The Voice of America Ukrainian reported on Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy receiving one of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems' (IFES) 2022 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards. Read their full coverage here.
As VOA reported, the award was accepted by Oksana Markarova, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, on President Zelenskyy’s behalf. While she admitted that the chief focus of Ukrainian diplomatic efforts currently entails requests for more weapon and increased sanctions towards Russia, Markarova noted the importance of her country’s struggle being recognized internationally by such awards, as it draws attention to the Russian invasion and affirms the staunch commitments of Ukraine’s allies.
Additionally, Markarova commended IFES’ support for Ukraine’s democracy over the years. Peter Erben, IFES's chief adviser and IFES Ukraine Country Director, underlined the global expertise that IFES has been able to marshal and the vast range of cooperation which has been established.
Published June 29, 2022.