Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian President Vladimir Putin mourns. It is named after Vladimir Lenin, whose corpse still rots on the Kremlin’s Red Square, 100 years after the October Revolution he led.
Rob Portman – the Order of Yaroslav the Wise
U. S. Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican of Ohio, is a champion for Ukraine. He’s a co-founder of the Senate Ukraine Caucus and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee.
He represents a statewith a significant population of Ukrainian-Americans who are engaged in events in their ancestral homeland.