U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced the launch of the Senate Ukraine Caucus (SUC) on February 9, 2015. Like the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, the goal of the Senate Ukraine will be to strengthen the political, military, economic, and cultural relationship between the United States and Ukraine. In the immediate time of its founding, the bipartisan caucus focused on the need for a sustained U.S. commitment to Ukraine in the face of a continued Russian aggression in the region and repeated assaults on the sovereignty of its borders.
The Congressional Ukraine Caucus, or the CUC, is a bipartisan caucus of United States House of Representatives that was founded in 1997, only six years after the restoration of Ukraine’s Independence. The Ukraine Caucus’ mission is to organize an association of Members of Congress who share a common concern for building stronger bilateral relations between Ukraine and the United States. With the cooperation with the Ukrainian American community, the Caucus serves to lend support for Ukraine, beginning with democratization efforts and market-oriented reforms, and functions as a source of information for Members of Congress regarding events in Ukraine.