Legislature Approves Sen. Dodd’s Ukraine Sister-State Measure

Thursday, April 25, 2024

SACRAMENTO – The California Legislature has approved a measure from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to create a sister-state relationship between California and Lviv, Ukraine.

“One of the largest Ukrainian communities in the United States is in California, so it makes sense that we forge an official bond with the Lviv region,” Sen. Dodd said. “We share many mutual values, aspirations and interests including economic cooperation, academic research, cultural exploration and technological innovation. In the face of the brutal war unleashed by Russia, it is especially important to foster this sister-state relationship to promote prosperity, understanding and goodwill within the region.”

“In these challenging times for Ukraine, when it continues to be bravely fighting Russian aggression for almost two years, the sister-state relationship with California holds deep significance,” said Dmytro Kushneruk, Ukrainian consul general in San Francisco. “It’s a heartfelt recognition of our shared commitment to freedom, democracy and resilience. This partnership between Lviv and California is more than diplomatic ties; it’s a symbol of hope and solidarity, a testament to the enduring spirit of our people and the unbreakable bonds that unite us.” 

Senate Concurrent Resolution 96 recognizes this close relationship and invites the people of Lviv to join in the sister-state relationship with California. SCR 96 was approved by the Assembly today after previously being approved by the Senate. Along with today’s voting, a group of Ukrainian government officials were honored by Sen. Dodd on the Senate floor.

Ukrainians began arriving in California in the late 19th century and now make up a population of more than 100,000 -- or one in six Ukrainian immigrants in the United States. The city of Sacramento ranks first in the nation in the share of its population that is from Ukraine.

Lviv is in western Ukraine and is home to various ethnic and religious groups with a rich tradition of education and scholarship, making it an ideal educational exchange partner. It is also a key region for trade and joint initiatives to promote economic and job growth. Since the Russian military offensive, it has received hundreds of thousands of temporarily displaced people from the east of Ukraine, demonstrating an unwavering resilience and strength.

California has made previous ties with Ukraine. It was among the first to recognize 1932-33 Holodomor tragedy which led to the death of millions of Ukrainians at the hands of the Soviets. In 2014, the California Senate approved a resolution of cooperation between the California National Guard and Ukraine. Over the years, this partnership has made humanitarian support a constant aspect of every deployment, including helping with school repairs in the Lviv region.

Photo details: Pictured with Sen. Dodd on the Senate floor today are (L to R): Hon. Rostyslav Tistyk, member of the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine; Mr. Dmytro Kusheruk, consul general of Ukraine in San Francisco; and Mr. Sergii Demydenko, CEO of Rebuild Ukraine Synergy.



Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Yolo, Sonoma, Solano, Sacramento and Contra Costa counties. More information on Senator Bill Dodd can be found at www.senate.ca.gov/dodd