Head of UWC International Observation Mission to Ukraine’s 2019 Elections Eugene Czolij launches work of UWC Mission in Kyiv

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February 25,2019 114

Head of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) International Observation Mission to Ukraine’s 2019 Elections (UWC Mission) Eugene Czolij concluded a working visit to Kyiv on 11-15 February 2019 to launch the work of the UWC Mission in Ukraine.

Within the framework of his visit, the Head of the UWC Mission met with Hierarchs of Ukrainian Churches, representatives of the governing authorities, specifically with the Central Election Commission of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the leadership of other international and national observation missions in Ukraine, as well as representatives of civil society in Ukraine working mainly in the areas of media monitoring and communications.

The meetings focused on the preparation of the Ukrainian presidential election on 31 March 2019, and the monitoring of this process by the UWC Mission. Eugene Czolij noted that the UWC Mission will be deploying long-term remote observers for media monitoring, and short-term observers who will monitor the voting process throughout Ukraine and in Ukraine’s diplomatic missions around the world. The UWC Mission will encompass the work of the Election Observation Mission of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America.

On 11 February 2019, the Head of the UWC Mission joined a coordination meeting of international observation missions at the Embassy of Canada, which discussed issues related to changes in the electoral legislation of Ukraine, deployment of long- and short-term observers, organization of workshops, and publication of reports. The efficient exchange of information between missions was discussed during individual meetings with the leadership of observation missions including the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE), Mission Canada – Ukraine Elections 2019 (CANADEM) and the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO).

Meetings with experts in the field of media monitoring and communications touched upon the monitoring activities by long-term remote observers of the UWC Mission and coverage of the electoral process in Ukraine by foreign media

To the meetings, Head of the UWC Mission Eugene Czolij was accompanied by Maryna Iaroshevych, Advisor to the Head of the UWC Mission and Director of the UWC Mission to International Organizations in Brussels.

Individuals who wish to join UWC’s remote media monitoring efforts should send their contact information to [email protected] no later than 28 February 2019.

Individuals who wish to monitor the electoral process in Ukraine or in a foreign electoral district should fill in the relevant application forms available on the UWC Website and send them to [email protected] no later than 10 March 2019.

List of individuals with whom the Head of the UWC International Observation Mission to Ukraine’s 2019 Elections met:

Aivazovska Olga, “OPORA” Head of the Board, Political Programs Coordinator

Bekeshkina Iryna, Director of the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation

Bernatska Nataliia, Secretary at the Ukraine Central Election Commission

Bodnar Vasyl, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Boggeri Francesca, Media Analyst of OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission to Presidential Election 2019 in Ukraine

Bondarenko Anatoliy, Editor of “data journalism” of online media

Bozhok Yehor, Head of External Іntelligence Service of Ukraine

Boіarchuk Roman, Head of State Center for Cyber Protection and Counteraction of Cyberthreats

Domenico Reno, Chief Observer of the Election Observation Mission of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America

Druckman Mehri, IREX Ukraine Country Representative

Dumanska Vita, Coordinator of CHESNO Movement

Fedchenko Yevhen, Director of the Mohyla Journalism School, Co-Founder and Chief Editor at StopFake

His Beatitude Epifaniy, Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine

His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

Hopko Hanna, Head of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Hrytsak Vasyl, Chairman of Security Service of Ukraine

Jepsen Harald, International Senior Adviser of International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Krause Stefan, Deputy Head of Mission of OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission to Presidential Election 2019 in Ukraine

Meleshevych Andriy, President of the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”

Odynska Olya-Grod, Deputy Head of Mission Canada – Ukraine Elections 2019

Ogrysko Volodymyr, Ambasador, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2007-2009), Director of the Center for Russian Studies

Pavlenko Rostyslav, Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies

Radchenko Yevhenii, Vice-Chairman of the Ukraine Central Election Commission

Rozkładaj Igor, Media-Lawyer at the Media Law Institute, Expert at the Reanimation Package of Reforms

Savanevskyi Maksym, Managing Partner at PlusOne Digital Agency

Slipachuk Tetiana, Chairperson of Ukraine Central Election Commission

Sologub Ilona, Scientific Editor at VoxUkraine

Tejler Peter, Ambassador, Head of OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission to Presidential Election 2019 in Ukraine

Tsibulska Liudmyla, Head of the Hybrid Warfare Analytical Group of Ukraine Crisis Media Center

Turchynov Oleksandr, Secretary at the Council of National Security and Defence of Ukraine

Vujovic Zlatko, Head of ENEMO Election Observation Mission to Ukraine 2019

Waschuk Roman, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine

Woodward Ian, Deputy Director of National Democratic Institute

Yevdochenko Leonid, Chairman of the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine

Zolotuhin Dmytro, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine


Іn the photo left to right: E. Czolij, T. Slipachuk and M. Iaroshevych

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