U.S.-Ukraine FoundationEnglishUkrainian
   Join Our Business e-Newsletter & Update:  
Home | Sitemap | Contact Us
 

Discussions on Establishing a Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine

Washington, DC, June 28, 2017 – A six member delegation from Ukraine met with the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation today to discuss the relevance and opportunities of establishing a Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine.  This plan has been initiated by the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Affairs of Veterans, Combats, ATO Participants and Persons with Disabilities.

Discussions on Establishing a Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine

The main goal for the committee is to develop a clear state strategy to overcome short-term and long-term consequences of the Russian aggression against Ukraine. There are currently 138,552 disabled war veterans, almost 6,000 of which were a part of the ATO. Unfortunately, the country does not yet have a single institution that can take care of those who served and are currently serving the country. At least twenty ministries, departments, and other government bodies are responsible for helping veterans, creating an entangled bureaucratic system which enormously slows down the process of social protection of veterans and their families.

Discussions on Establishing a Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine

As the main takeaway from this meeting, the members of the committee established the basis for their future cooperation with the United States as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will serve as an example for the new Ukrainian ministry.
The delegation members participating in the meeting at USUF were: 

  • Maxim Karizhsky, Project Director UPA "Ukrainian strategy"  
  • Rafael Liukmanov, Chairman of the Board Fund for War Veterans and members of the anti-terrorist operation
  • Anatolii Pinchuk,  President UPA "Ukrainian strategy" - official partner of American caucuses of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
  • Victor Tregubov, Editor-in-chief in @petrimazepa. Civil activist and one of the volunteers' movement leaders 
  • Olexander Tretyakov, Chairman of the Committee on Veterans Affairs, combatants, members of anti-terrorist operations and people with disabilities, of the Ukrainian Parliament
  • Glib Zagoriy,  Member of the Committee for veterans, combatants, members of anti-terrorist operations and for people with disabilities of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine;

Others attending included  President Tanya Shea of the People of Ukraine Foundation, Kateryna Zagoriy, First Secretary Victor Chernysh from the Embassy of Ukraine and USUF representatives, Nadia McConnell, Markian Bilynskyj, Sergiy Stupak, Yana Yaremchuk, and Peter Voitsekhovsky, who served as the interpreter.

Discussions on Establishing a Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine

The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation will contribute to this idea by delivering an important message about the need to help the Ukrainian veterans in its Humanitarian Recommendations. The Foundation has agreed to include the proposal to the list of recommendations regarding humanitarian issues of Ukraine which will be presented shortly.

The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation kindly encourages those wishing to contribute to this project by sharing ideas and suggestions.  Please contact the Foundation via e-mail: info@usukraine.org.

 

 

 

Donate to the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation