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22.09.2014
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko concludes official visit to the United States
 
On 18 September 2014 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko concluded an official visit to the capitol of the United States, Washington, DC, where he met with President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress.
20.09.2014
Ukrainian World Congress appoints leadership of International Election Observer Mission for Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) announces the appointment of the leadership of its International Election Observer Mission to the parliamentary elections in Ukraine on 26 October 2014.
The Mission will be headed by UWC Third Vice President Peter Sztyk and the Chief Observer will be Olena Koszarny, member of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Advisory Board.
15.09.2014
Ukrainian World Congress President Eugene Czolij discusses support for Ukraine during Berlin visit
 
10-14 September 2014 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij held a series of meetings in Berlin, specifically with Members of the Bundestag (German Parliament) and other high-ranking German officials to whom he appealed for continued support for Ukraine in defense of its independence and sovereignty.
06.09.2014
Ukrainian World Congress concludes Annual Meeting in Kyiv
On 29-31 August 2014 at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) held its Annual General Meeting with over 100 participants from over 15 countries in attendance, including prominent religious, political and community representatives from both the diaspora and Ukraine.
To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko participants laid a wreath at the monument in his honour and joined the choir of the National University of Kyiv in singing Shevchenko’s famous literary work, Zapovit (Testament}.
04.09.2014
UWC President meets with Ukrainian Church Hierarchs, the Prime Minister and high-ranking government officials of Ukraine
Between 28 August and 2 September 2014, in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) in Kyiv, UWC President Eugene Czolij, together with the leadership of the UWC, met with Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyiv Patriarchate, Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, and high-ranking government officials of Ukraine including Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, the Deputy Prime Minister, Ministers of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, the Mayor of Kyiv and the Rector of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv‏.
22.08.2014
Ukrainian World Congress encourages continued perseverance on the 23rd anniversary of Ukraine’s independence
 
On this 23rd anniversary of Ukrainian independence being marked on 24 August 2014 the Ukrainian people continue to face Russia’s unrelenting aggression as it attempts, yet again, to suppress the will of the Ukrainian people to live in a free, democratic and Euro-integrated Ukraine.
 
When Ukraine’s previous governing authorities refused to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement as planned in November 2013, the Ukrainian people made their aspirations known and, at great cost, they brought about a historic change, including the signing of this agreement on 27 June 2014.
 
15.08.2014
Ukrainian World Congress President calls upon G20 President to take necessary measures to deal with Russia-backed terrorism

On 24 July 2014 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij issued an appeal to the Honourable Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia and current G20 President, calling for immediate necessary measures to deal with Russia-backed terrorism.

Eugene Czolij offered condolences following the tragic deaths of some 30 Australian citizens and residents on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

The downing of the passenger airliner that killed 298 people from various countries should be a chilling warning to the international community of the consequences of tolerating Russia-backed terrorism and unabashed violations of the territorial integrity of an independent country.
31.07.2014
Ukrainian World Congress urges international community to facilitate the release of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) urges the international community to facilitate the release of Ukrainian Air Force pilot Nadiya Savchenko who was kidnapped by Russia-backed terrorists and remains detained in the Russian Federation in violation of international law.
29.07.2014
UN report highlights deterioration of human rights situation in Eastern Ukraine

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in its latest report on Ukraine released on 28 July 2014, noted a deterioration of the human rights situation in Eastern Ukraine.
The 65-page report, which covers the period from 8 June 2014 to 15 July 2014, highlights that since mid‑April 2014, 717 people have been abducted by armed groups in Eastern Ukraine, among them journalists, OSCE representatives, civil servants and civilians, including 392 girls and women. Many victims have been tortured and the whereabouts of 375 people remain unknown.
The escalating conflict has resulted in over 1000 civilians being killed with the numbers increasing due to the intense fighting using heavy weaponry in and around population areas. 
28.07.2014
Ukrainian World Congress condemns using children as pawns in anti-Ukrainian campaign
 
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) condemns the wave of kidnappings of children by Russia-backed terrorists in the war-torn Eastern region of Ukraine.
 
According to a report by Ukraine’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, on 26 July 2014 a terrorist group kidnapped orphans requiring constant medical care from an orphanage in Luhansk and attempted to illegally transport them across the border to the Russian Federation without any documentation.
 
On 27 July 2014, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights informed that the orphans were transported to the Russian side of the border but later returned to Ukraine.
24.07.2014
Ukrainian World Congress President calls upon G20 President to take necessary measures to deal with Russia-backed terrorism

On 24 July 2014 Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij issued an appeal to the Honourable Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia and current G20 President, calling for immediate necessary measures to deal with Russia-backed terrorism.

Eugene Czolij offered condolences following the tragic deaths of some 30 Australian citizens and residents on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

The downing of the passenger airliner that killed 298 people from various countries should be a chilling warning to the international community of the consequences of tolerating Russia-backed terrorism and unabashed violations of the territorial integrity of an independent country.
24.07.2014
Ukrainian World Congress urges France to refuse to sell Mistral navy ships to Russia
 
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) urges France to demonstrate its understanding of the far-reaching implications of the crisis in Ukraine by terminating its agreement to sell Mistral-class assault ships to Russia, officially recognized by the international community as a military aggressor and occupier.
 
The Mistral is a powerful military ship that can transport up to 16 helicopters, 4 landing craft, 60 armed vehicles and 700 troops.
 
The United States and the European Union, with their further sanctions of 16 July 2014, sent Russia a clear message on the consequences of violating international commitments and escalating its brutal aggression in Ukraine. Russia immediately threatened sanctions of its own.
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.



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