Ukrainian Congresswoman Anastasia Radina is on a mission to advocate for more help from US lawmakers as Russia’s war in Ukraine continues.
Radina visited members of Congress in Washington, DC, describing and showing them the dire situation on the ground.
“We are getting a lot of support and we are also happy to hear this, there is an understanding that action is needed and not just words, but we are calling for this action to happen immediately,” she told CNN’s Dana Bash during her visit. this week alongside other members of the Ukrainian parliament.
“Right now it is Ukraine that is fighting for every square inch of NATO territory. We are now protecting NATO from a war-mad dictator who does not respect any rule of law, any rule of law We are now dying for NATO values, for American values and asking for support for those values in action,” Radina said.
When asked if she was frustrated, Radina replied, “A little. But we’re also very determined to fight until the end because it’s basically our only choice.”
For Radina, the trip to the United States was a difficult decision. She left behind her two-year-old son and elderly father. Radina told CNN she used an app on her phone to monitor air raid warnings while visiting DC. She said the app alerted to a few air raid alarms. “It’s probably one of the most terrifying experiences of my life.”
Radina said: “As a mother, I feel guilty, but I also have a duty to speak on behalf of all Ukrainian mothers…as privileged as I am to spread the word across the world on this what is happening in Ukraine and what kind of support Ukraine needs to stop this.”
During her visit to Congress, Radina carried a binder full of photos of the dire situation in Ukraine, including a particularly devastating image of a mother in Mariupol mourning her 19-month-old child, who died after a bombing.
Radina became emotional as she described the situation. “He was bombed in Mariupol, if I’m not mistaken. They managed to take him to the hospital but the doctors couldn’t do anything,” she explained.
“I can’t look at this photo without crying because what I think of when I look at this photo is my son who is staying in Ukraine at the moment,” Radina said.
Watch the full interview here: