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USUA Volunteer Flies the Ukrainian Flag in Front of Congress During Zelensky’s Visit

US Ukrainian Activists volunteer and member Gleb Latnik is photographed flying the Ukrainian flag from his bicycle while demonstrating in support during President Zelensky’s address to Congress.

Photograph taken on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. Date taken: Wednesday, December 21, 2022

USUA Members Interviewed for Reuters Article

Members of US Ukrainian Activists were interviewed for a Reuters article, during President Zelensky’s state visit to Washington DC:

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Ukrainian Americans in Washington saw President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s U.S. visit as a promising sign that displayed strong relations between the countries but also urged more American assistance to defend against the Russian invasion.

Dozens of pro-Ukrainian activists gathered near the White House on Wednesday afternoon as Zelenskiy visited Washington for his first publicly known foreign trip since Russia’s invasion on Feb. 24. The group called “U.S. Ukrainian Activists” then headed to the U.S. Capitol for Zelenskiy’s address to the Congress. […]

“In the long term, helping Ukraine will enable the U.S. to preserve national security,” Catherine Pedersen, a board member of the U.S. Ukrainian Activists group, told Reuters. “It’s that awkward situation where you are incredibly grateful for (U.S.) support, but there is need for more,” she added.

Thank you to members Catherine Pedersen, Oleksandra Kepple, and Katrina Durbak for representing our organization, and the Ukrainian Diaspora, to the media!

Roundup: 50+ #DefendingUkraine events worldwide, Oct. 14-16

This is a partial list of rallies held in 50+ locations worldwide as part of the #DefendingUkraine / Circle of Defense initiative.

United States

Washington DC

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NBC Washington Covers USUA Rally for Ukrainian Defender’s Day

NBC Washington reported on US Ukrainian Activists’ rally honoring Ukraine’s annual Defenders Day holiday.

Activists want to make sure that a day after Defender’s Day, when they acknowledged soldiers fighting in Ukraine, that the country isn’t forgotten as it faces Russian forces. News4’s Darcy Spencer reports.

Alina Cherkasova Charity Concert – 2022/10/01

On Saturday, Oct.1, friends of Ukraine were privileged to experience an intimate concert with two brilliant Ukrainian musicians Alina Cherkasova and Yaroslav Gnezdilov.

As Russia continues its genocidal attempt to eradicate Ukraine, its people and its culture, US Ukrainian Activists (USUA) presented our 7th charity concert, held at Ukraine House, the cultural annex of the Ukrainian Embassy.

Concert proceeds:

Gross Proceeds of $14,432.80 (ticket and souvenirs sales, as well as donations) were raised at this Charitable Concert, including a generous donation of $12,000.00 for front-line paramedics Hospitallers from Yuri and Inna Deychakiwsky.

Net Concert Proceeds of $13,103.58 (after the deduction of $1,329.22 for concert expenses: air-tickets, hotel rent, reception, and Ukraine House cleaning fee) are directed the following way:

  1. $1,103.58 to support Ukraine House’s project “Nezlamni” (“Undefeated”): a prosthesis and rehabilitation program for Ukrainian children who have been injured by russian aggression;
  2. $12,000.00 – donation for Hospitallers, used to purchase such critical medical supplies, as 545 C-A-Ts (combat application tourniquets) on Mon., Oct. 3.

The concert featured opera singer Alina Cherkasova and pianist Yaroslav Gnezdilov, both winners of numerous international music competitions, from Dnipro, Ukraine’s fourth largest city. They performed traditional Ukrainian songs and Classical pieces, and in addition featured songs by contemporary Ukrainian composers.

We are so grateful to these talented musicians for the fantastic evening of Ukrainian and Classical songs, and all their support for Ukraine!

We are very thankful to the Embassy of Ukraine (Ruslan Falkov), Her Excellency Ambassador Oksana Markarova, and Ukraine House (Marianna Falkova) for sponsoring our last three charity concerts!

Nadiya Shaporynska, president of US Ukrainian Activists, organized this Concert in support of Ukraine.

A big thanks also to the awesome team of USUA volunteers, each of whom contributed greatly to the success of this event: Luda and Sasha Draganov, Larissa Vovk, Catherine Pedersen, Maryia Alenchyk, Gleb Latnik, Nadiya Yaneva, Lora Odeyanko, Anna Ozherelyeva, Rachel Glick, Sofia Nalizhyta, Dmytro Yurchyk, Anya Thacker, Robert Harvey, Felix Tsu, and Yevgeniy Shaporynskyy!

Our sincere gratitude to the following churches for sharing our concert information:

Father Robert (Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington, D.C.:;

Father Oleksandr (Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Silver Spring, MD):;

Father Volodymyr (St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Silver Spring, MD):;

Father Vasyl (Saint Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Baltimore, MD:

Thank you very much for sharing our Event:
United Help Ukraine (;
Taras Shevchenko School of Ukrainian Study / Ukrainian School DC (

We appreciate everyone who attended our charity concert to support Ukraine and enjoy a wonderful evening of Ukrainian culture at Ukraine House!

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The concert was organized by US Ukrainian Activists (USUA) and sponsored by the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA and Ukraine House.

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