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LI woman invited to Washington to see Ukrainian president's address to Congress

Iryna Cohen, 46, of Port Washington screams into

Iryna Cohen, 46, of Port Washington screams into a bullhorn across from the Russian consulate on 91st Street in Manhattan on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. More than 300 people marched from the Grand Army Plaza up 5th Avenue to the consulate to demonstrate against Russian involvement in the Ukrainian conflict. Credit: Steven Sunshine

Port Washington resident Iryna Cohen said receiving an invitation to see Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko address a joint session of Congress Thursday was "an honor."

Cohen, 46, who is on the board of the Ukrainian American Youth Association in New York City, has advocated for greater U.S. involvement in the Ukraine conflict and attended the speech as a guest of Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington).

The part of Poroshenko's speech Cohen said she responded to most was when he said, "Ukraine doesn't need anyone to help them build a democracy. They have a democracy. We need help defending the democracy."

"I loved that part of it," she said of the president's speech.

After the speech, Cohen attended a demonstration outside the White House to pressure President Barack Obama to provide weapons to Ukraine.

"We have an obligation to provide the Ukrainian government with additional support, with additional military hardware, and with additional expertise," Israel said in an interview. Russian President Vladimir Putin "needs to know there's a cost to invading another country," he added.

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