PART I It has sometimes been difficult for Ukraine to find international support, but a strong argument can be made that Ukraine has had few better friends over the course of the last century than the United States Congress. This was especially true in the decades leading up to the dissolution of the Soviet Union when Ukraine was a captive nation and a relative unknown in the United States. It is impossible to take a detailed, comprehensive look at Congress’s historic role in one article, but I hope to at least give you a sense of the scope of congressional engagement on Ukraine. Congressional efforts could be distilled to one word: freedom. It is the unifying theme. In this overview, I will try to briefly give readers some sense of the what, when, where and why of Congressional activity vis-à-vis Ukraine. Introduction: Independence 1918 and 1991 A century ago, in 1917, a Congressman named James Hamill [D-N.J.] introduced a joint resolution to proclaim a nationwide Ukrainian Day. And even though Ukraine was then a terra incognita in the United States, the resolution passed and President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed April 27, 1917, as a day to collect funds for the aid… Read full this story
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