U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-13th dist.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was the keynote speaker and honoree at a recent event sponsored by the American Center for a European Ukraine.
Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, was also honored.
The event was titled, “U.S.-Ukraine: Partners in the Battle for Democracy and Security in Europe.”
Boyle and McCain were each honored as a “Distinguished Friend of Ukraine” for their work in Congress to assist Ukraine.
Alexa Chopivsky, executive director at the American Center for a European Ukraine, presented Boyle with the award.
“It is a great honor to receive this award,” he said. “I remain absolutely committed to advocating for Ukraine, among my top priorities in office. It is often forgotten that Ukraine is currently the scene of the largest land battle in Europe, where the battle for democracy is unfolding before our eyes. This war, driven by President Putin’s attempts to destruct democracy in Ukraine, has undermined Ukraine’s sovereignty and at the same time threatens our long-term investment in a Europe that is whole, free and at peace. Tonight, I highlighted the need for Congress and the new administration to do more to assist Ukraine — for the sake of protecting its democratic future and defending the principle of democracy the world over.”
Boyle has introduced legislation, H.R. 1997, the Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act, to encourage cooperation between the U.S. and Ukraine.
The congressman said strengthening cyber defenses would send a strong, important signal of Western support for Ukraine at a time when it is fighting to protect its democratic identity. Boyle and McCain are also strong proponents for providing Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons. ••