Ukraine Passes Key Hurdle in Implementation of Minsk Peace Agreements

Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson October 11, 2018 The United States congratulates Ukraine’s Parliament and Ukrainian leadership on extending the law on special status for Russia-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine.  Extending this law, which would have expired yesterday, demonstrates Ukraine’s continued commitment to a peaceful resolution of the conflict and implementation of the Minsk agreements. Ukraine’s ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the Official Opening of RFE/RL’s New Kyiv Office

October 10, 2018 Thank you! Hello, everybody! It’s an honor to be here tonight for this house-warming in these brand new studios and the new head-quarters of RFE/RL – Radio Svoboda. Since it was established during the Cold War, Radio Free Europe has played a crucial role in providing uncensored, reliable information. It has given ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Visit to Ternopil, October 10, 2018

Event:  A U.S. consular officer will visit Ternopil to provide routine consular services to U.S. citizens.  The Ternopil visit will be in the morning on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. The consular officer will be able to provide limited citizen services on-site.  These include  notary services  and acceptance of  passport  and  Consular Report of Birth Abroad  applications.  In addition to any required documents listed on our  website , please ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Visit to Odesa, October 4, 2018

Event:  A U.S. consular officer will visit Odesa to provide routine consular services to U.S. citizens.  The Odesa visit will be in the evening on Thursday, October 4, 2018. The consular officer will be able to provide limited citizen services on-site.  These include  notary services  and acceptance of  passport  and  Consular Report of Birth Abroad  applications.  In addition to any required documents listed on ...
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Religious Freedom in Ukraine

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON September 25, 2018 The United States strongly supports religious freedom, including the freedom of members of groups to govern their religion according to their beliefs and practice their faiths freely without government interference.  The United States respects the ability of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine Message for U.S. Citizens Embassies and consulates are not polling places. Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 6th.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2018 U.S. elections should already ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Visit to Lviv on September 26, 2018

The consular officer will be able to provide limited citizen services on-site.  These include  notary services  and acceptance of  passport  and  Consular Report of Birth Abroad  applications. In addition to any required documents listed on our  website , please make sure you have photocopies of all your originals and translations with you. If you need a passport for someone  under the age of 16 , please understand that in almost every ...
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Russia-backed Sham Elections in Ukraine

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 12, 2018 The United States condemns the announcement of a plan to conduct “elections” in the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.” Given the continued control of these territories by the Russian Federation, genuine elections are inconceivable, and grossly contravene Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements. ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the Rapid Trident Opening Ceremony

Monday, September 3, 2018, 09:00 a.m. Yavoriv Дóброго рáнку всім! …and all the distinguished guests, welcome, and thank you for joining Exercise Rapid Trident 2018. As we open Rapid Trident 2018, we remember a long-held truth: each of our nations is stronger together with partners than when we stand alone. Today 2,200 participants from 14 ...
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Remarks of Colonel Tim Cleveland at the Opening of Exercise Rapid Trident 2018

Prepared Remarks of Colonel Tim Cleveland Opening of Exercise Rapid Trident 2018 September 3, 2018 I would like to thank today’s distinguished guests for taking time from their busy schedules to attend the opening kickoff to Rapid Trident 18.  Thank you. Also, I would like to say that we from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment are ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at Police Graduation and Vehicle Donation Ceremony

August 31, 2018 Доброго рaнку всім! Minister Avakov, Chief Kniazev, graduates, and other guests — it is an honor to be here today and congratulate you on the impressive progress you have made on reforms in the law enforcement sector. All of us at the American Embassy are proud to partner with the Ministry of ...
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Statement By Heather Nauert on Russia’s Harassment of International Shipping Transiting the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov

STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON August 30, 2018 Russia’s Harassment of International Shipping Transiting the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov The United States condemns Russia’s harassment of international shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait.  Russia has delayed hundreds of commercial vessels since April and in recent weeks has stopped at least ...
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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo Congratulates Ukrainians with National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC August 24, 2018 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, congratulations to all Ukrainians on your national day. The United States steadfastly supports Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. We pay tribute to those who have fought and sacrificed for freedom in ...
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National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton’s Press Conference at Ukrainian Crisis Media Center (UCMC)

National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton’s Press Conference Ukrainian Crisis Media Center (UCMC) August 24, 2018, 1400 Kyiv Time Ambassador Bolton’s Opening Statement: Well, thank you very much, it’s a great pleasure to be here on Independence Day. We thought it was important that the United States be represented again this year by someone from ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the International Veterans Forum

August 22, 2018 It is an honor for me to speak here today, on behalf of the United States Government and the American people. I would especially like to thank Oksana Havrylyuk and Yaroslav Pavlovsky from the Information Coordination Center Foundation for organizing this important forum. And, Mr. President, it is an honor to share ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (August 22, 2018)

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (August 22, 2018) Location: Kyiv, Ukraine  Event:  Ukrainian Independence Day is Friday, August 24.  There are numerous events planned throughout Kyiv in celebration of this holiday, including a parade on Khreshatyk Street Friday morning. Expect a heavier than normal police presence in the vicinity of these events. Also expect ...
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Russia’s Continued Unlawful Imprisonment of Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleh Sentsov

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 21, 2018 Today marks the 100th day of the hunger strike of Oleh Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker who is arbitrarily detained in a remote Russian prison. The United States is deeply concerned about his deteriorating health, and we renew our demand that Russia immediately release him ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Visit to Dnipro on August 27, 2018

Event:  A U.S. consular officer will visit Dnipro to provide routine consular services to U.S. citizens. The Dnipro visit will be in the evening on Monday, August 27, 2018. The consular officer will be able to provide limited citizen services on-site.  These include  notary services  and acceptance of  passport  and  Consular Report of Birth Abroad  applications. In addition to any required documents listed on ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at TPQ-36 Firefinder Radar Transfer Event

August 17, 2018 Thank you, ladies and gentleman, and everybody who is here today.  It is such a great pleasure to be here today to transfer two more of the Firefinder radar systems and radar support equipment to our partners in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. This brings the total number of TPQ-36 Firefinder radar we ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Visit to Kharkiv on August 16, 2018

Event:  A U.S. consular officer will visit Kharkiv to provide routine consular services to U.S. citizens. The Kharkiv visit will be in the evening on Thursday, August 16, 2018.  The consular officer will be able to provide limited citizen services on-site.  These include  notary services  and acceptance of  passport  and  Consular Report of Birth Abroad  applications. In addition to any required documents listed on our  website ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 7, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today to discuss a range of bilateral issues. Secretary Pompeo reiterated strong U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He emphasized that the ...
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Crimea Declaration: Statement by Secretary Pompeo

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO July 24, 2018 Crimea Declaration Russia, through its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and its attempted annexation of Crimea, sought to undermine a bedrock international principle shared by democratic states:  that no country can change the borders of another by force. ...
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Progress on Ukraine Energy Reforms

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON July 24, 2018 The United States is pleased to note that the Government of Ukraine has welcomed an important announcement made today related to reform of the Ukrainian energy sector.  The supervisory boards of Ukrainian state-owned Naftogaz and Main Gas ...
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DoD to Provide $200 Million in Security Cooperation Funds to Ukraine

July 20, 2018   WASHINGTON The Defense Department announced today that it will provide $200 million to Ukraine in security cooperation funds for additional training, equipment and advisory efforts to build the defensive capacity of Ukraine’s forces. This reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine, and brings the total U.S. security sector ...
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Remarks by President Trump and President Putin of the Russian Federation in Joint Press Conference

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 16, 2018 Presidential Palace Helsinki, Finland 5:10 P.M. EEST PRESIDENT PUTIN:  (As interpreted.)  Distinguished Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen: Negotiations with the President of the United States Donald Trump took place in a frank and businesslike atmosphere.  I think we can call it ...
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G7 Foreign Ministers Statement on MH17

July 15, 2018 The G7 foreign ministers today issued the following statement in advance of the anniversary of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17: “We, the G7 foreign ministers, of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in ...
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Ukraine’s Anti-corruption Court Legislation

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON June 20, 2018 The United States commends Ukraine for adopting a law to establish an independent anti-corruption court.  We were pleased to see this important piece of legislation passed with broad support in the Verkhovna Rada.  With this move, Ukraine ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (June 15, 2018)

Location: Kyiv, Ukraine Event:  The KyivPride March will take place in central Kyiv on Sunday, June 17, 2018. The march is expected to begin at approximately 10:00 a.m. near the Teacher’s House, at the crossroads of Volodymyrska and Khmelnytskoho streets.  The march will end near Lva Tolstoho Square/metro station at approximately 11:30 a.m. Local press ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the “Champion Primary Health Reform Forum”

June 14, 2018 Kyiv Hello everybody! I want to thank you for providing me with an opportunity to share some thoughts with you today. Because from the sidelines, it seems there is so much momentum right now for health care reform. And the reason why is obvious: When asked, Ukrainians consistently list health care reform ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Visit to Odesa on June 13, 2018

Event: A U.S. Consular officer will visit Odesa to provide routine consular services to U.S. citizens in Odesa and the surrounding areas on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The Consular Officer will be able to provide limited citizen services on-site. These include notary services and acceptance of passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad applications. In addition to ...
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The Importance of an Independent Anti-Corruption Court for Ukraine

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 5, 2018 The United States calls on the government of Ukraine to implement deep, comprehensive, and timely reforms that reflect the demands the people of Ukraine made during the Revolution of Dignity: an end to systemic corruption, faster economic growth, and a European future for all ...
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LGBTI Pride Month

Press Statement Mike Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC June 1, 2018 The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals ...
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Release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Remarks Mike Pompeo  Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC May 29, 2018 MS NAUERT: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the State Department. Thank you for coming in so early this morning for the unveiling of the  International Religious Freedom Report . I’d like to first introduce Secretary Pompeo, who will give some brief remarks and an announcement. ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular visit to Lviv on June 7, 2018

Event:  A U.S. consular officer will visit Lviv to provide routine consular services to U.S. citizens in Lviv and the surrounding areas on Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The consular officer will be able to provide limited citizen services on-site.  These include  notary services  and acceptance of  passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad  applications. In addition to any ...
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Calling Russia To Account for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 25, 2018 We strongly support the decisions by the Netherlands and Australia to call Russia to account for its role in the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Flight #17 (MH-17) over eastern Ukraine and the horrific deaths of 298 civilians. It is time for Russia to ...
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The Shoot Down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON May 24, 2018 The United States has complete confidence in the findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) as presented today by the Dutch Public Prosecutor: the missile launcher used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 originated from the ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (May 18, 2018)

Location: Kyiv, Ukraine  Event: The 2018 UEFA Champions League Final will take place in Kyiv’s Olympic Stadium (“NSC Olympiyskiy”) on Saturday, May 26, 2018. The accompanying UEFA Champions Festival is scheduled for May 24 through May 27 in downtown Kyiv. More than 100,000 visitors are expected in Kyiv. Authorities anticipate crowds and congestion around NSC ...
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The Opening of the Kerch Bridge in Crimea

