вівторок, 23 грудня 2014 р.

Ukraine freedom support act

Contact the White House by Friday and request that President Obama sign into law HR5859 during the constitutionally-mandated 10-day time period.

 As you know, both chambers of Congress have in a bipartisan fashion overwhelmingly passed HR5859, the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014. The bill is now on President Obama's desk awaiting his signature. The president is constitutionally required to act on a bill in one of four ways: sign it into law within a 10-day period; issue a veto; let the bill become law without his signature (when Congress is in session); or, issue a "pocket" veto.  The last option is of most concern because it occurs when Congress is adjourned, thus eliminating
Congress' opportunity to override the presidential veto.

Ukrainian World Congress Christmas Greeting

The Ukrainian World Congress extends sincerest greetings to the Hierarchs and clergy of Ukrainian Churches, the President, Prime Minister and Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ukrainian soldiers, and to all Ukrainians in Ukraine and the diaspora on the occasion of one of the most important Christian Holy Days – Christmas!

Faith in God has united the Ukrainian nation for centuries, served as a reminder to live life according to God’s
commandments and the principles of Christian morals, and throughout our history has inspired us with confidence in the victory of goodness and justice.

понеділок, 22 грудня 2014 р.

NATO Security

Questioning the significance of security through NATO membership has become a tactic of Russia appeasers. The purported logic for this argumentation is twofold:  nothing has disturbed Vladimir Putin more than NATO expansion; and nothing would exacerbate the current Ukraine-Russia crisis more than NATO membership for Ukraine.  In any event, the appeasers suggest,  NATO membership is hardly an absolute security guaranty since each NATO member country acts at its own discretion.  Thus Ukraine should relinquish its NATO membership aspirations. So the argument goes.

субота, 20 грудня 2014 р.

Open letter to President Barack Obama

 Open letter to President Barack Obama in support of the Ukraine Freedom Support Act,

 On December 11, 2014, the Ukraine Freedom Support Act was passed by both houses of Congress in a swift and decisive manner.  The expedited passage of this bill in a bipartisan way gives clear evidence that the elected representatives of the people of the United States fully recognize that Russia’s unlawful invasion of Ukraine is a direct threat to peace and security in the world and also to the United States itself.

Policy Failures of Reconstructing Police in Iraq

Policy Failures of Reconstructing Police in Iraq
One of the key tasks of the rebuilding the state in Iraq after invasion was to provide the security on the ground and restore piece. After the dissolution of Saddam regime Iraq was practically in anarchy. As the army was dissolved and former policemen were also not performing their jobs any more and population was armed, crime on the streets started growing rapidly, as well as terrorist attacks were creating additional insecurities.

Security in East Asia. Is China a new hegemon?

Security in East Asia. Is China a new hegemon?


East Asia is one of the most rapidly developing regions of the world. One fifth of the world population lives here. Growing economies of China, South Korea, Taiwan, Philippines make important impact into the world trade flows. Region is not homogeneous. China is the biggest country, economic and military potential of which is becoming more and more significant. Another important player is Japan. For several post II World War decades it was the most developed country in the region, but due to the post war set up it did not pursue its military policy. As the result of the World War II the US presence in the regional security set up was dominant. The US has a military alliance with Japan, bilateral security agreements with major countries of the region, as well as significant military deployments in Asia and Pacific. The security in the region in the second part of the 20th century to the large extent was defined by the US interests, but recently with the rise of China, the balance of powers seems to start shifting.

субота, 6 грудня 2014 р.

UABA applauds the US House of Representatives for passage of H. Res. 758 supporting Ukraine

 On December 4, 2014, the United States House of Representatives, by an overwhelming vote of 411 – 10, passed H.Res.758- "Strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation, under President Vladimir Putin, which has carried out a policy of aggression against neighboring countries aimed at political and economic domination."

 The Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA) applauds with great appreciation the House of Representatives for its strong expression of support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in their struggle to attain Western values and democracy. 

четвер, 4 грудня 2014 р.

