Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CALL TO ACTION: Write to your MP and ensure Canada supports Ukraine!

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As Canadian citizens we should all be very proud of how our nation has supported Ukraine thus far in its battle for basic freedoms of democracy and rule of law.

While Canada has done a lot already, as attentions are diverted to other world events, the situation in Ukraine is getting increasingly dangerous and precarious and additional action needs to be taken.

To make that happen, your help is paramount.

In short, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress asks that you take a bit of time to write to your MPs and remind them of the importance and commitment our nation has made to help see Ukraine through its most dramatic restructuring and period of change since independence.

Please read the following letter template from UCC and send it to your MPs, or write your own:

See below a summary of the letter:

Re: Urgent Support for Ukraine

The Ukrainian Canadian community is grateful for Canada’s unwavering support for the people of Ukraine. .... We appreciate Canada’s unwavering support for Ukraine in its continued democratic development, and its recognition and support for the new government in Ukraine.

Today, Ukraine needs Canada’s help more than ever...

The government of Ukraine asked NATO and its Western allies in late March for military assistance.... Unfortunately, very little military aid has been provided.

In this context, we call upon the Government of Canada to:

1. Work with her NATO allies to provide critical military assistance (force equalization equipment, communications technology and training) to Ukraine as it faces serious military aggression funded and carried out by Kremlin-backed saboteurs and terrorists as Russia’s aggression continues to escalate;

2. Provide lifesaving equipment including anti-terrorist equipment, medical field kits and body armor to Ukraine’s armed forces;

3. Sanctions – impose wide sectoral sanctions against the Russian Federation’s energy, defense, and financial services sectors;

4. Expedite humanitarian and technical assistance projects to assist in Ukraine’s continued reform and democratic development;

5. Advance trade and visa liberalization with Ukraine.

Thank you ....

Please act urgently as the number of casualties continues to mount daily.
Yours very truly,

Paul M. Grod
National President
Ukrainian Canadian Congress

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