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This UABA Blog page provides information and commentary on issues that are relevant to the organization and its members. Although the blogs are public, comments can only be made by members. If you wish to join the discussion, you are welcome to become a member.

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  • 24 Aug 2021 10:48 PM | Andrew Piddoubny (Administrator)

    August 24, 2021

    It is with great pride that the Ukrainian American Bar Association joins all Ukrainians, far and wide, in celebrating Ukraine’s 30th Anniversary of Independence! 

    While Ukraine regained its independence only 30 years ago, throughout its deep history, Ukraine has faced numerous hardships and persevered through it all – wars, famines, conquests, and divisions. The Ukrainian people have overcome adversity and stood up for democracy and the rule of law. They have stood together and risked their lives for freedom, determined to end tyranny and oppression. This new chapter of the Ukrainian nation is a beacon of hope for people worldwide who remain under oppressive rule in their respective countries. 

    The Ukrainian American Bar Association will continue to stand by Ukraine and its people in their resolve to preserve democracy and the rule of law and to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity. 

    Слава Україні!

  • 23 Dec 2020 7:33 PM | Andrew Piddoubny (Administrator)

  • 16 Nov 2020 10:56 PM | Andrew Piddoubny (Administrator)

    Sergii Vynnyk, an attorney, a human rights activist, and a citizen of the Russian Federation, has recently been the subject of an administrative criminal proceeding resulting in a criminal fine for representing a client. He is also currently facing criminal charges for alleged personal financial improprieties. These charges were filed against Mr. Vynnyk by the Russian Federation after he agreed to represent the Ukrainian World Congress following the Russian Federation’s determination, in 2019, that it is an “unwelcome organization.” The Ukrainian World Congress is a non-profit, nonpartisan international coordinating assembly of Ukrainian public organizations in the diaspora, established in 1967 in New York City.

    One of the principles of the rule of law is that everyone is entitled to a right to counsel and to a fair trial. Attorneys cannot be persecuted on the basis of their clients’ identities. The UABA strongly condemns the violations by the Russian Federation of the principles of the rule of law and Mr. Vynnyk’s rights both as an individual and as an attorney and calls upon the Russian Federation to immediately cease perpetrating such human rights violations and drop all criminal charges brought against Mr. Vynnyk.

    The Officers and Governors of the Ukrainian American Bar Association 

  • 25 Sep 2020 10:33 PM | Andrew Piddoubny (Administrator)

    We are deeply saddened and mourn the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a cultural icon and fearless champion for truth and justice. We are also inspired by her life and legacy. Justice Ginsburg was of Jewish heritage with her ancestors arriving to the United States from Odesa, Ukraine, and other parts of Europe. Influenced by her family’s and her own life experiences, Justice Ginsburg paved the way for gender equality and fought tirelessly for equal treatment under the law. In a statement, retired Justice Kennedy remarked “By her learning she taught devotion to the law. By her dignity she taught respect for others and her love for America. By her reverence for the Constitution, she taught us to preserve it to secure our freedom.”

    Early in her career, Justice Ginsburg used her wit and well-defined arguments to win five landmark Supreme Court cases paving the way for equality in the law for women as well as men. Later, and most notably, in her opinions and powerful dissents she defended and continued to fight for justice and equality on issues surrounding abortion, equal pay, and same sex marriage. Justice Kagan noted that “Her work was as careful as it was creative, as disciplined as it was visionary. It will endure for as long as Americans retain their commitment to law.”  Similarly, Justice Breyer recognized that her legacy goes far beyond the courtroom and that she will be remembered for her resilience and as “a woman of valour; a rock of righteousness.”

    The second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg will be the first woman to lie in state in the United States Capitol. Her decisions and dissents will influence generations for decades. Вічная пам’ять.

  • 24 Aug 2020 10:32 PM | Andrew Piddoubny (Administrator)

    The Officers and Governors of the Ukrainian American Bar Association would like to extend our sincere congratulations to the people of Ukraine as they celebrate Ukraine’s Independence Day! 29 years ago, Ukraine became an independent nation. Like many generations before them, today’s sons and daughters of Ukraine remain resolute in their commitment to the principles of freedom and independence of their nation. We celebrate with you! 

