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November 14, 2014 - Newly-elected Ukrainian parliamentarians (and former military commanders) meet to discuss the Ukraine-Russia conflict at USUF.
September 18, 2014 - Many U.S.-Ukraine Foundation friends and supporters wait in anticipation of President Poroshenko's speech before a Joint Session of Congress in the U.S. Capitol.
September 12, 2014 - Markian Bilynskyj, USUF's Kyiv Director and Vice President, provided analysis and commentary on the current situation in Ukraine before a group of interested individuals, invited through the Friends of Ukraine network, in the Foundation's conference room in Washington, DC. Sitting next to him is Nadia K. McConnell, USUF President.
June 19, 2014 - Serhiy Kvit, Ukraine's Minister of Education and Science, spoke on the need for educational reforms, challenges presented by the war in the eastern region of Ukraine, and the need for additional U.S. support. Think tank representatives and NGO leaders who attended the roundtable discussion inquired about critical governance issues facing Ukraine, Russia's propaganda war and the way forward for Ukraine. The meeting was sponsored by the Friends of Ukraine Network and the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation.
June 19, 2014 - Mark Temnycky, a Summer 2014 Intern at USUF, met Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States, Olexander Motsyk, at the second US-UA Working Group Yearly Summit held at the University Club of Washington DC. Click here and read Mark's conference report in the July 1, 2014 issue of Update.
June 12, 2014 - Myroslav Marynovych, Vice-rector for the University Mission at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, spoke on "New Challenges for Ukraine and Moral Values." Mr. Marynovych is a Ukrainian human rights activist and distinguished civil-society leader. He has been awarded the Ukrainian Order of Liberty, an honor granted by the Ukrainian Parliament to recognize the extraordinary efforts of citizens of Ukraine to strengthen the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, develop democracy, and advocate constitutional rights. On June 11, Mr. Marynovych accepted the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
June 3, 2014 - USUF and Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN) hold a roundtable discussion on Ukraine - the current situation. Lead discussant: David J. Kramer, President of Freedom House.
May 19, 2014 - Jed Barton,
U.S. Agency for International Development's Kyiv Mission Director, spoke
on USAID's current program objectives and the opportunities for technical
assistance projects in Ukraine. The presentation was sponsored by The
Washington Group (TWG) and the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation.
May 15, 2014 - USUF and Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN) sponsor a roundtable discussion on the prospect of additional sanctions against Russia. Sanction recommendations had been previously submitted to Members of Congress and President Obama in April. To watch video portions of the roundtable discussion, click
April 28, 2014 - Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN) meet to discuss various crisis planning strategies and the newly-announced U.S. sanctions against Russia, many of which had been suggested previously by FOUN, USUF and others. The discussion was bolstered by the attendance of Ruslana (front row, center) and a Civil Society delegation, composed of Luhansk's NGO organizer Volodymyr Shcherbachenko (standing behind Ruslana), media expert Maksym Butkevych (seated, third from right) and human rights promoter Oleksandra Matviichuk (seated, second from right).
December 12 & 13, 2013 - Ukraine
in Washington 2013 presents two conferences, Ukraine in Congress - held
in the Rayburn House Office Building - and the International Business
Conference: Is Ukraine's European Future on the Horizon? - held at the
National Press Club. Click
here to see more photos.
October 15, 2013 - U.S.-Ukraine Foundation representatives in Kyiv, Markian Bilynskyj and Yuliya Solovey, attended the International Conference on Anti-Semitism on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the infamous "blood libel" trial of Menahem Mendel Beilis, organized by the Ukrainian Jewish Committee with the support of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Ukrainian Chairmanship and in partnership with the American Jewish Committee, National Conference Supporting Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia. They met with, among others, Lesley Weiss, Director of Community Services and Cultural Affairs for NCSJ, and Jay Beilis, the grandson of Menahem Mendel Beilis, who was visiting Ukraine for the first time. The conference examined current trends in anti-Semitism and new methods for combating it.
June 28, 2013 - Ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S. Olexander Motsyk hosted a breakfast meeting at the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, DC for Anatoliy Tolstoukhov, former Minister for the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Attending the meeting in the Washington Room (from left to right) were Lewis Madanick, Ambassador John O'Keefe, Yuliya Solovey, Anatoliy Tolstoukhov, Nadia McConnell, Ambassador Motsyk, George Chopivsky, Markian Bilynskyj and Peter Fedynsky. To
read more, click here.
April 24, 2013 - The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation honors 40 young Ukrainian leaders at the 40 Under 40 Ukraine’s Emerging Leaders Symposium and Reception at the Club of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. To read more, click here.
