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UCCA Attends 2nd World Congress of Crimean Tatars in Ankara, Turkey

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Below is the statement delivered by UCCA Executive Board Member, Andrij Dobriansky, at the Congress:

 

Ankara, Turkey (UCCA) – On August 1-2, 2015, the 2nd World Congress of Crimean Tatars gathered in Ankara, Turkey. Sadly, instead of marking a joyous celebration, this historic occasion was overshadowed by the current Russian occupation of the indigenous Tatar homeland - Crimea.

Shortly after masked gunmen stormed the Supreme Council of Crimea in a pre-dawn raid, the world awoke to the reality that the world’s largest country, Russia, which possesses the largest known number of nuclear warheads, had yet again militarily invaded a sovereign territory. Russia not only blatantly violated the UN Charter with its actions in February of 2014, but also the Helsinki Final Act, the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, and at least 2 bilateral agreements between Russia and Ukraine, not least of which was the so-called “Friendship Treaty.”

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“Worldwide Solidarity Day”

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Remarks delivered on July 30th at the NYC Rally (organized by the UCCA NYC Branch and the Organization for the Defense of Four Freedoms for Ukraine) protesting the illegal imprisonment of Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainian prisoners.

 

“Worldwide Solidarity Day”

Today, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, the representative organization of the over one million Americans of Ukrainian descent, stands in solidarity with Ukrainians worldwide to demand the immediate release of Nadiya Savchenko.

It has been over a year since Nadiya Savchenko, a former Ukrainian Air Force pilot, Iraq War Veteran, Member of Ukraine’s Parliament and delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, was captured by Russian-backed terrorists in southeastern Ukraine and trans-nationally abducted to Russia.

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Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky - Remembering His Legacy of Love

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July 29 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of an individual whose dedication, sacrifice and deep religious faith transformed the lives of countless Ukrainians and non-Ukrainians alike.

 

Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky was born in 1865 in the Ukrainian village of Pryibychi into a wealthy family. At the age of 26, he entered the Ukrainian monastery of the Order of St. Basil the Great and by 1900 was made Bishop of Stanyslaviv. Shortly afterwards, at the age of 36, he became the ranking hierarch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, taking upon himself the post of Metropolitan until his death in 1944.

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July 17th Day of Mourning Remembering the Tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

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July 17, 2015 will mark the one year anniversary of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 which resulted in the deaths of all 298 passengers and crew members on board. The Boeing 777-200ER, an international passenger flight en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down while flying over the occupied Donetsk oblast in Ukraine, by pro-Russian terrorists most likely using a BUK surface-to-air missile. Immediately following the crash, Russian Colonel Igor Girkin, leader of the so-called Donbas separatists, claimed responsibility and boasted on social media about shooting down a Ukrainian AN-26 military plane. However, once it became clear that Flight MH17 was a civilian aircraft, the terrorists denied any involvement and the post was taken down. Evidence, however, points to the fact that Flight MH17 was downed by pro-Russian terrorists.

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71 st Commemoration of Surgun - Deportation of the Crimean Tatars from their homeland of Crimea on May 18, 1944

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Crimean Tatars throughout the world will commemorate May 18, 1944, known as the Surgun, which means violent expulsion.

In the early morning hours at 4:00 am under orders from Soviet Russia, the entire Crimean Tatar population was given fifteen minutes (15) to gather their belongings and were forced onto cattle train wagons and deported to Siberia, Urals and other parts of Central Asia.

Of the approximately 238,000 deportees, 113,000 were children, 93,000 women and, of these 110,000 (46.2%) perished from infectious diseases and malnutrition. In places of deportation, Crimean Tatars were subjected to deplorable conditions, termed as “special settlers” placed under “special settlement regime” forced to work on collective soviet state farms and forced labour camps.

 

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