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 15, 2018 The United States condemns Russia’s construction and partial opening of the Kerch Strait Bridge between Russia and occupied Crimea, which was done without the permission of the government of Ukraine. Crimea is part of Ukraine. Russia’s construction of the bridge serves as a reminder ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine

Location: Ukraine, countrywide Event: Tomorrow, May 9, there are numerous events planned throughout Kyiv and in major cities throughout the country in commemoration of Victory Day. Expect a heavier than normal police presence in the vicinity of these events. Also expect to encounter additional street closures, restrictions, and searches of persons and bags near demonstrations. Note that even ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia A. Wess Mitchell’s Press Availability in Kyiv

I am very happy to be in Ukraine. I just had a very productive meeting with President Poroshenko. We discussed Ukraine’s security situation including the situation in the East as well as the political and economic front. I underscored America’s unbending dedication to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and political sovereignty. I underscored America’s unbending dedication to ...
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One-year Anniversary of the Tragic Death of U.S. Citizen Joseph Stone, Paramedic with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 23, 2018 One year ago, Joseph Stone, a U.S. citizen serving as a paramedic with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (SMM), was killed when his vehicle struck a mine in eastern Ukraine, in territory controlled by Russia-led ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Warden Recruitment

Event: Kyiv’s American Citizen Services unit is in the process of updating our network of Wardens to ensure that we are able to communicate as effectively as possible with U.S. citizens in the event of an emergency. We are looking for volunteers to serve as Wardens in various regions of Ukraine. Note: If you had ...
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Acting Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 21, 2018 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on April 21, on the margins of the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Toronto, Canada. The Acting Secretary reaffirmed the United States’ ironclad ...
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Holding Russia Accountable for Chemical Weapons Use in Salisbury, UK

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 18, 2018 Today, the UN Security Council and the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) met to discuss the OPCW’s recent findings related to the March 4 use of a military-grade nerve agent in Salisbury, UK. The OPCW’s independent report, ...
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Shooting of Five Civilian Employees of Donetsk Filtration Station

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 18, 2018 The United States condemns yesterday’s shooting of civilian employees of the Donetsk Filtration Station in Ukraine, which left five individuals wounded. The filtration station has temporarily shut down following the incident. In addition to endangering the lives of innocent civilians, this attack threatened water ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at Handover of Oracle Server to Pension Fund of Ukraine

April 17, 2018 Kyiv Thank you everybody for attending what I think is a very important conference. And I just wanted to say hello to Vice PM Rozenko, to Minister Reva, and to Chairman Zarudnyi, as well as our many other distinguished guests. I am really pleased to be here today to mark the official ...
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“American Music Abroad” Returns to Ukraine

April 13, 2018 The program founded by Department of State in partnership with American Voices presents a wide variety of American muical genres and styles all over the world. In the 2016-2017 alone, AMA bands reached audiences in 42 different countries. AMA builds on the historis legacy of Jazz Ambassadors and Rhytm Road programs that ...
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Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Robert Karem Remarks at Kyiv Security Forum

13 April 2018 Thank you, David for that kind introduction. I want to also thank former Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and the Open Ukraine Foundation for inviting me to speak at this prestigious conference. Over the last decade, the Kyiv Security Forum has provided an invaluable platform for policymakers, international experts, the private sector, and the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the Kyiv Security Forum

April 12, 2018 Thank you, thank you everybody.  And thanks for the invitation to appear at this forum. I think these are important topics to discuss here in Kyiv and around the world. The theme for this summit in Brussels is to demonstrate NATO’s strength, and NATO’s unity, and NATO’s resolve. I think that’s a ...
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Protect Civil Society in Ukraine

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 30, 2018 The United States strongly encourages the government of Ukraine to repeal legislation that requires the asset declarations from civil society and international members of state-owned-enterprise supervisory boards. Ukraine’s asset declaration system should hold public officials accountable and not place unnecessary burdens or pressure on ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Russia’s Expulsion of American Diplomats

The White House March 29, 2018 Russia’s action today to expel American diplomats marks a further deterioration in the United States-Russia relationship. The expulsion of undeclared Russian intelligence officers by the United States and more than two dozen partner nations and NATO allies earlier this week was an appropriate response to the Russian attack on ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular visit to Kharkiv on March 29, 2018

Event: A U.S. Consular officer will visit Kharkiv to provide routine consular services to U.S. citizens in Kharkiv and the surrounding areas on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Consular officer will be able to provide limited citizen services on-site.  These include  notary services  and acceptance of  passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad  applications. In addition to ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Officers

The White House March 26, 2018 Today President Donald J. Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle due to its proximity to one of our submarine bases and Boeing. The United States takes this action in conjunction with our ...
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Holding Russia Accountable for its Destabilizing Behavior

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON March 26, 2018 On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury.  This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted ...
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Announcement for U.S. Citizens

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.  The $10 execution fee increase applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form including: first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. Customers applying with the DS-11 form ...
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Crimea Is Ukraine

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 14, 2018 Four years ago this week, Russia held an illegitimate, fabricated “referendum” in Ukraine in a futile attempt to legitimize its purported annexation of Ukrainian territory. Crimean residents were compelled to vote under scrutiny by heavily armed Russian troops. Russia’s claim that Ukrainians made a ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at the Ministry of Interior Trafficking-in-Persons Round Table

February 27, 2018 President Hotel, Kyiv  To all of my colleagues who are here today – I really thank you all for the chance to be here with you today to take stock of the past year’s efforts to combat Trafficking in Persons. As you know, trafficking is modern-day slavery and it’s a global problem. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the fourth international forum “Occupied Peninsula: Four Years of Resistance”

Kyiv February 26, 2018 Good morning everybody. It’s really an honor to be here at the fourth international forum on the de-occupation of Crimea. I am pleased be here, although, I think like all speaking here today I am sorry that it’s under circumstances. Four years after Russian forces took over the Crimean Rada, forums ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine

Event: A U.S. Consular Officer will visit Kharkiv to provide routine consular services to U.S. citizens in Kharkiv and the surrounding areas on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Consular Officer will be able to provide limited citizen services on-site. These include  notary services  and acceptance of  passport  and  Consular Report of Birth Abroad  applications. In addition to ...
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Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (MFA) Diplomatic Academy

Kyiv, Ukraine February 21, 2018 Good afternoon. It is an honor to be here in Ukraine, in Kyiv, and in particular, to be joined by so many students. It’s great to see you all here today. Thank you to the Deputy Director of the Diplomatic Academy Dr. Natalia Shulga, and to the Deputy Foreign Minister ...
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Fourth Anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 19, 2018 Four years ago, Ukrainians from all walks of life and all regions of the country came together on the Maydan, Kyiv’s central square, to demand their government recognize the choice of the citizens of Ukraine to join Europe. Scores of Ukrainians—the “Heavenly Hundred”—gave their ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (February 16, 2018)

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Kyiv, Ukraine: Maidan Nezalezhnosti Shevchenko Park St. Sophia Square Event: A variety of celebratory events are expected to take place in and around Maidan Nezalezhnosti each day and evening from Sunday, February 18 through Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  These events are scheduled to ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Latvia, and Belgium

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 14, 2018 Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Latvia, and Belgium from February 15-24. The Deputy Secretary will arrive in Munich on February 16 to lead the State Department delegation to the Munich Security Conference. He will participate in ...
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Third Anniversary of the Signing of the Minsk Package of Measures

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON February 13, 2018 Yesterday marked the somber third anniversary of the signing of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements‎. Sadly, Russia continues to disregard its commitments under the Minsk agreements, stoking a hot conflict in Ukraine that has ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at theTransfer Ceremony for Night Vision Devices

February 14, 2018 Kyiv As Delivered Доброго ранку! Шановний генерале Муженко, шановні пані та панове. Це задоволення для мене бути сьогодні тут для передачі двох тисяч п’ятисот приборів нічного бачення нашим партнерам в Збройних Силах України.  З ними загальна кількість  приборів нічного бачення  що ми надали збільшилася майже в два рази. Технологія в цих приборах ...
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Legislation in Poland Regarding Crimes Committed During the Holocaust

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON January 31, 2018 The history of the Holocaust is painful and complex.  We understand that phrases such as “Polish death camps” are inaccurate, misleading, and hurtful. We are concerned, however, that if enacted this draft legislation could undermine free ...
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Alert: Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (January 31, 2018)

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (January 31, 2018) Location: Kyiv, Ukraine Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv advises U.S. citizens of a recent increase in reports of criminals targeting unsuspecting visitors to Ukraine, luring them with promises of cheap lodging and/or companionship. The criminals then forcibly abduct the visitors and proceed to ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 Elections

VOTING IN 2018 U.S. ELECTIONS Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for House and Senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular visit to Kharkiv on January 25th, 2018

Event: A U.S. Consular officer will visit Kharkiv to provide routine consular servicesto U.S. citizens in Kharkiv and the surrounding areas on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.. The Consular Officer will be able to provide limited citizen services on-site.  These include  notary services  and acceptance of  passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad  applications. In addition to any ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information January 4, 2018

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel ...
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Op-Ed by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch: Courage to Move Forward

January 3, 2018 Twenty-six years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the results are in: the new countries that pivoted most decisively from their corrupt legacy have fared the best, while those that maintained the old ways have faltered. Liberal democracies and market economies have consistently delivered the greatest freedoms and the broadest prosperity ...
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Detainee Exchange between Ukraine and Russia-led Forces

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON December 28, 2017 The United States welcomes yesterday’s exchange between the government of Ukraine and Russia-led forces in eastern Ukraine of more than 300 detainees.  This exchange is one step toward implementation of the Minsk agreements. We once again call ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular visit to Kharkiv on December 13, 2017

Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Kharkiv and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine ACS services on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at “Premier Palace” Hotel.  The Officer will be available from 5:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby.  “Premier Palace” ...
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Statement of the G7 Ambassadors on Saakashvili

December 6, 2017 We are aware that Mr. Saakashvili was detained and that protests are ongoing. We are following developments closely. We call on all to fully respect and support the constitutional and legal order of Ukraine, adhere to the rights and responsibilities of peaceful protest, and refrain from attempts at destabilization. We also expect ...
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Committing to the Fight Against Corruption in Ukraine

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON December 4, 2017 Recent events – including the disruption of a high-level corruption investigation, the arrest of officials from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), and the seizure of sensitive NABU files – raise concerns about Ukraine’s commitment ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the Sixth Annual Civil Society Capacity Building Forum

November 16, 2017 It is such a pleasure to be here with all of you and obviously the distinguished guests in our front row. I am sure everybody here is distinguished. I am honored to join you at this Sixth Annual Civil Society Capacity Building Forum and greeting 1,700 civil activists who are participating in ...
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Marking the 84th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Holodomor

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 17, 2017 This month we remember and honor the millions of Ukrainians who were starved to death in the early 1930s as a result of the brutal Soviet-era policies under Stalin. The barbaric seizure of Ukrainian land and crops leading to the Holodomor, or “death by ...
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Statement by the G7 Ambassadors in Support of Electoral Reform in Ukraine

