UCCA Statements

Remembering Volodymyr Ivasiuk

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the murder of one of Ukraine’s most legendary composers and poets, Volodymyr Ivasiuk. On March 4, 2009 Ivasiuk would have marked his 60th birthday, yet instead on May 18th Ukrainians everywhere will be mourning the tragic loss of this brave and talented individual.

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On The 130th Anniversary of Symon Petliura's Birth

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During the month of May the Ukrainian world community commemorates the 130th anniversary of Symon Petliura’s birth.  As a publicist, writer, journalist, Ukrainian politician and statesman, Symon Petliura was a leader of Ukraine's fight for independence following the Russian Revolution of 1917.  The entire period of Ukrainian struggle for independence is indisputably linked with Petliura.  He has come to symbolize a renewed spirit of hope and inspiration for a country free from domination and oppression.

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Statement of the UCCA on the eve of the April 2009 NATO Summit

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On April 3-4, 2009, a NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government will be held in Baden-Baden and Kehl, Germany, and in Strasbourg, France.  The issues of security for the states of the Alliance as well as the future chartered course of NATO will dominate the discussions at the Summit.   During the consultations regarding the armed military conflicts and energy security issues which have arisen since the last NATO Summit in Bucharest, the NATO allies must find strength and resolve in their consideration of Ukraine's geo-strategic interests and security guarantees. "A Europe, whole and free," as described by former President George Bush, includes Ukraine, for without her, Europe could once again be riddled with divisions and unnecessary dilemmas.

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90th Anniversay of "Unity Day"

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On January 22, 2009, Ukrainians around the world will commemorate a significant day in their nation's history - the 90th anniversary of Unity Day.  After centuries of foreign domination, the Act of Unity, merging the Ukrainian People's Republic and the Western Ukrainian Republic into a single Ukrainian State was solemnly declared.  Thus, after centuries of foreign domination, Ukrainian ethnic territories were unified into a single state.  Although this period of sovereignty was short-lived, the Act of Unity marked a milestone in the Ukrainian people's struggle for freedom and independence.

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UCCA's Statement on the Ruthenian (RUSYN) Question

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The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the largest representative organization of the Ukrainian American community, condemns the decision of the Second European Congress of Carpathian Ruthenians, which met in Mukachevo and formally demanded that Kyiv grant them the status of an autonomous republic before December 1, 2008. Should such a status not be granted, the delegates stated, they would seek national self-determination outside of Ukraine.

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