U.S. Senator, Ambassador Visit UCU/ UPDATE

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The United States Senator from Connecticut, Chris Murphy, a member of the Democratic Party, and Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch visited the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU).

The senator is also Ranking Member of the US Senate Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation and so knows very well what is happening in the area, and in Ukraine, in particular.

Quote from Senator Murphy>

“Thankfully our pilots are able to land despite the low cloud ceiling, and we head off to my first speech at Ukrainian Catholic University. The Lviv area is where many of those in the Ukrainian community in Connecticut come from, and the Connecticut diaspora has specifically been very supportive of this school. That’s why I’m here to give a speech in front of about seventy five students (a pretty good turnout for a Saturday afternoon!). These students are primarily concerned with the high level of public and private sector corruption in Ukraine. I learn from them how normalized corruption has become in Ukraine — teachers, doctors, parking enforcement officers all take money on the side to carry out functions that we would simply take for granted in the United States. Russia benefits from the corruption, because it undermines support for the Ukrainian national government that is trying to rally the country to fight the Russian invasion. I leave the speech energized to do more to help Ukraine in this fight for cleaner government.”

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