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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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Ukrainian Day Advocacy Event - Save the Date

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Dear Friends of Ukraine,

SAVE THE DATE for this year's third “Ukrainian Day” advocacy event on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  This is a very important year for the community as we focus on Ukraine's security challenges, the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia, and necessary reforms for Ukraine's full integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions.  Our goal is to seek support for Ukraine's immediate needs - military assistance; continued sanctions against Russia; and, support for Ukraine's reform efforts.

The highlight of the “Ukrainian Day” advocacy event will include a gala evening congressional reception commemorating UNIS’ 40th anniversary. Founded during the height of the Cold War in 1977, UNIS has been instrumental in advocating the community’s concerns for 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.

PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO BE REPRESENTED IN WASHINGTON FOR THISMOMENTOUS ADVOCACY EVENT!

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 October!

UCCA Calls on Community to Support Screening of “Bitter Harvest” at your local theater!

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BITTER HARVEST is a love story, set against the backdrop of the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine. Produced by prominent Ukrainian-Canadian Ihor Ihnatowycz, the film brings the tragedy of the famine-genocide to audiences around the world.

Set between the two World Wars and based on true historical events, BITTER HARVEST conveys the untold story of the Holodomor, the genocidal famine engineered by the tyrant Joseph Stalin, which ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians. The film displays a powerful tale of love, honor, rebellion and survival at a time when Ukraine was forced to adjust to the horrifying territorial ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union. With an exceptional cast of established and rising stars, the film epically recreates one of the most dramatic and dangerous episodes in the history of 20th Century Europe.

Here is a link to the film’s trailer: http://roadsideattractions.com/filmography/bitter-harvest/

 

Everyone involved with the film was intent on bringing to light the true story of the Holodomor - this unthinkable, unimaginable concealed crime against humanity.  Thus the UCCA strongly encourages our community to support the film BITTER HARVEST and urge their local theaters to screen the film!

 

If the film was already shown at your local theater – ask for a re-release!

If it has not yet been shown at near you– ask for it to booked at your local theater today!

 

We urge you to disseminate this Action Item widely throughout your email lists and community contacts!

 

Time is of the essence!  ACT TODAY!

UCCA Welcomes Passage of Draft Law #6327

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The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the largest umbrella organization representing the interests of over 1.5 million Americans of Ukrainian descent, welcomes the passage of Draft Law #6327, a comprehensive bill to reform the health industry of Ukraine, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) on October 19, 2017. 

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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,

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