Update in Ukraine Travel Advisory to Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Ukraine due to COVID-19, indicating a moderate level of COVID-19 in the country. Visit the Embassy’s  COVID-19 page  for more information on COVID-19 in Ukraine.  For the full text of the Travel Advisory, please visit the  country information page . Local Resources:  Ukraine’s official travel information portal Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers COVID-19 website   Ukraine’s Ministry of Health COVID-19 information Ukraine Public Health Center   Additional Actions to Take:  Consult the  CDC website

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Joint Statement of the United States and Germany on Support for Ukraine, European Energy Security, and our Climate Goals

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE July 21, 2021 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Germany. Begin text: The United States and Germany are steadfast in their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence, and chosen …

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Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Visit of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine

July 21, 2021 President Biden looks forward to welcoming President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine to the White House on August 30, 2021. The visit will affirm the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea, our close cooperation on energy security, …

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Counselor Chollet’s Trip to Ukraine

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release    READOUT July 21, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Counselor of the Department Derek Chollet met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Head of Presidential Office Andriy Yermak, and Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhenii Yenin in Kyiv, …

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CDA Kent’s Remarks at Ukrainian Energy Forum

July 14, 2021 Dobroho ranku.  I am honored and pleased to be here in person rather than on a screen by Zoom from Washington. The United States wants Ukraine to succeed as a prosperous, successful country, secure in its internationally recognized borders.  We believe – and I am sure most people here believe – that …

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Press Release for 1st AML and BTRP Mobile Lab DX Training in Ukraine

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency supported a joint training exercise with members from the United States Army’s 1st Area Medical Laboratory and Central Sanitary Epidemiological Department of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. The goal of the training event was to increase Ukraine’s ability to detect disease outbreaks that threaten members of the Armed Forces of …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Kristina Kvien at a July 4 Celebration in Odesa

Odesa, Ukraine July 4, 2021 Ladies and Gentlemen – Good evening! Thank you so much for coming tonight to this very special 4th of July Celebration in Odesa. And a special thanks for coming in the rain.  Despite the weather, I hope we can all enjoy ourselves tonight as we celebrate the 245th anniversary of the United …

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COVID-19 Information

June 17, 2021 COVID-19 Testing For U.S. Entry *** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered …

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On the Importance of Independent Selection Commissions

Statement by the U.S. Embassy and the Delegation of the European Union June 16, 2021 Ukraine and its international partners have had a series of high-level discussions in recent weeks, including with leaders from both of our capitals. One of the key themes of these discussions is the need for reform, specifically the need for continued …

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Defense Department Announces $150 Million in Assistance for Ukraine

June 11, 2021 The Department of Defense announces a new $150 million package for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) that includes training, equipment, and advisory efforts to help Ukraine’s forces preserve the country’s territorial integrity, secure its borders, and improve interoperability with NATO. This $150 million package represents the remaining funds appropriated by Congress …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine

June 10, 2021 Event:  Government of Ukraine implements new entry requirements The government of Ukraine has introduced new entry requirements.  As of June 2, all foreigners traveling to Ukraine (regardless of country of origin) must have: a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test done within 72 hours of entering Ukraine, OR a negative rapid Antigen Test for SARS-CoV-2, OR …

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine

June 7, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine.  The leaders discussed our strategic partnership in support of President Zelenskyy’s plan to tackle corruption and implement a reform agenda, based on our shared democratic values and Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations, that delivers justice, security, and prosperity to the people …

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Opinion: Joe Biden: My trip to Europe is about America rallying the world’s democracies

The following article originally appeared in the Washington Post  Opinion by Joe Biden June 6, 2021 at 1:56 a.m. GMT+3 Joe Biden is President of the United States. On Wednesday, I depart for Europe on the first foreign travel of my presidency. It is a trip stacked with meetings with many of our closest democratic partners — …

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FACT SHEET: Establishing the Fight Against Corruption as a Core U.S. National Security Interest

June 3, 2021 The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to tackling corruption as an economic and national security priority, and has pledged to lead international efforts to bring transparency to the global financial system and close loopholes that undermine democracy.  As the Interim National Security Strategic Guidance states: “We will take special aim at confronting corruption, …

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Media Freedom Coalition Statement on the Arrest of Roman Protasevich

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 29, 2021 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Begin …

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Senators Shaheen, Portman, and Murphy to visit Ukraine, Lithuania, Georgia

