UNIS Action Items

IMMEDIATE ADVOCACY NEEDED TO PROVIDE MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE AND NON-RECOGNITION OF CRIMEAN "ANNEXATION"

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The U.S. Congress has recessed for their election campaigning and will not resume their session until mid-November.  In the meantime, as the congressmen and senators are campaigning in their respective districts and states, it is imperative that you contact their district offices, request a meeting, and advocate passage of three congressional bills regarding military assistance to Ukraine and non-recognition of Crimea's "annexation" by Russia.  Time is of the essence...Congress will only be in session for a few weeks in November and December.  Ukraine needs assistance from the United States immediately!  Your attention to these issues is highly appreciated!

The two bills in the House of Representatives are:

* H.R.5190, the Ukraine Security Assistance Act of 2014 provides military assistance to Ukraine and designates Ukraine as a Major non-NATO Ally (MNNA).  It was introduced by Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and is co-sponsored by Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Sander Levin, co-chairs of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus.

* H.R.5241, the Crimea Annexation Non-recognition Act prohibits the United States to recognize de juro or de facto annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.  It was introduced by Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA).

The bill in the U.S. Senate is:

* S.2828, the “Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014” provides military and security assistance to Ukraine, designates it as a Major non-NARO Ally (MNNA), and imposes further sanctions on the Russian Federation.  The bill was introduced by the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), respectively.

UNIS requests you contact your elected officials (Senator or Congressman) immediately and request a meeting to seek their support of H.R.5190, H.R.5241, and S.2828.  Please visit http://house.gov or http://senate.gov and find your elected official and send an electronic message requesting their support for the bills.  Briefing papers on the topics are enclosed.

Ukraine has been invaded...it needs the Ukrainian American community’s assistance!   ACT NOW!

Please distribute this information to your e-mail contacts. SPREAD THE WORD - HELP UKRAINE NOW!!

Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the Ukrainian National Information Service 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 .

REQUEST A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS for the PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE

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PRESIDENT POROSHENKO IN WASHINGTON, DC

REQUEST A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS

for the PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE


Dear Friends of Ukraine,


Based upon the community's prodding, the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus has initiated a letter of support to House and Senate leadership requesting a Joint Session of Congress for Presdient Poroshenko when he is in Washington in mid-September.  Attached please find the initial UNIS Action Item requesting you to contact your Member of Congress and advocate a Joint Session of Congress.
Please visit http://house.gov and find your Member of Congress and send an electronic message to sign onto the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus letter to the Speaker of the House and Senate leadership to afford President Poroshenko an opportunity to address a Joint Session of Congress. The Caucus letter is listed below for your reference.

Sign onto Letter Inviting Ukrainian President Poroshenko to

Address a Joint Session of Congress

 

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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 at the height of the Maidan protests in early February, and the most recent one in mid-July.  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 17-18, 2014.  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.  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”.

The two-day advocacy program will be in conjunction with the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) advocacy event being held on Thursday, September 18th.  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.  Thursday’s CEEC advocacy event will provide members of the Ukrainian America community an opportunity to meet with other ethnic community members and advocate issues of mutual interest.

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 17-18, 2014!  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” REGISTRATION FORM

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“UKRAINIAN DAY”

WASHINGTON, DC

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

 

REGISTRATION FORM

NAME

CONTACT INFORMATION:

 

Address:                  _______________________________

______________________________

Phone:                      _______________________________

E-mail:                      _______________________________

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

I will arrive to Washington D.C. on:                  ________________________________________

Please provide any additional information that might be relevant:

Please return this form to UNIS no later than Wednesday, July 9, 2014.  Registration fee: $25

This form may be faxed to UNIS at:  (202) 547-0019 or e-mail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ADVOCATE SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE!

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Special “Ukraine Day” in Washington

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) and its Washington public relations bureau, the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), will sponsor a second in-a-series of advocacy events in Washington, entitled “Ukraine Day.” On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Ukrainian community advocates will have the opportunity to express their concerns to Members of Congress about U.S. foreign policy vis-à-vis Ukraine including continued macroeconomic financial assistance, as well as aid for Ukraine’s military and sanctions against Russia.

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