UWC President meets with Ukrainians in Lithuania

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28 November 2013



UWC President meets with Ukrainians in Lithuania

On 26 November 2013, on the first day of his visit to Vilnius, Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij met with representatives of the Ukrainian community in Lithuania and the local community in Vilnius.


The main focus of the meeting was current events in Ukraine. Eugene Czolij emphasized the importance of Ukraine’s Euro-integration and he assured participants that the UWC will continue supporting the European choice of the Ukrainian nation, and its desire to live in an independent and truly democratic Ukraine. The UWC President encouraged the Ukrainian organizations to call on Lithuania, which currently holds the Presidency of the European Union, to continue monitoring the situation in Ukraine and demand that Ukraine’s governing authorities adhere to European values.


There was also a discussion about the current needs of the organized Ukrainian community life in Lithuania, as well as the experiences of other Ukrainian communities around the world. Eugene Czolij called on the Ukrainian community to reactivate the Ukrainian national central representation in Lithuania and to continue supporting the work of the UWC.


Also participating in the meetings with Ukrainians in Vilnius were representatives of the Ukrainian Embassy in Lithuania – Consul Volodymyr Serhiyenko and Cultural Attache Svitlana Kovtun.


Eugene Czolij thanked Vasil Kapkan for his assistance in the organization of the trip to Lithuania.

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