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18.07.2014
Ukrainian World Congress calls upon G20 Trade Ministers to call for targeted sector-specific sanctions against Russia

Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij sent an open letter to G20 Trade Ministers meeting in Sydney, Australia on 19 July 2014 urging them to:
a)  condemn the ongoing military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine as a violation of international law and fundamental human rights; and
b) call for targeted sector-specific sanctions (third level sanctions) against Russia in response to its illegal annexation of Crimea and unabated destabilization of Eastern Ukraine.
Despite condemning evidence in support of the fact that the pro-Russian terrorists fronting the conflict in Eastern Ukraine are materially and financially backed by the Russian Federation, various government and private entities continue to fuel the Russian economy.
04.07.2014
Ukrainian World Congress welcomes OSCE resolution in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) welcomes the Resolution on Clear, Gross, and Uncorrected Violations of Helsinki Principles by the Russian Federation adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on 1 July 2014 condemning the brazen aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

The Resolution condemns “the clear, gross and uncorrected violation of the Helsinki principles by the Russian Federation with respect to Ukraine, including the particularly egregious violation of that country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” and considers the actions of the Russian Federation “to have been unprovoked, and to be based on completely unfounded premises and pretexts.” 

01.07.2014
Ukrainian World Congress calls upon the international community to support Ukraine’s defense of its territorial integrity

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) supports the efforts of the President of Ukraine to ultimately bring peace, security and stability to Eastern Ukraine.
On 1 July 2014, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko made a public statement terminating Ukraine’s unilateral ceasefire in the Donbas region and initiating appropriate action to protect the territorial integrity of Ukraine, liberate the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts from Russia-backed terrorists and secure the safety of Ukraine’s people.
In his address to the nation, the President of Ukraine declared: “Termination of ceasefire is our response to terrorists, insurgents, marauders, everyone who tortures civilians, paralyzes the economy of the region, disrupts payments of salaries, pensions, scholarships, blasts the railroad, destroys the water pipes and deprives people of normal peaceful life.” 
11.06.2014
Ukrainian World Congress President Eugene Czolij meets with Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatseniuk

On 10 June 2014 Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatseniuk met with a delegation of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) led by its President Eugene Czolij.
Government portal - web-portal of Ukrainian government

11.06.2014
Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij meets with Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olexandr Turchynov

Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij meets with Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olexandr Turchynov. 

Official web portal of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

26.05.2014
Ukrainian World Congress President Eugene Czolij congratulates President-elect of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko
On 26 May 2014 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij called Ukraine’s President-elect Petro Poroshenko and congratulated him on his victory in the Presidential Election held on 25 May 2014.
14.05.2014
Ukrainian World Congress calls for worldwide boycott of goods made in Russia

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is calling for a worldwide boycott of goods made in Russia in response to Russia’s brazen aggression against Ukraine.
 
Russia is persistently violating international conventions with its attempts to take control of Ukraine’s territory. This was first evidenced by the illegal and forceful annexation of Crimea which, even according to the statistics of the Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights, was supported by only 15‑30% of voters.
 
In addition, with the goal of disrupting the Presidential Elections on 25 May 2014 in Ukraine, Russia’s special forces and accomplices are instigating brutal acts of violence and provocations in Eastern and Southern Ukraine, including the illegal referendums in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts on 11 May 2014.
12.05.2014
Ukrainian World Congress denounces illegal so-called “referendums” in Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) strongly denounces the illegal so-called “referendums” in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine held on 11 May 2014 and agrees with the declaration of their illegitimacy by Ukraine’s Central Election Commission.
 
The UWC also condemns Russia’s positive assessment of these so-called “referendums” as another indication of Russian involvement in this scenario. Orchestrated by armed Russian-backed provocateurs, these “staged for Western consumption” events were an obvious attempt to artificially fuel civil unrest in the region and disrupt Ukraine’s 25 May Presidential elections.
 
“The Crimea scenario is being played out now in Eastern Ukraine,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.
12.05.2014
Ukrainian World Congress suspends aid delivery after Ukrainian Red Cross personnel attacked in Donetsk


The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) has suspended aid delivery to Donetsk after the kidnapping and beating of Ukrainian Red Cross personnel on 9 May 2014.

"The UWC strongly condemns yesterday’s kidnapping and beating of Red Cross personnel and the looting of supplies in Donetsk. With the closure of the Red Cross office in Donetsk, the aid that we had allocated for their efforts is under review. If and when the Red Cross office in Donetsk resumes its operations, we will continue our cooperation with the brave medics in the city," said Ulana Suprun, MD, Director of Humanitarian Initiatives for the UWC.

In Donetsk, the UWC, together with the Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF), has provided aid and assistance to Red Cross mobile brigades and delivered a ventilator to the Donetsk Oblast Trauma Center.

25.04.2014
REMINDER: Deadline for volunteers to join UWC International Election Observation Mission
 
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) will deploy an International Election Observation Mission to the Presidential Election in Ukraine scheduled for 25 May 2014.
 
The UWC is calling for volunteers to join its International Election Observation Mission, the objective of which is to support a more open and transparent electoral process in Ukraine by monitoring the electoral process throughout Ukraine and at diplomatic posts around the world.
 
Please note that there will be no accreditation of observers for an eventual second round of voting. If you intend to participate in the second round of the election, you need to be registered prior to the 25 May election.