May 28, 2021 (Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chair of the Europe and Regional Security Cooperation SFRC Subcommittee, announced that she will lead a bipartisan congressional delegation with U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to Eastern Europe next week to reaffirm …

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Alert: U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports

Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Kyiv (May 25, 2021) Event:  U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States …

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Diversion of Ryanair Flight to Belarus and Arrest of Journalist

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 23, 2021 The United States strongly condemns the forced diversion of a flight between two EU member states and the subsequent removal and arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich in Minsk. We demand his immediate release. This shocking act perpetrated by the Lukashenka regime endangered the lives …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Kristina A. Kvien at the “Ukraine 30” All-Ukrainian Forum on Land Reform

May 24, 2021 Good Morning! Thank you for inviting me to speak at this important event as Ukraine prepares to open its agricultural land market. The adoption of the law to end the prohibition of the sale of agricultural land last year was a momentous step towards embracing market principles by allowing land owners more …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine (May 22, 2021) Location: Mykhailivska Square, Sofiivska Square, Presidential Administration Building Event: On May 22nd, there are plans for two large protests in Kyiv, which coincide with the Trans March (Mykhailivska Square 1pm).  A far-right group is expected to hold a counter march (Sofiivska Square 12pm).  Another far-right demonstration is expected …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at a Joint Press Availability

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE KYIV, UKRAINE MAY 6, 2021 MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Dear representatives of the media, you have your opportunity to put questions to president of Ukraine and State Secretary of the U.S. PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY: (Via interpreter) I would like to apologize …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal Before Their Meeting

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE GOVERNMENT HOUSE, CABINET MINISTERS OF UKRAINE KYIV, UKRAINE MAY 6, 2021 PRIME MINISTER SHMYHAL:  (Via interpreter) Your Excellency Under Secretary, your excellencies ambassadors, dear colleagues, I would like to welcome you, Your Excellency Mr. Blinken, with the first official visit to Ukraine.  I welcome you, …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba Before Their Meeting

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS KYIV, UKRAINE MAY 6, 2021 FOREIGN MINISTER KULEBA:  It’s great to have you here (inaudible).  This is, I think, our fourth contact in a very short period of time, and I’m happy to welcome you here at this quintessential moment.  I also take this …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC Andrea Mitchell Reports

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE HYATT REGENCY HOTEL KYIV, UKRAINE MAY 6, 2021 QUESTION:  Thank you very much, Mr. Secretary. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  It’s great to be with you. QUESTION:  Thank you for being here.  First of all, Vladimir Putin had said he would withdraw; he has not.  U.S. officials say there are 80,000 …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Olena Removska of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE HYATT REGENCY HOTEL KYIV, UKRAINE MAY 6, 2021 QUESTION:  Secretary Blinken, welcome to Ukraine. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thank you. QUESTION:  Thank you for your time.  In April, we witnessed a buildup of Russia troops close to Ukraine’s border and even annexed Crimea.  Russia called it snap checks.  What lessons …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Olena Frolyak of ICTV

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE HYATT REGENCY HOTEL KYIV, UKRAINE MAY 6, 2021 QUESTION:  Mr. Secretary, you arrived in Ukraine after the escalation in Donbas and accumulation of huge number of Russian weapons in our borders.  Russia is actually withdrawing them, but it’s not a reason to calm down.  What the support can …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson READOUT May 6, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kyiv. They discussed U.S.-Ukraine cooperation on shared priorities, including forging an even stronger partnership and enhanced NATO cooperation.  The Secretary …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Shmyhal

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT May 6, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv.  Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Shmyhal discussed the importance of advancing rule of law and economic …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Members of the Ukrainian Rada

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 6, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with leading members of Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, in Kyiv. Secretary Blinken underscored our commitment to democratic principles and institutions as well as the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, …

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G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting and the Secretary’s Travel to Ukraine

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Ned Price, Spokesperson April 30, 2021 The Secretary will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, May 5-6, where he will meet with President Zelenskyy, Prime Minister Shmyhal, Foreign Minister Kuleba, other officials, and representatives of Ukrainian civil society to reaffirm unwavering U.S. support for …

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Easing of Quarantine Restrictions in Kyiv

Location:  Kyiv Event:  Kyiv city government has announced easing of quarantine restrictions in the city starting May 1, 2021.  Easing measures include the following:  All public transportation will resume normal mode of operation (in compliance with the previous established anti-epidemic norms and rules). Reopening of the following businesses and facilities:      Retail stores, shopping …

