U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo), who has family roots in Ukraine, has been appointed by President Obama to a presidential delegation to represent the United States this weekend in Kiev at the inauguration of Ukrainian President-elect Petro O. Poroshenko. Vice President Joe Biden will head the eight-member presidential delegation.
Congresswoman Kaptur will travel to Ukraine with the vice president aboard Air Force Two. They will be joined in Kiev by three U.S. Senators--John McCain (R-Arizona), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin)—and three diplomats: Geoffrey R. Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine; Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs; and, Daniel B. Baer, U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
“I am honored to be able to help represent our country at this historic event,” said Congresswoman Kaptur, who is co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Ukrainian Caucus. “With thousands of Ukrainian-Americans in northern Ohio, our region has always had great affection for the long-suffering people of Ukraine. It is particularly poignant for me to be a member of the delegation.”
President-elect Poroshenko will take the oath of office at the Ukrainian Parliament (Rada) on Saturday.