FOUN Recommendations for US Assistance to Ukraine Presented in Kyiv

Today, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN) released its new Priority Recommendations for U.S. Assistance to Ukraine as part of a discussion on U.S.-Ukraine relations held at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine.  Representing FOUN at the event...

Observations on Ukraine’s Parliamentary Election

On July 21, I was in Kherson, a pleasant port city in southern Ukraine, observing Verkhovna Rada elections with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), which had invited me to participate as a member of their delegation. NDI, an NGO based in Washington, has been...

Recognizing Genuine Advocacy on Behalf of the Crimean Tatars

Natalya Belitser, senior expert on - among other topics - Crimean Tatar affairs at the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation's Kyiv-based partner organization, the Pylyp Orlyk Insitute for Democracy (POID), was recently awarded a medal in recognition of her long-term "Services to...

After the Elections, What Comes Next in Ukraine?

Speaking to audiences in Ukraine and the United States via video link, experts in Kyiv said they see a new window of opportunity for reforms now that the Ukrainian presidential and parliamentary elections have been completed and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Servant...

USUF Discussion: Religious Freedom in the Donbas

Today, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation hosted a discussion on religious persecution in the Russian-occupied areas of the Donbas.  The featured speaker was Oleksandr Zaiets, founder and chair of the board of the Kyiv-based Institute for Religious Freedom (IRF).  He...

If You Love Lviv, You’re Not Alone!

With direct flights to Lviv now available from 41 foreign cities and with over a million international travelers passing through its airport annually, the unofficial capital of western Ukraine is truly living up to its motto of being “Open to the World.” First-time...

Ukraine’s Upcoming Parliamentary Elections Discussed at USUF

With just a few days left before Ukraine’s July 21st parliamentary elections, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) hosted a discussion titled New Faces in Parliament: Challenges and Opportunities.  The guest speakers were Kateryna Smagliy of the McCain Institute for...

Zelensky’s Great Opportunity

Reports indicate President Volodymyr Zelensky may visit the United States sometime later this year. Whenever that visit comes it will be important for Ukraine and for the new president, and it has the potential to be a watershed moment for U.S.-Ukraine relations....

Freedom and Human Rights in Ukraine

Freedom and human rights have long been on Washington’s radar screen. During the late 1970s and through the 1980s, U.S. governmental agencies such as the Helsinki Commission, where I worked for many years, the Congress, the White House and the State Department raised...

House Ukraine Caucus Resolution Against Russia in PACE Introduced

Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Congressional Ukraine Caucus Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Andy Harris (R-MD), introduced a bipartisan House resolution condemning the Council of Europe’s decision to restore...

Support USUF! – 2019 Annual Campaign Ends Soon

The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s programs support the People of Ukraine!  They depend on your generosity! Your generous support for the Foundation's work is requested at this critical time in Ukraine's history.  A gift at this time will enable us to continue the...

Foundation’s FOUN Task Force Joins in a Three-way Discussion

Speakers from Washington, D.C., Kyiv and Brussels discussed Ukrainian foreign policy priorities for newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky during a telecast organized by the German Marshall Fund, and supported by the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation as well as the...

USUF at 7th Annual US-Ukraine Report Card Summit

Several representatives of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) shared their expertise at this year’s U.S.-Ukraine Working Group Summit: Providing Ukraine with an Annual Report Card conference, which assessed Ukraine’s progress in political and economic development as...

USUF Communications Advisor Lectures in Ukraine

Last month, Adrian Karmazyn (U.S.-Ukraine Foundation communications advisor) was a guest lecturer at the Department of Foreign Nations Modern and Contemporary History of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, at the Journalism Department of Ivan Franko National...

Legislation Concerning Ukraine Still Pending in U.S. Congress

In Washington, among the pieces of legislation being considered by Congress, which are of interest to Ukraine -- and those who realize how critically important Ukraine’s sovereignty and success are to the United States’ own best security interests – are the Fiscal...

Michael Strank – A Profile of a Ukrainian-American Hero

By visiting Grave 7179, Section 12, in Arlington National Cemetery, one can find the headstone of Michael Strank, a United States Marine Corps Sergeant who served and was killed in World War II. Strank, a son of Ukrainian immigrants, is remembered as more than just a...

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick Honored in Philadelphia

The Greater Philadelphia Area Ukrainian American community gathered on Thursday, May 23, 2019, to pay tribute to a leader in Congress and good friend of Ukraine, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick. The Ukrainian Federation of America (UFA) hosted its Annual Award Reception...

Participation of Ukrainian Women in Military Service Grows

More than five years after the armed conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine began, the engagement of women in the Ukrainian military has significantly increased in both combat and noncombat roles. As of this year, it’s estimated that 57,000 women are serving in the...

War and Human Rights in Ukraine’s Occupied Territories

Lest we forget – Moscow continues to engage in appalling behavior in Ukraine, violating international norms of civilized behavior with impunity.   It seems that with all of the understandable focus on Ukraine’s elections and the inauguration of the new president,...

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