November 15, 2017 We congratulate the Verkhovna Rada for adopting the draft election code #3112-1 in the first reading. We agree that now is the time for electoral reform, allowing at least one year for implementation prior to the 2019 elections. We believe that there is still room for a transparent, inclusive and consultative process before the second ...
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November 14, 2017 U.S. Special Representative Volker and Russian Presidential Representative Surkov met in Belgrade on November 13, 2017. It was their third meeting and was a thorough discussion of the current diplomatic state of play concerning efforts to end the war in the Donbas. It is not surprising that the United States and Russia ...
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Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Uzhgorod and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine American citizen services on Friday, November 17, at the “Letuchiy Gollandets” hotel.  The Officer will be available from 12:00 noon till 01:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby.  “Letuchiy ...
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October 27, 9:30am Thank you very much, and I apologize – can you hear me, do I need the microphone? Ok. I apologize for starting a little late today. (Inaudible) It’s a super important topic – the corporate governance issue is one that I think all of us believe is critically important, and yet it’s ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at German Marshall Fund Trans-Atlantic Dialogue Opening Dinner

October 26, 2017 As delivered Good evening. It’s so great to be here tonight with all of you. A lot of new friends, but also some old friends – I won’t say how old, but people who I’ve known for a long time. It’s great to see you all here tonight. And it’s fabulous to ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at Opening of Naftogaz Oil and Gas Forum

Kyiv October 24, 2017 Hello, everybody. I’d like to welcome everybody and I really want to thank you, Andriy, and Naftogaz for inviting me to speak today because I think all of us understand, or we wouldn’t be in this room, how crucial the oil and gas sector is for Ukraine’s long-term welfare. It’s really ...
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G7 Ambassadors Statement on Healthcare Reform in Ukraine

October 23, 2017 We welcome the adoption in the Rada of the healthcare reform bill and look forward to its swift enactment. This legislation is a significant step forward and is designed to ensure better healthcare provision for all Ukrainians, achieve efficient primary to tertiary health care, and eradicate corruption. This achievement is just the ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular visit to Kovel on October 27, 2017

Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Kovel and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine ACS services on Friday, October 27th, at “Comfort” Hotel.  The Officer will be available from 5:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby.  “Comfort” Hotel is located ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Visit to Kharkiv on October 26, 2017

Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Kharkiv and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine American citizen services on Thursday, October 26th, at the “Premier Palace” hotel.  The Officer will be available from 10:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. in the hotel lobby. “Premier Palace” hotel is located at 2 ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests outside Ukrainian Parliament

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv informs U.S. citizens that on October 17, 2017, a demonstration of approximately 5,000 participants took place outside the building housing the Ukrainian parliament, or Rada. Some demonstrators reportedly clashed with police. Although clashes appear to be over, flare-ups cannot be discounted. The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens review their personal ...
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Important Update: Diversity Visa Program – DV-2019

The new registration period for DV-2019 opens for electronic entries noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular visit to Dnipro on October 18, 2017

Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Dnipro and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine ACS services on Wednesday, October 18th, at “Grand Hotel Ukraine”.  The Officer will be available from 9:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. in the hotel lobby.  “Grand Hotel Ukraine” ...
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Joint Statement on the United States-Ukraine Trade and Investment Council

October 5, 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine – First Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv and Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East L. Daniel Mullaney released the following joint statement October 3 after the seventh meeting of the United States – Ukraine Trade and ...
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Sentencing of Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON October 3, 2017 The United States is deeply troubled by the September 27 conviction and two-year prison sentence for Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov in Russian-occupied Crimea.  He was convicted for his opposition to Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and ...
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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release October 02, 2017 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Our Nation is heartbroken.  We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured in last night’s horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada.  As we grieve, we pray that ...
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Consular Visit to Ternopil on October 6, 2017

Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Ternopil and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine American citizen services on Friday, October 6, at the “Sapsan” hotel.  The officer will be available from 09:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. in the hotel lobby. “Sapsan” hotel is located at 49a Biletska Street ...
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Embassy Statement on the First US-Ukraine Bilateral Cyber Dialogue

September 29, 2017 The United States and Ukraine conducted the first United States-Ukraine Bilateral Cyber Dialogue in Kyiv, Ukraine, on September 29, 2017. As a demonstration of the U.S. commitment to supporting cybersecurity in Ukraine, U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch announced at the dialogue that the United States would provide over $5 million in new cyber ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: NOTICE REGARDING SOCIAL SECURITY SERVICES September 29, 2017

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Ukraine who require Social Security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact the SSA Federal ...
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The Conviction and Sentencing of Mykola Semena

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON September 25, 2017 The United States is deeply troubled by the decision of a court in Russian-occupied Crimea against Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist Mykola Semena, convicting him of separatism charges and handing down a two-and-a-half year suspended sentence and a ...
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Remarks by President Trump and President Poroshenko of Ukraine Before Bilateral Meeting

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 21, 2017 Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s wonderful to have President Poroshenko with us. We spent some time recently in the White House, and I know you’ve made good progress since then ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 19, 2017 United Nations New York, New York 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Visit to Kharkiv on September 26, 2017

Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Kharkiv and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine American citizen services on Tuesday, September 26th, at the “Premier Palace” hotel. The officer will be available from 05:00 p.m. until 06:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby. “Premier ...
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Sentencing of Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 13, 2017 We are deeply troubled by the conviction and 8-year sentence handed down on September 10 in Crimea to the Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Akhtem Chiygoz, in connection with baseless charges related to a demonstration that took place before Russia’s occupation even ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC September 11, 2017 Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own. Their courage on that day remains an example of the character of the American ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Visit to Lviv on September 8, 2017

Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Lviv and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine American citizen services on Friday, September 8 at the Leopolis hotel.  The Officer will be available from 09:00 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. in the hotel lobby. The Leopolis hotel is located at 16 Teatralna ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony between Sea Ports Authority and ACC Member Company Bunge

August 28, 2017 Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine Kyiv Доброго дня! I’m thrilled to be here and I want to thank you, Minister for a warm welcome and for hosting all of us here today. And I want to welcome friends from the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority and as well as of course Bunge. It’s ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Visit to Kharkiv on August 29, 2017

Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Kharkiv and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine American citizen services on Tuesday, August 29th, at the “Premier Palace” hotel.  The officer will be available from 07:00 p.m. until 08:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby. “Premier Palace” hotel is located at 2 ...
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Secretary Mattis Joint Press Conference with Ukrainian President Poroshenko

Press Operations Secretary Mattis Joint Press Conference with Ukrainian President Poroshenko Augгіе 24, 2017 (JOINED IN PROGRESS) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT PETRO POROSHENKO (THROUGH TRANSLATOR):  — you for keeping your promise in our arrangement that we had in Pentagon during my visit to Washington.  You promised me that you would come to Ukraine in celebration of the ...
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Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC August 15, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Morning, all. We are releasing today the  2016 International Religious Freedom Report.  This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 – legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, as well as a ...
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Remarks by Chargé D’Affaires George Kent on the Release of the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Report on Fruit and Vegetables

August 10, 2017 Добре. Дякую вам.  Дякую, Олександре, за те, що ви запросили нас сюди. Я думаю, що у нас є українська група і американська група.  Дві мови і, мабуть, два мессиджі. Я буду трохи говорити українською для наших українців, а потім англійською. I am going to say a couple of things in Ukrainian, but ...
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Photo Contest: “Blue and Yellow everywhere”

Join us now and find your picture on Ukrainian Flag Day Collage! How to participate Take a photo that prominently displays the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag which you can find in everyday life. Upload the photo under your own username on Instagram or Facebook tagging U.S. Embassy (@usembkyiv on Instagram, @usdos.ukraine ...
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Chargé Kent’s Remarks at Centrenergo-XCoal Press Conference

Prepared Remarks by George Kent Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Kyiv July 31, 2017 Good afternoon everyone. I am proud that today we can mark an important step for Ukraine’s energy security. Presidents Poroshenko and Trump in their June 20 White House meeting talked about the possibility of Ukraine buying American coal. Six weeks later, the contract was signed.  I wish to congratulate XCoal and ...
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United States and Ukraine Cooperate to Strengthen Counter Nuclear Smuggling Capabilities

Press Release July 25, 2017 Representatives from the United States and Ukraine met on July 24-25, 2017, in Kyiv, to discuss the legal tools for successful prosecutions of nuclear and other radioactive material smuggling.  The delegations exchanged approaches and best practices for prosecuting such smuggling cases and noted the importance of continued vigilance to ensure ...
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Statement of the G7 Ambassadors on the anniversary of the murder of Pavel Sheremet

July 20, 2017 Today marks the one year anniversary of the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet. On this occasion, G7 Ambassadors stress the importance of continuing the investigation into his death and bringing those responsible to justice. We continue to support media freedom in Ukraine and the important role of independent and free media.
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Marking the Third Anniversary of the Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 17, 2017 Three years ago today 298 innocent civilians were killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. The United States again extends its deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims. The United States will continue to support the efforts of the ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission George Kent’s remarks on the 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations at English Access Microscholarship Summit

July 13, 2017 (as prepared) Hello and welcome to the 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations English Access Microscholarship summit! It’s always a pleasure to meet such energetic young people who are interested in the English language and in America. I hope that you have learned a lot and are making good connections during your summit ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests outside Ukrainian Parliament

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv informs U.S. citizens that on July 13, 2017, a demonstration of more than 1,000 participants took place outside the building housing the Ukrainian parliament, or Rada. Some demonstrators reportedly clashed with police. Although clashes appeared to be over by around midday, flare-ups cannot be discounted. The U.S. Embassy recommends that ...
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Remarks With Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko At a Joint Press Availability

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Kyiv, Ukraine July 9, 2017 PRESIDENT POROSHENKO: (Via interpreter) Dear Mr. Secretary of State, dear members of the delegations, ladies and gentlemen, first of all, I would like to welcome Mr. Rex Tillerson today here in Ukraine. Your arrival, dear Mr. Secretary of State, is a follow-up of those ...
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Secretary of State Tillerson Travel to Hamburg, Kyiv, and Istanbul

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 5, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will accompany President Donald J. Trump on travel to Hamburg, Germany, July 5–9. Secretary Tillerson will then make his first official visit to Kyiv, Ukraine on July 9, where he will meet President Poroshenko and with young reformers ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Visit to Kharkiv on July 10, 2017

Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Kharkiv and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine American citizen services on Monday, July 10th, at the “Premier Palace” hotel.  The Officer will be available from 07:00 p.m. till 08:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby. “Premier Palace” hotel is located at 2 ...
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Ukraine Travel Warning

UKRAINE  June 27, 2017  The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Crimea and the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.  This supersedes the Travel Warning for Ukraine dated December 14, 2016. Russian-led separatists continue to control areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, where violent clashes have resulted in over ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at a Reception Celebrating U.S. Independence Day

July 3, 2017 Good evening, everybody. Tomorrow, Americans will pause to celebrate the Declaration of Independence – the inspiring words that forged our nation. That all people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And that ours is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. That ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the “Ukraine – EU: Integration in a Changing World” Conference

