In general, the Republican Party of the United States supports Ukraine, and distrust towards aid is expressed only in individual districts. The Ukrainian community in the US is working to change the opinion of those opposed to supporting Kyiv, said the President of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) Paul Grod, during an interview for the “Yedyni Novyny” [“United News”] Ukrainian national telethon.
“Individual districts need to be the focus of our efforts. The positive aspect is that our Ukrainian communities are spread across the entire territory of the United States. Currently, the UWC, together with the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), is preparing for the second anniversary of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine – various rallies are planned for February 24-25. These will include street actions, and we will also be entering the offices of American officials and those who are only running for office to make them understand the situation that Ukraine is currently facing,” said the UWC President.
Currently, Russian propaganda significantly influences American civil society, which largely shapes the direction of politics, says Grod. “It is important for us to work with communities. The Ukrainian community also collaborates with colleagues from other ethnic groups – Central and Eastern European diasporas, the Jewish community, thought leaders in the US, conduct rallies and works with the media to convey key messages,” said the UWC President.
The average American should be interested in supporting Ukraine to help Kyiv overcome the Russian threat. “If we do not support Ukraine today, Americans will be fighting this global threat of Russian imperialism for many decades,” emphasized Grod.
On February 8th, the US Senate supported a procedural vote on a bill providing additional assistance to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan – separate from the immigration reform and border security agreement. The total amount is US$95 billion. The vote is not final but allows for debates on the bill in the upper house of the U.S. Congress.
Earlier, the UCCA appealed to US House Speaker Mike Johnson to approve security aid for Ukraine. Six former US Senators from various states also signed the letter. The UCCA also urged American voters to call on the US Congress to allocate the necessary financial assistance to Ukraine.
Screenshot: “Yedyni Novyny”