Upcoming Events 2021
US-UA Security Dialogue XII
Washington, DC [Webcasting]
March 3-4 5, 2021 
US-UA BNS (Forum XI)
New York City [ [Webcasting]
April 15, 2021
US-UA WG Yearly Summit IX
Washington DC [Webcasting]
June 16-17, 2021

US-UA Energy Dialogue SE
Kyiv [Webcasting] 
August 30, 2021 
UA HES Special Event:
Ukraine at 30
Year Retrospective 
Ukrainian Institute of America
September 18, 2021 

Washington, DC
University Club 
October 21, 2021 

CUSUR 2016 - Project I
US-UA “Working Group” Initiative

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CUSUR 2017 - Project II
Publication Efforts

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Opening Remarks

Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic Future:
International Forum VI

Ukraine at the Crossroads

Opening Remarks

Eugene Czolij

Remarks by Eugene Czolij, Ukrainian World Congress President, presented at Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic Future Forum VI in Ottawa, Canada on March 8, 2012.

Reverend Father, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am honoured to address you at this conference that I believe is aptly entitled “Ukraine at the Crossroads”.

2012 will be a historic year for Ukraine.

The eyes of the world will be focused on two upcoming events in Ukraine. The first is EURO 2012, co-hosted by Ukraine, when the world will get a glimpse of the modern European state that Ukraine has the potential to become. The second is the October Parliamentary elections.

Unfortunately, the deliberate persecution and incarceration of two of the most prominent opposition leaders, Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuri Lutsenko, in order to prevent them from participating in the next Parliamentary elections, renders these elections suspect.

It is even more troubling to witness the unwillingness of Ukraine’s governing authorities to pay any real attention to the virtually unanimous calls from the international community to revert back to the path of democracy, preferring instead to belittle such calls and their messengers.

As a result, unless a remarkable change occurs in the very near future, Ukraine’s Parliamentary elections will be heading in the direction of last Sunday’s Presidential elections in Russia, which were given the following bleak assessment by Tonino Picula, head of OSCE’s short-term observer mission:

"There was no real competition, and abuse of government resources ensured that the ultimate winner of the election was never in doubt. […] Broadcast media was clearly biased in favor of one candidate and did not provide fair coverage of the other candidates."

In view of Ukraine’s geopolitical importance, the international community must not only closely monitor the situation in Ukraine, but increase the pressure on Ukraine’s governing authorities to release all political prisoners and enable them to participate in the elections. Otherwise, the outcome is bound to be tainted.

We must also send as many short and long-term election observers as possible. This will help curtail electoral violations, protect the freedom of the press and rekindle the Ukrainian voter’s belief in the electoral process.

In addition, Ukrainian voters need to know that the international community will not only be observing Ukraine’s elections, but that the Ukrainian people will not be abandoned if Parliamentary power is seized by fraudulent force.

Looking back at Ukraine’s 2010 presidential elections, the high level of indifference and the low morale of voters were very noticeable. Thus, Ukrainians must be encouraged to vote in high numbers and reminded that voting is real empowerment.

We must also redouble our efforts to impress upon Ukrainian political leaders that a strong opposition is fundamental in any democracy, and that the key to an effective opposition is unity. A quick political reality check must take place by the leadership of the various opposition political parties in Ukraine, and the Ukrainian electorate should be offered a united opposition representing a real and viable alternative.

Ukraine is indeed at a crossroads, and Ukraine’s immediate future will be in the hands of its people in October of this year.

Will Ukraine embrace European ideals of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, or will it drift towards Russian authoritarianism?

Will Ukraine develop into a country that will be truly welcomed into Europe’s community and institutions as a full-fledged member, or will it continue to vacillate between the poles of Europe and Russia?

Clearly, a Ukraine firmly settled on the path toward European integration is critical to our collective interests, especially to maintaining regional peace and stability.

That is why continued engagement with Ukraine should be encouraged both on an official level and, more importantly, on the grassroots level to promote and help develop civil society in Ukraine.

Ultimately, the people of Ukraine share Europe’s ideals and aspire to its way of life, but more policies need to be adopted that make a difference in their lives and counter the pro-Russian forces intent on driving Ukraine away from Europe.

The Ukrainian World Congress will continue to work with its constituents and the international community to help steer Ukraine on the path to democracy. Together with our member organizations, we will play a leading role in the organization of international election observers for Ukraine’s October Parliamentary elections.

I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me to address you today and I wish you all a productive conference.


Past Highlight Events

RT XVII Items of Note
Highlights from Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood RT XVII: Ukraine & Religious Freedom, held in Washington, DC on Oct. 27, 2016
UA HES SE: UA 25th B-Day
Highlights from UA HES Special Event: 'Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Modern Ukrainian State', held at the NY Princeton Club on Sept. 17, 2016
US-UA WG YS IV Highlights
Highlights from US-UA WG Yearly Summit IV: Providing Ukraine with an Annual Report Card, held at the University Club in Washington, DC on June 16, 2016
US-UA SD VII Items of Note
Highlights from US-Ukraine Security Dialogue VII held on February 25, 2016 in Washington DC
UA HES SE: WW2 Legacy
Highlights from the UA Historical Encounters Special Event: 'Contested Ground': The Legacy of WW2 in Eastern Europe, held in Edmonton on October 23-24, 2015
Holodomor SE Highlights
Highlights from the UA Historical Encounters Special Event: Taking Measure of the Holodomor, held at the Princeton Club of NY on November 5-6, 2013
US-UA SD III Items of Note
Highlights from US-Ukraine Security Dialogue III held on May 19, 2012 in Chicago, IL

  • Former UA Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko's keynote
UEAF Forum VI Highlights
Highlights from UEAF Forum VI, held in Ottawa, Canada on March 7-8, 2012
RT XII Items of Note
Highlights from Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood RT XII: PL-UA & TR-UA, held in Washington, DC on Oct 19–20, 2011
US-UA ED III Items of Note
Highlights from US-Ukraine Energy Dialogue III, held in Washington DC
on April 15-16, 2008
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