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American Citizen Services Operations Update

April 23, 2021 Reminder: American Citizen Services Operations and Mail-in Passport Renewals   The U.S. Embassy has resumed limited online scheduling of certain American Citizens Services.  At this time, applicants should schedule appointments for passport renewals, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notary services directly through the  online appointment system .    A reminder that the U.S. Embassy Kyiv now also accepts adult passport renewal applications by mail.  Renewing your passport …

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Update in Ukraine Travel Advisory to Level 4 – Do Not Travel

Event:  Update in Ukraine Travel Advisory to Level 4 – Do Not Travel The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Ukraine due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in country. Visit the Embassy’s  COVID-19 page  for more information on COVID-19 in Ukraine.  For the full text of the Travel Advisory, please visit …

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Russia’s Intention to Restrict Navigation in Parts of the Black Sea

Press Statement Ned Price, Department Spokesperson April 19, 2021 The United States expresses its deep concern over Russia’s plans to block foreign naval ships and state vessels in parts of the Black Sea, including near occupied Crimea and the Kerch Strait. Russia has a history of taking aggressive actions against Ukrainian vessels and impeding access …

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United States Provides $155 Million in Development Support to Ukraine

April 20, 2021 The United States announced today that it will provide $155 million in additional development funding to Ukraine through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In close partnership with Ukraine, USAID will work to improve the lives of the Ukrainian people. The additional resources will be used to address key development challenges …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Kristina A. Kvien at the Change of Command Ceremony at Combat Training Center Yavoriv

April 16, 2021 It is a great pleasure to be here today to take part in this transfer of authority ceremony from Task Force Illini to Task Force Raven. For more than six years, the Joint Multinational Training Group – here in Yavoriv has stood as a symbol of the security partnership between Ukraine, the …

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FACT SHEET: Imposing Costs for Harmful Foreign Activities by the Russian Government

The White House April 15, 2021 The Biden administration has been clear that the United States desires a relationship with Russia that is stable and predictable. We do not think that we need to continue on a negative trajectory. However, we have also been clear—publicly and privately—that we will defend our national interests and impose …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine

Location:  Crimea and eastern parts of Donetsk and Luhansk Event:  The Embassy of the United States of America in Ukraine continues to monitor the situation with Russia in occupied Crimea, and along Ukraine’s borders, where security conditions may change with little or no notice.  The Level Four – Do Not Travel guidance remains in effect for Crimea …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Situation Along Ukraine’s Borders

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 12, 2021  The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union.  Begin Text: We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, …

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Launch of Mail-In Service for Adult Passport Renewals on April 11, 2021

We are pleased to announce that certain U.S. citizens residing in Ukraine will be able to renew their passports by mail beginning April 11.  Detailed instructions on eligibility and use of this mail-in service are available at  https://ua.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/passport-renewal-adults/ . If you have already scheduled an in-person adult passport renewal, please consider canceling that appointment and applying using the …

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U.S. Bombers Conduct Aegean Sea Mission

April 7, 2021 STUTTGART, Germany – As part of U.S. European Command’s continuing efforts to demonstrate the far-reaching capabilities of America’s strategic bomber aircraft, two U.S. B-1 Lancer bombers stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota conducted overflight missions in the Aegean Sea today. This military operation was a part of USEUCOM’s recurring …

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Readout of Acting Under Secretary of Defense Amanda Dory’s Participation in a Multinational Roundtable on Ukraine

April 7, 2021 Today, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Amanda Dory participated in a virtual meeting of NATO colleagues from Canada, Lithuania, Poland, and the United Kingdom, the key contributors to Ukraine security assistance. The meeting was hosted by UK Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace. The leaders reaffirmed their unwavering support …

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A Proclamation on Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust, 2021

April 4, 2021 On Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day — we stand in solidarity with the Jewish people in America, Israel, and around the world to remember and reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust. An estimated six million Jews perished alongside millions of other innocent victims — Roma and Sinti, Slavs, disabled persons, LGBTQ+ individuals, …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine

April 2, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine. President Biden affirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea. He emphasized his administration’s commitment to revitalize our strategic partnership in support of …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine

Location: Ukraine Event: Ukrainian cities implement stricter quarantine Currently, Ukraine is divided into four epidemiological zones (green, yellow, orange, and red) depending on the COVID-19 situation in each region. Each zone triggers a distinct set of quarantine restrictions. Many of the major cities are considered red zone.  Please check with local authorities regarding local quarantine …

