UCCA Statements

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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UCCA Strategy Plan to Assist Ukraine

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UCCA STRATEGY PLAN

In light of the critical situation in Ukraine, the UCCA’s External Affairs Committee  has developed an emergency Strategy Plan for our community to help us achieve our main goal—the implementation of the Ukraine Freedom Support Act which will enable the U.S. government to provide the defensive lethal military aid Ukraine so desperately needs. The Strategy Plan also includes other timely issues which deserve our community’s attention and support.

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UCCA Condemns Massacres at Volnovakha and Mariupol Calls for the Immediate Support for Ukrainian Military

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The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the representative organization of the over one million Americans of Ukrainian descent, stands with the rest of the world in strongly condemning Russia’s escalating military offensive to occupy more and more of Ukraine’s territory. The Russian terrorist assault on Mariupol, a city 15 miles past the Minsk Ceasefire line, violently and senselessly murdered at least 29 civilians, and injured 83 others. Likewise, the rocket attack on a civilian bus in Volnovakha on January 13, callously ended the lives of 10 innocent bystanders and injured 13 others.

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UCCA Condemns the January 22nd Terrorist Attack in Donetsk

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The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the representative organization of the more than one million Americans of Ukrainian descent, strongly condemns the terrorist attack of January 22nd in Donetsk and expresses its sincerest condolences to the families of the innocent victims.

Eight innocent civilians were killed and 13 wounded when the Russian-backed terrorists hit a trolleybus with a mortar. This horrendous loss of civilian life in the pro-Russian separatist controlled Donetsk is just another reminder of the deadly consequences of Russian (or Russian-backed) terrorists ignoring the rules of international law.

The UCCA calls upon the international community to voice their strong condemnation of such terrorist attacks and to include the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics to the list of terrorist organizations.

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