Standing Together in Defense of Ukraine’s Freedom

Standing Together in Defense of Ukraine’s Freedom

ТАРАС ШЕВЧЕНКО, 1860 | Translation by Peter Fedynsky

О люди! Люди небораки!
Нащо здалися вам царі?
Нащо здалися вам псарі?
Ви ж таки люди, не собаки!


Чи буде суд! Чи буде кара!
Царям, царятам на землі?
Чи буде правда меж людьми?
Повинна буть, бо сонце стане
І осквернену землю спалить.

O people! Wretched people!
What use have you for czars?
What use have you for dogmasters?
You’re people, after all, not dogs!


Will there be a judgment! Will there be a penalty!
For czars and princes here on earth?
[Will there be truth amongst the people?]
There should be, for the sun will rise
And scorch the earth defiled.

Nadia K. McConnell | President of U.S.-Ukraine Foundation

There are more than a thousand monuments to Taras Shevchenko in Ukraine’s cities, towns, and villages. But one little monument near Kyiv became a famous symbol of this war. Two months ago, the world saw the photos of Taras in Borodyanka standing as a witness to Russia’s devastation of peaceful Ukrainian communities. After the Russian invaders retreated, all high-rise buildings around this monument left in ruins, we could see bullet scars on the monument’s head.

It shouldn’t be surprising that Russian soldiers aimed and fired their guns at Taras Shevchenko’s statue. For the invaders, Shevchenko is an enemy because he is a bard of Ukrainian freedom. It is amazing how accurately his words, written in St. Petersburg over 160 years ago, speak to the Russian invaders of today.

Russian soldiers have tortured and murdered thousands of Ukrainian civilians. We still don’t know the full scope of those genocidal crimes, but the criminals must be brought to justice, and Russia deserves to be called a sponsor of terrorism.

In April, we always send Easter greetings to our readers. This year, however, our Easter is tarred by the atrocities of Russia’s war against Ukraine. Even during the Holy Week, Russian bombs and missiles were killing peaceful civilians, including babies – in Mariupol, Odessa, Kharkiv, and elsewhere in Ukraine.

This newsletter shares updates about our Operation Airlift with a continued flow of donated medical supplies and cash assistance to vetted recipient organizations in Ukraine.

In response to the growing needs of vetting aid recipients on the ground, we have started a new initiative: BlueCheck Network. Liev Schreiber, its co-founder, is working hard together with us to build up and promote this important program.

Our Friends of Ukraine Network continues powerful messaging to bring more decisive policy action in support of Ukraine. Some of their public messages from recent weeks are collected in this newsletter. As you look through them, you may notice how much ground those messages have gained by now.

We pay tribute to the anniversary of Chernobyl by reminding how the Kremlin handled that accident three decades ago. Today, Russia’s action near Chernobyl and other nuclear power plants in Ukraine has been just as careless and dangerous for the rest of the world.

We have partnered with other American organizations to support the program called Welcome.US – it will bring 100,000 refugees from Ukraine in the near future. In this newsletter, you can find important details about that program and official information links.

A significant section of our newsletter is dedicated to “human stories” of this war. Some of them came from our friends and partners in Ukraine, others reached us via social media.

On behalf of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, I would like to thank every donor and volunteer who provided support for our work in April. Together, we are strong, and we will help Ukraine win!

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