UCCA Statements

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.

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,

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