Launching the Coalition
- The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation held the Forum: Ukraine’s Ongoing Battle for Freedom – The Risks of Western Failure in Political, Economic, and Humanitarian Assistance in the U.S. Capitol on September 25, 2015. Over 400 people participated from all across the U.S., Canada and from Ukraine. The primary emphasis of the Forum was the humanitarian situation and specifically to raise awareness, advocate for increased and sustained assistance, appeal to President Obama “and the future president” for more active support.
- Following up on the Forum, the Foundation created the Sound the Alarm for Ukraine Coalition. The coalitionincludes former United States ambassadors, former members of Congress, Ukraine experts from think tanks, organizations involved in humanitarian assistance, the interfaith community, business groups, and other organizations and individuals interested in supporting Ukraine.
Mission of the Coalition:
- Focus not only on levels of assistance, but also on the strategic importance of humanitarian assistance which is being defined more broadly, to encompass Humanitarian, Reconstruction/Redevelopment and Peacekeeping (non-military) Assistance.
- Promote most effective delivery of assistance addressing the immediate humanitarian catastrophe.
- Identify the reconstruction/redevelopment and peacekeeping (non-military) assistance for zones of vulnerability such as
- Oblast bordering Russia: Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk
- Odesa oblast, especially the Besarabian region
- Transdnistria province of Moldova
- Kherson oblast
- Other zones such as Mariupol, Dnipropetrovsk oblast, Sumy oblast
- The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation serves as the secretariat for the coalition. The Foundation has been working for 25 years in support of US-Ukraine relations and implementing strategic technical assistance program for Ukraine.
Members of The Friends of Ukraine Network will serve as an advisory body and will provide policy recommendations in recognition of the strategic implications and importance of assistance in relation to Putin’s aggression against Ukraine. No less important than levels of assistance is the need to incorporate lessons learned from Georgia, Iraq, and Afghanistan for effective delivery of any assistance.
- Andres Aslund, Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council
- Ed Chow, Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
- Amb. Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard's JFK Belfer Center
- Amb. John Herbst, Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council
- David Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy
- Robert McConnell, Principal, RAM & Associates
- Amb. William Miller, Senior Scholar, Wilson Center
- Amb. Roman Popadiuk, Principal, Morgan Lewis Consulting
- Morgan Williams, President/CEO, U.S.-Ukraine Business Council
- Amb. Temuri Yakobashvili, Founder and President, New International Leadership Institute
Members of the Coalition to date:
- United Help Ukraine
- Ukrainian American Coordinating Council
- Ukrainian Association of Washington State
- Nova Ukraine
- Ukrainian Federation of America
- Maidan Minnesota
- Ukrainian National Women's League of America
- International Humanitarian Foundation "The Bridge"
- Anastasiia Rybytska
- Ruslan Zamaray
- Mykyta Safronenko
- Katerina Sedova
- Ismail Shahtakhtinski
- Rodion Iwanczuk
- Mykola Hryckowian
* The Coalition will undertake activities in support of its stated mission and will cooperate with other like entities who are primarily focusing on the overall level of funding for Ukraine: military, financial, political, fighting Putin’s propaganda and humanitarian.
** Members of the Coalition will have the opportunity to choose what activities in which they wish to participate.
Activates to date:
- October 9th - Met with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) to discuss the humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine. The lengthy discussion focused on numerous ideas to facilitate further assistance and ways to deliver and distribute assistance efficiently. Congresswoman Kaptur also shared discussions she has had with other Members and the Administration regarding National Guard Program and Partnership for Peace.
- October 22nd – Met with Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations. In the meeting they focused primarily on Ukraine's humanitarian assistance needs including ways to deliver and distribute assistance. In addition, they talked about what is happening in various regions of Ukraine, particularly the zones of vulnerability.
- November 9th - In cooperation with The All Ukraine Council of Churches and Religious Organizations delivered a letter of appeal to President Obama signed by all 17 members of the Council. Three representatives of the Council, Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, Chief Rabbi of Ukraine, along with Ukrainian Catholic Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk met at the White House with senior officials from the NSC and U.S. Department of State to emphasis the need to activate the National Guard Program and Partnership for Peace to facilitate delivery of assistance which has been gathered and is ready to ship – time is of the essence, winter has arrived in Ukraine and there are people standing in line for hours-upon-hours in freezing weather for food and clothing.
- November 9th - Arranged a press conference for the religious leaders at the National Press Club immediately following the White House meeting. Ambassador John Herbst of the Atlantic Council and a member of the Coalition moderated the discussion.
- November 12th – members of the Coalition met at the Commerce department with Michael Lally (Deputy Assistant Secretary), Daniel Dodds (Special Assistant), and Boris Chumak to discuss possible programs for reconstruction and redevelopment assistance needs especially in the zones of vulnerability
- November 13th – Action Alert to urge the community to contact their U.S. representatives and urge them to take part in the Special Order in favor of immediate and essential humanitarian assistance for Ukraine, scheduled by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Co-Chair of the House Congressional Ukraine Caucus, in support of letter of appeal to President Obama
- November 16th - The Foundation on behalf of the coalition sent two appeals to all members of the House Ukraine Caucus to join Congresswoman Kaptur to join in Congress Special Order on Ukraine.
- November 17th – The Special Order got rescheduled to December 1st.