Ukrainian World Congress applauds the people of Ukraine for demonstrating a strong commitment to democracy

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26 May 2014



Ukrainian World Congress applauds the people of Ukraine for demonstrating a strong commitment to democracy

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) applauds the people of Ukraine for demonstrating a strong commitment to democracy by participating in large numbers in the 25 May 2014 Presidential and Municipal Elections in Ukraine.


Despite the complicated situation in Eastern and Southern Ukraine, the UWC International Election Observation Mission to the Presidential Election in Ukraine (UWC Mission), along with other observation missions including the OSCE, noted that most voters were able to express their will on election day and that the elections were conducted honestly and in accordance with internationally accepted democratic standards.


The UWC Mission noted that Ukraine’s governing authorities worked tirelessly to ensure that these elections were conducted openly, honestly and transparently. The UWC commends the Government of Ukraine for its commitment to furthering democracy and enhancing the rule of law in Ukraine.


The UWC further condemns the actions of Russia-backed armed groups that prevented a more significant turnout of voters in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, where citizens continue to be harrassed, intimidated and threatened for aspiring to live freely and with dignity.


Finally, the UWC expresses gratitude to the members of the UWC Mission who selflessly dedicated their time, resources and expertise to help the Ukrainian people enjoy one of the great privileges of living in a democracy – the right to vote.


“25 May 2014 was a historic day for the people of Ukraine who, despite various methods of intimidation from Russia, demonstrated great courage and an unwavering resolve to live in a free, democratic and united country,” commented UWC President Eugene Czolij. “The Ukrainian diaspora is proud to have contributed to this extraordinary day with our international election observation missions”.

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