December 20, 2012 - As a gesture of our gratitude for support of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation and helping us promote the positive image of Ukraine in Washington, DC, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation hosted "Ukraine in Washington 2012" Sponsors & Friends Luncheon. Paul Goble made presentation "No Joking Matter Now: The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Joke". From left to right: Markian Bilynskyj - USUF Vice President for Field Operations, Ambassador William Miller - Senior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Nadia McConnell - USUF President, Iryna Teluk - President, IRASET Group, LLC, Paule Goble - Director of Research and Publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, Michael Browne - Director, Technical Strategy, IBM Research Division, Former Congressman Bob McEwen, Robert Nurick - Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, Ukraine 2020 National Security and Defense Task Force Co-Chair, Yuliya Solovey - USUF Program Director, Robert McConnell - President, McConnell & Associates.
December 1, 2012 - USUF hosts 2012 Ukraine in Washington Conference and Gala Awards Dinner. Ambassador Roman Popadiuk, Markian Bilynskyj, Yuliya Solovey, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd, John A. Kun, and Nadia K. McConnell (from left to right) enjoy the festivities. To read more, click here.
October 22, 2012 - USUF President Nadia K. McConnell meets with Taras Prytula, Director of International Cooperation with the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine (Supreme Audit Institution of Ukraine) and the Head of the Board, Parliamentary & Executive Internship Program with the Interns League.
August 1, 2012 - The Summer Internship Program at USUF: VP/COO John A. Kun, Ganna Ivanova, Darya Shpirenkova, Arielle Neu, President Nadia K. McConnell and Elvira Kizilova (left to right). To read more, click
June 8, 2012 - Ukrainian Federal Credit Union Officials Visit the Foundation. Standing, left to right, are UFCU CEO Oleg Lebedko, USUF VP John A. Kun, UFCU Board Of Directors Assistant Treasurer Bogdan Zakharchishin, USUF Intern Nataliya Zakharchishin and UFCU Board Of Directors President Wasyl Kornylo. Seated, left to right,are USUF Program Director Oksana Yakovenko and USUF Interns, Elvira Kizilova and Ganna Ivanova. To read about this event, click here.
March 2, 2012 - The Atlantic Council hosted the Ukraine 2020 Expert Form with Ambassador Shamshur in Washington, DC. For more information, click here.
February 13, 2012 - Meeting with
Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues (from
left to right): Ihor Gawdiak, President of the Ukrainian-American Coordinating
Council, Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Nadia McConnell - USUF President,
and John Kun - USUF Vice President/COO.
December 1, 2011 - The Foundation's
first-ever Business Conference and Gala Awards Dinner held at the Omni
Shoreham Hotel ... and Ruslana was the headliner!
October 12, 2011 - Vitaliy Klitschko stands with USUF’s Sofiya Kovalchuk (left) and (from right to left) Liliya Bychuk, Oksana Yakovenko and Yuliya Solovey. Mr. Klitschko, chairman of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms, member of the Kyiv City Council and three-time world heavyweight boxing champion, appeared for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities Ukraine faces at The Brookings Institution.
Sept 23, 2011 - The Luhansk Open
World delegation, headed by Eduard Lozovsky, First Deputy Governor, meets
with Ukraine's Ambassador to the U.S., Olexander Motsyk, and friends
from Montgomery County, Open World Leadership Center and USUF in the
Washington Room of the Embassy of Ukraine. The Foundation hosted the
group during its week-long stay in cooperation with Montgomery County
Sister Cities and The Washington Group.
July 13, 2011 - At the JFK Library in Boston,
U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler (center) is flanked by Ukrainian
Judges Oksana Zavydovska-Marchuk, Judge Taras Bahriy, Oleksandra Litvinova,
Iryna Bondaryeva and Lyubomyr Bytkivskyy (from left to right). USUF
administered the Boston Judges program, sponsored by the Open World
July 5, 2011- Meeting with Andriy Fialko, Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Ukraine (from left to right): Dmytro Senik -Second Secretary, Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, DC, Andriy Fialko, Nadia McConnell - USUF President, and John A. Kun - USUF Vice President/COO)
March 18, 2011 - Ukraine Banking Delegation visits USUF to discuss current
financial regulations. From left to right are Alex Tsiovkh - translator,
Andriy Klymchuk - President CFA Ukraine Society, Anatoly Volok - President
of Region Bank & Kharkiv Banks Union, USUF President Nadia McConnell
and Dmytro Vilenskyi - President of StaroKievski Bank.
