November 30, 2022
December 1, 2022

Ukraine in Washington & Beyond 2022

Film premiere, symposium, and benefit


The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation has hosted its Ukraine in Washington series in cooperation with the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA since 2011. The event is always held on December 1—the anniversary of Ukraine's referendum vote to confirm popular support for independence—and is the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation's premier occasion to honor and support the people of Ukraine as well as bolster U.S.-Ukraine relations.

This year's Ukraine in Washington & Beyond event will feature three components: a film premiere, symposium, and awards luncheon.

FILM PREMIERE: Wednesday, November 30 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

We will kick off our Ukraine in Washington & Beyond 2022 series with a screening of the Washington, D.C. premiere of Evgeny Afineevsky's new documentary film Freedom on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom. Read more about the film on the event page.

SYMPOSIUM: Thursday, December 1 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Ukraine in Washington & Beyond 2022 symposium will feature four panels:

I. Support for Ukraine in the 118th Congress

Over the last months, fissures have opened within both political parties regarding the providing of ongoing support for Ukraine. How might this impact American foreign policy and critical aid to Ukraine in the coming year?

Featuring representatives from both sides of the aisle discussing support for Ukraine in the new Congress; moderated by Ann Compton, former White House correspondent for ABC News.

II. Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN) Economic Task Force recommendations for reimagining rebuilding & reconstruction in Ukraine

The Russian war against the people, culture, and existence of Ukraine has been indiscriminately savage. What support will be necessary for reconstructing the country, and how can we reimagine this process to rebuild a more modern and thriving Ukraine?

Featuring Anders Åslund and Ambassador Kurt Volker; moderated by Ed Chow.

III. FOUN National Security Task Force recommendations for ongoing assistance to Ukraine

As Putin's war against Ukraine has evolved since Russia first invaded in 2014, so has American and allied support for Ukraine. What does Ukraine need to banish Russia from its sovereign territory?

Featuring Ambassador John Herbst, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, Debra Cagan, and Peter Rough; moderated by Robert McConnell.

IV. Tracking & combatting disinformation and propaganda

A fundamental element in the Kremlin’s war-making is propaganda and disinformation. How best can these lies be dealt with so the people and governments of the world can know the truth?

Featuring Don Jensen and Gordon Crovitz.

AWARD LUNCHEON: Thursday, December 1 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The luncheon during the December 1 symposium will feature an award presentation honoring exceptional efforts in support of the people of Ukraine. The 2022 "Stars of Ukraine" honorees will include: Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), presented by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH); and director Evgeny Afineevsky, presented by Senator Chris Coons (D-De). The award for Mr. Afineevsky, like his film Freedom on Fire, is also dedicated to all journalists, filmmakers and members of the press who have been killed and who are risking their lives today to shine a light on the stories and images of the war in Ukraine and different conflicts around the world for all of us to see.