UCCA Statements

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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WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER RESET

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New York (UCCA) – Almost three years after Russia’s military invasion and illegal occupation of Ukrainian territory - not a one-time violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty, but an ongoing, daily violation of international law - the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the nation’s largest representation of Ukrainians in America, calls on the incoming 115th United States Congress and President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration to continue our nation’s proud tradition of bipartisan support for Ukraine. Any retreat from current sanctions levied against Russia or the military, political and economic support of Ukraine, and the United States would signal yet another “reset,” a capitulation with terrifying consequences for Ukraine, our European partners and security around the world.

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Dear Members and Friends:

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Following the results of the U.S. elections on November 8, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America asks its members and supporters to aid in our continuing efforts in maintaining bipartisan support for Ukraine with our elected officials both in the final weeks of this legislative cycle as well as the coming year. As we continue to keep you abreast of our communications with Congress and the new White House administration, we ask that you review our attached statement detailing the goals we will seek to help enact with the country's new leadership as well as after significant turnover in top Congressional posts next year.

As we are all too aware, the work of Ukrainians in America and our many organizations is needed more now by our family and friends in Ukraine than in recent memory, given Russia’s latest efforts to enslave Ukraine. Only by continuing to strengthen and add to our coalition, will victory come in the form of a Ukraine, whole and free.

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