Steinmeier 2019

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The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, announced on October 1 that at the recent meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, Ukraine agreed to abide by “the so-called Steinmeier formula.” The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the largest representative organization of Americans of Ukrainian descent, joins with the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) in asking for clarity and transparency from the government of Ukraine regarding any agreement to hold elections in areas of Ukraine currently occupied by Russia.

As stated in UCCA’s open letter to President Zelenskyy following his election, UCCA maintains the Ukrainian American community’s longstanding principle regarding the territorial integrity of Ukraine, which includes the lawful return of territories occupied by Russian forces.

 
UCCA therefore reaffirms that Ukraine must never agree to Russian demands regarding Ukrainian elections, or Ukraine’s constitutionally mandated strategic course of NATO and EU integration. To that end, Ukraine must maintain a clear and unequivocal position that:
  1. No elections can take place in the Russian-occupied regions of the Donets’k and Luhans’k oblasts until all Russian troops, mercenaries, weapons and materiel are withdrawn from Ukrainian territory, Ukraine regains complete control of the Ukrainian side of the Ukraine-Russia border and the displaced residents of Donbas are able to peacefully return to their homes; any elections held in Ukraine, must stand in accord with the constitution and laws of Ukraine;
  2. Ukraine’s strategic course for Euro-Atlantic and NATO integration, as set out in Ukraine’s Constitution, is non-negotiable and immutable;
  3. International sanctions on Russia must be strengthened and expanded until Russia de-occupies sovereign Ukrainian territory, including Crimea and regions of the Donets’k and Luhans’k oblasts.
  4. Following the complete withdrawal of covert and overt Russian forces and equipment from Ukraine, the international community which had tolerated Russia’s occupation of Ukraine must provide remedial support to individuals and communities traumatized by five years of exposure to Soviet-style propaganda and hate speech while living under Russian occupation; such efforts would include funding community bridge-building, psychosocial counseling and peace building resources to strengthen local capacities for reconciliation.
“Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, which include Crimea and regions of the Donets'k and Luhans'k oblasts, were, are, and will be integral parts of independent Ukraine,” stated UCCA President, Andriy Futey. “Before any elections take place in these regions, we must make every effort to return these territories to the control of Ukraine, including by securing a strong international coalition to support Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence… We cannot agree to any Russian demands during the Normandy meetings. There are red lines that President Zelenskyy must not cross,” concluded Futey.
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You are respectfully invited to take part in Ukraine’s Quest for Mature Nation Statehood Roundtable XX: Ukraine’s National Security Doctrine - Divining the Abiding Priorities, scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 10, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
 
This year, the focus of this daylong event will center on Ukraine’s defense planning in the face of the kind of unrestricted warfare that hybrid conflict brings; as a result, the scope of the discussion will reach well beyond the traditional military dimension. To facilitate the examination, the event will run five panel sessions and three focus sessions. In total, nearly two dozen featured speakers are expected to address the event’s proceedings. 

For more information, or to register for this conference, please contact UCCA's National Office either by phone at (212) 228-6840 or email to tolexy@ucca.org or else contact Mykola Hryckowian, Roundtable Series Administrative Coordinator, by phone at (646) 704-1463 or e-mail: mykcusur@gmail.com.
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The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) is a non-profit, non-partisan community-based organization that has represented the interests of Ukrainians in the United States since 1940. 
Український Конґресовий Комітет Америки (УККА) є неприбутковою, безпартійною громадською організацією, яка представляє інтереси українців у Сполучених Штатах Америки з 1940 року. 
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