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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Remarks Ambassador Yovanovitch at Ukrainian Corporate Governance Academy

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Ambassador Yovanovitch Participates in the Ceremonial Launch of the New Face of the Border Project

March 28, 2017 Ambassador Yovanovitch took part in the ceremonial launch of a new project designed to improve services provided to travelers and prevent corruption at the border crossing points. The New Face of the Border Project is jointly implemented by the State Border Guard Service (SBGS), the INL Office of the U.S. Embassy, and ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the Press-conference Concerning the New Patrol Police Recruitment Campaign

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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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the Dragon Capital 13th Annual Ukraine Investor Conference

  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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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the Opening Session of the VOX Ukraine Conference

Thursday 2 March, 2017 As delivered Good morning and thank you for inviting me to join you today. I’d like to start by thanking the Prime Minister for articulating a really strong pro-reform agenda for Ukraine.  And I’d also like to thank Vox Ukraine and Borys Davydenko – this is a really important conference and ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the Launch Event for the USAID Agriculture and Rural Development Support (ARDS) Project

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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Remarks by Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Conflicts in Europe

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 21, 2017 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Foreign Minister Klimkin, for chairing this important and timely open debate. Thank you also Secretary-General Guterres, Secretary-General Zannier, and Secretary-General Schmidt for your comprehensive briefings. It can be tempting ...
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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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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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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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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Interview to Odesa “7th Channel”

December 19-20, Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch visited Odesa for the first time. During her trip, Ambassador Yovanovitch attended the opening ceremony for the English Access Micro-scholarship program at South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University, met alumni of US exchange programs at Odesa’s Window on America, met up with Acting Governor of Odesa Oblast Ms. Solomia Bobrovska, visited ...
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3rd International Conference “Recovery of Proceeds of Grand Political Corruption in Ukraine: Seizure, Confiscation, Management”

December 15, 2016 Today U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch attended the opening ceremony of 3rd International Conference “Recovery of Proceeds of Grand Political Corruption in Ukraine: Seizure, Confiscation, Management” organized by the Anti-corruption Action Center (ANTAC) jointly with Transparency International in Ukraine in Kyiv on December 15-16. Ambassador underscored the importance of asset recovery 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”

December 15, 2016 Countering trafficking in persons is a U.S. policy priority in Ukraine and around the world. U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch participated in today’s panel discussion “Modern Challenges and Ways of Counteracting Human Trafficking in the Reform Strategy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine” organized by NGO “LEAD Office” in ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Remarks by Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt at the “Open World” Youth Discussion Club

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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Remarks by Ambassador Pyatt at the Reception Aboard USS ROSS

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

July 24, 2016 Odessa, Bristol Hotel AMBASSADOR PYATT:  Dobroho Ranku!  It is a wonderful pleasure for me to back in Odesa for another edition of the Sea Breeze exercise.  I’d like to begin my remarks by offering profound thanks to Admiral O’Connor, all of his colleagues from Sixth Fleet and in particular the Sailors and ...
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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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Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview with Novoe Vremya

Novoe Vremya interview translation The Voice of America July 8, 2016 U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt on What It Is That He Has Difficulty Explaining About Ukrainians in Washington and About Americans in Kyiv During three years in the position of the U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt became a heavyweight of Ukrainian politics.  His announcements were listened ...
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