The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is appalled by the cynical verdicts rendered by Russian authorities on 25 August 2015 against acclaimed Ukrainian film-maker Oleh Sentsov and activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, and urges theinternational community to demand their immediate release. Both men have been languishing in Russian prison since May 2014 on politically motivated charges. Oleh Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years of hard labor, while Oleksandr Kolchenko was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor.
“My nation is and always will be! Now and for eternity!”
With this affirmation by renowned Ukrainian poet Vasyl Symonenko, Ukrainians throughout the world mark the 24th anniversary of Ukrainian independence on 24 August 2015 in solidarity with the people of Ukraine who continue to defend their country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) draws the attention of the international community to a video released by the defence team of Ukrainian Member of Parliament and delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Nadiya Savchenko providing very convincing evidence of her innocence.
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) expresses condolences to the families of the innocent civilians who lost their lives during the night of 16 August 2015 as a result of separate terrorist attacks by Russia‑backed forces on residential areas in Eastern Ukraine.
The report by the Atlantic Council of the United States and Freedom House from 6 March 2015 titled Human Rights Abuses in Russian-Occupied Crimea is now available in Ukrainian translation.
This report chronicles the alarming deterioration of human rights in Crimea since its illegal occupation by Russia, and the effectiveness of the Russian political narrative that masks the stark reality faced by the Crimean people.
The Ukrainian World Congress partners with the Atlantic Council in implementing the Ukraine in Europe Initiative that focuses on establishing a solid policy framework and a series of initiatives that aim to ensure the international community fully supports Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity (inclusive of Crimea) and Euro-Atlantic integration.
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) condemns the torching in the early hours of 9 August 2015 of four vehicles of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of OSCE near the residence of the monitors in Donetsk, an area under the control of Russian terrorist forces.
“The Ukrainian World Congress condemns these tactics of intimidation and urges all OSCE member states to secure the continued, unhindered work of the OSCE SMM in monitoring adherence to the terms of the Minsk agreements,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.