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ADVOCACY FOR UKRAINE ISSUES ADVANCE ON CAPITOL HILL

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WASHINGTON, DC (UNIS) Nearly four dozen Ukrainian Americans representing New Jersey, District of Columbia, New York, Illinois, Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado, North Carolina, Washington state, and Michigan convened in Washington, DC on Wednesday and Thursday, March 8-9, 2017 for the first-in-a-series of “Ukrainian Days” advocacy events to be held this year. Additional “Ukrainian Days” advocacy events are planned for June and September.  The Ukrainian Americans were also joined by community leaders from the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC), representing communities of Central and East European heritage, as well as the Syrian American community.  Students from the Philadelphia areaUkrainian Saturday School civics group also participated in the advocacy event.  It was an opportunity for them to experience government civics in action.

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#SUPPORT UKRAINE!

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Earlier this year, the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), the Washington DC public affairs bureau of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), initiated the #SUPPORT UKRAINE! campaign to bring more attention to the situation in Ukraine, the plight of Ukrainians enduring the ravages of war in eastern Ukraine, and those who are under constant brutal measures in Russia-occupied Crimea. #SUPPORT UKRAINE! activities included “Ukrainian Days” advocacy events, rallies in front of the White House, and outreach to the mass media.  Joining us have been other Central and East European communities who clearly understand that if left unchecked, acts of Russian aggression will drastically effect world security and re-draw the current map of Europe.  Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity are paramount to geo-political stability worldwide.

The U.S. Congress is out of session for the traditional August recess.  #SUPPORT UKRAINE! campaign is calling upon all Ukrainian community representatives to meet with their Members of Congress in your local districts.  This provides a unique opportunity to bring to their attention issues of concern regarding U.S.-Ukraine relations and relevant factors of U.S. security interests in the Central and East European region.  Below please find a checklist of questions and concerns to raise with your elected official.  Please use the checklist to engage in a discussion with your official and request a written statement in support of our issues.

Thank you for your continued support and attention to this important matter.  Should you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact the UCCA at 212 228-6840 or UNIS at 202 547-0018 at your convenience.

In addition, please note the following information regarding commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian Independence Day in Congress will be commemorated on Thursday, September 15, 2016.  The event will feature an evening reception with remarks by Members of Congress, presentation of awards, as well as a "Ukrainian Day" advocacy event during the day.  Additional details will be forthcoming.

25th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence

"Ukrainian Days"

September 15, 2016

Congress – Washington, DC

SUPPORT UKRAINE! and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s restored independence. Walk the halls of Congress during the day advocating for greater assistance to Ukraine and join members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to honor Ukraine’s renewed independence.

#SupportUkraine

Checklist for Ukrainian America Voters

___ The non-negotiability of the territorial integrity of Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders, including Crimea.

___ Demanding the immediate withdrawal of covert and overt Russian forces and equipment from Ukraine.

___ The “Open Door “ policy for eventual NATO membership for Ukraine.

___ Maintaining and strengthening economic sanctions against Russia until it fully complies with its international obligations.

___ Enhancing the U.S.-Ukraine strategic partnership.

For more info: facebook.com/ucca.org or ucca.org

 

 

SAVE THE DATE “UKRAINIAN DAYS” – AN ADVOCACY EVENT TO BRIEF CONGRESS ON IMMEDIATE AID TO UKRAINE

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Washington, DC (UNIS) -   The Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), the Washington public-affairs bureau of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), has sponsored two “Ukrainian Day” advocacy events this year – one in March, and the most recent one in mid-July on the eve of the 1st anniversary of the downing of MH17.  Both events brought dozens of participants to Washington, DC to meet with government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) involved in formulating and monitoring U.S. policy toward Ukraine, as well as to interact with Members of Congress to discuss the community’s concerns of additional, desperately needed assistance to Ukraine.