    Правління Асоціації Українських Правників Америки щиро вітає народ України з Днем Незалежності України! 29 років тому, Україна здобула незалежність. Як і багато поколінь до них, сини і доньки України залишаються рішучими у своїй відданості засадам свободи і незалежності своєї нації. Ми святкуємо разом з вами! 

  • 18 Aug 2020 10:29 PM | Andrew Piddoubny (Administrator)

    The Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA) strongly supports the statement made by U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, the declaration made by the European Union’s High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President Josep Borrell, and the joint statement of HR/VP Josep Borrell and the Neighborhood and Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi regarding the presidential elections in Belarus.

    We are deeply concerned that the presidential election on August 9, 2020 did not meet the international standards expected of an OSCE participating State and was neither free nor fair.

    We condemn the state violence against peaceful protesters, causing death and injuries, detaining thousands of people, and suppressing freedoms of assembly, media and expression. We call on the Belarusian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all the detained people.

    We condemn the Russian Federation’s sending its mercenaries disguised as tourists to subvert the election. We remind the world that the Russian Federation, under similar pretenses, invaded and annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and after more than six years continues to occupy the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.

    We stand for an independent, democratic Belarus where human rights and freedoms are respected and cherished. We support Belarus and its people in their desire for democracy and true Belarusian identity, free of Russian subversion.

    We call upon the United States, European Union, and their allies to work with Belarus and its people to find a solution, and to sanction the Russian Federation for its subversion of Belarus’ election and its ongoing violations of international law and human rights.

  • 08 Apr 2020 12:32 PM | Deleted user

    Masks and Maskirovka -- Don't Inhale Putin's Virus.

    There is more to Russia's shipments of medical supplies (mostly useless) to purportedly fight COVID-19 than meets the eye. In Italy, NATO's gates are opened by one of its own members to Russian intelligence operatives as part of the shipments, with General Sergey Kikot, deputy commanding officer of Russia's radiation, chemical and biological defense troops, riding the Trojan Horse. He's the gentleman who sniffed indignantly at international alarm over the use by Russia's paladin, Syria's Assad, of chemical weapons in Douma province in 2018, weapons and training provided by Russia, writes Victor Rud.

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  • 25 Mar 2020 12:20 PM | Deleted user

    Dr. Boris Lushniak explains COVID-19 and Pandemics on CNN  Click here

    Dr. Boris Lushniak is the former Acting Surgeon General, Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, and an active UMANA member. Dr, Lushniak has spoken at several of our UMANA conferences as well as Chapter meetings.





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  • 02 Jan 2020 8:34 AM | Deleted user

    How a Commercial Bond Dispute in the UK Supreme Court Invokes International Law

    Alex Hryhorczuk
    European Journal of International Law

    While the heads of state for Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany met in Paris on December 9 to discuss terms of peace, across the English Channel in London the UK Supreme Court heard arguments concerning Russia’s suit for repayment on a US$3 billion loan to the government of Ukraine. The deal was made in December 2013 shortly after then President Viktor Yanukovich pulled out of an association agreement with the EU, and months before Russia annexed Crimea and invaded Eastern Ukraine. When the principal and final interest installment came due in December 2015, Ukraine refused to make payment.

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  • 19 Dec 2019 1:05 PM | Deleted user

    Fiona Hill and America’s Refusal to Believe

    December 19, 2019
    By Victor Rud

    In the 1980s, Fred Coleman, Moscow correspondent for (among others) Newsweek, walked into the Soviet embassy in Washington to ask about Ambassador Dobrynin’s upcoming meeting with the new American president. Dobrynin had already served through several Presidencies. Dobrynin’s secretary’s reply: “The Ambassador is looking forward to working with the new president the way a kindergarten teacher looks forward to the first day of school.”

    Forget the arrogance. The episode speaks to a glaring pattern in the history of US/Soviet/Russia relations — our refusal to believe, to remember, and to extrapolate lessons from our now 100-year experience with Moscow. Virtually every incoming Administration learned to walk anew, convinced it can do better and hard-wired to seek Moscow’s acceptance and approbation. By the time reality overtook euphoria, our political revolving door had immunized us against our own experience.

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