Inside a gym-turned-medical supply room at the Ukrainian American Community Center in Minneapolis, stacked high with bags of tourniquets and wound treatment kits, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States urged Americans not to forget about her country's struggle.
Ambassador Oksana Markarova's visit Thursday to Minnesota was the first of a 10-state tour, primarily of the Midwest, to encourage community dialogue about the war and bolster support for Ukraine. Called Whistlestops for Ukraine, the tour is hosted by the think tank German Marshall Fund of the United States and the philanthropic Howard G. Buffett Foundation.
"We can win this one. It is very difficult ... we are fighting this fight every day, there are a barrage of missiles and drones on peaceful cities every day," Markarova told the crowd of about 50 people, including several injured Ukrainian soldiers. "But we will stay the course. We need you, our friends, to stay the course with us."