UCCA Statements

Urge Secretary Kerry to Condemn Russia and Support Nadiya Savchenko

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From: The Honorable Bill Pascrell, Jr.
Date: 1/20/2015

Deadline: Thursday, January 22

Current Signers: Sander Levin

Dear Colleague,


In advance of Global Free Nadiya Savchenko Day on January 26th, please join me in urging Secratry Kerry to intensify his public condemnation of Nadiya Savchenko’s illegal imprisonment by Russia.


It has been over seven months 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 militia in southeastern Ukraine and brought to Russia. Since being transnationaly abducted, Savchenko has been accused of helping kill two Russian journalists and held in isolation while she awaits her day in Russian court, which has been delayed.


As a result of the delay, Savchenko has been on a hunger strike for over a month while in Russian prison. These actions are a clear violation of her human rights and international standards according to clause 5 of the September 5, 2014 Minsk Protocol, which called for the immediate release of all unlawfully detained persons.


Savchenko has become a rallying point in the Ukrainian community and deserves our support. If you have any questions or you would like to sign on, please contact Dylan Sodaro in my office at 5-5751 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by COB Thursday, January 22.

Sincerely,


Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.

Member of Congress



Letter Text

Dear Secretary Kerry,


We write to urge you to strongly condemn Russia’s transnational abduction and the subsequent unlawful detention of Nadiya Savchenko, former Ukrainian Air Force pilot, Iraq War Veteran, Member of Ukraine’s Parliament and delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and do everything in your power to secure her immediate release.


On June 18, 2014, Ms. Savchenko was captured by pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine while carrying out her duty to defend her country. Eventually, she was transported to Russia, illegally detained under unsubstantiated charges, subjected to numerous interrogations by Russian authorities and denied access to her counsel. These actions are a clear violation of her human rights and international standards according to clause 5 of the September 5, 2014 Minsk Protocol, which called for the immediate release of all unlawfully detained persons. Subsequent to Russia’s actions and the decision to extend her arrest, Ms. Savchenko entered a hunger strike. We are deeply concerned for Ms. Savchenko’ health and wellbeing, as she is in solitary confinement and has been denied urgently-needed medical attention and communication with her legal counsel.


Russia’s actions betray their previous commitments and have derailed good faith efforts to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine. It is imperative you utilize all diplomatic efforts to ensure the safety of Ms. Savchenko’s life and other illegally imprisoned Ukrainians immediate release. We respectfully urge you to intensify your public condemnation of her illegal imprisonment by Russia, and demand that she and the other illegally imprisoned Ukrainians be freed.


Sincerely,

URGENT ACTION ITEM Companion bill to S.2828

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Dear Friends of Ukraine!

A companion bill to S.2828 was introduced yesterday in the House of Representatives with 10 co-sponsors (bipartisan). HR5782 was introduced yesterday by Rep. Marcy Kaptur, co-chair of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, and supported by the following oroginal co-sponsors:

Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), co-chair of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus
Rep. Jim Gerlach, co-chair of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
Rep. James Moran (D-VA)
Rep. William Keating (D-MA)
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)
Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA)
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX)
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL)

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL!
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE AS CONGRESS IS IN SESSION FOR ONE MORE WEEK.

Please visit http://house.gov, find your representative, and send the following message:

 

 


 

Sample Letter:

I request that Rep. (name) co-sponsor HR5782, the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014.
This bill provides defensive military assistance to Ukraine and would grant Ukraine Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA) Status.
The bill is in the United States’ national security interests.

 

Please pass this e-mail to your e-mail distribution lists. UKRAINE NEEDS YOUR ASSISTANCE NOW!

Letter from Senator Charles Schumer to the UCCA

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To Ukrainian Congress Committee of America,

I regret that I’m unable to attend this year’s remembrance, the 81st Anniversary of the Holodomor, one of the worst tragedies in Western history, as I will be in Buffalo arranging for the speedy delivery of federal aid to help the city cope and recover from one of the worst snow storms the area has ever seen. Each year I have tried to join you all on this day, and have for many years, because I believe from the bottom of my heart that it is our sacred duty to honor those whose memory calls down to us through the decades for justice – the innocent victims of the Ukrainian genocide. It’s been 81 years since Stalin used the sharp scythe of hunger as a weapon against the innocent and the defenseless. He tried to annihilate the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian spirit. But he failed. Stalin is gone, Soviet Russia is gone, and the Ukrainian people live on.

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UCCA Marks the First Anniversary of Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity

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Today, Ukrainians observe a new national holiday -- the anniversary of the start of the Revolution of Dignity. In subsequent years and decades, we will gather on November 21st to remember the “Euromaidan” protesters, those seemingly ordinary people who stood out in the cold, united in prayer and in song, astounding the world and exceeding its expectations about Ukraine. This massive, months-long movement in support of reform and modernization led to the end of a criminal regime, and the beginning of a future based on European values, free of corruption and where rule of law and human rights are respected.

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Preliminary Statement: Ukraine Continues its Democratic Path with Free and Fair Elections

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The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America’s International Election Observer Mission, which observed the election in nine regions of Ukraine, including: Dnipropetrovsk, Khakhiv, Kyiv, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Zakarpattia, Zaporizhzha and Zhytomyr, as well as at diplomatic posts in the United States and Dublin – affirms that the October 26th early parliamentary elections met international standards for free and fair elections that accurately reflects the will of Ukraine’s electorate.

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