Rally in Support of Ukrainian POW Nadiya Savchenko


The Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Manitoba Provincial Council is organizing a rally in support of Ukrainian pilot and member of parliament Nadiya Savchenko, who is currently in the fifth week of a hunger strike protesting her illegal detention by Russian authorities.

This event will take place on Monday January 26, 2015 in the Manitoba Provincial Legislative Building Rotunda beginning at 6:00 PM.

Come support Nadiya!  


Below you can find background material on Nadiya, and her plight.

Конґрес Українців Канади підтримує акцію та заклик від СФУЖО та СКУ на підтримку Надії Савченко.

Як відомо, народний депутат України, Надія Савченко уже п’ятий тиждень голодує, протестуючи своє незаконне утримання в російському СІЗО.  Надія звернулася до українців з проханням вийти на акції підтримки, які відбудуться по світі 26 січня під гаслом “#FreeSavchenko”.

Закликаємо Вас, долучитися до акцій підтримки, мітингів, демонстрацій у ваших громадах, та бути активними в медіа просторі, створюючи якомога більше розголосу про справу Надії Савченко.



The Ukrainian Canadian Congress supports the Call for Action issued by the World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations and the Ukrainian World Congress in support of Nadiya Savchenko.


As we all know, Nadyia Savchenko, a Member of Ukraine’s Parliament, is in her fifth week of a hunger strike, in protest of her illegal detention in a Russian jail.  She has appealed to the Ukrainian community to participate in a support campaign to be held worldwide on January 26, under the slogan “#FreeSavchenko”.

We urge you to demonstrate your support of Nadiya Savchenko by organizing demonstrations, rallies, etc. in you communities, as well as informing your media on this issue in order to create as much publicity as possible in the case of Nadiya Savchenko.

We further ask that you send us pictures and reports on your participation in this extremely vital event.



The first female military pilot in Ukraine, Nadiya Savchenko (34yrs), was illegally captured on Ukrainian soil in June 2014 by Russian-backed rebels and handed over to Russian forces, who deported her against her will to Russia, where she is jailed.  A Ukrainian MP and a delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), [she] has been on a hunger strike since Dec 13, 2014.  She was recently moved into solitary confinement and is not being passed letters.

Through my protest – my hunger – I wish to achieve common sense from the Russian authorities and an awakening of conscience from the Russian Investigative Committee. There is irrefutable evidence of my lack of involvement and innocence of the crimes they accuse me of.” – Nadiya Savchenko, Jan 12, 2015, an open letter.



Support rallies are scheduled to be held across the world on January 26 to coincide with the opening of the next PACE session, which Savchenko has been formally invited to attend.


Hashtag  #FreeSavchenko on Twitter

Sign a petition in support of Nadia:  https://www.change.org/p/president-pace-anne-brasseur-president-of-pace-anne-brasseur-pace-urge-russia-to-release-nadiya-savchenko-2 

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