Ambassador of Ukraine to U.S. meets with Utah state and church leaders

Apr 12, 2024, 7:00 AM

Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S, Oksana Markarova, speaking with different Utah leaders while visit...

Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S, Oksana Markarova, speaking with different Utah leaders while visiting the Beehive State. (KSL TV)


SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time, Oksana Markarova, Ukrainian Ambassador to the US, paid the Beehive State a visit. It’s a connection that’s been years in the making.

The ambassador will speak at the One Utah Summit on Friday, focusing on the economic opportunities between Utah and Ukraine.

“From the moment I arrived, I actually feel at home,” Markarova said.

Her day started speaking at a women’s leadership conference, then continued with a visit to the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute.

“Be involved in any way possible, because it’s important to American National security,” Markarova told students.

women’s leadership conference

Markarova speaking at the women’s leadership conference. (KSL TV)

From campus to the capitol, Markarova met with Gov. Spencer Cox before heading to Temple Square to meet with the First Presidency for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“I’m pleasantly surprised how supportive people are, how informed people are about the fight in Ukraine, and also how much more we can do together,” she said.

When speaking with KSL, the ambassador expressed hope for Ukraine’s future.

“When we win the war, we are already working on how we will win the peace,” Markarova said. “We can do it together with Utah.”

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