National Day for the Victims of Communism

The following text was released by the White House, Office of the Press Secretary, on November 7. The proclamation was signed by President Donald Trump. Today, the National Day for the Victims of Communism, marks 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution took place in Russia. The Bolshevik Revolution gave rise to the Soviet Union and its dark decades of oppressive communism, a political philosophy incompatible with liberty, prosperity, and the dignity of human life. Over the past century, communist totalitarian regimes around the world have killed more than 100 million people and subjected countless more to exploitation, violence, and untold devastation.

Flags and flowers but little fanfare, as Russia’s neighbors mark revolution anniversary – or don’t

The 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution was marked in different ways in different former Soviet republics – and in some cases, it was hardly marked at all. The November 7 centenary of the revolution – which ushered in more than seven decades of repressive single-party rule from Moscow across a huge swath of Europe and Asia – came nearly 26 years after the Soviet Union’s collapse. The Russian Communist Party staged a major march and rally in central Moscow, while other commemorations across the former Soviet Union were smaller. For some, the anniversary was an occasion to criticize the revolution and the Soviet Union, while the vast majority of citizens throughout the region stayed away from the organized events. In Minsk, some 700 people – most of them members of the Communist Party of Belarus – held a rally on Independence Square.

Ukrainian Canadian Congress on Russia’s war against Ukraine

Following is the text of the briefing note submitted by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress to the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defense on October 23. The briefing note accompanied testimony by UCC President Paul Grod on Canada’s role in supporting Ukraine and countering Russian aggression.

The Russian Federation invaded and occupied Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula (the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) in March 2014 and has waged war against Ukraine in the eastern oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk for over three years.

U.S. Embassy statement U.S.-Ukraine cyber dialogue

Following is the text of a statement released on September 29 by the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv regarding the first U.S.-Ukraine cyber dialogue. The United States and Ukraine conducted the first United States-Ukraine Bilateral Cyber Dialogue in Kyiv, Ukraine, on September 29, 2017. As a demonstration of the U.S. commitment to supporting cybersecurity in Ukraine, U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch announced at the dialogue that the United States would provide over $5 million in new cyber assistance to strengthen Ukraine’s ability to prevent, mitigate and respond to cyberattacks. The dialogue strengthened whole-of-government bilateral cooperation on cybersecurity and cyber policy matters. Recognizing the important nature of cyber threats, participants shared approaches on organizing cybersecurity policy structures and cyber incident response procedures.

President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine speaks before the U.N. General Assembly on September 20.

Poroshenko’s address at the United Nations

Excerpts of the statement by President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine during the General Debate of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 20. The full text was released by the Presidential Administration of Ukraine. Distinguished Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:

…Let me take this chance to state clearly that we in Ukraine cannot agree more with the call for the sovereignty to be universally respected and guaranteed. This very conclusion was timely and rightly raised yesterday from this podium. When the U.N. was set up, it was designed to maintain peace and security in the world based on principles of respect for sovereignty and integrity of borders.

Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite addresses the U.N. General Assembly on September 19.

Statement by Dalia Grybauskaite at U.N.

Statement by President Dalia Grybauskaite of the Republic of Lithuania at the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly on September 19. The text was published by Euromaidan Press. Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen:

The topic of this year’s debate invites to focus on people and our responsibility to ensure their peaceful and sustainable future. However, in today’s world such peaceful future is threatened as never before. Authoritarian regimes continue to kill with impunity, extremist ideologies treat innocent people with unspeakable cruelty, and thousands die after leaving their homes in search for better lives.

On the sentencing of Crimean Tatar activist Akhtem Chiygoz

Statement by Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on September 11 issued the following statement regarding Russia’s sentencing of Crimean Tatar activist Akhtem Chiygoz. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its resolute protest over the illegal sentencing of Ukrainian citizen Akhtem Chiygoz by the Russian occupation authorities on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to eight years of imprisonment. Akhtem Chiygoz, the deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, was punished by the Russian occupants for his support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and his fight for human rights. This is yet another manifestation of Russia’s repressive policies on the Crimean peninsula, aimed at suppressing dissent and opposition to the Kremlin regime, as well as yet more evidence of discrimination against Crimean Tatars. We demand that the Russian Federation release Akhtem Chiygoz, stop repressions against Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians on the territory of occupied Crimea and restore the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

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Proclamation of the Centennial Anniversary Year of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A.

At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, immigrants to the United States of America from territories of Kyivan-Rus’ – later identified and recognized as the independent State of Ukraine – began new lives as settlers, steelworkers, farmers throughout the U.S.A. They came seeking a better life for their families free of suppression and oppression they had known in their native land. The first instincts of these new immigrants were to gather themselves together into local communities in order to provide support, comfort and social interaction, but most importantly of all, to worship God Almighty according to their 900+ year-old Ukrainian Orthodox customs and traditions. They sought to establish churches, first in the large cities of the United States around the year 1915, and eventually organized into a solid ecclesiastical structure in 1918. We, by the Grace of God, the present hierarchs of our Holy Church, hereby proclaim the year 2018 as the Centennial Anniversary Year of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. for our clergy, monastics and faithful, and we commemorate all those hierarchs, clergy, monastics and faithful who came before us, sacrificing so much more than most of us do 100 years later, for the extension of God’s Kingdom here on earth. Through those first 100 years of our history, our founders and benefactors gave of the best of what they had, in order to ensure the preservation of our rich spiritual legacy, inherited from our ancestors, preserving it in a land free of fear, repression and extinction.

Remarks by Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Kyiv

Following is the text of remarks (as delivered) by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Kyiv He spoke alongside President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine at the Presidential Palace on August 24. The transcript was released by the U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. President, it is an honor to stand alongside you on Ukraine’s Independence Day as a tangible demonstration of our unity and solidarity. Have no doubt, the United States stands with Ukraine. We support you in the face of threats to your sovereignty and territorial integrity, to international law and to the international order.