The topmost priority of today is to provide the global community with reliable and comprehensive information on Russian aggression in the Azov Sea, as well as substantiating the reasons and consequences of the imposing of a martial law in Ukraine. Unfortunately, the international community still does not fully understand what is happening in Ukraine. The request for objective and operational information remains relevant. This was announced by the newly elected President of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) Paul Grod during a meeting with Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine.
"We are ready to use all the available platforms for us to be the one voice of Ukraine, to convey true information about Russia's aggression against our State", stressed UWC President.
In turn, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze noted that the UWC's voice is a powerful informational force that the Ukrainian state is ready to support with reliable and objective information about the real situation amid Russian aggression and the martial law status in Ukraine. "The martial law is not a declaration of war. This is the verification and mobilization of all law enforcement agencies in case of a possible aggression of Russia. Given the speculation surrounding this topic, we are open to a dialogue and stand ready to be the source of reliable information", emphasized the Vice Prime Minister.
She also expressed gratitude for the long-term support by the UWC and called for the unity of the diaspora. "I appreciate the significant efforts of the global Ukrainian community at the time of extraordinary challenges for our statehood. I believe that in synergy we will be able to overcome all the challenges that befell us", said Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.
"As the global diaspora of Ukrainians, we must unite from child to old and build strong institutions that will work for the benefit of Ukraine abroad", said Paul Grod. He also informed that the recent XI Ukrainian World Congress has become a powerful platform that gathered like-minded people and patriots of our state, bringing together over 300 delegates from 30 countries. The XI Congress proved to be extremely productive: the participants managed to discuss the international support for Ukraine, the role of the diaspora in creating a positive image of Ukraine and Ukrainians in the world, promoting the consolidation of the Ukrainian world, expanding the network of UWC organizations, and strengthening the influence of Ukrainian communities on the international level. In addition, the leadership of the UWC was elected.
November 27, the XI Ukrainian World Congress elected Paul Grod the UWC President, who until then had been the vice president of this organization. The UWC was headed by Eugene Czolij before. The governing bodies of the UWC were also elected - the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Committee.
Paul Grod is an active leader of the Ukrainian community in Canada. For 10 years he has been president of the Canadian Ukrainian Congress - an organization that coordinates the work and represents the interests of one of the largest ethnocultural communities in Canada.
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is the international coordinating body for Ukrainian communities in the diaspora representing the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians. The UWC has a network of member organizations and ties with Ukrainians in 61 countries. Founded in 1967, the UWC was recognized in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non-governmental organization with special consultative status and obtained in 2018 participatory status as an international non-governmental organization with the Council of Europe.