16.12.2017
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07.07.2017


Distinguished Dr. Robin Niblett, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Let me start with words of appreciation. It is my true honor to speak today at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. I shall thank the distinguished audience for your genuine interest in Ukraine. But above all, I thank for your support of and solidarity with my country. The reason for this is not just our fight against aggression and against the return to the world of disrespect and “deliberate territorial grabs”. The reason for this is our common fight for the future of Europe. It's also about the future of the Free World - one, which believes that freedom is a real thing and not a decoy to...

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27.06.2017


The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) condemns the conviction by the Meshchansky District Court of Moscow on 5 June 2017 of former Director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow Nataliya Sharina to a four years’ suspended sentence on politically motivated charges...

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27.06.2017


Mr. Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, this week, the European Union introduced visa-free travel for citizens of Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hailed this historic milestone, calling it ‘the fall of the paper curtain’ between Ukraine and the liberal democratic West, and Business Ukraine magazine referred to this day as “Ukraine’s Berlin Wall Moment.”...

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04.05.2017


Ottawa – yesterday at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa Etobicoke Centre MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj in his capacity as Chair of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group attended the signing of the historic Canada-Ukraine Defence Cooperation Arrangement between Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Ukrainian Defence Minister General Stepan Poltorak. The signing of this agreement will help develop further Canada-Ukraine mutual cooperation in arenas of defence policy, defence research, development, and production, and military training and education. At yesterday’s ceremonies and this...

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05.03.2017


With his speech leading off the Debates on the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement in the House of Commons on February 7, MP Wrzesnewskyj issued a friendly challenge to the Speaker of Ukraine’s parliament Parubiy and his colleagues in the Verkhovna Rada, the Parliament of Ukraine, as to which parliament will pass the Canada – Ukraine Free Trade Agreement first. On February 14, Bill C-31 was successfully passed by the Canadian House of Commons at Third Reading. Meanwhile, the Minister of Economic Development of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv expects the Verkhovna Rada to follow the Canadian lead within the next few weeks. In his speech and during...

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05.03.2017


Ever since Ukraine restored independence, Russia has not ceased in attempting to re-impose itself on our country. This is due to several reasons. The first reason is the illusory pain of a dying mighty empire, an imperial myth that has been cultivated for centuries. It is understood by the Russian establishment that the empire is incomplete without Ukraine. Russians believe that our territory that gave birth to the Kyivan Rus is an integral part of Russia. The second reason is geopolitical. The whole of Ukraine, including Crimea, is of great military importance for Russia as an outpost in the “grand game” to counter the West. The third reason for incessant overt and...

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18.01.2017


The National Executive of the League of Ukrainian Canadians welcomes the findings of the second report prepared by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren for WADA. In his report published on December 9, 2016 Mr. McLaren provided plenty of evidence of a sophisticated doping scheme sponsored and orchestrated by Russia’s Sports Ministry, its national anti-doping agency, the Center of Sports Preparation of National Teams of Russia, the Moscow Laboratory and the FSB intelligence service. Over 1000 Russian athletes across more than 30 summer, winter and Paralympic sports have been identified as those who benefitted from this covert operation...

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18.01.2017


Dear Minister, We would like to raise an issue of importance to our organization and the broader Ukrainian Canadian community. As you are probably aware, the second report prepared by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and issued on December 9, 2016 provided plenty of evidence of a sophisticated doping scheme sponsored and orchestrated by Russia’s Sports Ministry, its national anti-doping agency, and its FSB intelligence service. The scheme included switching and changing urine samples by opening “tamper-proof” bottles and using numerous other methods to bypass and cover up drug tests, which gave Russian athletes an unfair advantage over their counterparts from other countries over the course of five years. It is a historic fact that authoritative regimes place a big importance on the success of its athletes on the international arena. Russia under Vladimir Putin’s rule is no exception. However, this culture of organized cheating on the highest level is unacceptable in sports as it undermines the trust in the system of fair athletes, their coaches, national federations and millions of spectators around the world...

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12.01.2017


Mr. President: The League of Ukrainian Canadians takes this opportunity to call your attention to the case of Nataliya G. Sharina, who has become a subject of the Ukrainian Diaspora’s deepest concerns. Nataliya Sharina is the former Director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, who has been detained on the suspicion of inciting ethnic hatred and embezzlement of library funds. The Ukrainian Diaspora has closely followed her court hearings of November 3rd and November 23rd, 2016 and is well aware of the evidence presented against N.G. Sharina...

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14.12.2016


The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) welcomes the adoption by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) of two resolutions confirming the resolute position of PACE on the continuing Russian aggression in Ukraine. The resolutions were based on two reports: "Political consequences of Russian aggression in Ukraine" presented by rapporteur Kristýna Zelienková (Czech Republic) and "Legal remedies for human rights violations on the Ukrainian territories outside the control of the Ukrainian authorities" presented by rapporteur Marieluise Beck (Germany)...

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