The Ukrainian World Congress is deeply dismayed with the April 25th joint statement by President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the meeting on the Elbe between U.S. and Soviet troops at the end of World War II.
“There can be no “putting aside differences, building trust or cooperation in pursuit of a greater cause” until Russia ends it ongoing war against Ukraine and de-occupies Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula,” stated UWC President Paul Grod. “Thousands of innocent Ukrainian men and women have died and tens of thousands wounded as a result Russia’s ongoing war in eastern Ukraine. Russia’s continues to camouflage its current imperial ambitions and whitewash the millions of victims of the Soviet legacy.”
The “Elbe handshake” at the end of World War II did not mean liberation for Eastern Europe. Instead it meant more than four decades of occupation and subjugation by Soviet Russia.
We call on the United States and its allies to stand-up to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Let’s learn from history and stop trying to appease a modern-day dictator.
Ukrainian World Congress calls upon the international community to increase sanctions on Russia until it fully de-occupies sovereign Ukrainian territories of Donbas and Crimea, withdraws all troops and proxies, and accepts full responsibility for its war crimes in Ukraine.