UCCA Statements

Op Ed: Ukrainian separatists or Russian invaders

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In the course of most recent reporting regarding the shoot down of Malaysian Airline Flight 17, western media reports and many even in government  continue to use an inaccurate term “Ukrainian separatists” to describe the so called “rebels” in the Donetsk region.   While media and government spokespersons are prone to hasty semantic deficiencies, this ill chosen characterization strikes at the heart of accuracy in media and paints an entirely erroneous picture of the situation. “Ukrainian separatists” implies that there is a substantial number of Ukrainians ethnically or as Ukrainian citizens who are participating in a revolution to separate their region from Ukraine. Nothing could be further from the truth.  Revolutionaries often carry a positive connotation. Invaders and hired guns do not.

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Reflections on Serving as UCCA’s International Election Observer Mission Co-Chair

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Having had the opportunity to monitor every presidential, as well as every parliamentary election in Ukraine since 1994, I wanted to impart my impressions of the recent May 25th early presidential elections, as I believe these elections were unique.

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Open Letter to President Obama

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The Ukrainain Congress Committee of America issued the following Open Letter to President Obama on June 3rd.

Dear Mr. President!

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, the representative organization of over one million Americans of Ukrainian descent, welcomes your decision to meet with the newly-elected President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko during your trip to Poland to mark the 25th anniversary of Poland’s first post-communist elections.

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UCCA URGES FURTHER U.S. ACTIONS TO ALLEVIATE THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE

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The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the representative organization for the over one million Americans of Ukrainian descent, welcomes the United States’ diplomatic leadership and economic steps taken to encourage the de-escalation of the crisis in Ukraine. We continue to be reassured by the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry's condemnation of Russia's invasion of sovereign Ukrainian territory and its continued use of aggression, intimidation and provocations.

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UCCA URGES IMMEDIATE ACTION FROM THE UNITED STATES

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In the last few days, Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty has been dangerously threatened by the massive build-up of Russian troops along Ukraine’s eastern border and escalating provocations by Russian sponsored groups within Ukraine, specifically in the Eastern and Southern regions of Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk.

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