The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the representative organization of the over one million Americans of Ukrainian decent, strongly condemns the recent surge in the shelling of the Ukrainian army positions by the Russian-backed terrorists in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.  According to Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russian terrorist forces have carried out over 350 shellings and provocations, since November 1, resulting in the deaths of 7 Ukrainian servicemen.

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New York, NY (UCCA) -- The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the nation’s largest representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, affirms that although Ukraine’s nation-wide elections of more than 10,000 mayoral positions and 160,000 members of municipal councils on October 25th were marred by some incidents, the voting process by and large was conducted in a transparent and democratic manner, complied with Ukrainian law and met international election standards. With more than 130 parties fielding candidates, the voter turnout in the local elections was between 46 and 47 percent, nearly equaling the 52% turnout in the 2014 parliamentary elections. Complete results are expected to be released on November 4.

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New York, NY (UCCA) – On Sunday, October 25, Ukrainians will head to the polls to elect more than 10,000 mayors and 160,000 regional council lawmakers in local elections across the largest country in Europe. The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the nation’s largest representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, has registered 72 volunteer election observers who will travel to 9 regions of the country for several days of demanding but incredibly rewarding work. As the only Ukrainian American community organization registered with Ukraine’s Central Election Commission (CEC), the UCCA has organized an Election Observation Mission (EOM) for every presidential and parliamentary election in Ukraine in its 24 years of independence, including Ukraine’s very first democratic elections in 1991, as well as the largest EOM ever registered by Ukraine’s CEC, with over 2400 observers in 2004.

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