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Call With Ukrainian Minister of Defense Andrii Taran

April 1, 2021 Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by phone today with Ukrainian Minister of Defense Andrii Taran to discuss the regional security situation. Secretary Austin reaffirmed unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. He condemned recent escalations of Russian aggressive and provocative actions in eastern Ukraine and …

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Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Milley’s Phone Call with Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Col. Gen. Khomchak

Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Public Affairs March 31, 2021 WASHINGTON–Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Dave Butler provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Col. Gen. Ruslan Khomchak today. The senior leaders discussed the …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Readout March 31, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba today. The Secretary affirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with Head of Presidential Office Andriy Yermak of Ukraine

March 29, 2021 National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone today with Head of Presidential Office Andriy Yermak of Ukraine. Mr. Sullivan affirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, in the face of continuing aggression. He also relayed the Biden Administration’s commitment to revitalize our strategic partnership in …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine

Event:  Government of Ukraine implements new entry requirements In response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the government of Ukraine has introduced new entry requirements. As of March 24, all foreigners traveling to Ukraine (regardless of country of origin) must have: a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test done within 72 hours of entering Ukraine, …

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Nord Stream 2 and Potential Sanctionable Activity

Press Statement Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State March 18, 2021 As the President has said, Nord Stream 2 is a bad deal — for Germany, for Ukraine, and for our Central and Eastern European allies and partners.  The Department is tracking efforts to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and is evaluating information regarding entities that appear to be involved. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine

Location:  Kyiv Event:  Kyiv implements strict quarantine In response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, Kyiv city government has introduced quarantine measures starting March 20 until April 9, 2021, which will include the following restrictions: Closure of cinemas, theaters, museums, and other cultural establishments Closure of shopping malls and stores except for grocery stores, …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Ukraine

March 18, 2021 G7 Foreign Ministers unite in condemnation of Russia’s continued actions to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in our condemnation of …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Kristina A. Kvien at the Kyiv Security Forum

March 10, 2021 Good afternoon everyone. It is an honor and a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak to you all today. As the Biden Administration has affirmed, the United States remains committed to Ukraine as one of our closest partners and friends, and we continue to work together across the full range of …

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Public Designation of Oligarch and Former Ukrainian Public Official Ihor Kolomoyskyy Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Antony J. Blinken March 5, 2021 Today, I am announcing the public designation of oligarch and former Ukrainian public official Ihor Kolomoyskyy due to his involvement in significant corruption.  In his official capacity as a Governor of Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk Oblast from 2014 to 2015, Kolomoyskyy was involved …

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Seven Years of Illegal Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea

Seven Years of Illegal Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna March 4, 2021 Thank you, Mr. Chair. Seven years ago, after protests in Kyiv brought an end to the corrupt Yanukovych regime, Moscow inflicted …

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Imposing Sanctions on Russia for the Poisoning and Imprisonment of Aleksey Navalny

Press Statement Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State  March 2, 2021 The United States joins the European Union in condemning and responding to the Russian Federation’s use of a chemical weapon in the attempted assassination of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny in August 2020 and his subsequent imprisonment in January 2021.  We share the EU’s concerns regarding Russia’s deepening authoritarianism and welcome …

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Defense Department Announces $125M for Ukraine

March 1, 2021 The Department of Defense announces a new $125 million package for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative that includes training, equipment, and advisory efforts to help Ukraine’s forces preserve the country’s territorial integrity, secure its borders, and improve interoperability with NATO. This action reaffirms the U.S. commitment to providing defensive lethal weapons to …

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Statement by President Biden on the Anniversary of Russia’s Illegal Invasion of Ukraine

For Immediate Release February 26, 2021 Seven years ago today, Russia violated international law, the norms by which modern countries engage one another, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbor Ukraine when it invaded Crimea. The United States continues to stand with Ukraine and its allies and partners today, as it has from …

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Crimea is Ukraine

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Antony J. Blinken February 25, 2021 The United States joins Ukraine in marking the seventh anniversary of Russia’s invasion and seizure of Crimea — a brazen affront to the modern international order. We affirm this basic truth: Crimea is Ukraine. Russia’s …

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Institutions, a Foundation of Democracy

