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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,

#SupportUkraine! - Update

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Dear Friends of Ukraine,


The Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), the Washington DC public affairs bureau of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), is continuing its #SupportUkraine! campaign in 2017 by sponsoring its second-in-a-series of advocacy events in Washington, DC.

The second #SupportUkraine! event will be a one-day “Ukrainian Day” advocacy fete on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.  A briefing session about US-Ukraine relations and an overview of pending congressional legislation will be held at 9am at the United Methodist Building (near the Supreme Court).  Participants will be provided briefing materials prior to the advocacy event to familiarize themselves with congressional actions regarding Ukraine.

Following the briefing session, "Ukrainian Day" participants will walk the halls of Congress and meet with their respective congressional offices to advocate issues of concern.  UNIS is honored that the Ukrainian American Youth Civics Group, as part of the Ukrainian Heritage School of Greater Delaware Valley (the tri-state metropolitan region of Philadelphia), will once again participate in the "Ukrainian Day" advocacy event.  The next generation of civic leaders in the Ukrainian community initiated a campaign of contacting Congress to join the Congressional Ukrainian and Senate Ukraine Caucuses.  Membership in the Caucuses is an important element to continued efforts to #SupportUkraine!

Later that evening, a "Ukrainian Day" reception will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Senators and Members of Congress will also be recognized with the “Friend of UNIS” award for their contributions to the security and development of Ukraine.

A registration form for the “Ukrainian Day” advocacy event is provided below.  For a schedule of events for the “Ukrainian Day” advocacy event, please contact UNIS at 202-547-0018 or the UCCA National Office at 212-228-6840, or email Tamara Olexy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

The event will be held the same week as the Speaker of Ukraine's Parliament, Andriy Parubiy, and Acting Minister of Health, Ulana Suprun, will be meeting with U.S. government officials in Washington, DC.

A Ukraine “Report Card” conference will also be held onThursday, June 15, 2017 (day after "Ukrainian Day").  For the conference program and registration form please contact Tamara Olexy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  As space is limited, please RSVP at your earliest convenience to assure attendance.

 

This is a very important event for the Ukrainian community as we continue to focus on Ukraine's security and Euro-Atlantic integration.  Our goal in the advocacy event is to seek support for Ukraine's immediate needs - military assistance; increased sanctions against Russia; deter Russian propaganda and disinformation; and, humanitarian assistance for Ukraine's nearly 2 million internally displaced persons.



PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO HAVE YOUR COMMUNITY REPRESENTED IN WASHINGTON FOR THIS 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 mid-June 2017!

 


“Ukrainian Days” – An Advocacy Event

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Congress – Washington, DC


 

 

#SupportUkraine! "Ukrainian Days" registration form is below:


REGISTRATION FORM:

NAME:

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Address:                      

Phone:

E-mail:

My congressman (district) in the U.S. House of Representatives:

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REQUEST THE WHITE HOUSE TO INVITE PRESIDENT POROSHENKO

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Ukraine has been in the midst of wide-scale attacks since March 2014 when Russian Federation forces forcibly overtook the Crimean Peninsula and have subsequently waged a hybrid war in eastern Ukraine.  The security and stability of the entire Central and East European region is at stake unless immediate action is taken by the United States, NATO, and the European Union to resolve the constant threat to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Support from the United States is crucial in transforming Ukraine into a secure, vibrant democracy that is fully integrated into Euro-Atlantic structures.  The acknowledgement of Ukraine’s reform achievements and the existing strategic partnership between the two countries should be manifested by extending an invitation to President Poroshenko to visit Washington, DC.   Below, please find a letter to the White House requesting President Trump invite the President of Ukraine for an immediate visit.  Additionally, you can submit your letter online at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

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 President

The White House

Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

As an American of Ukrainian descent, I was proud to watch the people of Ukraine dedicate themselves to democratic values during the Revolution of Dignity several years ago.  Unfortunately, since that time, Ukraine has withstood the onslaught of Russian aggression waged upon its borders in the form of cyberattacks, outright invasion of sovereign territory, and an unrelenting informational disinformation campaign.

The United States, as a strategic partner of Ukraine, ought to acknowledge Ukraine’s recent sacrifices by inviting President Petro Poroshenko to Washington, DC before your eventual meeting with Vladimir Putin.  Such an acknowledgment would send strong signals to the Ukrainian people about the values of partnership with democratic nations such as ours.  Ukraine needs the assistance of the United States to transcend that country into a viable nation within the community of democracies.  A visit by President Poroshenko would manifest such a resolve.

 

Sincerely,

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

 

 

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