June 29, 2017 Thank you, first of all, to the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine and to Ambassador Mingarelli firstly. I think really interesting observations and it’s a pleasure to be with – to be here with everybody who has, I think, a shared dream of rapprochement with Europe, with the EU, and many of ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the Presentation of the Council of Europe Venice Commission “Rule of Law Checklist”

June 26, 2017 Good morning everybody, Mr. Buquicchio,Mr. Filatov, Mr. Kryvenko, Mr. Ehnberg, it’s such a pleasure to be here with you today, and distinguished guests. I’m really pleased you could come early on a Monday morning to join us here today to present the Rule of Law Checklist. When I was thinking about this ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2017 President Donald J. Trump met today with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine to discuss support for the peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine and President Poroshenko’s reform agenda and anticorruption efforts.  
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular visit to Odesa on June 23, 2017

Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Odesa and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine American citizen services on Friday, June 23, at the “Bristol” hotel.  The Officer will be available from 09:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. in the hotel lobby. The “Bristol” hotel is located at 15 ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Exercise Caution at June 18 Kyiv Pride

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Exercise Caution at June 18 Kyiv Pride March June 16, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv informs U.S. citizens that the KyivPride March, in support of LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex) persons and human rights awareness, will be held on Sunday, June 18. The march is expected to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Exercise Caution and Be Mindful of Crowds, Congestion During Motorcycle Event through June 18

United States Embassy/Kyiv, Ukraine Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Exercise Caution and Be Mindful of Crowds, Congestion During Motorcycle Event through June 18 June 15, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv informs U.S. citizens that there will be a large international gathering of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in Kyiv from June 15 to 18. ...
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Statement from the Embassy of the United States of America to Ukraine

June 8, 2017 We can confirm that there was a security incident involving a small incendiary device shortly after 12 am June 8 at the Embassy compound. There was no damage to Embassy property. No personnel were injured. All Embassy operations are continuing as normal. At this time, we do not consider this incident a ...
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Joint Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

17 May 2017 By the Ambassadors to Ukraine of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America Today, on 17 May, the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, we are proud to reaffirm our commitment to the protection of human rights ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the USAID 25th Anniversary of its partnership with Ukraine

Fairmont Hotel Kyiv, Ukraine May 11, 2017 As delivered It is great to see so many friends and partners out there.  And if Susant hasn’t said that we needed to have a round of applause, I would have said that.  It’s great to be here for such a super occasion. And of course, one of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular visit to Zaporizhzhia on May 19, 2017

Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Zaporizhzhia and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine ACS services on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at the Window on America Center.  The Officer will be available from 2:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. in room 32 (3rd floor).  Window on America ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular visit to Dnipro on May 18, 2017

Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Dnipro and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine ACS services on Thursday, May 18th, at the “Axelhof” boutique hotel.  The Officer will be available from 11:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. in the hotel lobby.  “Axelhof” boutique hotel is located at 14/44 ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Official – Transitory For Immediate Release READOUT May 10, 2017 Secretary Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today in Washington for more than an hour to discuss a range of issues including Ukraine, Syria, and bilateral concerns. The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed the importance ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Eurovision

Good afternoon from the U.S. Embassy: In light of the large numbers of international travelers coming to Kyiv for the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest, we would like to share the below information from the Ukrainian National Police. There will be an expanded and strong police presence throughout the duration of this event:  please cooperate and ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia

Photo by Russian Foreign Ministry/AP THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2017 President Donald J. Trump met today with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia, following on the visit of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Moscow last month. President Trump emphasized the need to work together to ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: European Travel Alert

  The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability ...
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World Press Freedom Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2017 Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the UMPP/IREX Ukraine Conference

April 27, 2017 As delivered Добрий день! Good afternoon and thank you for inviting me to join you today. I want to start with special thanks to Katia Vogt, country director of IREX, for organizing this alumni conference and to the many of you who have traveled from across Ukraine to be here. Since 2002, ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT April 23, 2017 The following is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner,: Secretary Tillerson phoned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today to discuss his recent trip to Moscow and his message to the Russian leadership that, although the United States is interested in improving ...
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Death of Special Monitoring Mission Member in Eastern Ukraine

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 23, 2017 The United States is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of a U.S. citizen serving as a paramedic with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), when his vehicle struck an explosive in separatist controlled territory in ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the Presentation of the Ukrainian Version of Black Earth by T. Snyder

April 20, 2017 America House Добрий вечір. Welcome to America House. America House is a very special house. This is a place where Americans and Ukrainians come together to learn from each other, and to talk about things that are important to all of us, that are important to Americans and important to Ukrainians. Tonight ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular visit to Lviv on April 20, 2017

Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Lviv and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine ACS services on Thursday, April 20th, at the “Swiss” hotel.  The Officer will be available from 06:00 p.m. till 07:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby.  “Swiss” hotel is located at 20 Kniazia Romana ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular visit to Uzhgorod on April 19, 2017

Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Uzhgorod and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine ACS services on Wednesday, April 19th, at the “Old Continent” hotel.  The Officer will be available from 01:00 p.m. till 02:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby.  “Old Continent” hotel is located at 4 ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Press Availability

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Moscow, Russia April 12, 2017 FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: (Via interpreter) Good evening. This has been a long day. We have had talks with State Secretary of the U.S. Rex Tillerson. Right now, we have had a long conversation with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. It has lasted ...
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Secretary Tillerson Statement on Syria

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Lucca, Italy April 11, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning. I’ve got a statement. I want to share it first, and then I’m happy to take a couple of questions. Last week, Bashar al-Assad’s regime killed even more of its own people using chemical weapons. Our missile strike ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Visit to Kharkiv on April 14, 2017

Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Kharkiv and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine ACS services on Friday, April 14th, at the “Premier Palace” hotel.  The Officer will be available from 09:00 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. in the hotel lobby.  “Premier Palace” hotel is located at 2 ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Contracting Measles In Ukraine

U.S. Embassy Kyiv informs U.S. citizens that currently the World Health Organization (WHO) is warning of a measles epidemic in Romania and throughout Europe .  It considers Ukraine to be an “endemic transmission” country for measles, and several cases of measles have been reported near the Ukrainian border.  Ukraine is potentially a fertile environment for measles transmission due to a low rate ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the Conference “Independent Governing Bodies of Public Broadcaster – Key Prerequisite for the Successful Reform”

As Delivered Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv April 7, 2017  10:30 a.m. Question from Moderator:  Why is independent public broadcasting important for Ukraine? Thanks for that question. I think that’s an important question. Because a Public Broadcasting Service is, as basically everyone here has already intimated, it’s important not just for Ukraine, but it’s important for ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release April 6, 2017 Palm Beach, Florida SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Good evening, all.  I particularly want to try to just give you a little bit of background on how we got to the statements by the President and the actions that were taken tonight. As you’re ...
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Statement by President Trump on Syria

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 6, 2017 Mar-a-Lago, Florida 9:40 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children.  ...
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Remarks of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at the 2017 Kyiv Security Forum

Select Panel with former Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer April 6, 2017 Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch: I just wanted to note that over the last twenty-five years, Ukraine and the United States have been steadfast partners, and I think that relationship has been strong and deep across all spheres, including – of course- in the security ...
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Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Chemical Weapons in Syria

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 5, 2017 AS DELIVERED It was interesting to hear of the talk from my Russian colleague about the independent investigations and the importance of them, because this entire Security Council decided on what the Joint ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley on the Chemical Weapons Attacks in Idlib, Syria

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March 20, 2017 Доброго дня всім! Я дуже рада бути тут сьогодні. I want to thank the leadership of the National Police of Ukraine and the Patrol Police Department for their unwavering commitment to police reform in Ukraine. You have much to be proud of. The progress we have made together in standing up the ...
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  March 16, 2017 Hyatt Regency Hotel Hi, everybody! When I agreed to come here and address you all, I didn’t realize that I would be in the very dangerous after-lunch slot. So, I am going to do my best to sort of entertain all of you and keep your attention. I want to thank ...
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Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Dnipro and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine ACS services on Thursday, March 23, at the Axelhof Boutique Hotel.  The Officer will be available from 05:00 p.m. till 06:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby.  Axelhof Boutique Hotel is ...
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Dear Friends and Wardens: We would like to invite interested U.S. citizens in Kharkiv and the surrounding area to meet with a U.S. Consular Officer for routine ACS services on Thursday, March 23, at Premier Palace Hotel.  The Officer will be available from 10:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. in the hotel lobby.  Premier Palace Hotel is located ...
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March 7, 2017 Ukraine’s success in its anti-corruption efforts is critical to delivering results demanded by the people on the Maidan as well as to attracting the foreign direct investment that is needed to support Ukraine’s economy. We commend the increasingly effective efforts of Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office to deliver ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month

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Statement on Attack on SMM Monitors by Russia-led Separatists

We join OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Chief Monitor Ambassador Apakan in his unequivocal condemnation of yesterday’s attack on SMM monitors and theft of SMM UAV by Russia-led separatists. The SMM fulfills a critical role in observing military actions and movements along the line of contact, and its work helps save civilian lives. SMM monitors should ...
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February 21, 2017 Kyiv Доброго дня, Members of Parliament, distinguished guests. Thank you for allowing me to share a few thoughts on how we can partner for agricultural growth and rural development in Ukraine. Despite its challenges, agriculture in Ukraine has found ways to grow and thrive, and agriculture remains a major source of revenue ...
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THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2017 The Vice President met today in Munich with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The Vice President expressed concern about the recent surge in violence in eastern Ukraine, and the leaders agreed on the need for an immediate comprehensive ceasefire. The Vice President ...
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THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release February 18, 2017 The Munich Security Conference Munich, Germany THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Ambassador Ischinger.  Chancellor Merkel, Secretary General, distinguished colleagues, and honored guests, I bring greetings on behalf of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.  In my still new ...
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Statement from the Embassy of the United States of America to Ukraine

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting message 2017

Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. The Federal Voting Assistance ...
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United States and Ukraine Sign Agreement to Share Tax Information

February 8, 2017 Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk signed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) yesterday to implement provisions of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and to promote transparency between the two nations on tax matters. The agreement underscores our continued cooperation and strong bilateral relationship with Ukraine as well as ...
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Readout of President Trump’s call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

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Ongoing Violations by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Kate M. Byrnes to the Permanent Council, Vienna February 2, 2017 Thank you, Mr. Chair. Two weeks ago, Ambassador Apakan warned the Permanent Council that the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was “defined more in its breach than its observance.”  Tragically, his words are proving true.  The OSCE’s Special Monitoring ...
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Statement by Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson, on Ceasefire Violations in Eastern Ukraine

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release January 31, 2017 Statement by Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson Ceasefire Violations in Eastern Ukraine The United States is deeply concerned with the recent spike in violence in eastern Ukraine around Avdiivka-Yasynuvata.  Since January 28, the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission has reported a dramatic increase ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2017 Good afternoon, on this solemn day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to reflect on our shared history and to honor the victims of the Nazi era. Today, the United States joins Ukraine and nations around the world in reflection and the offering of condolences. Ceremonies will take place across the United ...
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25th Anniversary of US-Ukraine Diplomatic Relations