The following article originally appeared in NV By Kristina Kvien When people around the world watched the inauguration of the U.S. President on January 20, they witnessed not just a political transition, but one of the oldest democratic traditions in America. It is a celebration and ceremony that Americans turn to every four years for both …

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Call With Ukrainian Minister of Defence Andrii Taran

February 19, 2021 Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by phone today with Ukrainian Minister of Defense Andrii Taran to strengthen the strategic partnership between the United States and Ukraine. Secretary Austin emphasized that the U.S. remains steadfast in its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Kristina A. Kvien on the Occasion of the Launch of a Biography of Former President Ronald Reagan

February 17, 2021 Good afternoon and welcome to the launch of Mark Eliot’s biography of President Ronald Reagan. I would first like to thank Ambassador Nadolenko and his team at the Diplomatic Academy for sponsoring this event. The U.S. Embassy has worked closely with the Diplomatic Academy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ukrainian …

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CDA Kvien’s Remarks at the All-Ukrainian Forum on Coronavirus: Challenges and Response

February 8, 2021 Good morning everybody, it’s a real pleasure to be here with such a distinguish panel to discuss an issue that our new Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the “greatest challenge since World War II.” The COVID-19 pandemic has exacted a terrible toll, that has stretched our economies, and placed extreme stress …

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U.S. Embassy Announces New Assistance to Roll Out First COVID-19 Vaccines in Ukraine

February 8, 2021 Today, U.S. Embassy Kyiv Chargé d’Affaires Kristina Kvien announced the United States would provide new assistance to Ukraine in its effort to receive and distribute the COVID-19 vaccines due to arrive in Ukraine within weeks.  “With the mass vaccine rollout taking place in the immediate future—something that is extremely complex and ambitious—I …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Readout February 1, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba today.  The Secretary emphasized strong bipartisan support for Ukraine and the priority the United States places on Ukraine’s …

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Emotet Botnet Disrupted in International Cyber Operation

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs For Immediate Release Thursday, January 28, 2021 Emotet Malware Infected More than 1.6 Million Victim Computers and Caused Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Damage Worldwide The Justice Department today announced its participation in a multinational operation involving actions in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, …

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Special Envoy Kerry’s Remarks on the Global Climate Crisis

Remarks John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Open Public Session of B20 2021 Inception Meeting January 21, 2021 As prepared Giuseppe – thank you for that generous introduction – and thanks to all of you for inviting me to share some thoughts with you about the challenge ahead on the global climate crisis. Here in Washington, it’s 7:30 in the morning on my first full day as …

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration Remarks

Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Kristina A. Kvien January 27, 2021 I am humbled to join you today as we solemnly remember and honor the six million lives tragically lost during the Nazi era, a period of unparalleled depravity and inhumanity. As we come together to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we express our commitment to remembering …

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Statement by John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary, on New START

January 21, 2021 President Biden’s decision to seek a five-year extension of New START advances the nation’s defense. Russia’s compliance with the treaty has served our national security interests well, and Americans are much safer with New START intact and extended.  We cannot afford to lose New START’s intrusive inspection and notification tools. Failing to …

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Protests in Russia

Press Statement NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON January 23, 2021 The United States strongly condemns the use of harsh tactics against protesters and journalists this weekend in cities throughout Russia. Prior to today’s events, the Russian government sought to suppress the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression by harassing protest organizers, threatening social media platforms, and pre-emptively arresting …

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

January 20, 2021 The United States Capitol 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for …

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Message by Chargé d’Affaires Kristina A. Kvien on the U.S. Presidential Inauguration

January 20, 2021 Welcome to this evening’s discussion hosted by America House and the Ukrainian Public Broadcaster, and thank you for joining us to witness the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States.  Today in Washington, President-elect Joseph Biden will take the oath of office.  Like his predecessors, he will stand before the nation and …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine

January 20, 2021 Location: Ukraine Event: New COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Travel to the United States Effective January 26, 2021, all aircraft passengers two years of age and older, departing from any foreign country to a destination in the United States, must provide: pre-boarding proof of a negative result for SARS-CoV-2 test performed in the past 72 …

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Sanctions on Russian Entity and a Vessel Engaging in the Construction of Nord Stream 2

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo January 19, 2021 Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Russia-based entity KVT-RUS and identifying the vessel FORTUNA as blocked property.  KVT-RUS is being sanctioned pursuant to Section 232 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act …

