UWC president visits Belgium to strengthen support for Ukraine

TORONTO – Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij recently completed a working visit to Brussels, Belgium, where he participated in events of the European Parliament and met with high-ranking officials of the European Union with the goal of strengthening support for Ukraine.

On February 27, Mr. Czolij was co-chair and addressed an event titled “Human Costs of Russian aggression in Ukraine” that was organized in the European Parliament (EP) by the chair of the EP Subcommittee on Security and Defense, Anna Fotyga, with the support of the director of the UWC Mission to International Organizations in Brussels, Maryna Iaroshevych.

Wellness and nutrition are topic of presentation in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Connecticut District Committee of the Ukrainian National Association, which encompasses UNA branches in Ansonia, Bridgeport, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, Stamford and Willimantic, Conn., as well as Ludlow, Mass., organized a wellness and nutrition presentation by Dr. Petrusia Kotlar on Sunday, March 18, at Holy Protection of Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church Hall in Bridgeport. Topics covered by Dr. Kotlar included ethno-nutrition, seasonal eating, nutritional trends in 2018 and alternatives to chemical medicine. Dr. Kotlar has previously discussed this topic in New Haven, as well as in Whippany, N.J., with UNA members and their guests. Some 25 people attended her presentation in Bridgeport.

A thank-you to our partners

By now, all our subscribers and many others have had a chance to peruse the latest Ukrainian Debutante Balls supplement published in this newspaper. This year’s deb issue, published on March 18, featured nine debutante balls held in the states of Illinois and New Jersey (two balls each), Michigan, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania on beautifully laid out color pages. Highlighted, of course, were the debutantes and their escorts in formal group photos, as well as in photographs of the official presentations and the dances that followed. We’ve received quite a few compliments on this year’s edition of this perennially popular issue – our 18th annual, in case you’re keeping count. In comparison, last year’s deb issue (issue date: April 2, 2017) featured six balls, held in Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois.

April 4, 2008

Ten years ago, on April 4, 2008, the three-day NATO summit in Bucharest concluded with NATO committing to eventual membership in the alliance for Ukraine and Georgia. Both countries sought Membership Action Plans, but the alliance postponed approval of that decision. The NATO Bucharest Summit Declaration stated: “NATO welcomes Ukraine’s and Georgia’s aspirations for membership in NATO. We agreed today that these countries will become members of NATO. Both nations have made valuable contributions to alliance operations.

The Resurrection of Christ is the foundation of our faith

Paschal proclamation of the Permanent Conference of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops Beyond the Border of Ukraine to the Beloved-of-God Pastors, Venerable Monastics, and all the Faithful Children of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Diaspora and in Ukraine. “It is the day of Resurrection, let us be illumined O people! Pascha, the Lord’s Pascha; for Christ God has led us from death unto life, and from earth to heaven, as we sing a song of victory.” (Paschal Canon)

Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers! Dear Brothers and Sisters! Christ is Risen!

Genocide Studies Council members not present at Holodomor lecture

Dear Editor:

On February 26, a lecture about the Holodomor by Dr. Matthew Pauly, associate professor of history at Michigan State University, was held at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Mich. The impetus for this lecture was the urgent need to bring about inclusion of Holodomor into the future Michigan Genocide Studies program mandated by Gov. Rick Snyder. The urgency was due to the term limit for the current Michigan Genocide Studies Council, which expires in August of this year. The concern was that the governor’s mandate would not be continued and the intense effort by Ukrainian American activists to include Holodomor would have to be renewed. The original request was made to the Holocaust Memorial Center Board, where all Genocide Council meetings were convened.

UWC condemns Russian election 
 held in illegally occupied Crimea

The statement below was released by the Ukrainian World Congress on March 22. The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) condemns the elections for the president of the Russian Federation held on March 18, 2018, on the illegally occupied by the Russian Federation Crimean peninsula. The conduct of these elections on the occupied territory of Ukraine was another attempt by the Kremlin authorities to legitimize Crimea’s illegal occupation. The UWC welcomes the refusal by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, its Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and other international bodies to delegate their observers to the illegal elections held by the Russian Federation on the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol. The UWC also notes the accurate assessment of March 19, 2018, by the EU that reads: “The European Union does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and therefore does not recognize the holding of elections in the Crimean peninsula.”

“The Ukrainian World Congress condemns the illegal occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in blatant violation of international law and calls to increase international pressure on the Russian Federation until Crimea is returned to Ukraine and all Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian political prisoners are released,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.

UCC welcomes strong Canadian support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity

The following information was released by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress on March 19. On the fourth anniversary of Russia’s illegal invasion and annexation of Crimea, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress welcomes the strong statements of support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity from Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honorable Chrystia Freeland, and Canada’s Official Opposition Leader, the Honorable Andrew Scheer. In her statement, Minister Freeland reaffirmed Canada’s support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity, saying “Canada is unreserved in its support for the people of Ukraine. We will continue to maintain pressure, including through economic sanctions, until Russia meets its obligations under international law and respects Ukraine’s sovereignty.”

Minister Freeland also announced $4.65 million to support training for the Ukrainian Armed Forces to provide equipment to support first aid and military police training. In his statement, Mr. Scheer said that “Russia’s continual abuse of human rights in illegally occupied Crimea is an affront to the values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law that Canada has always defended on the world stage.

UCCA joins international community in denouncing Russia’s sham election

The statement below was released by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America on March 21. The Russian Federation held a sham presidential election on March 18, 2018, once again violating the principles of international law, as well as the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Illegally staging ballot boxes on the illegally occupied territory of the Crimean peninsula fundamentally violated both the norms and principles of international law, including: the United Nations Charter; the Helsinki Final Act of 1975; U.N. General Assembly Resolution 68/262 (“On The Territorial Integrity of Ukraine”); U.N. General Assembly resolutions 71/205 and 72/190; the 1994 Budapest Memorandum; as well as numerous international agreements to which Russia is a signatory. For these reasons and more, the Russian presidential elections of March 2018, as with the Russian parliamentary elections of September 2016, represent an ongoing and unacceptable violation of international law. The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the largest grassroots representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, calls on the international community to respond to these violations with sectoral sanctions, cutting Russia off from the international financial system until they reverse course.

St. George Academy remembers 17 killed in Florida

NEW YORK –  On Wednesday, March 14, the students and faculty of St. George Academy (SGA) joined thousands of high school students around the country in a walk-out to commemorate the 17 innocent victims of the mass shooting that took place on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Wearing orange ribbons in solidarity with their peers around the nation and holding signs that read “We remember the victims of the Florida shooting,” the students and faculty left the school at approximately 10 a.m., walked down Sixth Street, to Second Avenue and up Seventh Street in a solemn march of remembrance. The students then proceeded into St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church where Principal Andrij Stasiw spoke to the students about the tragedy and read the names of each of the 17 victims who perished on February 14.