January 23, 2017 On this day, January 23, in 1992, the first U.S. Embassy chancery opened in Kyiv, in a former district Communist Party office, with Jon Gundersen as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim. The first U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Roman Popadiuk, raised the official flag over the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv for the first time ...
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THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2017 Bankova Kyiv, Ukraine THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Mr. President, I may have to call you once every couple weeks just to hear your voice.  (Laughter.)  This has been going on a long time. Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s a great, pleasure to be ...
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THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2017 On January 15-18, 2017, the Vice President will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine and Davos, Switzerland.  In Ukraine the Vice President will participate in bilateral meetings with President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Groysman.  The Vice President’s trip to Ukraine will underscore U.S. support ...
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Statement by the President on Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 29, 2016 Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election. These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the Closing the Year of English in Ukraine Event

December 28, 2016 Дóброго дня! Good afternoon Mr. President, colleagues and honored guests. I’m very happy to be here today with our international and Ukrainian colleagues as we celebrate the conclusion of the Year of English in Ukraine. The promotion of the English language is always a priority for the U.S. Embassy, and this year ...
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United States Widen Sanctions against Russia

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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Interview to Odesa “7th Channel”

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Attack in Berlin, Germany

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 19, 2016 The United States condemns in the strongest terms what appears to have been a terrorist attack on a Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany, which has killed and wounded dozens.  We send our thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones ...
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The Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 19, 2016 The United States condemns the assassination today in Ankara of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, the Russian people, and with the other victims who were injured in this shooting. We stand ready to offer assistance ...
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Statement of the G7 Ambassadors on Nationalization of the Privat Bank

December 19, 2016 We recognize and applaud the leadership of the governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance and the President for their continued efforts to clean up the banking sector and stabilize the economy.  The Government’s decision to nationalize Privatbank is an important and necessary step in ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Calls with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman

The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release December 15, 2016 Vice President Biden spoke separately by phone today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Volodymyr  Groysman. The leaders reiterated their unwavering support for full implementation of the Minsk agreements and underscored the need to reinstitute a full cease-fire and ...
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Panel Discussion “Modern Challenges and Ways of Counteracting Human Trafficking in the Reform Strategy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine”

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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s remarks from the Anti-Corruption Day event at the Cabinet of Ministers

December 9, 2016 Kyiv As prepared Доброго ранку Прем’єр Міністр Гройсман, я рада вас привітати сьогодні на цьому заході. Today we proudly mark the 14th anniversary of International Anti-Corruption Day.  On this day, governments, activists, and ordinary people around the world come together to proclaim that corruption is totally and completely unacceptable. It threatens security. ...
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Joint Statement on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December

December 9, 2016 On International Anti-Corruption Day, the Embassy of Canada, the Embassy of the United States and the EU Delegation to Ukraine congratulate Ukraine on the important achievements it has made in the fight against corruption and encourage it to continue on the path of ambitious reforms. Ukraine now stands at the crossroads between ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Kent at AIDS Day Event

December 1, 2016 Good morning. I am delighted to join you all here beneath the Red Ribbon Memorial on this day dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS. World AIDS Day is a time to commemorate and honor those who have battled, died from, and continue the struggle against HIV/AIDS. Through the collective efforts of civil ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: World AIDS Day 2016

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2016 On World AIDS Day, we commemorate the lives lost and communities devastated by HIV/AIDS. We also celebrate those lives that have been saved and the courageous individuals who have brought hope and healing to those living with and affected by this disease. Thirty-five ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC November 25, 2016 On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the United States reaffirms our belief that gender-based violence is never acceptable, that women and girls have the right to live free from violence, and that countries are stronger when homes, neighborhoods, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: European Travel Alert

Dear Friends and Wardens: The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets.  This Travel Alert expires on February 20, 2017. Credible information indicates the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL ...
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Treasury Sanctions Individuals for Activities Related to Russia’s Occupation of Crimea

November 14, 2016 Action Underscores the U.S.-EU Commitment to Counter Russia’s Actions in Ukraine WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated six individuals who represent Crimea and Sevastopol in the Russian State Duma (Parliament).  Specifically, OFAC designated Dmitry Belik, Andrey Kozenko, Konstantin Bakharev, Svetlana Savchenko, Ruslan Balbek, ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at Citi Strategic Investment Forum

November 9, 2016 Good afternoon (Дóброго дня всім)! It is a great pleasure to join you today (Я дýже рáда бýти тут сьогóдні). Thank you for the introduction and for setting the stage so well. Also, let me briefly thank Citibank Ukraine and Steve Fisher for the hard work that went into organizing this forum. ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at 2016 Election Breakfast

America House, Kyiv November 9, 2016 Доброго ранку!  Good morning.  Welcome to America House. There are a lot of people here today. And we welcome you to this breakfast celebrating the results, we are anticipating the results,  of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. This morning, we continue a tradition that began with George Washington back ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the ODC/EUCOM Humanitarian Assistance Project Completion Ceremony at the Starychi School, Yavoriv

October 27, 2016 Dobrogo dnia usim! Rada vas bachyty. It is truly an honor to be here today, I am thrilled to see the results of the renovation. This project is so much more than just a simple building renovation. For nearly 320 children, this school is a second home. A place where they will ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at Launch Event for the USAID Decentralization Offering Better Results and Efficiency (DOBRE) Program

October 25, 2016 Доброго ранку! Я рада вас привітати сьогодні на цьому заході. Good morning Prime Minister Groysman, Vice-Prime Minister Zubko, and distinguished guests. I am both honored and excited to be with you today for the launch of USAID’s decentralization program. Support for decentralization in Ukraine is truly an international effort. I want to ...
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FACT SHEET: Combating Trafficking in Persons: U.S. Department of State’s Leadership During the Obama Administration

October 24, 2016 Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC The U.S. Department of State leads the United States’ global engagement to combat human trafficking and supports the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts across the U.S. government. Within the State Department, and under the direction of Ambassador Susan Coppedge, the Office to Monitor and Combat ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at the Annual Meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Pe

October 24, 2016 John Kerry Secretary of State The White House Washington, DC Well, thank you, Valerie. Thank you very, very much, and my apologies to all for being a moment late. But let me second what Valerie said with respect to the efforts of everybody. This is our last meeting, as she mentioned, and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the “Women Leading Reform” Network Launch

October 20, 2016 Kyiv-Mohyla Business School Доброго вечора всім!  Я дуже рада бути тут сьогодні. Thank you so much for inviting me to speak at this event. The role of women in government and, indeed, society is one near and dear to my heart. Many of you are already active reformers, and I thank you ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at Kyiv International Economic Forum

October 6, 2016 Good Morning. (добрий ранок) It is a great pleasure to join you today. Thank you Oleksandra and Nicholas for setting the stage so well. Also, let me briefly thank the Organizing Committee, UAID, the K. Fund, and the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs for their hard work that went into organizing ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at USAID/UNICEF Vaccines Press Event

October 5, 2016 Я дуже рада сьогодні бути тут з вами. So I am really pleased to be here with everybody today, with Acting Minister of Health Suprun, Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine Waschuk, and Mayor Klychko, and, of course, Ms. Barberis, the UNICEF Representative to Ukraine. I’m gonna start with a really undiplomatic statement. But ...
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REMARKS: Secretary of State John Kerry On the Transatlantic Relationship

October 4, 2016 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Concert Noble Brussels, Belgium SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, je suis John Kerry.  (Laughter.)  Welcome. Karen, merci, danke schon, dank u wel, and thank you – I’m really delighted to be here in the heart of Europe.  I’m delighted to be in this ...
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Delivers Remarks at Ceremony Commemorating 75th Anniversary of Babyn Yar Massacre in Ukraine

September 29, 2016 KYIV, Ukraine – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered remarks at the official commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Babyn Yar Massacre, following speeches by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and President of the European Council Donald Tusk. Speaking on behalf of President Barack Obama and the U.S. government, Secretary ...
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Statement on the Interim Findings of the Joint Investigation Team’s Criminal Investigation into the Shoot Down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17

September 28, 2016 Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Interim Findings of the Joint Investigation Team’s Criminal Investigation into the Shoot Down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 It has been more than two years since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all ...
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Joint Investigation Team Report on the Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

September 28, 2016 STATEMENT BY JOHN KIRBY, SPOKESPERSON The United States welcomes the interim report of the Joint Investigation Team on the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. The Team’s interim findings corroborate Secretary Kerry’s statement in the days following the tragedy that MH17 was shot down by a BUK surface-to-air missile fired from ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at the Kharkiv Investment Forum

September 23, 2016 Good Morning.  It’s a great pleasure to join such a distinguished group here today in Kharkiv. Thank you Acting Governor Svitlychna for hosting us, and thank you, Regional Council Head Chernov for the hard work that went into organizing this forum. There are several reasons I wanted to come to Kharkiv. First, ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

September 20, 2016 THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Vice President met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The Vice President congratulated President Poroshenko on completing the IMF review, and also informed him that all policy steps have ...
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Illegitimate Russian Duma Elections in Occupied Crimea

September 16, 2016 Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC The United States does not recognize the legitimacy, and will not recognize the outcome, of the Russian Duma elections planned for Russian-occupied Crimea on September 18th. Our position on Crimea is clear: the peninsula remains an integral part ...
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Interview to Ukrains’ka Pravda

September 15, 2016 US Ambassador: Crimea will return to Ukraine, but when? My answer might be unpleasant Interviewed by: Serhiy Sydorenko (editor of Yevropeyska Pravda), Sevhil’ Musayeva-Borovyk (editor-in-chief of Ukrayinska Pravda) “Were there changes in Ukraine sufficient? Probably  there weren’t” – You saw Ukraine as a foreigner, and now you see it from Kyiv. Is there any ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY: September 11

September 11, 2016 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY We mark today fifteen years since the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Four years have passed since the death in Libya of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, ...
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Treasury Sanctions Individuals and Entities for Sanctions Evasion and Activities Related to the Conflict in Ukraine

September 1, 2016 U.S. Treasury Department Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. Will Maintain Sanctions Pressure Until Russia Has Fulfilled All of Its Commitments under the Minsk Agreements WASHINGTON – To maintain the effectiveness of existing sanctions, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated 37 individuals and ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch Visits Mariupol

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 ...
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Statement by the President on the 25th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release August 24, 2016 Twenty-five years ago today, Ukraine declared its independence from the Soviet Union.  On behalf of the American people, I’m proud to join the Ukrainian people in marking this historic anniversary.  As we have been reminded in recent years, Ukraine’s path has ...
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Statement by Secretary John Kerry on the Occasion of Ukraine’s National Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC August 23, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer my warmest congratulations to the people of Ukraine as you observe the 25th anniversary of your independence on August 24. During my most recent visit to Kyiv, I was deeply impressed by ...
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Corker Stresses U.S. Support for Ukraine amid Increasing Russian Provocation

August 15, 2016. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Following a phone call with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stressed continued U.S. support for Ukraine amid reports of increasing Russian military mobilization in Crimea. “This morning, I spoke with Ambassador Pyatt about the ways that Putin ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call With President Poroshenko of Ukraine

