UWC troubled by latest reports of possible threats to EuroMaidan and undue pressure on citizens of Ukraine

Dec 14th, 2013 | By | Category: Announcements, Events, News, Ukraine, Ukrainians Worldwide

MEDIA RELEASE

December 13, 2013

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is troubled by news reports out of Ukraine that are forewarning of a new assault on peaceful EuroMaidan protesters in Kyiv. This could take the form of a staged provocation designed to create mass chaos in Kyiv and the perception of an East‑West divide.

In addition, individuals have informed the UWC that they are being pressured to travel to Kyiv this weekend to participate in actions in support of Ukraine’s governing authorities under threat of employment termination.

“The UWC is appealing to Ukraine’s governing authorities to prevent any assaults on Kyiv’s EuroMaidan, immediately cease all pressure on Ukrainian citizens to participate in any actions against their will and respect the fundamental right to freedom of expression,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.

The UWC is the international coordinating body for Ukrainian communities in the diaspora representing the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians. The UWC has member organizations in 33 countries and ties with Ukrainians in 14 additional countries. Founded in 1967 as a non-profit corporation, the UWC was recognized in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status.

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Media Contact: Irene Mycak

Ukrainian World Congress
145 Evans Ave., Suite 207
Toronto, ON
M8Z 5X8 Canada

Tel. (416) 323-3020
Fax (416) 323-3250
e-mail: congress@look.ca
website: www.ukrainianworldcongress.org

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