Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak spoke in a video conference format with representatives of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA).
At the beginning of the conversation, I expressed gratitude to Ukrainians around the world, particularly in the United States, for supporting our country during all these months of the full-scale Russian invasion.
“The Ukrainian diaspora is a cementing link that unites the efforts of American society to help in the fight against Russian total evil,” the Head of the President’s Office emphasized.
Andriy Yermak also reminded that 215 defenders of Ukraine, including two US citizens, were recently released from Russian captivity, and the work on the liberation of all prisoners will not stop.
The Head of the Office of the President stated that Ukraine will continue to insist on recognizing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism at all levels, and the need for this should be actively communicated.
Andriy Yermak noted that now it is extremely important to continue and strengthen the powerful armed support for Ukraine by the US to free all our people and Ukrainian land from the occupiers as soon as possible.
He said that weekly briefings are held in the President’s Office for the military of the United States and Great Britain, who receive detailed information about the current developments at the front and the use of aid provided by partners.
Deputy Head of the Office of the President Roman Mashovets informed the UCCA representatives about the needs of the defense forces of Ukraine and outlined the ways in which Ukrainians in the US could contribute to our country obtaining the necessary means to protect and liberate its land.
According to Andriy Yermak, it is extremely important that the US be at the forefront of the process of bringing Russia’s top leadership to justice for war crimes.
Deputy Head of the Office of the President Andriy Smyrnov emphasized the importance of creating a special international tribunal that would deal with the bloodiest crime of aggression since World War II, which caused all other subsequent war crimes during the Russian aggression against Ukraine. The project of creating this tribunal has already been presented to the ambassadors of 30 countries.
Deputy Head of the Office of the President Rostyslav Shurma spoke about the plans for the reconstruction of Ukraine, which concern both the urgent restoration of the social, energy, and transport infrastructure for the normal functioning of the state today, as well as a more distant perspective In particular, it is about the Recovery Fund, which will aim to create opportunities for public and private investors to participate in the reconstruction and revitalization of Ukraine’s economy.
Andriy Yermak also offered the Ukrainian diaspora in the US to join the United24 platform initiated by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and choose their representatives who could become its ambassadors.
For his part, President of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America Andriy Futey noted that the Ukrainian community in the United States is constantly working to stop the enemy who has come to Ukrainian soil. This concerns the areas of defense support for Ukraine, sanctions pressure on Russia, recognition of the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism, and holding its leadership accountable for war crimes.
He talked about the measures of the Ukrainian diaspora in support of Ukraine, and also expressed readiness to actively promote the initiatives of our country in the United States.