Sunday, August 26, 2018

Ukrainians mourn death of a big friend of Ukraine, US Senator John McCain

August 26, 2018 (KyivPost) Ukrainian politicians and activists are mourning the death of United States Senator and presidential candidate John McCain, who died on Aug. 25 at age 81. McCain died in Arizona surrounded by his family. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in July 2017 and had been undergoing medical treatment, which he stopped on Aug. 24. 

During his political career, McCain repeatedly visited Ukraine and consistently argued that Ukraine’s political and social future lay in Europe. The senator became famous in December 2013 for visiting the then-incipient EuroMaidan Revolution, touring protest camps arranged on Kyiv’s central square. “Ukraine will make Europe better and Europe will make Ukraine better,” McCain said during the visit to thousands of EuroMaidan protesters gathered on Kyiv’s Independence Square. The Kyiv Post interviewed McCain on that trip, along with U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy. Two years later, McCain spent New Year’s Eve 2017 at a forward combat outpost with Ukrainian troops in the village of Shyrokine, near the Azov sea port city of Mariupol. McCain once again supported Ukrainians “in their fight against Putin’s aggression.”

@SenJohnMcCain: Spending NewYearsEve with brave Ukrainian Marines at a forward combat outpost - we stand with them in their fight against Putin's aggression