Ukraine’s Dual Challenges

By Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Kristina A. Kvien November 20, 2020 In late 2013, Ukrainians gathered on the Maidan to demand their government make good on its promises of Euro-Atlantic integration. Their dignified revolution, founded on the premise that Ukraine’s Western trajectory was a vital national interest, struck a powerful blow against entrenched interests who opposed that …

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Message by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Kristina A. Kvien on Elections

 By Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Kristina A. Kvien October 22, 2020 It’s election season – in both the United States and Ukraine.  Many Americans living overseas – myself included – have already exercised our right and responsibility to vote for our President, members of Congress, and state and local officials. This Sunday, Ukraine will hold …

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We Must All Fight Against Disinformation

By Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Kristina A. Kvien August 12, 2020 As a diplomat for nearly three decades, I’ve long followed national and local news around the world to better understand the societies in which I work.  Real journalism is a vital component of any democracy, serving to educate and inform the public about its leaders and policies.  …

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Opening Comments by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Joseph Pennington on a Panel at the Age of Crimea Forum

February 26, 2020 Thank you very much.  I’m honored to be here this afternoon along with my distinguished panelists.  Thank you to the organizers of this important day to mark the anniversary. Thank you to Emine for leading our discussion. I’m also glad to see so many members of the international community here today, alongside …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Joseph Pennington at “Reforms Forum: On the Road to Vilnius”

February 25, 2020 Good morning, everyone! On behalf of the United States, I would like to join my colleagues in thanking the organizers for putting together today’s important event.  It’s an honor to be able to join you for the forum this morning. The Ukraine Reform Conference was described by our Lithuanian colleague to be …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Kristina Kvien at a Civil-Military Emergency Preparedness Workshop

February 11, 2020 Good morning, everybody.  It’s great to be here, great to see such a big group.  I think we’ve got just about every seat filled, so that’s terrific. The Civil-Military Emergency Preparedness, or CMEP, program is one of many bilateral activities carried out by the United States Government to support Ukraine’s efforts to …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Kristina Kvien at the American Independent Film Festival

February 6, 2020 Good evening, everybody. It’s great to be here at the 10th annual American Independence Film Festival. I’d like to start by thanking the Zhovten Cinema for hosting us this evening.  So, I’d like to start by thanking the Festival’s Director Anna Burdina and the Indie Lab facilitators Ella Shtyka and Dmytro Tyazhlov.  They …

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Remarks by U.S. Officials at an American Chamber of Commerce Meeting

February 6, 2020 Remarks by U.S. Embassy Kyiv Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Kristina Kvien: Thank you, Andy.  Thank you, AmCham, especially all the board members, some of whom I just met tonight, it’s been a real pleasure.  I’ve got to say, you know, I feel when I come to an AmCham event, I’m sort of among …

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Remarks by CDA Kristina Kvien at the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Controls Dialogue

February 4, 2020 Thank you very much and good morning. I’m going to follow the lead of Deputy Prime Minister Kuleba and stay seated. Thank you for inviting me here today. You know my history and my career has been a lot of work on science and technology issues, so these matters I know are …

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Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Kristina Kvien’s Remarks at the Six Million Hearts Ceremony

January 27, 2020 Доброго дня, good afternoon. I am honored to be here today to commemorate the six million lives tragically lost during the Holocaust, a period of unparalleled depravity and inhumanity. I join all of you here today in a shared commitment to remembering the past and preserving the truth. And while today is …

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Remarks by CDA Kristina Kvien at the Maritime Border Guard Equipment Turnover in Odesa

January 24, 2020 Good morning, everybody.  Dobroho dnya.  It’s a real pleasure to be here in the beautiful city of Odesa on such a beautiful day. This is my first trip to Odesa and I’m really impressed.  It’s a beautiful city and this port is amazing. First, I’d like to thank Chairman Deineko and Admiral Kostur. Today we’re …

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Remarks by CDA Kristina Kvien at the Announcement of the Head of the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption

