March 03, 2022

Duckworth Meets with Ukrainian Congress Committee of America Illinois Members in Support of Illinois’s Ukrainian Community


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met virtually with members of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) Illinois Division to share her support for the Ukrainian community in Illinois and abroad amid Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified attacks on Ukraine. Duckworth met with UCCA Illinois President Ihor Diaczun, Vice Presidents Pavlo Bandriwsky and Dr. Maria Korkatsch-Groszko and several local members to learn more about the support needed for the Ukrainian community and share resources on how Duckworth’s office can help. The Chicago Metropolitan Area is home to the second-largest population of Ukrainian-Americans in the United States. A photo from tonight’s virtual meeting is available here.

“It was an honor to meet with members of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America Illinois Division this evening and share my support and solidarity for the Ukrainian community here in Illinois and abroad,” Duckworth said. “I’m inspired by the resiliency and bravery of the Ukrainian people, and we are united in making sure we do whatever we can to support them and their families right now in the face of this unjustified and unjustifiable attack on Ukraine’s sovereign territory.”

As a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Duckworth has been a strong supporter of Ukraine against Russia’s escalating invasion. This week, Duckworth called on the Biden Administration to grant Temporary Protected Status to Ukrainians in the U.S. following the Russian military invasion and brought Adjutant General of Illinois and Commander of the Illinois National Guard Major General Rich Neely as her virtual guest to the State of the Union Address, who is responsible for the critical role the ILNG plays in helping train troops in places like Ukraine and Poland.