February 26, 2011 – Holodomor Resolution
is adopted by the Democratic National Committee.
Andrew Fedynksy, member of the NDECC, Alexandra Chalupa, DNC Director
of Party Leaders, Dr. James Zogby, Co-Chair of the DNC Resolutions Committee
and Founder and Secretary of the NDECC, and Julian Kulas, member of the
NDECC (from left to right). Mr. Fedynsky and Mr. Kulas spearheaded
the Resolution efforts, working closely with Ms. Chalupa. To
read more, click here >>
January 28, 2011 - Ukrainian American Coordinating
Council President Ihor Gawdiak presents USUF President Nadia K. McConnell
with a $5,000 check for UACC’s sponsorship of a Ukraine 2020 Task Force. USUF
Vice President/COO John A. Kun (left) and UACC’s Executive Committee
Member Ros Chomiak look on. To
read more, click here >>
October 28, 2010 - U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John F. Tefft (left) shakes hands with U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Bohdan Futey, a member of USUF’s Board of Advisors, who participated in the Judicial Reform Roundtable in Kyiv on October 28, 2010. To
read more, click here »
May 19, 2010 - Former First Lady of Ukraine,
Kateryna Yushchenko, with Olya Onyshko and Sarah Farhat, filmmakers
of Three Stories of Galicia (formerly, Land of Dilemmas), at the Ukrainian
Reception at the Cannes Film Festival. The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation
is a sponsor of this film. Click here to follow Olya
and Sarah at Cannes!
March 29, 2010 - USUF President Nadia K. McConnell and other Ukrainian-American leaders meet with Ambassador Oleh Shamshur for a briefing on the latest developments in Ukraine's government.
February 26-28, 2010 - Attending the NY Times Travel were (from left to right): USUF Board Member Iryna Kurowyckyj, Consul General of Ukraine in New York Serhii Pohoreltsev, USUF President Nadia McConnell and USUF Program Assistant Oksana Yakovenko. To read more, click here »
January 2010 - USUF VP John A. Kun, Olexander Danyleiko, Consul General of Ukraine in Canada, and Bohdan Onyschuk, President of the Canada Ukraine Foundation, (left to right) appeared at the Discover Ukraine exhibit at Toronto's Ultimate Travel Show. To read more, click here »
January 27, 2010 - Edvins Snore, director of the documentary The Soviet Story pictured with members of Congress at a screening on Capitol Hill organized by the Foundation (from left to right). Rep. Bob McEwan, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtnin, Edvins Snore, Rep. Joe Pitts. To read more, click here.
November 14, 2009 - USUF Board of Directors Meeting (from left to right). Seated: Iryna Kurowyckyj and Renata A. Zajac. Standing: William Green Miller, James O’Beirne, Nadia K. McConnell, Jack Heller and John A. Kun.
November 4, 2009 - USUF hosts the U.S. Department of Commerce
Destination Tourism Delegation from Crimea, Ukraine (SABIT Program)
October 2009 - Members of the Open World delegation from Odessa, Ukraine, hosted by the Baltimore-Odessa Sister City Committee from October 23, 2009 through October 31, met with Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) during their visit. The program is sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center of the Library of Congress and program administration is conducted by U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, the grantee.
From left to right: Anna White, Iryna Yakovleva, Mark White, Anastasiya Andronova, Serhiy Artemenko, Senator Ben Cardin, Olha Zelinska, Anzhela Smokvina, Anna Ursol, Doug Raaum (host family)
USUF staff members and 2009 Summer Interns (left to right): Staff members John A. Kun, Oksana Yakovenko, & Nadia K. McConnell; Interns Elizabeth Saam, Larissa Levine, & Caitlin McNeil; Staff member Oleksiy Synelnychenko.
February 8, 2009 - U.S.-Ukraine Foundation's Team with Mykola Kyrychenko, Consul General of Ukraine, at the New York Times Travel Show, New York, NY
November 3-5, 2008 - USUF attends Youth Summit in Istanbul, Turkey
U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s Vice President Markian Bilynskyj attended the first Black Sea Youth Summit in Istanbul, organized by the Turkish ARI Movement.
As a co-organizer, USUF was responsible for identifying the Ukrainian participants on the basis of an essay competition where the contestants were asked to identify their priority concerns for the future development in the Black Sea region from a youth perspective. The Ukrainian participants were Maryna Burdun from Kharkiv, Maryna Andreeva from Khmelnytsky, and Vsevolod Samokhvalov from Odesa, who won the first prize of 500 Euros for the best essay.