January 15, 2020 Thank you very much.  Mr. Prime Minister, Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, good morning.  It’s an honor to participate at this important milestone that many in this room have worked very hard to achieve. I, too, would like to start, however, by taking a moment to offer my condolences to the people …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor at the Launch of the Office of the Prosecutor General

December 26, 2019 Prosecutor General, thank you very much for the opportunity to be here. It’s a great honor for me and us to be here to see this major reform that you have undertaken. And it’s not just a major reform, it is the major reform; it is the most — the broadest, deepest, widest, most …

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Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor’s Remarks at the State Border Guard Service Selection Ceremony of Command Staff

December 19, 2019 Thank you, Chief. So I’m very, very pleased to be here with you today. I’m very pleased that the United States can help sponsor this competition, the new face of the Border Guard. Chief, you have led the way here.  Congratulations on this kind of an experience. And congratulations to the people …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor at a Reception Commemorating the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

December 10, 2019 Today is International Human Rights Day and we are very happy to welcome you here today. It’s also the last day of 16 days of activism to prevent gender-based violence. Everyone here has their white ribbon on, and this white ribbon is a commitment for all of us. This white ribbon, I’m …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor at the American Chamber of Commerce Annual General Membership Meeting

December 5, 2019 Good evening.  Andy, thank you very much, that was delightful.  I’m honored to be here.  I’m humbled by your introductions, so thank you very much.  I want to reinforce what Andy just said about the embassy team that is here to work with all of you and they are sitting right here.  …

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Remarks by Charge d’ Affaires a.i. William Taylor at the 8th Annual Civil Society Development Forum

December 5, 2019 Dobriy den [Good day]. So, ladies and gentlemen, I am very pleased to be here with you today for this 8th annual assembly of civil society in Ukraine. This is a great opportunity for us and a great opportunity for you. So eight years ago when you started there were, I understand, about …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor at the Second Annual Ukrainian Association of Women in Law Enforcement Conference

December 3, 2019 Duzhe dyakuyu.  Dobryi den.  [Thank you.  Good day.]  So I’m very pleased to represent the United States at this conference dedicated to the women in law enforcement.  We’re very pleased to join our Canadian, United Nations, other colleagues in all the work that the Ministry of Interior is doing in this area. …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor At a Transfer Ceremony of Vehicles to the National Police of Ukraine

December 2, 2019 Chief Klymenko, congratulations, thank you very much for inviting us here.  We are very pleased to be here at this transfer ceremony for these 88 vehicles. This is the latest in a long series of cooperative measures, Chief, that we are working [on] with the police of Ukraine, together with the United …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor at a Concert by the Ukrainian National Presidential Orchestra and USAFE Band Clarinet Quartet

November 26, 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine Dobriy vechir. [Good evening.]  I’m Bill Taylor, I’m very glad to meet you and welcome you here to this great performance that you’re about to hear.  It’s a great, great opportunity to have Ukrainians and Americans teaming up in a musical performance for you. The National Presidential Orchestra here is …

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Statement by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. William Taylor

November 19, 2019 I congratulate President Zelenskyy and his foreign policy team for their recent accomplishments. Successfully bringing sailors and other political prisoners home; disengaging at Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote, and Petrivske; and, most recently, securing the return of the Ukrainian ships that Russia illegally seized are concrete accomplishments on the road to peace, and all …

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Remarks by Charge d’Affaires, a.i. Joseph Pennington at an Island-Class Patrol Boat Transfer Ceremony

  November 13, 2019 Deputy Minister Petrenko, Admiral Voronchenko, members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, ladies and gentlemen: It is my great pleasure to be here today to transfer these two Island-Class Patrol Boats to our Ukrainian partners. The addition of these boats to Ukraine’s naval fleet will expand the Ukrainian Navy’s operational capacity and …

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Op-Ed in Novoye Vremya by CDA Taylor: Ukraine’s Committed Partner

November 10, 2019 Since I returned to Ukraine in June, one thing has been clear everywhere I’ve gone – from Lviv to Mariupol, from universities to military facilities, from government offices to NGOs’ workspaces — Ukraine is brimming with energy and new ideas. New ideas to resolve the conflict in the East while protecting Ukraine’s …

