New York, NY (UCCA) – The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the nation’s largest representation of Ukrainians in America, joins the appeal of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), a non-governmental organization which stands as the international assembly of Ukrainian public organizations in the worldwide Ukrainian diaspora of over 20 million people, seeking to put pressure on Russia to release illegally imprisoned Ukrainian citizens, including journalists Roman Sushchenko and Mykola Semena.

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New York, NY (UCCA)  -- At the invitation of Ukraine’s Prime Minister, Volodymyr Groysman, UCCA’s newly-elected President, Andrij Futey and former UCCA President, Tamara Olexy, traveled to Ukraine to participate in the official commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy. The solemn events paid homage to the thousands of victims of this horrific tragedy and remembered the Righteous of Babyn Yar who risked their lives to protect the Jews from murder, in particular, Andrey Sheptytsky, Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

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New York, NY (UCCA) – On September 17, former U.S. Secretary of State and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Madeleine Albright will join Governor Tom Ridge, the United States’ first Secretary of Homeland Security, to address attendees of a banquet at the Princeton Club of New York (15 West 43rd Street), reflecting upon the state of U.S.-Ukraine relations over the past two decades. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Secretary Albright was actively involved in U.S. Foreign Policy decision-making during the early years of Ukraine’s Independence, and has also visited the nation numerous times.

The banquet will follow a once-in-a-generation, full-day conference presenting over two dozen key academic, media and governmental voices from the United States, Ukraine and Europe discussing the historical significance of Ukraine, as well as the country’s prospects towards becoming a full-fledged member of the Euro-Atlantic Community. The event entitled Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Modern Ukrainian State will feature four panel discussions and three highlight presentations dedicated to taking a fresh, critical look at topics such as Ukraine’s Distant and Recent Past, as well as carefully divining Ukraine’s Near and Further Future. As Russia’s continued covert and overt interventions in the affairs of other countries remains a topic on the U.S. campaign trail, this conference will provide much needed historical context for those unfamiliar with the 2-year land war still raging in Ukraine.

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