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Location:  Ukraine Event:  Tickets still available for a UIA flight to Miami on June 8 Tickets are still available on Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) special flight from Kyiv to Miami on June 8.  You can only purchase tickets for the flight on UIA’s website  www.flyuia.com .  This is not a U.S. government-operated or -funded flight. The Embassy is …

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Location: Ukraine – Kyiv and countrywide Event:  A demonstration is planned to begin at 1400 hours on Sunday, May 24, at Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti), located on Khreschatyk Street near the city center.  Social media reports approximately 3000 people are planning to attend with potential for thousands more. The organizer and some of the groups associated with …

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Marking President Zelenskyy’s First Anniversary in Office

May 20, 2020 We congratulate President Zelenskyy and his administration on their first anniversary in office. At the time of President Zelenskyy’s election, the United States warmly welcomed his commitment to implement the reforms necessary to move Ukraine into a new era marked by stability, prosperity, democracy, and further integration into Europe.  We commend the …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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December 7,  2019 The United States reaffirms our unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the lead up to the Normandy Format Summit. The United States is committed to working with our Allies and partners to keep pressure on Russia to live up to its commitments and to begin the process of peacefully restoring …

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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 Deputy Chief of Mission Kristina Kvien At a World AIDS Day Commemoration

November 29, 2019 Good morning, everybody.  I think it’s a testament to your dedication and belief in this cause that you’re all here today despite the rain and a little bit of inclement weather. First, I’d like to thank 100% Life for organizing this event today, and also for their dedication to this cause over …

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U.S. Support for Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson November 27, 2019 The United States reaffirms our unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the lead up to the December 9 Normandy Format Summit among Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia — the first since 2016. The United States is committed to working with our Allies and …

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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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The United States and Ukraine Hold Nonproliferation Dialogue in Kyiv and Chornobyl

November 22, 2019 Office of the Spokesperson The United States and Ukraine held a non-proliferation working group meeting in Kyiv and Chornobyl November 21-22. Interagency experts from both sides met to discuss a range of challenges related to non-proliferation, counterproliferation, and strategic export control and border security.  During the 2-day dialogue, participants also visited Chornobyl …

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Ukraine Holodomor Remembrance

Statement by Morgan Ortagus, State Department Spokesperson November 23, 2019 This November we honor and remember the millions of Ukrainians who perished eighty-six years ago during Holodomor, the catastrophic famine created by the barbaric policies of the Stalin regime. Through the deliberate seizure of Ukrainian land and crops and forced collectivization, the Soviet Union caused …

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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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Thanksgiving Instagram and Facebook Giveaway 2019

Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of each November to give thanks among family and friends. The holiday dates back to 1621, the year after early American colonists, called the Pilgrims, arrived in Massachusetts determined to freely practice their religion. However, it wasn’t until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln made …

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Remarks by Defense Attaché Quinn Wofford At The 3d International Maritime Security Conference

November 14, 2019 Minister Zahorodnyuk, Admiral Voronchenko, Admiral Kabanenko, I want to thank you, first of all, for inviting me to speak this morning.  I also want to thank Deputy Minister Petrenko and Admiral [inaudible] for joining us here for this conference, the third international Maritime Security Conference. I’m proud that the United States has supported this …

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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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Joint Statement On The Ninth Meeting Of The United States – Ukraine Trade And Investment Council

November 1, 2019 Kyiv, Ukraine – Delegations from the United States and Ukraine met today in Kyiv, Ukraine for the ninth meeting of the United States – Ukraine Trade and Investment Council (Council), aimed at increasing bilateral trade and investment.  Assistant United States Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East, L. Daniel Mullaney, led the …

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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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USAID Mission Director Susan Fritz’s Remarks at the Grand Opening of 1991 in Mariupol

October 29, 2019 Thank you, Denis. Good afternoon, everyone.  I’m really pleased to be here for the launch of 1991 in Mariupol. And I’m really pleased that it’s not only USAID supporting this great effort. We had the Prime Minister here earlier, we had — the President came and toured the center earlier, as well. …

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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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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with the Orthodox Church of Ukraine’s Metropolitan Epiphaniy

October 23, 2019 Readout Office Of The Spokesperson The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine, Primate of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Secretary Pompeo congratulated Metropolitan Epiphaniy on his receipt of the Athenagoras Human Rights Award for his defense of all …

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Remarks by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Joseph Pennington at a U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band Concert in Kyiv

