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New York (January 16) – The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the largest grassroots representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, looks forward to continue our decades of cooperation with the United States Mission to the United Nations as the United States transitions into a new administration. President-elect Donald Trump has nominated to his Cabinet the Governor of South Carolina, Nikki R. Haley, as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. We commend the nomination of the daughter of immigrants to the Presidential Cabinet, and the continuation of a nearly four-decade history of leadership by a woman in that post, beginning with Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick and continuing through the term of Ambassador Samantha Power.  Both ambassadors Power and Kirkpatrick were recipients of the Shevchenko Freedom Award, the highest accolade accorded by the UCCA, for their remarkable understanding of the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian history of struggle on the road to independence and self-determination. As we remain unfamiliar with Governor Haley’s geopolitical view of the world, the UCCA and our community of 1.5 million Ukrainians in America will look on with great interest during the governor’s upcoming Senate confirmation hearing in front of the Committee on Foreign Relations, as we expect other communities in the Central and Eastern European Coalition of 20 million Americans will as well.

As Governor Haley will occupy a central role in the advocating for U.S. geo-strategic interests across the globe, the UCCA respectfully urges that in the course of the confirmation process, the U.S. Senate explore with the governor the non-violability of state borders as a vital component of maintaining the post-WWII collective security model, as it pertains to the following:

Crimea: The United States, together with the European Union, has repeatedly communicated a unified, steadfast and explicit commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and self-determination. As the territorial integrity of Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders cannot be negotiated, does Governor Haley agree with Ambassador Power that “Crimea was, is, and must and will remain part of sovereign Ukraine”? Will the governor defend the United States’ position on Crimea and refuse to accept Russia’s attempt to use force and to use propaganda to alter that fact?

Human Rights:  On December 19, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution requesting that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights prepare a dedicated thematic report on the situation of human rights in Crimea, including the abuses and practices of discrimination enacted by the Russian Federation against the indigenous Crimean Tatars and their decision to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People. Will Governor Haley continue the United States’ leadership and support for this initiative, to ensure that Russia’s crimes against the people of Ukraine are made known to the world at large?


The Ukrainian community is fortunate to be represented as an NGO in the United Nations.  Under our world coordinating body – the Ukrainian World Congress – the global Ukrainian diaspora seeks to bring to the Security Council’s attention the plight of the suffering in Ukrainian territories currently under Russian military occupation. We respectfully call upon Governor Haley to safeguard crucial and vital international principles which define our shared values, as an unrelenting and aggressive Russia seeks to undermine Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty and independence.

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