On August 28, the U.S Embassy hosted a reception for the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine’s recently-published book, World We Defend.
Lieutenant General Anatolii Petrenko, Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine for European Integration, Ms. Pam Tremont, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Kyiv, Ukraine, Colonel Viktoria Kushnir, Press Secretary of Minister of Defence of Ukraine, and Mr. Michael P. Kleiman, Ministry of Defence of Ukraine Advisor — Strategic Communications, military media journalists, and embassy personnel attended the event.
Lieutenant General Anatolii Petrenko remarked the first edition War. No Comment focused on the sacrifice and heroism of Ukraine’s soldiers. The World We Defend photo book is about people living on the frontline. Both editions give a general review about events in Donbas.
The Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine also thanked the representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and foreign advisers from NATO nations and partners for their assistance and consultative advisory support.
General Petrenko subsequently presented both books to Ms. Tremont.
In addition, Colonel Viktoria Kushnir, Press Secretary of Minister of Defence of Ukraine, expressed her gratitude to the U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Defence of Ukraine Advisor — Strategic Communications for this ceremony and their assistance.
She also stated, “All the photographs in the book are real and not staged. The authors are both military and civil journalists. Minister of Defence of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak presented the first books to his colleagues during the July 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels.”
Mr. Kleiman mentioned the importance of this reception as the book included the pictures of real events in the east of Ukraine, as well as the people — in and out of uniform — who displayed hospitality, humility, humanity, and heroism.
Ms. Tremont thanked the representatives of the Ministry of Defence and General Staff of the Armed Forces and congratulated again the Ukrainian state on the 27th Anniversary of Independence and the 100th Anniversary of the revival of the Ukrainian statehood.
It is worth mentioning the World We Defend photo book is the second edition of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine project aimed at informing the public about heroism of the Ukrainian soldiers and events in the east of Ukraine.