Washington, DC (JBANC) - The Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) participated in this year's third "Ukrainian Days" advocacy event on Capitol Hill on October 11, organized by the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS) and Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA). The day commenced with a morning briefing session at the Heritage Foundation on Ukrainian issues. The panel of speakers gave an overview of U.S.-Ukraine relations, as well as a synopsis of congressional actions.
The rest of the day was spent in Congress, where JBANC helped lead meetings with five congressional offices, including a meeting with Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and a brief greeting with Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD). Other meetings were held with the offices of Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA).
Topics discussed included implementation of the Russia sanctions Act, funding for the National Defense Authorization bill and support for arms for Ukraine, raising awareness of Russian human rights violations in Crimea, and remembering the Ukrainian famine (Holodomor), which occurred 85 years ago.
The day concluded with a reception in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office building, to help commemorate the 40th anniversary of UNIS. At the event, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius was honored with a "Friend of UNIS" award in recognition of his, and Lithuania's, great support for Ukraine. Ambassador Rolandas Kriščiūnas accepted on behalf of the Minister.
JBANC took active part in earlier Ukrainian Advocacy Day events this year in March and June and will continue to support our Ukrainian friends and colleagues in their fight to push back against the Putin regime's aggression.
Photo: Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) meets with our group during Ukrainian advocacy day on October 11. Credit: Nadia Valueva.
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