The White House Office of the Vice President August 12, 2016 Vice President Biden spoke today with President Poroshenko of Ukraine. The two leaders discussed recent tensions on the Crimean Peninsula, which is occupied by Russian forces in contravention of international law. The Vice President urged President Poroshenko to do his part to avoid escalating ...
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Ambassador Pyatt Thanks Ukraine for Assistance in Recovering WWII-era American Pilot

August 12, 2016. On August 12, 2016, U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt spoke at a ceremony at the National Military History Museum in Kyiv commemorating the repatriation of remains from Ukraine to United States custody.  The U.S. Army Second Lieutenant was shot down near Novi Troyany, Odesa Oblast in June, 1944 during Operation Frantic—a series of shuttle ...
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US Ambassador to Ukraine: “The oligarchs are now less powerful” – Der Standard, Austria

July 31, 2016 Interview by Michaela Kampl [transl. from German] Geoffrey Pyatt sees progress in the fight against corruption, but there is still much to do. Much is better now in Ukraine, at least in Geoffrey Pyatt’s view. Pyatt has been US Ambassador to Ukraine since 2013; he will move to Athens during the summer. He ...
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Telephonic Press Briefing by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt and U.S. Permanent Representative to the OSCE Daniel Baer

July 29, 2016 Brussels Media Hub Moderator:  Thank you so much and greetings to everybody from the U.S. Department of State.  I would like to welcome all of you who have dialed in on this Friday morning from across Europe and I’d like to thank you for joining in today’s discussion. We are pleased this ...
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July 27, 2016. 24 RQ-11B Raven Unmanned Aircraft Systems (comprised of 72 aircraft and associated equipment) arrived at Boryspil International Airport July 27.  The Raven Unmanned Aircraft System is a hand-launched reconnaissance and surveillance tool.  The system transmits live airborne video images and location information to a ground control stations.  This capability can provide day or ...
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July 26, 2016. MODERATOR: I am so pleased to introduce to you Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, who is the best friend of Ukraine and who did a lot to our country and has stood with us through many changes.  I believe that though the Ambassador is leaving soon Ukraine, we will stay in touch and this ...
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July 24, 2016 K1 Pier, Odesa AMBASSADOR PYATT:  Thank you very much, Commander Caldwell.  I want to begin by offering a huge shout out and thank you to the Sailors and Marines who are here in Odesa today as part of our support for the Sea Breeze exercise.  This is one of the most complicated ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt at the Opening Ceremony of Operation Sea Breeze

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Testimony of Ambassador Masha Yovanovitch, Nominee to be Ambassador to Ukraine, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

July 21, 2016 Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, members of this committee. It is a privilege and an honor to appear before you today as President Obama’s nominee to serve as the United States Ambassador to Ukraine. If confirmed, I look forward to working with this Committee and Congress to continue our strong support for ...
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Remarks at the Press Conference “ProZorro System Becomes Compulsory for All Enterprises since August 1: Stage of Preparation & Perspectives”

July 21, 2016 Ukrainian Crisis Media Center Thank you, Max. A democratic, sovereign, prosperous, and united Ukraine remains a top foreign policy priority for the United States. As many have said, and I repeated earlier today at a different event, Ukraine is fighting two wars in its effort to create a new country:  a war ...
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20 July, 2016 Good morning.  Thank you to the Reanimation Package of Reforms for organizing this event, and thank you all for coming. I was going to offer opening comments related directly to the theme of this seminar.  The embassy prepared such comments. But the events of yesterday changed that. You need to talk today ...
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July 20, 2016. U.S. authorities have charged the alleged owner of today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website with criminal copyright infringement and have seized domain names associated with the website. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Fardon of the Northern District of Illinois, Executive Associate ...
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July 19, 2016 Hotel Radisson Introduction Thank you very much, Leonid, and to the Center, for hosting this conference. I know you’ve already had a number of distinguished Ukrainian speakers earlier today looking at the results of the Warsaw Summit thru the lens of Ukrainian interests.  I regret missing their comments.   I will share some ...
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Remarks by Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.S. Mission to the OSCE Kate Byrnes: Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance

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The United States strongly supports NATO’s cooperation with partners as a means to more effectively share burdens and further our common security goals.  This aligns with wider U.S. strategy of driving global cooperation on security challenges through networks of alliances and building local nation partnerships across the globe.  The Partnership for Peace (PfP), established in ...
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Joint declaration by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the Secretary General of the North Atlantic

We believe that the time has come to give new impetus and new substance to the NATO-EU strategic partnership. In consultation with the EU Member States and the NATO Allies, working with, and for the benefit of all, this partnership will take place in the spirit of full mutual openness and in compliance with the decision-making ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President Duda of Poland after Bilateral Meeting

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Remarks by President Obama, President Tusk of the European Council and President Juncker of the European Commission after U.S.-EU Meeting

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good morning, everybody.  Let me begin by thanking Presidents Tusk and Juncker for the opportunity to meet today.  With your understanding, I want to begin with a few words about the situation back in the United States, specifically the situation in Dallas, Texas. My team has been keeping me updated throughout the morning ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S. Contributions to NATO Capabilities

The United States and our 27 allies are strongly committed to NATO’s three core tasks of collective defense, crisis management, and cooperative security.  In pursuit of these tasks, NATO seeks a range of capabilities and other resources from allies.  These capabilities are provided mostly from allied national inventories, but also in the form of military ...
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America’s Alliance with Britain and Europe Will Endure

By President Barack Obama This may be the most important moment for our transatlantic alliance since the end of the cold war. Terrorist attacks inspired or directed by Isis have slaughtered innocents in Nato countries, from Orlando to Paris to Brussels to Istanbul. Conflicts from Africa to Syria to Afghanistan have sent waves of migrants ...
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Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview with Novoe Vremya

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United States Announces Nearly $23 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Ukraine Crisis

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced in Kyiv that the United States is providing nearly $23 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to help thousands of vulnerable people affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. This announcement brings the total of U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the crisis to more than ...
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Secretary Kerry Travel to Tbilisi, Kyiv and Warsaw

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Tbilisi, Georgia on July 6, 2016, to meet with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili for bilateral discussions on a range of issues, including U.S. support for Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations and successful elections in October. The Secretary will then co-chair a plenary meeting of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic ...
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2016 Trafficking In Persons Report Released, Ukraine Rated Tier Two

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report at the State Department in Washington DC  June 30.  As directed by the U.S. Congress, the State Department prepares this report for all countries in the world.  The goal of these reports is to stimulate action and create partnerships around the world ...
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Gastrointestinal Outbreak in Odesa Oblast

The Ukrainian Ministry of Health reported today that at least 635 people have been hospitalized due to an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness in Odesa Oblast, centered in Izmail, in the villages of Broska, and Matroska. The illness is waterborne and water supply systems, reservoirs and pipes are currently being flushed and disinfected. In the meantime, travelers to those areas ...
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Memorandum of Understanding Signed Between FBI and NABU

On June 29, 2016,  Acting Deputy Assistant Director Mathew S. Moon of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Director Artem Sytnyk of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen existing cooperation between the agencies as they pursue anti-corruption initiatives.  The memorandum establishes that the FBI and ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: On the United Kingdom – European Union Referendum

Earlier today, I spoke to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond regarding yesterday’s referendum in the United Kingdom. The citizens of the U.K. have made their decision and we will of course respect it. I want to emphasize that although the U.K. will be leaving the European Union, the British are in no way departing from ...
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Statement by the President on the UK Referendum

The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision.  The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy.  So too is our relationship with the European Union, which has ...
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Readout of Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland’s June 23 Visit to Moscow

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and NSC Senior Directors Celeste Wallander and Charles Kupchan visited Moscow June 23 for consultations with Russian officials on the situation in eastern Ukraine and next steps to implement the Minsk agreements in support of the Normandy countries. The Russian delegation was led by ...
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Readout of Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland’s Visit to Kyiv

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and NSC Senior Directors Charles Kupchan and Celeste Wallander met on June 22 with senior Ukrainian officials, including President Poroshenko, Speaker of Parliament Parubiy, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration for Foreign Policy Yelisieiev, and Foreign Minister Klimkin to discuss Ukraine’s reform agenda and ...
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IRS webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers”

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers” on June 29, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT (9:00-10:00 p.m. EEST). To register and attend this webinar, use  the Foreign Earned Income  for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers or https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/445/15416 webinar link.  Attendees should log in 10 minutes prior to the start time. The session will be ...
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Instagram Video Contest “Wish the U.S. a Happy Independence Day”

Celebrating U.S. Independence Day? Record a video greeting and win tickets to the Annual American Independence Day Picnic 2016 organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine as well as prizes from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and America House Kyiv ! How to Enter Record a video greeting for the U.S. Independence Day. The video must be no longer than 30 seconds. ...
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Testimony of Ambassador Masha Yovanovitch Nominee to be Ambassador to Ukraine Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, members of this committee. It is a privilege and an honor to appear before you today as President Obama’s nominee to serve as the United States Ambassador to Ukraine. If confirmed, I look forward to working with this Committee and Congress to continue our strong support for the Ukrainian people, ...
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Ukraine Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all travel to Crimea and the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, and recommends those U.S. citizens currently living in or visiting these regions to depart. This supersedes the Travel Warning for Ukraine dated December 14, 2015. Russia-backed separatists continue to control areas in the Donetsk ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine since February 2014

During his meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, Vice President Joe Biden announced today in Washington that, pending Congressional notification, the White House plans to commit $220 million in new assistance to Ukraine this year in support of economic, political, and energy reforms.  This assistance package will continue our support for Ukraine’s efforts to strengthen democratic ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman of Ukraine

Vice President Biden met today at the White House with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman to discuss Ukraine’s reform agenda and the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The Vice President expressed strong support for the Prime Minister’s ambitious reform efforts and commended him for the bold reform steps his Cabinet has already taken in its ...
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Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s Meeting with Ukrainian Minister of Defense General Stepan Poltorak

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with Ukrainian Minister of Defense General Stepan Poltorak today on the sidelines of the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels, Belgium. The two leaders discussed Russia’s ongoing aggression in eastern Ukraine and Secretary Carter emphasized that the United States, together with ...
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Testimony Victoria Nuland: Russian Violations of Borders, Treaties, and Human Rights

As prepared Thank you Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, and members of this committee for the opportunity to join you and discuss the challenges posed to international peace and security by Russia today, and the Administration’s policy toward Moscow. As this Committee knows, for more than 20 years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, ...
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Statement by Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew on Ukraine Loan Guarantee Agreement

SEOUL – U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew released a statement following the signing today of a $1 billion loan guarantee agreement for Ukraine in Kyiv: “Today’s signing marks the third $1 billion U.S. loan guarantee agreement for Ukraine and underscores the continued support of the United States for Ukraine’s economic reform agenda. “The third $1 ...
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U.S. Signs Loan Guarantee Agreement For Ukraine

The United States and Ukraine signed today a $1 billion loan guarantee agreement, the third $1 billion loan guarantee provided by the U.S. to Ukraine since May 2014. This guarantee reinforces the United States’ strong commitment to the people of Ukraine by strengthening the Government of Ukraine as it continues to institute reforms that reduce corruption, improve ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Alert – Europe

