UCCA Announces Plans to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Ukrainian World Congress

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In 2017, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), the unifying body of Ukrainian communities around the world, is commemorating its 50th anniversary of service in furthering the interests of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people.  Following the February launch in Toronto, Canada, the UWC will be marking its historic anniversary in communities around the world under the motto “Ukrainians together – the future is ours!”

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DISINFORMATION

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New York (UCCA) – Increasingly over the past few months, the ideological battleground that is social media has seen an uptick in attacks targeting Ukraine. A vast majority of these messages are automated by Russian networks, simply repeating their old messages in order to weaken the overwhelming support of Ukraine by the West. The most disturbing messages, however, are those that can be sourced to voices featured in U.S. media, or worse yet, by government officials.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP ACKNOWLEDGES RUSSIA’S ‘DESTABILIZING ACTIVITIES’ IN UKRAINE

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New York (UCCA) – Earlier today, President Donald Trump was welcomed by throngs of Poles in Warsaw’s Krasiński Square, where he stood at the foot of the Memorial to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising and urged Russia “to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere.” Following his re-commitment that the United States “stands firmly behind Article 5,” it was also announced that an agreement was reached to sell 8 Patriot missile defense systems to Poland by the end of the year, in a memorandum signed on Wednesday night.

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UCCA WELCOMES AMB. VOLKER’S ASSESSMENT

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New York, NY (UCCA) -- The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the nation’s largest representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, welcomes Ambassador Kurt Volker’s recent statement that the United States is considering sending lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine to help Ukraine "defend itself if Russia were to take further steps against Ukrainian territory."


Ambassador Volker departed for Ukraine shortly after his appointment as the United States’ Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations earlier this month. After spending the day at the front lines and the adjoining demarcation zone, he correctly assessed that the conflict is a “hot war” and not a frozen conflict.  Coming days after Russia’s bloodiest attempted advance in 2017, which took the lives of 17 Ukrainian soldiers and left dozens more injured, Ambassador Volker, publically stated that Russian “aggression” is to blame for violence in eastern Ukraine and this crisis needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. To better engage in the peace process, Volker added that a new strategic dialog with Russia is needed, one that is based on the principles of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and a change in Russia’s approach.


The UCCA has repeatedly called for the United States to provide lethal defensive assistance to Ukraine, and the newly-appointed US Special Representative’s recent remarks give us hope that the United States will seriously take into consideration stepping up our efforts to address the continuing national security threats Russia poses not just to Ukraine, but to the stabilizing transnational, trans-Atlantic security framework that first emerged after the Second World War. 

PASS THE SENATE RUSSIA SANCTIONS BILL IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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On June 14th, the U.S. Senate passed a crucial amendment to the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act (S.722) by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 97-2. S.Amend232 adds new sanctions targeting various sectors in Russia’s economy, as well as sanctions individuals affiliated with Russia’s defense sector. Critically, all existing sanctions imposed on Russia for its illegal annexation of Crimea and its military invasion of Ukraine would become codified into law under this legislation. The bill would help ensure that sanctions against the Russian Federation will remain in place until the withdrawal of all covert and overt Russian forces and equipment from Ukraine.

The Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act has now been sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, where it faces an uncertain future. Tentative discussions have not resulted in a consensus on the scope and depth of a Russia sanctions-regime bill.

Below, please find a sample letter to your Representative petitioning of support a Russia sanction bill similar to that passed in the U.S. Senate.  Additionally, you can submit your letter online at: www.house.gov.  Simply log onto the website, find your Representative and complete the online form to submit your correspondence. Should you have any questions, please contact the UNIS office at (202) 547-0018 or at unis This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Sample Letter

The Honorable (name)

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative (name):

As an American of Ukrainian descent, I am deeply concerned about Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine.  Beginning with the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014, the Russian Federation has violated numerous tenets of international law and order.  Such actions must be rebuked by Ukraine’s strategic allies and the global community of democratic nations.

Recent legislation by the U.S. Senate – S722 & S.Amend232 – would seek to impose stricter sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and interference in our electoral process.  I highly encourage and request that you support a similar bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Punitive actions against Russia must be taken immediately to thwart future acts of aggression and interference.  I look forward to your active support of this issue.

 

Sincerely,

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