While in Kyiv, Ukraine on a congressional trip with the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) met with Barrington native Michael Druckman, who currently serves as the Resident Program Director for Ukraine at the International Republican Institute (IRI), and Providence native and Classical High School graduate David Gehrenbeck, Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.
“A majority of Ukrainians, regardless of the language they speak, want to see their country firmly within western democratic institutions. For the past eight years they have worked together to build a young resilient democracy and their choice for a future should not be derailed by Kremlin bullying and continued aggression,” said Michael Druckman.
“It is an honor to represent the people of Rhode Island, and the entire United States, in bringing a message of hope to the people of Ukraine. We really appreciate Congress’s interest in and commitment to our dear Ukrainian friends,” said David Gehrenbeck.
Congressman Cicilline and Druckman last met in 2014, when the Congressman was visiting Ukraine.