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation.  The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present ...
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Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry Travels to Canada, Italy, and Ukraine

Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry will travel to Ottawa, Canada, June 1 – 2 to participate in a panel session at the “Dignity Initiative LGBTI Human Rights Globally Conference.” The Conference aims to exchange information and develop common strategies for Canada’s role in advancing the human rights of LGBTI ...
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Presidential Proclamation — LGBT Pride Month, 2016

Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union. This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals who have set their sights on reaching for a brighter tomorrow, has never been easy or smooth. The fight for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is reflected ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

Vice President Biden spoke today with President Poroshenko of Ukraine. The Vice President congratulated President Poroshenko on the release of Ukrainian pilot and Rada member Nadiya Savchenko and called for the release of all Ukrainians unlawfully detained in Russia. The leaders discussed the importance of continuing to institute reforms in the Office of the Prosecutor ...
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Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Release of Nadiya Savchenko

During the 708 days since her abduction in eastern Ukraine, Nadiya Savchenko has endured inhumane imprisonment, countless interrogations, solitary confinement, the deterioration of her health, and farcical Russian legal proceedings. Today, Savchenko’s nightmare has finally ended. While we are overjoyed at the news that Savchenko is reunited with her family, we remember the other Ukrainians, ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: Return of Nadiya Savchenko to Ukraine

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“America Days in Lviv” Instagram Contest

Enter now to win one of three prizes! Do you like American music, movies, arts, culture, and education? Do you like to take pictures and share them on Instagram? Come to America Days in Lviv on May 25-29, 2016, take a snapshot, post it on Instagram with the hashtag #AmDaysUA and the handle @USEmbKyiv, and ...
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United States Announces More Than $28 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Ukraine

Today in Kyiv, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), Nancy Izzo-Jackson and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator Robert Jenkins announced that the United States will provide more than $28 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to help the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people affected by Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine ...
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REMARKS: Secretary of State John Kerry at a Press Availability at NATO Headquarters

SECRETARY KERRY:  Good afternoon, everybody.  I’m personally very pleased to be back in Brussels, which I have come to understand, as many people in the world have, is a city of remarkable strength and resilience.  And I’m very, very grateful to Secretary-General Stoltenberg and my NATO colleagues for the productive discussions that we’ve been able ...
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President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Marie L. Yovanovitch as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

On May 18, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Marie L. Yovanovitch to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. Pending confirmation by the United States Senate, Ambassador Yovanovitch looks forward to building on the work of her predecessors in Kyiv to further strengthen the already close ties between the United States and Ukraine. ...
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Press Availability by Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland

ASSISTANT SECRETARY NULAND: Hello everybody. It’s nice to see you. We are just completing a very constructive round of consultations here in Moscow. Yesterday, we had a very thorough discussion, led on the Russian side by Presidential Administration Senior Advisor Surkov, on the whole complex issues associated with the Minsk Agreements. Today here at the Foreign ...
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America Days in Lviv Instagram Photo Scavenger Hunt

Follow the clues, take pictures, and win cool prizes! If you like doing quests and taking pictures, then this truly American activity is for you! You will have to photograph 10 clues during America Days in Lviv on May 25-28, 2016. Staff from U.S. Embassy Kyiv will award the first three people to finish the ...
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America Days in Lviv

U.S. Embassy Kyiv is proud to sponsor “America Days” in Lviv on May 25-29, 2016: a four-day cultural festival highlighting American films, music, education, art, business and U.S. Embassy programs here in Ukraine. U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt will be in Lviv to take part in the celebrations. As part of America Days, the Embassy is ...
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Commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

On International Day Against Homophoia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, we stand in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons worldwide. We celebrate the progress made to advance a world where all persons are respected and can live free from fear and discrimination. And today we reaffirm our belief all persons are born free ...
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Statement by the President on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

On May 17, Americans and people around the world mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia by reaffirming the dignity and inherent worth of all people, regardless of who they love or their gender identity. Our nation is committed to the principle that all people should be treated fairly and with respect. Advancing this goal has ...
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Assistant Secretary Nuland Travel to Russia and Belgium

On May 17, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland will travel from Vienna, Austria, to Moscow, Russia. She will meet with senior Russian government officials to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine and next steps to implement the Minsk agreements in support of the Normandy countries and the Trilateral Contact Group. She ...
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Joint Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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FACT SHEET: U.S. Commitments at the Global Anti-Corruption Summit

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry reaffirmed the Administration’s commitment to combating corruption at the Anti-Corruption Summit in London this week. Heads of state from more than forty countries, multinational organizations, and civil society leaders joined together to make a clear statement: corruption drives political instability, erodes trust between citizens and government, cripples basic functions of ...
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Statement by President Obama on the Occasion of Orthodox Easter

Michelle and I extend our best wishes to members of the Orthodox Christian community here in America and around the world as they observe Holy Friday and the Feast of the Resurrection. For Orthodox Christians, this is a time to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, to rejoice in the victory of the Resurrection and to be ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Ukraine

Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Assistant Secretary-General Zerihoun, Ambassador Apakan, and Special Representative Sajdik, for your informative briefings. I’d also like to thank the Ukrainian delegation for calling this essential meeting. We recognize, as I think all members of the Council do, the critically important work OSCE teams are carrying out in the field, ...
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Remarks by Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland at a Press Availability

ASSISTANT SECRETARY NULAND:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Apologies for keeping you waiting.  It is terrific to be back in Kyiv on this beautiful spring day, and on the eve of the Orthodox Easter holidays and the May Day holidays, and as the new Ukrainian government begins its work with the Rada under new leadership and a ...
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Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland Discussed Reforms in Ukraine and Support the United States

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman met with Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland , during which the parties discussed the future course of action on reform in Ukraine, the question of their support from the   United States. Volodymyr Groysman informed his interlocutors about the priorities of the new Government. “The real situation is very ...
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United States Announces Additional $10 Million Dollars in Support for the Construction of the Chornobyl Interim Spent Storage Facility

Today at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Nuclear Safety Account Donors Assembly in Kyiv, the United States pledged an additional $10 million dollars in U.S. support to help ensure the safety of the Chornobyl nuclear facility and people living in the surrounding area. The pledge builds on the more than $400 million ...
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Readout of the President’s Meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel

President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi met today for talks at Schloss Herrenhausen in Hannover, Germany.  The conversation covered the most urgent issues on the trans-Atlantic agenda.  The leaders agreed that the implications of irregular migration to Europe posed a ...
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Remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of Europe

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you so much.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Guten tag!  It is wonderful to see all of you, and I want to begin by thanking Chancellor Merkel for being here.  (Applause.)  On behalf of the American people, I want to thank Angela for being a champion of our alliance.  And on behalf of all ...
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Assistant Secretary Nuland Travel to Ukraine

On April 25, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland will travel from Hannover, Germany, to Kyiv, Ukraine, to meet with senior Ukrainian government officials, political party leaders, Rada members, and civil society representatives.  She will discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues, including reform priorities and Minsk implementation.
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The 30th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Disaster

On this 30th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster, our thoughts remain with the victims, from the emergency workers who gave their lives to prevent an even greater disaster, to those living in the area affected by the fallout. The United States marks this anniversary with a pledge of an additional $10 million dollars to help ensure the ...
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Remarks By President Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany in Joint Press Conference

CHANCELLER MERKEL:    (As interpreted.)  Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to bid a very warm welcome to the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, here to Germany on this fifth visit, this time to Hannover.  And let me tell you that I am delighted to have an opportunity not only to continue ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires George Kent at the Ukrainian Infrastructure Forum 2016

MR. KENT:  (In Ukrainian) Good morning, Minister Omelyan, Committee Head Dubnevych, Andy.  I’m very pleased to speak with you today on the modernization of Ukraine’s infrastructure. Allow me to continue in English.  I would like to congratulate you, Minister, on your appointment.  We’ve worked closely with you in the past, and we look to continue to build ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires George Kent at the Ukrainian Infrastructure Forum 2016

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Russia’s Decision to Suspend the Crimean Tatar Mejlis

We call on the Russian Federation to reverse the Ministry of Justice’s recent decision to designate the Crimean Tatar Mejlis as an “extremist” organization and the decision by de facto authorities in Crimea to suspend this democratic institution.  The Mejlis has long been a representative body for the traditionally under-represented and historically oppressed Crimean Tatar ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Germany

As part of his previously announced travel to Hannover, Germany, President Obama will meet with President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom in a meeting hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on April 25.  The President looks forward to discussing with these European ...
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Readout of Secretary Kerry’s Phone Call With Foreign Minister Lavrov

The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary of State John Kerry spoke today via phone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to reiterate our serious concerns over the ongoing threats to the Cessation of Hostilities in Syria and the urgent need for the Assad regime to stop its violations of the cessation. Secretary ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

The Vice President spoke with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko today. The Vice President congratulated the President on the new cabinet and government program of work that were approved by the Rada today. The Vice President stressed that Ukraine must use the renewed political stability to move forward on the reforms required to secure Ukraine’s ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

Vice President Biden spoke today with Ukraine’s newly-elected Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. The Vice President congratulated the Prime Minister on his election, and on the new cabinet and government program of work that were approved by the Rada today. The Vice President stressed that, in order to maintain international support for Ukraine, the new team ...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks on the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

SECRETARY KERRY:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Thanks for being here.  I’m going to make a statement and I have to run from here to an NSC meeting on a number of issues, so forgive me if I dash out of here.  I’m not trying to avoid you, but Tom will take some questions and I think ...
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Ukraine in the Department of State Press Briefing

QUESTION:  So Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has recently resigned and now we know that one of his possible successors, head of the parliament Mr. Groysman, has refused to head the new cabinet.  What are the U.S. expectations from the new government, especially in terms of lasting cooperation in and providing financial support for Kyiv? ...
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Ukraine in the White House Press Brief

Q    And separately, is the White House concerned about the state of events in Ukraine after the Prime Minister stepped down on Sunday — concerned about the pace of reform that otherwise was going on there? MR. EARNEST:  Well, Jeff, the administration has been concerned about the situation in Ukraine for quite some time now. And ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine

Vice President Biden spoke this morning with Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who announced today his intention to resign as Prime Minister next week in expectation that a new government would be confirmed by the Ukrainian Parliament. The Vice President thanked Prime Minister Yatsenyuk for his partnership during a historic time for Ukraine. He ...
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Remarks by the President and Secretary General Stoltenberg of NATO after Bilateral Meeting

THE PRESIDENT:  It’s a great pleasure to welcome back once again my good friend, the Secretary General of NATO, Secretary General Stoltenberg.  We are marking the 67th anniversary of the NATO alliance, and NATO continues to be the lynchpin, the cornerstone of our collective defense and U.S. security policy. We had an excellent meeting that ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

Vice President Biden met today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.‎ President Poroshenko updated the Vice President on coalition negotiations to form a new Ukrainian government that is committed to a reform program, including IMF and EU requirements, and the full implementation of its Minsk commitments. President Poroshenko also noted his commitment to installing a new, credible ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry before Russian Young Professionals Roundtable

SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, look, this is a great pleasure.  I’m really very happy to meet with all of you, because you are the future, and because you’re all engaged in exciting endeavors to try to do new things, break through, be entrepreneurs.  And that’s – I mean, everywhere I go in the world as Secretary ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Travel to Brussels

Secretary Kerry will travel to Brussels, Belgium, on Friday to formally express the condolences of the United States for the loss of life in yesterday’s terrorist attacks, and to meet with Belgian and European Union officials.  He will reiterate the strong support of the United States for Belgian efforts to both investigate these attacks and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Alert – Europe

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.  Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation.  This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016. U.S. citizens ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium

President Obama spoke today by phone with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel to offer his condolences on behalf of the American people following today’s horrific terrorist attacks in Brussels.  The President reaffirmed the steadfast support of the United States for Belgium, and offered any assistance necessary in investigating these attacks and bringing those responsible to ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

Vice President Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.  The Vice President condemned the unjust conviction and sentencing of Ukrainian pilot and member of parliament  Nadiya Savchenko and underlined Russia’s obligation under the Minsk Agreements to release her. The Vice President emphasized the importance of Ukraine quickly reestablishing a stable government and parliamentary coalition ...
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The United States Condemns the Terrorist Attacks in Brussels, Belgium

Today’s abhorrent attacks in Brussels are an assault against the Belgian people and the very heart of Europe.  Our thoughts are with all those in Brussels, including the injured and the loved ones of those who were killed, and with the first responders and security personnel who are working tirelessly to keep Brussels safe. The ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on “Crimea Was, Is, and Will Remain Part of Ukraine”

Thanks to all the colleagues who have come out for this very important event. It has been more than two years since Russia held its sham referendum in Crimea in an attempt to legitimize its occupation of a part of sovereign Ukraine – a sovereign UN Member State. It has been nearly two years since ...
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Statement of the G7 Ambassadors regarding the detention of Nadiya Savchenko

G7 Ambassadors in Ukraine express their serious concerns about the health of Nadiya Savchenko, a member of the Ukrainian Parliament and the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who has been imprisoned in Russia since 2014 and is currently on hunger strike in protest against her detention. G7 Ambassadors call on the Russian authorities to immediately release Nadiya ...
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Second Anniversary of Russia’s Attempted Annexation of Crimea

Today, as Russia’s occupation of Crimea enters its third year, we reaffirm our commitment to a united, sovereign Ukraine.  The United States does not recognize Russia’s “referendum” of March 16, 2014 or its attempted annexation of Crimea, which violates international law. We remain deeply concerned by the situation in Russian-occupied Crimea, where occupation “authorities” suppress ...
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Ukrainian Reforms Two Years After the Maidan Revolution and the Russian Invasion

Testimony by Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs As prepared Thank you Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, members of this committee for the opportunity to join you today and for the personal investment so many of you have made in Ukraine’s democratic, European future. Ukraine still has a long way to go ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to discuss progress on the implementation of the nationwide Cessation of Hostilities between the Syrian regime and its allies on the one hand and the armed opposition on the other.  They discussed President Putin’s announcement today of a partial withdrawal of Russian forces ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry

Joint Press Availability with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, and Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni  FOREIGN MINISTER AYRAULT: (Via interpreter)  (In progress) This is a conflict that next Tuesday will be completing its fifth year of existence.  Now the intra-Syrian negotiations ...
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Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on Russia’s Continued Detention and Trial of Savchenko

Nadiya Savchenko, a former Ukrainian pilot and current member of Ukraine’s parliament, was abducted in eastern Ukraine on June 17, 2014 and taken across the border to Russia, where she remains detained on baseless charges. Today, in spite of a “dry” hunger strike in which she has not had any food or liquid for nearly ...
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Statement by the President on International Women’s Day

Today, on International Women’s Day, we recommit ourselves to achieving a world in which every woman and girl enjoys the full range of rights and freedoms that is her birthright. Women and girls make extraordinary contributions every day across all fields of human endeavor, including in business, education, sports, art, science, agriculture, parenting, and governance.  ...
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Continued Detention of Nadiya Savchenko

I am deeply concerned about the health and welfare of Ukrainian pilot and Rada Deputy Nadiya Savchenko, who since Friday has refused food and water to protest her continued detention by the Russian Federation. In the 20 months since she was captured in eastern Ukraine and taken to Russia, Ms. Savchenko has reportedly endured interrogations, ...
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Message to the Congress signed by President Obama on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Ukraine

Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond ...
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Notice Signed by President Obama on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Ukraine

On March 6, 2014, by Executive Order 13660, I declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of persons that undermine democratic processes ...
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Department of Defense Press Briefing by Gen. Breedlove in the Pentagon Briefing Room

Presenter: General Philip Breedlove, commander, U.S. European Command, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe GENERAL PHILIP BREEDLOVE:  Last time I was here, I explained the security situation in Europe was rapidly evolving and becoming complex.  Even in just these past four months, the situation has grown more serious and more complicated. As I stated in ...
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Boston-Based American Folk Music Trio to Perform in Kyiv and Kharkiv with U.S. Embassy Support

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, an American folk music band based in Boston, Massachusetts, will tour Ukraine March 1-6, with concerts in Kharkiv and Kyiv.  In addition to holding free concerts, the group will also offer workshops, masterclasses, and presentations on folk music.  Admission to all events is free and open to the public.  Please ...
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Presidential Proclamation — Women’s History Month, 2016

Throughout history, women have driven humanity forward on the path to a more equal and just society, contributing in innumerable ways to our character and progress as a people. In the face of discrimination and undue hardship, they have never given up on the promise of America: that with hard work and determination, nothing is ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia at the Kremlin’s request to discuss efforts to establish a nation-wide cessation of hostilities between the Syrian regime and its allies on the one hand and the armed opposition on the other.  President Obama welcomed that an understanding was reached between the United ...
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Statement by State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner in commemoration of the Second Anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity

Today, we join the people of Ukraine in honoring the memory of their Revolution of Dignity and those who gave their lives to build a more just, democratic, and European Ukraine.  They braved sniper fire and three months in the bitter cold, and Ukraine got a second chance for freedom, justice, and a government that ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Commemoration Events February 19-21

U.S. Embassy Kyiv informs U.S. citizens that this weekend, February 19-21, will mark the anniversary of the over 100 people who died during the Revolution of Dignity in February 2014. Organizers have planned a variety of public events to take place in Kyiv from February 19-21. During this period, there may be marches, unexpected street ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Calls with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

Today the Vice President spoke separately with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and President Poroshenko of Ukraine. The Vice President sent his respects to the people of Ukraine and their leaders on this second anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity on the Maidan, adding that he was inspired by the progress the country has made. He stressed ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

The Vice President spoke today to President Poroshenko of Ukraine. The Vice President welcomed the passage by the Rada this week of anti-corruption legislation sought by the IMF and EU, and commended President Poroshenko and the government of Ukraine for the hard work that went into ensuring passage. The Vice President also commended President Poroshenko’s ...
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Ukraine in the State Department Press Brief

QUESTION:  So Ukraine president has called on the resignation of prime minister and also the prosecutor general, who have been criticized of getting in the way of fighting corruption.  First, I would like to get your stand on this development.  Do you think it’s a good move toward reforms? MR TONER:  You’re talking about the ...
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US Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation Donates US EOD (explosive ordnance) equipment to the SESU (State Emergency Service of Ukraine)

On 16 February the US Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation organized a ceremony of handing over the US EOD (explosive ordnance) equipment to the SESU (State Emergency Service of Ukraine) in the main HQ building of the SESU in Kyiv. The ceremony was attended by US Assistance Coordinator, Ms. JoAnne Wagner, US Embassy Office of ...
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Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Obama spoke by phone yesterday with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to discuss the decisions and agreements made at the February 11 meeting of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) and to stress the importance of rapidly implementing humanitarian access to besieged areas of Syria and initiating a nationwide cessation of hostilities. In particular, ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at the 2016 Munich Security Conference

SECRETARY KERRY:  Thank you, Wolfgang.  Thank you very much.  Well, Wolfgang, thank you for reminding me that everything I’m doing now is a last.  (Laughter.)  It’s a little – depending on what I decide to do, so maybe not.  (Laughter.)  I am really happy to be back in Munich and I’m very happy to share ...
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Readout of Secretary Kerry’s Meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Secretary Kerry met today on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The Secretary reaffirmed the strong support of the United States for full implementation of the Minsk agreement. He urged unity among Ukraine’s leaders, and faster progress on reform and against corruption, especially those urgent steps recommended by the ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.  The two leaders agreed on the importance of making progress on the security and political aspects of the Minsk agreements, and expressed serious concern about the worsening security situation in eastern Ukraine.  The leaders also discussed the political situation in Ukraine, agreeing that it ...
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Joint Statement on the Resignation of Minister of Economic Development and Trade Aivaras Abromavicius

The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Ambassadors to Ukraine of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.   Original text as released by Embassy of Sweden is available  here . Begin Text: We are deeply disappointed by the resignation of Minister for Economic Development ...
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FACT SHEET: The FY2017 European Reassurance Initiative Budget Request

The Administration today announced an FY2017 Department of Defense funding request of $3.4 billion for the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI).  This request, which quadruples last year’s ERI funding level, represents a significant augmentation of our efforts to ensure peace and security in Europe.  Over the past two years, the United States has increased military activities ...
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Statement by the President on the FY2017 European Reassurance Initiative Budget Request

Since the start of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine almost two years ago, the United States has taken decisive and sustained steps to assure our allies and bolster NATO’s collective defense capabilities in light of a changing European security environment.  Under the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI), we have increased the U.S. military presence in Europe; conducted ...
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Senior U.S. Assistance Officials from State Department, USAID Travel to Ukraine

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia Thomas O. Melia and U.S. Department of State Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia Alina L. Romanowski will travel to Ukraine on January 25-29. Their trip will include meetings with Ukrainian officials, civil society leaders and the private sector to discuss ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry met today in Zurich with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to discuss Syria, Ukraine, and other issues of mutual concern. The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed plans for the UN-led negotiations between the Syrian parties on January 25 and the importance of maintaining progress toward a diplomatic solution ...
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Assistant Secretary Rose Commemorates Reestablishment of the U.S. Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Link with Ukraine

Today, Assistant Secretary Frank A. Rose participated in a ceremony marking the reestablishment of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers’ (NRRC) government-to-government secure communications link between the United States and Ukraine.  It is a joint recognition—by the United States and Ukraine—that transparency, trust, and the exchange of information are foundational to all democratic societies.  This new ...
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U.S. Delivers $23 Million in Vital Military Communications and Medical Equipment to Ukraine

Last night at Boryspil International Airport, the United States delivered $23 million in vital military communications and medical equipment to Ukraine.  The shipment included $21 million in secure radio equipment to help Ukrainian soldiers communicate effectively without putting themselves in harm’s way, as well as nearly $2 million in battlefield life-saving medical equipment. After clearing ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. President Obama emphasized the importance of working towards a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine through full implementation of the Minsk agreements by all parties. The President underscored that the key next step is for the sides to reach agreement on the ...
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