In mid-September, UNIS will once again sponsor “Ukrainian Days” advocacy event on Wednesday and Thursday, September 16-17, 2015. This endeavor is especially critical considering the war being waged in eastern Ukraine against the foreign-borne Russian-supplied terrorists.  The goal of “Ukrainian Days” is to encourage Members of Congress to enhance support of military assistance to Ukraine to fend off the terrorists and preserve Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence, as well as to bring attention to Ukraine’s economic situation and the resounding number of internally displaced persons because of the war.  The “Ukrainian Days” event will also honor individuals who have contributed to the betterment of U.S.-Ukraine relations with a reception and presentation of the “Friend of UNIS Award”.

Founded by the UCCA during the height of the Cold War in 1977, UNIS has been instrumental in advocating the community’s concerns for almost 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.

SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 16-17, 2015!  Join us in advancing our community’s concerns in Washington and celebrate a “Ukrainian Evening” on Capitol Hill. Further information will be forthcoming on the UNIS Facebook page and the UCCA website at www.ucca.org.

"UKRAINIAN DAY"

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Ukrainian Day
Ukrainian-American Advocacy Event

July 15, 2015

Dear Friends of Ukraine,

 

The Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), the Washington, DC public affairs bureau of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), will sponsor the second in a series of "Ukrainian Days" advocacy events on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. This "Ukrainian Day" event is extremely important as it will coincide with the 1st anniversary of the shooting-down of Malaysian Airline MH17 over Ukraine. Our goal in July will be to reinforce Ukraine's most pressing need for security assistance in order to preserve its territorial integrity and safeguard its independence against continued Russian threat!

Please stay tuned for further details...

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 July 2015!

SAVE THE DATE “UKRAINIAN DAYS” – AN ADVOCACY EVENT TO BRIEF CONGRESS ON ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE

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Washington, DC (UNIS) - The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) and its Washington,
DC public relations bureau, the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), will sponsor the first in-aseries
of advocacy events in our nation’s capital this year, entitled “Ukrainian Days.” On Wednesday,
March 4-5, 2015, the Ukrainian community will have an opportunity to express their concerns to
Members of Congress and encourage them to continue promoting and supporting a strong and effective
U.S. foreign policy towards Ukraine.
After successful advocacy of Ukrainian issues in last year’s Congress, this “Ukrainian Days” series will be
of utmost importance as a follow-up to the Ukraine Freedom Support Act signed into law in December
2014. Given the overwhelming support that Ukraine received last year, this late-winter advocacy event
will reinforce Ukraine’s immediate security concerns of preserving its territorial integrity and
sovereignty, maintaining border security, safeguarding its independence, and continuing economic
reform. It is critical that our community actively demonstrate its interest in these crucial matters.
The two-day advocacy program is supported by the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC). As a
founding member of the CEEC, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America works in tandem with the
CEEC to advance U.S. foreign policy issues in Central and East Europe. A briefing session with Ukraine
experts will be held on Wednesday morning, March 4th to acquaint the participants with latest
information from Ukraine, as well as to review the advocacy issues. On Thursday morning March 5th, a
breakfast meeting will be held with members of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus. Additional planned
events include a tribute to Taras Shevchenko at the newly-renovated Shevchenko Memorial and a debriefing
session on Thursday afternoon.
Founded by the UCCA during the height of the Cold War in 1977, UNIS has been instrumental in
advocating the community’s concerns for almost 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, DC.
SAVE THE DATE: March 4-5, 2015! Join us in advancing our community’s concerns in our nation’s
capital. Further information will be forthcoming on the UNIS Facebook page and the UCCA website
at www.ucca.org
Washington, DC (UNIS) - The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) and its Washington,
DC public relations bureau, the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), will sponsor the first in-aseries
of advocacy events in our nation’s capital this year, entitled “Ukrainian Days.” On Wednesday,
March 4-5, 2015, the Ukrainian community will have an opportunity to express their concerns to
Members of Congress and encourage them to continue promoting and supporting a strong and effective
U.S. foreign policy towards Ukraine.

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