PARMA, Ohio (Dec. 14, 2013) – Congresswoman Kaptur spoke to a large rally here as Northeast Ohioans demonstrated support for the people of Ukraine during the current political crisis.

“We’re here today because we care about the future of Ukraine and its people,” said Congresswoman Kaptur, who serves as co-chair of the Ukraine Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Day after day in the streets of Ukraine, people have demonstrated, too.  They want a say in setting a course for the future—oriented to the West and the European Union,” she said to a crowd that braved inclement weather in Cleveland.

Kaptur said she has raised the Ukraine issue at the highest levels, including the U.S. State Department, and with relevant committee and subcommittee leaders in Congress.

“We’re seeing one of those crucial moments of history. Those of us who love liberty want to see Ukraine become the true borderland nation that she is. Ukraine has a unique position on our globe.  She can be a real bridge between east, west, north and south—and she needs to rise to that occasion,” she said.

“In the meantime, we have to express ourselves clearly so that the Ukrainian government gets the message that it must respect the political rights of the Ukrainian people, including the opposition.

“The U.S. can help Ukraine be an independent county that can stand on her own two feet to maximize her natural advantages as well as her academic prowess and  to develop at last her enormous potential.

“We have an obligation. The whole world is watching.”