UCCA Statements

REMEMBERING CHORNOBYL

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New York, NY (UCCA) – On Saturday, April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history began with the rupture of Reactor #4’s containment at the Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Nuclear Power Station. Conceived to be one of the largest nuclear power plants in history during its construction in the 1970s, Soviet planners located this megastructure 11 miles northwest of the city of Chornobyl, Ukraine, and approximately 62 miles north of Ukraine’s capital and most populous city, Kyiv.

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Ukrainian National Fund 2017

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For 77 years, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) has served as the nation’s largest representative body of Americans of Ukrainian descent.  Since its founding in 1940, the UCCA has represented the interests of our community and supported Ukraine’s fledging democracy.

With new leadership elected during last year’s XXII Congress of Ukrainians in America, as well as the return of prominent national organizations as members, the UCCA is better equipped than ever to create a greater understanding of and stronger advocacy for Ukraine, especially during these perilous times. The UCCA has also forged new relationships with diverse ethnic communities and strengthened old ones, and has continued an ongoing dialogue with elected officials and leading policy makers, while diligently working to advocate a variety of issues. These steps are crucial to our work, especially given that Ukraine continues to valiantly defend its independence and territorial integrity against Russian-sponsored terrorists.

2017 is of particular importance to the UCCA as we will mark the 40th Anniversary of its public affairs office – the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS) – the sole full-time representative of the Ukrainian American community in our nation’s capital. This year also marks the historic 50thAnniversary of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), of which the UCCA was a founding member and continues to be an active participant.

The UCCA has never wavered in its commitment to represent the interests of our community and to support democracy in Ukraine - these pillars of our mission remain as relevant today as they were when the UCCA was founded. In our 77th year of service to our community, we vow to continue to work hard to ensure that Ukraine’s interest, and those of the Ukrainian American community are safeguarded now and in the future. We promise to continue our efforts on behalf of the Ukrainian people to maintain Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of ongoing Russian aggression.

However, the UCCA can only do this with your assistance!  The work of the UCCA is almost entirely dependent on the financial support of its members. Therefore, we ask that you send in your annual membership dues to the Ukrainian National Fund (UNF). Without your much-needed financial support, the significant and timely work of the UCCA cannot be successfully accomplished.

All donations to the UCCA and its Ukrainian National Fund are tax deductible, should be submitted through your local UCCA Branches or to the UCCA National Office: UCCA, 203 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003


UCCA STATEMENT ON THE NOMINATION OF GOVERNOR NIKKI R. HALEY AS PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE UNITED NATIONS

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New York (January 16) – The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the largest grassroots representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, looks forward to continue our decades of cooperation with the United States Mission to the United Nations as the United States transitions into a new administration. President-elect Donald Trump has nominated to his Cabinet the Governor of South Carolina, Nikki R. Haley, as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. We commend the nomination of the daughter of immigrants to the Presidential Cabinet, and the continuation of a nearly four-decade history of leadership by a woman in that post, beginning with Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick and continuing through the term of Ambassador Samantha Power.  Both ambassadors Power and Kirkpatrick were recipients of the Shevchenko Freedom Award, the highest accolade accorded by the UCCA, for their remarkable understanding of the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian history of struggle on the road to independence and self-determination. As we remain unfamiliar with Governor Haley’s geopolitical view of the world, the UCCA and our community of 1.5 million Ukrainians in America will look on with great interest during the governor’s upcoming Senate confirmation hearing in front of the Committee on Foreign Relations, as we expect other communities in the Central and Eastern European Coalition of 20 million Americans will as well.

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UCCA STATEMENT ON NOMINATION OF REX TILLERSON AS U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE

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January 5, 2017 (New York) - Continuing nearly a century of cooperation, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the largest grassroots representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, looks forward to working with the incoming U.S. Department of State and the President-elect’s administration to fortify and improve U.S. relations with Ukraine. As the next Secretary of State, President-elect Trump has nominated Rex Tillerson, currently the chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, the world’s largest publicly owned oil and gas company. Mr. Tillerson, distinguished in his business career, has pledged to "focus on strengthening our alliances, pursuing shared national interests and enhancing the strength, security and sovereignty of the United States.” While we are in full support of a U.S. foreign policy with such a focus, we remain unfamiliar with Mr. Tillerson’s geopolitical view of the world, as well as the details of his previous business partnerships with the Russian oil giant Rosneft, currently under sanctions by the United States, Ukraine and the European Union.

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#CrimeaIsUkraine

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New York, NY (UCCA) -- On Monday, December 19th, the United Nations General Assembly voted 70 to 26 to adopt a resolution condemning human rights abuses in Crimea and urging Russia to allow UN monitors unimpeded access to the Ukrainian peninsula. The resolution marked the first time that the Russian Federation was named by the Assembly as an occupying power and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (hereinafter “Crimea”) as “temporarily occupied territory”. Out of the 193 member states of the United Nations, 70 voted in favor, 26 voted against and 77 abstained.

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