-Vasily Ivanovich, the third European National Congress of Subcarpathian Ruthenians has finished, - your assessment?
-ENCSR has passed in very lively debates, sometimes becoming an emotional issue. The main conclusion is that Subcarpathian Ruthenians offer their hand to all Ruthenian organizations, demonstrating clear intentions to cooperate.
Two of the Congresses have already reached consent. All have agreed that the First World Congress of Subcarpathian Ruthenians is a much needed to Ruthenians organization outside of the Ukrainian legislative system, and supported its Resolution. ENCSR and WCSR reached agreement on the joint coordination and cooperation. We are waiting for a response of the Ruthenian Congress in Serbia, as an equal partner in the World Coordinating Council of Ruthenians. WCSR has appealed for cooperation to all the activists of the Ruthenian movement inside of Subcarpathian Ruthenia as well. People's [Rada] (Parliament) of Subcarpathian Ruthenia is open for cooperation and coordination with all Ruthenian organizations.
ENCSR has established the National Salvation Committee. Everyone understands in what situation Ruthenian people are right now. Ruthenians are recognized as a nation virtually all over the world, except our aggressive neighbour (Ukraine).
Ruthenians are not sojourners, acquired a new homeland like, for example, our western neighbours Hungarians. Ruthenians are aboriginal indigenous people. We are confidently looking into the future. The fact that Ruthenians survived as a nation for centuries proves their healthy foundation, once again demonstrates viability of the Ruthenian organism unlike surrounding people, where demographic curves decline. Indeed, Ruthenian nation even in these tough conditions demonstrates an increase of population.
Comparing for example, to Eastern Galicia, where even the term is not specific, Subcarpathian Ruthenia is a clearly politically formed territorial entity.
Same regarding Bukovyna, - its western borders are stable over the ridges of the Carpathians and the eastern are blurred and undefined. The borders of Subcarpathian Ruthenia are delimited with an accuracy of half a meter (see Trianone treaties). After all, in any state the main issue is its external borders. In fact, all the battles take place at the border. However, there is no fighting here, because everything is clear!
In addition, there are not too many people around the globe with the right to self-determination, granted by the World Community. For example, Bukovina or Galicia has no such right, but Ruthenians to the south of the Carpathians are recorded in international peace treaties.
This advantage, due to such unlawful and aggressive attacks against the Rusyns from the eastern neighbour, should be kept in mind. Ukraine has not left the choice for Subcarpathian Ruthenians. Moreover, its authorities continue their prosecution on grounds of ethnicity to the present day. In a word, Ukraine “[dopresledovalas!]” (Their harassment overcame any possible limits). Subcarpathian Ruthenians no longer desire to prove to Ukraine that they are Ruthenians. Moreover, to be persecuted for what they call themselves.САЙТ ПОДКАРПАТСКАЯ РУСЬ