October 19, 2019 Good evening, everyone. It’s an incredible pleasure for me to join all of you here tonight for this Music of Freedom concert presented by the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band in collaboration with members of the Kyiv Chamber Orchestra of the National Philharmonic, soloists of the National Presidential Orchestra, and eastern …

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Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Joseph Pennington’s Remarks at the English Access Microscholarship Program 10-Year Anniversary Event

October 18, 2019 Thank you very much, Tim, for that kind introduction. Now, all that means —  I’ve served in all of those places, which means I’m very old. [laughter]  But welcome to all of you, especially to our Access students, teachers, parents.  I’m very pleased to be here this afternoon to celebrate Access’ 10th anniversary in …

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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Kristina Kvien at a Swearing-In Ceremony for Peace Corps Volunteers

October 16, 2019 Hello, good afternoon, everybody.  It is a real pleasure and honor to be here. You know, this is the favorite thing [for] me and my colleagues in the Embassy to do every year, because it’s so fun to see the volunteers, the host families, and all the people that make the Peace …

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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 Deputy Chief of Mission Kristina Kvien at the Ministry of Interior Forum “The Feat Knows No Gender”

October 10, 2019 Good morning everybody. It’s a great pleasure and honor to be here today among so many impressive women and men here in this event. First of all, I’d just like to say I’ve been here in Ukraine for a little over four months, and just in the time I’ve been here, I …

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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Kristina Kvien at a Concert Celebrating 100 Years of Cultural Diplomacy

October 9, 2019 Good evening!  It’s really an honor and a pleasure to be here in this beautiful theater with such a wonderful audience.  Thank you for coming tonight.  First, some thanks. I would like to thank Marta Kolomayets and the entire Fulbright team, including the Fulbright Alumni circle, for such an impressive event tonight …

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The USAFE Band Tour of Ukraine 2019

October 7, 2019 From October 9th to 19th, Ukraine will host performances of the United States Air Forces in Europe Band in collaboration with the National Presidential Orchestra of Ukraine. The USAFE Band Tour of Ukraine 2019 is a series of cultural events that strengthen the diplomatic partnership of the United States of America and …

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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 Deputy Chief of Mission Kristina Kvien at the 2019 Open Data Forum

September 20, 2019 Доброго дня!  Good morning everybody.  I’m afraid I don’t even have as much Ukrainian as the Ambassador from Great Britain, but I hope I can still share my thoughts with you in English. Thank you for the opportunity to join you today.  It’s really wonderful to be here today among so many …

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Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Phone Call With the President of Ukraine

September 18, 2019 The Vice President spoke by phone today with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to follow up on their productive September 1 meeting in Warsaw and discussed President Trump’s upcoming meeting with President Zelenskyy next week at the UN General Assembly in New York.  The Vice President reiterated the United States’ unwavering commitment to …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko

Readout Office of the Spokesperson September 17, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko.  Secretary Pompeo congratulated Foreign Minister Prystayko on his recent appointment and affirmed U.S. support for Ukraine as it advances critical reforms to tackle corruption, strengthen the rule of law, and foster …

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Remarks by Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent

Remarks by Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent at the “Expanding Ukrainian Television Transmission in the NGCAs and Areas Bordering NGCAs” Press Conference September 13, 2019 The United States’ support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity remains ironclad and the United States views support to Ukraine, through military assistance, as an important national interest. That support …

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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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Ukraine-Russia Prisoner Swap

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson U.S. Department of State September 8, 2019 The United States welcomes the news of the release of 35 Ukrainians held by Russia, in exchange for 35 prisoners held by Ukraine.  We have consistently called for the release of the 24 Ukrainian crewmembers detained by Russia following the November 2018 …

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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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Ukraine’s Independence Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State  August 24, 2019 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I congratulate all Ukrainians on the 28th anniversary of your nation’s independence. The United States remains steadfast in its support for a prosperous, democratic, and free Ukraine, secure within its internationally recognized borders including the …

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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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U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty on August 2, 2019

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State August 2, 2019 On February 2, 2019, the United States provided its six-month notice of withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty due to the Russian Federation’s continuing violation of the treaty. The U.S. withdrawal pursuant to Article XV of the treaty takes effect today because …

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Remarks by Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker at a Press Conference in Kyiv

July 27, 2019 Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor: Everybody knows Kurt Volker, Ambassador Volker, I’m going to say very little except that it’s great to have him here, we welcome him every time we can get him into this country. He’s very well-known and so needs no further introduction. Kurt, welcome. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations …

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