The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation together with the Save Ukraine Now Coalition, and in cooperation with the Embassy of Ukraine, have the honor to invite you to the Forum: Ukraine’s Ongoing Battle for Freedom – The Risk of Western Failure in Political, Economic, and Humanitarian Assistance, to be held at the Congressional Auditorium, Capitol Visitor Center, United States Capitol in Washington, DC, on September 25, 2015.
Much of the debate in Washington concerning Russia’s war against Ukraine has understandably focused on the military and political aspects. Yet what started as a human tragedy has developed into a full-scale humanitarian catastrophe. Moreover, Ukraine’s current humanitarian crisis will only escalate with the impending winter season!
According to the United Nations over 5,000,000 people of Ukraine are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance of which 1,700,000 million are children. More than 1,400,000 people have been driven from their homes. The UN also reports that only 35% of what is needed has been funded or pledged by the international community. We believe that this development has not attracted the attention it deserves as an aspect of the public policy discourse and its impact is being seriously underestimated.
The Forum will cover all aspects of aid to Ukraine but with a major focus on the humanitarian needs. The discussions will cover assistance given by our government, the EU, international agencies and by the private sector both here and in Ukraine.
Recognized leaders, covering a wide spectrum of interests and issues in regard to Ukraine’s assistance needs, will be taking part in this historic event, including Mikhail Saakashvili, Governor of Ukraine’s Odessa Oblast and former President of Georgia, Ukraine Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, Ukraine Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, First Deputy Parliamentary Speaker Andriy Parubiy, U.S. General (Ret.) Wesley Clark, Chair of the House Republican Conference Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, Congressman Peter Roskam, newly-appointed Ukraine Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst, and many others.
The leaders of Ukraine’s major religious confessions from both Ukraine and the U.S. will present their unified efforts to address the humanitarian catastrophe. Organizers expect Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate), Bishop Stanislav Szyrokoradiuk of the Roman Catholic Church, Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Yaakov Dov Bleich, Sheikh Ahmed Tamim, the leader of Ukraine’s Muslim community, Victor Simon, Secretary General of Caritas of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine, and Metropolitan-Archbishop Soroka, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.
To attend the Forum, please click here to Register (or at the top of the page). There is no cost! We will see you on September 25th at the Congressional Auditorium, Capitol Visitor Center, United States Capitol in Washington, DC.
President, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation
|General (ret.) Wesley Clark
Chairman of the Board for Save Ukraine Now