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Comments by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor on a Panel at the Mariupol Investment Forum

October 29, 2019 Question to CDA Taylor: This is your second time in Ukraine now [inaudible]. So, we have heard about what will happen with development of finance, we have heard a lot can be done to revive the region, but it’s not only about finance, it’s also about information. Information to people but also …

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Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. William Taylor’s Remarks at a Ukrainian Leadership Academy Youth Forum Event in Mariupol

October 29, 2019 This is the third time we are seeing each other. So everybody in this room remembers that President Zelenskyy made some early statements about pictures on walls. He said, in an early speech, that there are many offices in the government, where on the wall is a picture of the president. And …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor To Ukrainian Leadership Academy Students At the Kyiv Train Station in Advance of a Trip to Mariupol

October 27, 2019 Dobriy vechir! [Good evening!]  So, I am also going to join you in Mariupol.  I’m very pleased to be here with the two ministers — it’s a great honor to be with them, but it’s a greater honor to be with you. And Roman, thank you for the opportunity to do this.  I want …

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Opening Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. William Taylor at a Public Talk with U.S. Astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper

October 11, 2019 Dobriy vechir!  [Good evening!]  I’m very pleased to be here.  I understand that for those who want it, there is interpretation.  Is that right, everybody can understand what I’m saying?  Everybody’s good, okay.  Welcome to America House.  I am so pleased to be here, with Captain Stefanyshyn-Piper, who was last here – no, …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. William Taylor at a Media Literacy Symposium for Educators

October 7, 2019 Dobriy den [Good afternoon].  So, I’m very pleased to be here with all of you.  I’m particularly pleased to be here with my colleague, [IREX President and CEO] Kristin Lord, with whom I’ve worked for a long time.  And [United Kingdom] Ambassador Simmons, great to have you in this country, Ambassador.  And …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. W. Taylor at the Demo Day of the eō Business Incubators, supported by USAID’s Competitive Economy Program

October 1, 2019 Thank you very much.  It’s great to be here, I’m very pleased to join you here this afternoon. Let me congratulate, first of all, those of you who will be pitching here this afternoon.  I understand there were 188 applications to pitch, and 7 were accepted. So congratulations to those seven. Congratulations …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor at the Ukrainian Leadership Academy New Academic Year Opening Ceremony

September 12, 2019 It’s a great honor for me to be here with you today to congratulate you, students, leaders of Ukraine — in two years, or in five years, or in six months. Ukraine is on the prospect — has the prospect of being great.  It has a wonderful future.  You are the future.  …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor at a Celebration of the 65th Anniversary of RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service

September 10, 2019 CDA Taylor:  I’m very glad to be here with you this evening.  It’s a great honor.  And Daisy [Sindelar of RFE/RL], it’s great to have you here from another part of Europe.  You’re in the heart of Europe now. Daisy Sindelar:  The heart keeps moving! CDA Taylor:  The heart keeps moving, but …

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CDA William B. Taylor Presented a Cultural Preservation Grant to the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

September 4, 2019 On August 31, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. (CDA) William B. Taylor presented a U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant to the President of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA), Dr. Andriy Meleshevych.  The U.S. contribution of $400,000 will help restore the Academy’s Old Academic Building that houses the single-domed “Church …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires William Taylor

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires William Taylor to Undergraduate Students at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) at the Beginning of the New Academic Year  August 31, 2019 Dobre Den. Vitayu vam. [Good day. Hello to you.] I am so pleased to be here with you today. Congratulations to all of the students who are starting …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. William B. Taylor at the Awards Ceremony of the 2019 KORD Challenge International SWAT Competition

August 30, 2019 General, thank you very much for having me here. And thank you all for participating in this competition.  It’s an honor for me to join you at this site of this tough competition.  I’ve heard about the difficult things that you’ve gone through over the last couple of days. Congratulations on going …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. William Taylor at a Media Professionals Event

