“The UCCLA has, over the decades, been steadfast in its commitment to memorialize each and every ‘concentration camp’ created by the government of the day,” said the UCCLA’s Borys Sydoruk. “With thanks today to the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund, as well as Parks Canada, the statue and plaque consecrated in the heart of this country’s national parks system in Yoho means our work in permanently memorializing every site is ongoing, but successful.”
The decision by Russia’s Prosecutor General to declare the Ukrainian World Congress an “undesirable” organization that poses a threat to Russia’s national security is a further attempt to eliminate Ukrainian community life in Russia, said the UWC. The July 11 announcement highlights Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fear that the democratic principles championed by the Ukrainian people will bring an end to his kleptocratic regime.
BAT YAM, Israel – The Ukrainian Cultural Center in Israel recently presented an evening dedicated to the memory of the prominent Ukrainian public and Church figure Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky (1865-1944). Hennadiy Nadolenko, ambassador of Ukraine to Israel, noted that Sheptytsky “made an important contribution to establishing relations between the Ukrainian and Jewish peoples when he risked his life saving Jews during the second world war.”
TORONTO – The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) on May 7 condemned the violence committed against representatives of the Ukrainian community on May 5 in Lisbon by participants of the Russian initiative “Bessmertnyi Polk,” or “Immortal Regiment,” during a rally commemorating the so-called Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) in which the USSR fought Nazi Germany.
International organization’s XI Congress held in Kyiv
KYIV – Two hundred forty-eight delegates representing 26 countries participated in the XI Ukrainian World Congress, as well as events marking the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor, in Kyiv on November 24-27.
KYIV – On November 22, Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij, while in Kyiv, presented a donation in the amount of $25,000 to National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) from the estate of the late Dmytro Shelegon.
KYIV – On November 27, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch hosted the U.S. delegates to the XI Congress of the Ukrainian World Congress, in Kyiv. The reception, held at the ambassador’s residence, afforded UCCA and other U.S. delegates an opportunity to discuss a variety of issues, including the current Russian attacks on Ukraine’s naval vessels, and ways to explore opportunities to support anti-corruption and humanitarian efforts.
KYIV – On November 21, the outgoing president of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), Eugene Czolij, spoke at an event dedicated to the opening of the Chair of History of the Ukrainian World Community at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.