UCCA Statements

UCCA DOES NOT RECOGNIZE “REFERENDUM” IN CRIMEA

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The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the representative organization for the over one million Americans of Ukrainian descent, does not recognize the March 16, 2014 plebiscite in Crimea.  As this so-called “referendum” was unconstitutional as per the Constitution of Ukraine and in direct violation of international law, there can be no consideration of alleged “results”.

Considering the massive presence of foreign military and paramilitary forces, it must be acknowledged that individuals were made to participate in the polling under duress after the invasion of Ukraine’s territory by the armed forces of the Russian Federation.

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UCCA CONDEMNS THE REFERENDUM IN CRIMEA

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The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the representative organization for the over one million Americans of Ukrainian descent, strongly condemns the unconstitutional March 16, 2014 referendum in Crimea.  The referendum, which was specifically designed to endorse secession, does not provide the estimated 1.2 million voters with a choice. The electorate can either vote “yes” to support Crimea joining the Russian Federation or “yes” to restore the 1992 Crimean Constitution, which the Crimean parliament has already noted will result in union with Russia.  Moreover, Russian forces have prohibited all international observers from entering Crimea.

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UCCA Calls for Bipartisanship in US Policy on Standing up to Russian Aggression

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New York City - Washington, D.C. The crisis in Ukraine is again refocusing the attention of the American public and government on the need for unity and bipartisanship in U.S. foreign policy. Today, Russia’s resurgent empire is taking center stage, as never before, since the implosion of the USSR in 1991 and the re-emergence of the Captive Nations of Eastern Europe and Central Asia as sovereign and independent states.

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Stand Strong and You Will Overcome!

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200th Anniversary of Taras Shevchenko

This year, as we commemorate the 200th anniversary of our National prophet Taras Shevchenko, we must remember, that Shevchenko endured the hardships of servitude, bondage and national censorship. In his works, Shevchenko voices the cries of the oppressed, and with his fiery words highlights the multidimensionality of social and national drama, representing the Ukrainian nation in all its various forms. Shevchenko urges the people to love their homeland –

Love your Ukraine, Love her in turbulent times,

In the last most difficult moment, Pray to the Lord for Her.

And while urging Ukrainians to love their homeland, Shevchenko writes with pain-filled words about the destruction of Ukrainian society under foreign, mainly Muscovite, rule.

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Statement Regarding Refuge Status for Ukrainian Citizens in the United States

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Warren, Michigan, USA. The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Michigan Chapter (UCCA MI) welcomes the decision of the Australian government to offer temporary refuge status to visiting Ukrainians “while their nation is under threat”.

Australian Foreign minister Julie Bishop stated that Ukrainian nationals could apply for visa extensions to stay temporarily in Australia.

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