April 12, 2022. OTTAWA, ON. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is appalled by the hate crime targeting Ukrainians that took place at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Greater Sudbury this weekend.
The Church building and commemorative plaques outside St. Mary’s were vandalized with the letter “Z” – a symbol of support for Russia’s genocidal war on Ukraine.
This is an obvious attempt to intimidate our community and all people who support Ukraine. The people who vandalized St. Mary’s Church are cowards who support Russia’s genocide against Ukraine and Russia’s war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The UCC calls on the authorities to investigate this hate crime against Ukrainians and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The UCC has long advocated for the Canadian government to take seriously the pernicious influence of Russian-state led disinformation campaigns and the vitriol and hatred that they spread.
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Report hate crimes, violence and vandalism against Ukrainians
As Russia wages a genocidal war against Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) has been notified of incidents of violence and vandalism targeting members of our community in Canada. These attacks on our community are motivated by hate and must be reported to and investigated by law enforcement agencies.
If you become a victim of such an attack, we urge you to:
- Immediately contact your local Police department and file a police report
- Forward a copy of the police report to: [email protected]
- Please also report to the police and then forward any hate mail or threatening messages you may receive electronically, through the post or other means. You can report these to the following email: [email protected]
- We will not be intimidated by cowards who hate Canada, Ukraine, our freedoms and our way of life.
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