On Friday, U.S. Congress gathered for a session to honor the memory of those who deceased fighting the Russian aggression in Ukraine. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, who represents the Republicans, came up with a speech, paying tribute to Amina Okueva, who was murdered in Kyiv region last month.
Ameena Okuyeva, a mother, activist and defender of liberty for Ukraine was slain earlier this month. We must shine a light on her courage. pic.twitter.com/ESBDq7ieWN— Marcy Kaptur (@RepMarcyKaptur) 15 ноября 2017 г.
‘I demand justice for Amina Okuyeva, stating my solidarity with other fighters for freedom in Ukraine. Amina is one of the many victims of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, as well as the Kremlin’s covert attempts to stop these fighters. Amina’s murder showed the world that the democracy’s enemy will stop at nothing to silence those protecting freedom and justice. As the head of the two-chamber group of support of Ukraine in the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress, I would like to stress that our counterparts are committed to holding Russia responsible for the tyranny and ill-willed actions in Ukraine and even here in the U.S,’ she said.
‘The world lost a brave and beautiful soul, but this loss will not be in vain. Her courage symbolizes the supernatural power of the Ukrainian women who have been supporting this country in the face of grave threats. Let Amina’s life and courage become an inspiration for all of us, and let the international community stand with Ukraine, opposing the Russian aggression, fighting for future – the one without government-ordered murders or occupation,’ Kaptur concluded.
As 112 International reported, Ukrainian volunteer Amina Okueva was murdered in Kyiv region on October 30. She and her husband Adam Osmaev were in the car, which stood at the railroad crossing when the attackers opened fire. Osmaev was wounded in the leg, and Okuyeva perished. The police and the state security service went for interception; however, as of 11 p.m. Monday, none of the attackers were found.
Okueva, the Ukrainian of Chechen origin, was born in Odesa. She joined the Euromaidan movement, siding with protesters that toppled the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych. In 2014, she joined Kyiv-2, the Interior Ministry regiment, which fought against pro-Russian mercenaries in Donbas.
The couple of Okueva and Osmaev was assaulted before. On June 1, 2017, a killer pretending to be a journalist for Le Monde tried to murder Adam Osmaev and Amina Okueva. He was inside the car with the couple and opened fire. Then, Adam Osmaev was wounded, but his wife managed to fire at the attacker four times, due to which he was successfully detained. The killer turned out to be related to Ramzan Kadyrov, the incumbent pro-Kremlin president of Chechen Republic.