On March 18, 2015, exhibition “Maidan. Ukraine. Road to Freedom” was opened in the U.S. Congress under an aegis of U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Co-Chair of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus. The Exhibition is dedicated to the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine (November 2013 – February 2014) and countering continued Russia’s aggression in the east of Ukraine.
The event was co-hosted by the American Center for a European Ukraine and the U.S. - Ukraine Business Council and co-organized jointly with the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of America. Exhibition’s opening was attended by the U.S. Congress Members and Staff, foreign diplomats, think tanks fellows, business experts, Ukrainian and U.S. local communities and media.
Opening remarks to the audience were given by Ambassador of Ukraine Olexander Motsyk, U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, U.S. Congressmen Sander Levin and Mike Fitzpatrick, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Ambassador (ret.) John Herbst (Atlantic Council), Ms. Alexa Chopivsky (American Center for a European Ukraine), Mr. Morgan Williams (U.S. - Ukraine Business Council) and Euromaidan activist, Ukrainian folk rock star Mr. Serhiy Fomenko (Foma).
In his address, Ambassador of Ukraine Olexander Motsyk expressed gratitude to the U.S. Congress and Administration as well as all Americans for their unfaltering support to Ukraine and Ukrainian nation during the Revolution of Dignity and in countering Russia’s aggression. He stressed the invariability of Ukraine’s people choice, in particular, commitment to implement democratic, social and economic reforms launched last year. The Ambassador urged to further consolidate international pressure on Russia’s leadership in order to force it to implement in full the Minsk Agreements, which remain a solid basis for peace and stability not only in Ukraine and Europe, but also in the broader global context.
U.S. speakers expressed their unilateral support to Ukraine and stressed the urgent need to make perceptive steps in this direction, in particular to give Ukraine lethal weapons.
Russia’s Member of Parliament Illya Ponomaryov, who on March 20, 2014 was the only MP to vote against Russia’s illegal attempt of Crimea’s annexation, attended the opening reception as a guest.