathered in New York City on Saturday, November 18, to remember the victims of Stalin’s Famine Genocide – the Holodomor of 1932-1933. The day’s events began with a solemn procession from St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church in the East Village, and then up Third Avenue for two miles before arriving at the landmark St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the heart of Manhattan.

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RUSSIAN SANCTIONS ARE HERE TO STAY

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New York (UCCA) – On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA (H.R. 3364), codifying into law all existing sanctions imposed on Russia for its illegal annexation of Crimea and its military invasion of Ukraine. Several weeks prior, CAATSA had been passed by both Houses of Congress by an overwhelming and veto-proof majority – 98-2 in the Senate and 419-3 in the House – conveying the strong, bipartisan support for Ukraine in the United States.  As the first major piece of legislation of this Administration, this bill will further punish Moscow for its “significant” cyber attack and influence campaign during the 2016 presidential election, increase US sanctions on Iran, require the Administration report to Congress on Iran’s collaboration with North Korea, and authorizes the expansion of existing US sanctions against all three countries, including their potential applicability to non-US firms.

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DISINFORMATION

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New York (UCCA) – Increasingly over the past few months, the ideological battleground that is social media has seen an uptick in attacks targeting Ukraine. A vast majority of these messages are automated by Russian networks, simply repeating their old messages in order to weaken the overwhelming support of Ukraine by the West. The most disturbing messages, however, are those that can be sourced to voices featured in U.S. media, or worse yet, by government officials.

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UCCA Announces Plans to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Ukrainian World Congress

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In 2017, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), the unifying body of Ukrainian communities around the world, is commemorating its 50th anniversary of service in furthering the interests of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people.  Following the February launch in Toronto, Canada, the UWC will be marking its historic anniversary in communities around the world under the motto “Ukrainians together – the future is ours!”

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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."

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