New York, NY (UCCA) – On Thursday, October 15th, Ukraine received the support of 177 out of a total of 193 countries to represent the countries of Eastern European on the United Nations Security Council. Ukraine’s two-year mandate will begin on January 1, 2016.

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the nation’s largest representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, congratulates the efforts of Ukraine’s diplomatic mission and thanks the world community for recognizing Ukraine for this position, only the second such appointment since the return of Ukraine’s independence.

Comprised of 15 members, the UN Security Council includes five permanent veto-wielding members: Britain, France, the United States, China and Russia. Ukraine has repeatedly questioned maintaining the veto power of Russia, since Russia violated the UN Charter when it invaded Ukraine in 2014. As with the previous Eastern European delegate, Lithuania, Ukraine intends to challenge the clout of its invading neighbor on the Security Council, stating their tone will "definitely not be conciliatory."

The UCCA supports Ukraine’s initiatives at the UN to limit the use of the Security Council veto, to establish an international criminal tribunal to investigate the downing of Flight MH17, and for an international peacekeeping mission to be deployed in its eastern regions.

New York, NY (UCCA) -- On Tuesday, September 29th, UCCA’s President Tamara Olexy, was invited to attend an informal high-level discussion, entitled: “Future of Eastern Europe: Empowerment of Women” hosted by the President of the Republic of Lithuania HE Ms Dalia Grybauskaitė.  As Chair of the Council on Women World Leaders, President Grybauskaitė invited various world leaders from Central and East Europe and representatives of several international organizations to discuss ways to draw the international community‘s attention to the situation of women in countries affected by armed conflicts, as well as, help women survivors of wars, especially in Georgia and Ukraine.

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New York, NY (UCCA) -- The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), in cooperation with the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, DC and the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations, hosted a community meeting on Saturday, September 26th, with His Excellency Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, and Maryna Poroshenko, the First Lady of Ukraine at the Ukrainian Institute of America (UIA) in New York City during their trip to the United States for the opening of the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations.

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