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SUN and U.S.-Ukraine Foundation Join Forces to Host Forum on Capitol Hill

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The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation and Save Ukraine Now will co-host a Forum at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on September 25, 2015, on the crisis in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Ongoing Battle for Freedom: The Risk of Western Failure in Political, Economic and Humanitarian Assistance, will gather U.S. and Ukrainian leaders from government, religious and non-profit sectors to evaluate the impact of the current crisis in Ukraine and the needed responses. General (ret.) Wesley Clark, Chairman of the Board for Save Ukraine Now, will address the gathering as the keynote speaker. Other confirmed speakers will include Michael Saakashvilli, Ukraine’s Governor of Odessa, and Ukrainian Cabinet Ministers will participate as well.

The UN has reported that five million people, including 1.7 million children, need critical humanitarian assistance yet only 34 percent of the support has been pledged and funded by the international community.

The UN has reported that five million people, including 1.7 million children, need critical humanitarian assistance yet only 34 percent of the support has been pledged and funded by the international community. The Forum will let the people of the region know that the world has not forgotten them, and it will serve as a rallying point for action.

The Forum will start with addresses on the current situation in Ukraine, with attention to the political, economic and humanitarian dimensions of the crisis. The Forum will continue by discussing practical solutions to humanitarian and development issues, with working sessions designed to result in commitments to action.

The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation and Save Ukraine Now, in cooperation with the Ukraine Embassy, have forged a broad coalition to support the event. The bipartisan House and Senate Ukraine Caucuses will sponsor the event, and attendees will include members of Congress, Ukraine cabinet members and other international leaders. The leaders of major religious confessions from Ukraine will also participate in a demonstration of the solidarity that has characterized their response to the crisis.

Most of the discussion in Washington has focused on the political and military aspects of the crisis, and the Forum is designed to provide a 360-degree focus to the crisis by covering all types of assistance and encouraging cooperation among various groups.

For more information about the event, please visit www.saveukrainenow.com/dc-forum-welcome.html.

Cecil the Lion and Moral Outrage

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Last week, 675,000 people unleashed a torrent of moral outrage on Twitter when a dentist from Minneapolis illegally killed Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe. Within 24 hours, the story had gone global. Many were appalled at the way Cecil was lured off a game preserve and brutally killed.

A humanitarian catastrophe unfolds in Europe unlike anything since the end of the Second World War, but Cecil the Lion dominates the news as an overnight international sensation …

675,000 tweets. It was an amazing response.

Everyone has a stake in conserving our environment and protecting rare species. Both Jewish and Christian traditions command stewardship of the earth as an essential element of our humanity. The survival of the planet depends on us taking that mandate seriously.

But, in the last 15 months, more than two million people have been driven from their homes by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. More than five million need humanitarian assistance. As many as 700,000 children suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Winter is coming to Ukraine. Twitter has been almost silent.

A humanitarian catastrophe unfolds in Europe unlike anything since the end of the Second World War, but Cecil the Lion dominates the news as an overnight international sensation, and the moral outrage of millions falls on the head of the world’s most infamous dentist, Dr. Walter James Palmer.

In the meantime, scant outrage is directed at Vladimir Putin and his gang of kleptocrats who spent the last 15 years looting Russia and who now grab everything that isn’t nailed down in eastern Ukraine.

Some political leaders point to the modest sanctions leveled against Mr. Putin and his inner circle. But the EU will almost certainly relax those sanctions in the next year. The pressure from business leaders in Germany and France will force their leaders to cave.

That’s why Save Ukraine Now and the US-Ukraine Foundation are organizing a forum on Capitol Hill, September 24th and 25th. Sponsored jointly by the Senate Ukraine Caucus and the House Ukraine Caucus in cooperation with the Ukrainian Embassy, “The Neglected Crisis in Ukraine: The Risk of Western Failure in Political, Economic and Humanitarian Assistance,” will gather U.S. and Ukrainian leaders from government, religious and non-profit sectors to evaluate the impact of the current crisis in Ukraine and the needed responses. General (ret.) Wesley Clark, Chairman of the Board for Save Ukraine Now, will address the gathering on the first day as the keynote speaker.

We should all care about Cecil the Lion, but the human victims of wanton aggression are crying out for our assistance, and we can prevent their deaths.

For more information about the Washington Forum, please click here.

— Submitted by Dr. Gary Kellner