August 29, 2019 Let me just say a few words of welcome here to everyone who has come to join us this afternoon. I’m very pleased that this group got together. This is an important news day in Kyiv! And you’ve joined us here – several of us, probably several of us – will probably …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor at a Ministry for Veterans Affairs Forum

August 23, 2019 I’m very pleased to be here with you today.  It’s an honor for me to join you, veterans of Ukraine. Today, we are here to honor more than 350,000 Ukrainians who have defended their country – your country, serving in your military – during this historic period.  Ukraine’s veterans represent the best …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. William Taylor at a Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony

August 9, 2019 Доброго дня. I am very pleased to be here. I am very pleased that Vadim will help me to speak with you. So, as I’ve already mentioned to several of the Volunteers, I think that the Peace Corps in Ukraine is one of the best things that Americans do here. I was here as …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor at the Maritime Donor Conference

July 23, 2019 10:00am Thank you, JJ. Mr. Chairman, thank you very much. It’s great to be here. I am pleased and proud that the United States is a friend of Ukraine. Thank you very much for your welcome. And to our colleagues around the table and around the world, and around Europe, it’s great …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor at the ENEMO Short Term Election Observer Briefing

Friday, July 19, 10:00 a.m. As delivered Good morning, I’m very pleased to be here. Some of you may know I was here earlier, I was here back in 2006-2009 and it’s unusual in our system for a person like me to be able to come back to Ukraine, but I am very pleased to …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. William Taylor at a Ukrainian Catholic University Dinner

Saturday, July 13, 2019 I am very pleased to be here at this event, to be able to have this conversation with such a wide range of friends of UCU. Thank you very much for the invitation to speak here tonight.  It’s an honor for me — having been to Lviv and to UCU earlier …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William B. Taylor at Exercise Sea Breeze 2019

Press Conference at Sea Breeze 2019 in Odesa, Ukraine Sunday, July 7, 2019 Dobryi vechir! [Good evening!]  I’ve very pleased to be here.  Like the Admiral [U.S. Vice Admiral Lisa M. Franchetti] said, some of us come back to Ukraine. For 19 years, as the Admiral said, Exercise Sea Breeze has been a key pillar …

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Remarks at Independence Day Reception by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William B. Taylor

Friday, July 5, 2019 As delivered Dobroho Vechora, pani ta panove, druzi.  [Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, friends.] It’s great to be back.  Radyi vas bachyty. [It’s great to see you.]  I am very pleased to be back here, to see Ukraine, as it has been ten years [since] I was [working] here, and I am very pleased to be …

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Press Conference by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. William Taylor

June 25, 2019 at 17:00 U.S. Embassy Kyiv Information Officer Ray Castillo: Welcome everybody to America House. So glad to have you all here. I guess I’m going to reintroduce to you our Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, Ambassador William Taylor. I knew he was very popular, but I’m overwhelmed. So, very excited and without further …

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Welcoming Ambassador William B. Taylor Back to Ukraine as Chargé d’Affaires

U.S. Embassy Kyiv is pleased to welcome Ambassador William B. Taylor back to Ukraine as Chargé d’Affaires a.i.  He will lead our team during this period of historic elections and transition. Ambassador Taylor brings a wealth of diplomatic experience to our team during this important moment in U.S.-Ukraine relations.  He served as U.S. Ambassador to …

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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Pamela Tremont at Peace Corps Swearing In Ceremony

October 25, 2018 Good afternoon. It’s an honor to be here today to swear in the newest crop of Peace Corps Volunteers. I also want to thank our Ukrainian colleagues for joining us. It is clear that their appreciation for the Peace Corps program is high, given that they are attending here today with us. …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Pamela Tremont’s Remarks Awards Ceremony of the 2018 KORD Challenge International SWAT Competition

September 28, 2018 Доброго дня всім!  Pада Вас бачити. Deputy Minister Rudenko, Chief Kniazev, Chief Tsygykal, First Deputy Chief Abroskin, SWAT competitors, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Thank you for inviting me to this ceremony for the 2018 KORD Challenge.  It is a great pleasure to be here! First and foremost, congratulations to all the competitors for …

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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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