August 31, 2016. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch visited Mariupol on August 31, her first trip outside Kyiv since she arrived in country on August 22. While in Mariupol, she joined President Poroshenko at the official opening of the USAID-Supported Administrative Services Center, toured the city with the Mariupol Patrol Police, and met with civic activists at the Tu! Cultural Platform. She also met with Governor Zhebrivskiy and Mayor Boychenko, and laid flowers at the monument to the victims of the January 2015 rocket attack on Mariupol.
The Ambassador reaffirmed the continued support of the American people for citizens in Mariupol:
“I admire the resiliency and resolve of the people of Mariupol, and am proud of the contributions the United States have made to reform efforts in this great city.”