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UCCA HONORS UKRAINE’S DAY OF DIGNITY AND FREEDOM

UCCA HONORS UKRAINE’S DAY OF DIGNITY AND FREEDOM

Since 2015, UCCA has paused annually to honor the legacy of two historic wintry revolutions in Ukraine, and their transformational legacy of national identity and patriotism in Ukraine. November 21, the Day of Dignity and Freedom—День Горності та Свободи—is an annual occasion to celebrate the indomitable Ukrainian spirit along with our fellow Ukrainian Americans and Ukrainians worldwide.

18 years ago, an estimated seven million Ukrainians participated in peaceful protests stemming from the falsification of the 2003-2004 Ukrainian Presidential Election. This historic manifestation, which came to be known as the Orange Revolution, transformed not only the lives of those living in Ukraine, but those of the worldwide Ukrainian diaspora as well. In response to the allegations of fraud in 2004, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America organized the largest Election Observer Mission ever registered by Ukraine’s Central Election Commission, with over 2400 observers flying in from around the world to ensure that the court-ordered redo of the 2004 Ukrainian Presidential elections would be transparent, democratic and in accordance with international standards.

Later, during the historic Revolution of Dignity (2013-2014), “Euromaidan” protesters maintained an even longer outside vigil throughout a frigid winter, uniting in prayer and in song and astounding the rest of the world in the process. The courage and self-sacrifice of these ordinary citizens revealed a Ukraine beyond their own expectations, and remains reminiscent of the daring of another group of people, who, many years ago, because of their love for freedom and their determination, won the right to live in their own independent and democratic nation – the United States of America.

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America celebrates this defense of democratic values, rights and freedoms for which the Ukrainian people gathered in mass rallies, supported by the countless hours of heroic humanitarian work by our diaspora community whose enormous charity and goodwill helped support the people of Ukraine during these historic times.

Єдність і свобода роблять нас гідними дітьми нашої країни. Давайте зберігати і оберігати цей скарб! З Днем Гідності та Свободи!

Ukraine in the News

With some 100,000 Russian troops now massed on Ukraine’s eastern border, the Biden administration is leaning toward providing Kyiv with battlefield intelligence, according to a former senior NATO official briefed by administration officials.

Read the article here.


This week, the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act is on the move towards passage by the full U.S. Senate. The proposed legislation, which earlier passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 316 – 113, extends the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and increases funding from $250 million to $300 million per year, including at least $75 million specifically for lethal assistance. These funds are used to help train, equip, and provide support for the Ukrainian government in their effort to defend their territory and autonomy against ongoing Russian aggression.

UCCA recommends >>> contacting your state’s Senators <<< directly and expressing the need to support Ukraine.


Last week, senior member of the House Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), alongside Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Mike Rogers (AL-3), led a group of colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden urging the Biden Administration to take swift action against Russia’s most recent buildup at the Ukrainian Border.

Unfortunately, this honorable action in support of a U.S. ally spurred Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has repeatedly sowed doubts about the U.S.-Ukraine strategic partnership, into condemning the congressman for urging American military support to Ukraine amid increased Russian aggression.

If you too would care to know if this anti-Ukrainian messaging is the official position of this conservative cable news channel, please >>> contact Fox News <<<.

LI UKRAINIAN SENIOR CLUB

Mary T Sydor | [email protected] | voice (516) 334-8385 | text (516) 642-4188

Ola Pyszczymuka | [email protected] | voice (516) 265-6676 | text (516) 265-6676

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to introduce you to the LI Ukrainian Senior Club.

Our mission is to bring together our Ukrainian Seniors living on Long Island, for discussions about current events, health, diet and exercise. We go on field trips, out to lunch and share our common Ukrainian experiences, news and views. We are nonpolitical and keep everything fun and informative.

Our group meets once a week on Wednesday at 10:00 am at St Vladimir’s Parish Center located at 226 Uniondale Av, Uniondale NY. Starting October 7th, 2021, our meetings will be held on Thursdays at 10:30 am.

Our calendar of events (so far) for November 2021 are:

We invite you to join us. Our dues are $2.00 per week. We alternate bringing a little something to snack on. One of our members volunteers to pick up coffee at McDonald’s and that’s an extra $1.00, only if you so desire.

Please feel free to contact either Mary Sydor or Ola Pyszczymuka. We would love to have you join us.

Ukrainian Studies at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University

In this video, Professor Alexander Motyl discusses the Ukrainian Studies Program at Harriman Institute, Columbia University and the late Peter Jacyk.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Peter Jacyk’s birth and the completion of the monumental English translation project of Hrushevsky’s History of Ukraine-Rus’, produced by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) at the University of Alberta.

To celebrate and commemorate these two extraordinary milestones and achievements, the Petro Jacyk Education Foundation is releasing a series of short videos about Peter Jacyk, his values and philanthropy, as well as the Hrushevsky Translation Project.

New enlightening videos will be uploaded every week to the PJEF YouTube Channel.
Stay tuned!

Website: jacykfoundation.com
Facebook: facebook.com/petrojacyked

Resources to Learn Ukrainian Language

Resources to Learn Ukrainian Language

Ukrainian Institute

The Ukrainian Institute is a public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Our mission is to strengthen Ukraine’s international standing through the means of cultural diplomacy. We facilitate international connections between people and institutions and create opportunities for Ukraine to interact and cooperate with the world.

Promotion of the Ukrainian language in the world is one of the five strategic goals of the Institute.

A list of resources for learning Ukrainian is on the Ukrainian Institute’s website ⬇️

ui.org.ua/en/sector-en/learn-ukrainian-language/

💬 Podcasts, online platforms, audio guides, textbooks, and summer schools — explore educational opportunities and share them with your friends, who learn the Ukrainian language.