White House Banality

Almost every year since its inception in the early 1990's I have participated in the annual third Saturday of November “Holodomor” commemoration at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. However, in particular since 2010 instead of finding some degree of solace from the beautiful religious service, I have been further saddened and sometimes infuriated by the governmental statements. From 2010 to 2013 when Victor Yanukovich, a Russian stooge was in power, Ukraine's representative at the commemoration would read a meaningless composition of verbiage. One year President Yanukovich forgot to issue a statement entirely.

UABA Urges Swift Congressional Passage of S. 2828 and HR. 5782

 The Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA) strongly urges
swift congressional passage of Senate Bill 2828 and House Bill
HR 5782.  These bipartisan bills will grant Ukraine "Major
Non-NATO Ally Status" (MNNA) and defensive military
assistance.  Once these bills become law, they will greatly
enhance the United States' national security interests and
will promote peace on the Eurasian continent and throughout
the world.

пʼятниця, 21 лютого 2014 р.

Statement on the Violence in Independence Square

Statement on the Violence in Independence Square, Kyiv, Ukraine

February 19, 2014

TORONTO - KYIV: The International Council in Support of Ukraine (ICSU) condemns the indiscriminate and extreme violence unleashed on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by the Ukrainian government against its own citizens. The target of the ongoing attacks are the Maidan protesters in the nation’s capital, Kyiv, and throughout the country, who are demonstrating their support of Euro-integration and the defence of national freedom, individual liberty, democracy and rule of law.

середа, 22 січня 2014 р.

MMIC to the World: Why You Need Peace in Ukraine?

This FAQ has been compiled from the QAs of several interviews to foreign media we had in last two months. Please read them, it is important! Thanks! These are the issues that are in the focus of public attention now. Any questions are welcome in comments.
Who is fighting on the streets in Kyiv? Radicals? Nationalists?
No, this the war of middle class and civil society, freelancers. journalists, NGOs, IT workers, artists, students and old people, who have nothing to lose. Kyiv Euromaidan is a sort of internal domestic exile from a totally fraudulent political and economic system.

Lesya Orobetz. The rubicon is crossed.

The rubicon is crossed. 

There are three victims of the regime. One young man was severely beaten on January, 20th (morning) by Berkut at Dynamo stadium pillars, and after that was thrown down to the ground (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-YTwqUdNq0&noredirect=1 1'10-1'45). He died in hospital on January, 21st (evening).
The second young man was shoot on January, 22nd (morning) at Hrushevskogo street by 3 shots (head, neck and heart). Eyewitnesses reported that he was not throwing anything to policemen but only stood and shouted peaceful slogans. He was from Dnipropetrovsk region (Eastern Ukraine).
And the third young man was killed by the shot to the chest on January, 22nd (morning).

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on violence and reported deaths of protesters in Kyiv

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and
Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:

"I strongly condemn the violent escalation of events in Kyiv overnight leading to casualties.
The reported deaths of several protesters is a source of extreme worry and my sympathy
goes to all those affected.

вівторок, 21 січня 2014 р.

Yaroslav Swatko: Why the World Needs Peace in Ukraine

Here is the part of correspondence of Maidan Monitoring Information Centre Member Yaroslav Swatko with the Danish freelancer Ota Tiefenböck. The position NGO is outlined by Yarolaw there in full.
Thanks a lot Yaroslav, what you are writing is interesting, and very good for my article. Anyway I have a lot of sources in Kyiv, directly on Maidan, so no reason to disturb your friend.
But your analytic view at the situation, would be nice. :)

Appeal of #Euromaidans of the World to the International Community

Honourable International Community:
Since 22 Nov. 2013, for almost two months, the people of Ukraine have been standing up for their right to live in a free and democratic country. Days and nights they stay outside in bitter cold and freezing temperatures in order to bring to complete the democratic changes that were started by the Orange Revolution of 2004.

пʼятниця, 17 січня 2014 р.

Statement by MMIC on Unconstitutional Laws “Adopted” by the Ukrainian Parliament

Earlier today, the Parliament of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada) witnessed a travesty called “passage of a series of bills”.

Regardless of the content of the bills (which is abominable in itself and deserves a separate statement), we would like to emphasize that the procedure of discussing and passing the bills was completely out of compliance not only with the Ukrainian law, but also with general parliamentary procedures that are common for the civilized world.