News | March 28, 2022

Stronger Together

By DIA Public Affairs

On March 9, Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova arrived at DIA Headquarters to meet with DIA Director Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier in a friendly visit to reinforce the bond between Ukraine and the United States and their shared commitment to uphold democracy around the world.

Markarova’s visit underscored a deep-rooted partnership, grounded in mutual support of democracy, freedom from oppression and independence.

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie and DIA Deputy Director Suzanne White joined Berrier and Markarova for an office call. During the meeting, Markarova learned how DIA supports allies and partners in defense, including Ukraine.

Before her departure, Berrier invited Markarova to speak to the DIA workforce over the building’s public address system. After a few introductory remarks by Berrier, he handed the mic over to Markarova.

In an emotional opening, Markarova began her remarks, “I would be honored to call you as the director called you and address you as team. So, hello team, because we feel that we are one team in this together.”

Markarova emphasized Ukraine’s unwavering resolve to not give up and to continue their right for sovereignty and freedom from Russian-inflicted devastation.
“This fight is a righteous fight, and we will not stop, even though it has been very hard,” said Markarova. “We will not stop. We will not get tired, and we will continue to fight for our motherland.”

As Berrier said goodbye to the ambassador, he reinforced words they exchanged earlier in the visit: “We are proud to stand with you and alongside our Ukrainian partners in their pursuit of freedom.”