The application package for volunteers interested in joining the UWC International Election Observation Mission to the Presidential Elections is available on the UWC web site.
16.04.2014
Ukrainian World Congress Easter Greetings

The Ukrainian World Congress sincerely greets the Hierarchs and clergy of Ukrainian Churches, the Acting President of Ukraine, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, the presidents of Ukrainian World Congress member organizations and Ukrainians worldwide with the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection!
 
Easter represents the resurrection of Jesus Christ and is the celebration of all celebrations for the entire Christian world. On this Holy Day we praise the Son of God who was crucified and rose from the dead to rid humankind of the powers of death and sin.

Easter celebrations this year are dampened by the troubling events in our spiritual homeland Ukraine where our attention is focused. Only recently our Ukrainian nation won, with unbelievable fortitude, a victory over internal destructive forces.

14.04.2014
UWC welcomes PACE resolution condemning Russia’s violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) welcomes the resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) of 10 April 2014 strongly condemning Russia’s violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and suspending the rights of the Russian delegation through the end of the 2014 session.
 
The resolution entitled “Reconsideration on substantive grounds of the previously ratified credentials of the Russian delegation” responds to calls by the international community, including the UWC, and refers to Russia’s actions as a flagrant violation by a PACE member State of its obligations and commitments.
 
10.04.2014
Ukrainian World Congress calls for substantial UN peacekeeping and OSCE observer missions as tensions escalate in Ukraine
 
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) condemns Russia’s latest provocations in Eastern and Southern Ukraine, particularly in the cities of Donetsk, Kharkiv and Luhansk, and calls upon the international community to immediately deploy substantial UN peacekeeping and OSCE observer missions to the affected regions.

On 10 April 2014 UWC President Eugene Czolij issued separate letters to Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon and President of the General Assembly of the UN John W. Ashe, and to Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Didier Burkhalter and Secretary General of the OSCE Lamberto Zannier, calling for the deployment of UN peacekeeping troops.

28.03.2014
UWC welcomes UN resolution on Ukraine’s territorial integrity

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) welcomes the United Nations resolution of 27 March 2014 which underscored the commitment of governments in the world to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and confirmed that the so-called referendum in Crimea and Sevastopol of 16 March 2014 has no validity.

The support expressed by the international community, including the UWC, resulted in 100 of the 193 UN member states voting in favour of the Ukraine-sponsored resolution. Only 10 countries joined Russia in opposing the resolution, and 58 abstained from voting.
 
“With this condemnation by UN member states of Russia’s forceful annexation of Crimea, the free world has delivered a strong message on the inviolability of Ukraine`s borders,” commented UWC President Eugene Czolij.
19.03.2014
UWC urges G7 countries to convene an emergency meeting in Ukraine

On 11 March 2014 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij issued a letter to the leaders of the G7 countries urging them to suspend Russia’s membership in the G8 and convene an emergency meeting of the G7 in Ukraine to address the economic, social and security impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Eugene Czolij commended the statement of 2 March 2014 made by the G7 countries condemning “the Russian Federation’s clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” and the joint decision to suspend participation in activities associated with the preparation of the scheduled G8 Summit in Sochi, Russia, in June 2014.
 
12.03.2014
UWC urges OSCE to deploy military observers to Eastern and Southern Ukraine

On 12 March 2014 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij issued a letter to the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, urging the OSCE to deploy military observers to Eastern and Southern Ukraine to monitor the situation on the ground and deter Russian Armed Forces from moving further onto the territory of Ukraine.
 
With alarming reports of a build-up of Russian troops along Ukraine’s Eastern border, the UWC emphasized the urgency of the situation.
 
“The rapid escalation of events in Ukraine with President Vladimir Putin solidifying his hold on the Crimean peninsula immediately requires every possible intervention on the part of the international community to prevent a military confrontation".
08.03.2014
On the Bicentennial of the birth of Taras Shevchenko

On 9 March 2014 the world celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Taras Shevchenko – world‑renowned poet, artist, champion of the Ukrainian language, political prisoner and spiritual leader of the Ukrainian nation.
04.03.2014
UWC President appears before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development of the House of Commons of Canada

On 3 March 2014 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij appeared before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development of the House of Commons of Canada.

Eugene Czolij expressed gratitude to the Government of Canada for its unequivocal support of the citizens of Ukraine and urged Canada to actively support the new government in Ukraine in its daunting challenge of implementing the necessary reforms to reestablish Ukraine as a fully democratic, modern European state.

“Should the international community not act decisively in respect of Russia’s invasion of the Crimea, Russia will be emboldened – as was Nazi Germany following the Munich Agreement – to continue to fuel its imperialistic ambitions under the guise of protecting “the lives of citizens of the Russian Federation” with possible expansion into Eastern Ukraine and eventually other parts of Europe,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij. 

The text of the presentation is available here.
26.02.2014
UWC President meets with Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner

On 25 February 2014 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij met with the Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe, Nils Muižnieks.
20.02.2014
Ukrainian World Congress calls on the Ukrainian diaspora to provide urgent humanitarian aid for Ukraine

With the death toll continually rising and facilities overflowing with the injured as a result of the violence incited by Ukraine’s governing authorities, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) renews its call for the Ukrainian diaspora to provide urgently needed humanitarian aid.
 
The aid is being coordinated by the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee (UUARC) in the U.S.A. and the Ukrainian Canadian Social Services (UCSS) in Canada, that are accepting donations for medication, clothing and food products.
 
For more detail on the aid programs visit the organizations’ web sites: United Ukrainian American Relief Committee http://www.uuarc.org/contact-us/ and Ukrainian Canadian Social Services http://www.ucss.info/.



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