Ukraine's Ruslana among 10 brave women honored by US

US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) recognizes singer Ruslana Lyzhychko of Ukranie as she is awarded with the US Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award 2014 during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington, DC, March 4, 2014Ukrainian pop star Ruslana, who has spent months singing for protestors in Kiev, was Tuesday among 10 women honored for their bravery at a US ceremony. First Lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to the 10 chosen for the 2014 International Women of Courage award, saying the winners should be an inspiration to women around the world. “When we see these women raise their voices, and move their feet and empower others to create change, we need to realize that each of us has that same power, and that same obligation,” Obama said at the State Department ceremony. The event, which Secretary of State John Kerry had to skip to pay a lightning trip to Ukraine amid threats from former Soviet master Russia, comes ahead of International Women’s Day on Saturday.

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