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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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks Mike Pompeo  Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC May 29, 2018 MS NAUERT: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the State Department. Thank you for coming in so early this morning for the unveiling of the  International Religious Freedom Report . I’d like to first introduce Secretary Pompeo, who will give some brief remarks and an announcement. ...
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Calling Russia To Account for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17

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

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

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 15, 2018 The United States condemns Russia’s construction and partial opening of the Kerch Strait Bridge between Russia and occupied Crimea, which was done without the permission of the government of Ukraine. Crimea is part of Ukraine. Russia’s construction of the bridge serves as a reminder ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia A. Wess Mitchell’s Press Availability in Kyiv

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The White House March 29, 2018 Russia’s action today to expel American diplomats marks a further deterioration in the United States-Russia relationship. The expulsion of undeclared Russian intelligence officers by the United States and more than two dozen partner nations and NATO allies earlier this week was an appropriate response to the Russian attack on ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Officers

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

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

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

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

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

Kyiv February 26, 2018 Good morning everybody. It’s really an honor to be here at the fourth international forum on the de-occupation of Crimea. I am pleased be here, although, I think like all speaking here today I am sorry that it’s under circumstances. Four years after Russian forces took over the Crimean Rada, forums ...
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Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (MFA) Diplomatic Academy

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

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 19, 2018 Four years ago, Ukrainians from all walks of life and all regions of the country came together on the Maydan, Kyiv’s central square, to demand their government recognize the choice of the citizens of Ukraine to join Europe. Scores of Ukrainians—the “Heavenly Hundred”—gave their ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Latvia, and Belgium

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

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

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

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON January 31, 2018 The history of the Holocaust is painful and complex.  We understand that phrases such as “Polish death camps” are inaccurate, misleading, and hurtful. We are concerned, however, that if enacted this draft legislation could undermine free ...
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Op-Ed by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch: Courage to Move Forward

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

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON December 28, 2017 The United States welcomes yesterday’s exchange between the government of Ukraine and Russia-led forces in eastern Ukraine of more than 300 detainees.  This exchange is one step toward implementation of the Minsk agreements. We once again call ...
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Statement of the G7 Ambassadors on Saakashvili

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

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

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

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

November 15, 2017 We congratulate the Verkhovna Rada for adopting the draft election code #3112-1 in the first reading. We agree that now is the time for electoral reform, allowing at least one year for implementation prior to the 2019 elections. We believe that there is still room for a transparent, inclusive and consultative process before the second ...
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Readout of Meeting between U.S. Special Representative Volker and Russian Presidential Representative Surkov

November 14, 2017 U.S. Special Representative Volker and Russian Presidential Representative Surkov met in Belgrade on November 13, 2017. It was their third meeting and was a thorough discussion of the current diplomatic state of play concerning efforts to end the war in the Donbas. It is not surprising that the United States and Russia ...
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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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G7 Ambassadors Statement on Healthcare Reform in Ukraine

October 23, 2017 We welcome the adoption in the Rada of the healthcare reform bill and look forward to its swift enactment. This legislation is a significant step forward and is designed to ensure better healthcare provision for all Ukrainians, achieve efficient primary to tertiary health care, and eradicate corruption. This achievement is just the ...
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Important Update: Diversity Visa Program – DV-2019

The new registration period for DV-2019 opens for electronic entries noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant ...
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Joint Statement on the United States-Ukraine Trade and Investment Council

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

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

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

September 29, 2017 The United States and Ukraine conducted the first United States-Ukraine Bilateral Cyber Dialogue in Kyiv, Ukraine, on September 29, 2017. As a demonstration of the U.S. commitment to supporting cybersecurity in Ukraine, U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch announced at the dialogue that the United States would provide over $5 million in new cyber ...
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The Conviction and Sentencing of Mykola Semena

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

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

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 19, 2017 United Nations New York, New York 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of ...
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Sentencing of Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis

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

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC September 11, 2017 Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own. Their courage on that day remains an example of the character of the American ...
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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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Secretary Mattis Joint Press Conference with Ukrainian President Poroshenko

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 13, 2017 (as prepared) Hello and welcome to the 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations English Access Microscholarship summit! It’s always a pleasure to meet such energetic young people who are interested in the English language and in America. I hope that you have learned a lot and are making good connections during your summit ...
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Remarks With Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko At a Joint Press Availability

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

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 5, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will accompany President Donald J. Trump on travel to Hamburg, Germany, July 5–9. Secretary Tillerson will then make his first official visit to Kyiv, Ukraine on July 9, where he will meet President Poroshenko and with young reformers ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at a Reception Celebrating U.S. Independence Day

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

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

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

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2017 President Donald J. Trump met today with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine to discuss support for the peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine and President Poroshenko’s reform agenda and anticorruption efforts.  
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Statement from the Embassy of the United States of America to Ukraine

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

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

Fairmont Hotel Kyiv, Ukraine May 11, 2017 As delivered It is great to see so many friends and partners out there.  And if Susant hasn’t said that we needed to have a round of applause, I would have said that.  It’s great to be here for such a super occasion. And of course, one of ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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  March 16, 2017 Hyatt Regency Hotel Hi, everybody! When I agreed to come here and address you all, I didn’t realize that I would be in the very dangerous after-lunch slot. So, I am going to do my best to sort of entertain all of you and keep your attention. I want to thank ...
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March 14, 2017 On March 14, Vice Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv and U.S. Agency for International Development Mission Director Susan K. Fritz signed two amendments to the Development Objective Agreement with Ukraine, which will provide an additional $54 million in assistance across various sectors. The additional assistance will support anti-corruption efforts, agriculture and public procurement reform, ...
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Statement by the United States Embassy and the EU Delegation to Ukraine

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Statement on Attack on SMM Monitors by Russia-led Separatists

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February 21, 2017 Kyiv Доброго дня, Members of Parliament, distinguished guests. Thank you for allowing me to share a few thoughts on how we can partner for agricultural growth and rural development in Ukraine. Despite its challenges, agriculture in Ukraine has found ways to grow and thrive, and agriculture remains a major source of revenue ...
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Statement from the Embassy of the United States of America to Ukraine

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United States and Ukraine Sign Agreement to Share Tax Information

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Ongoing Violations by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

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United States Widen Sanctions against Russia

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

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

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The Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov

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Statement of the G7 Ambassadors on Nationalization of the Privat Bank

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3rd International Conference “Recovery of Proceeds of Grand Political Corruption in Ukraine: Seizure, Confiscation, Management”

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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Calls with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman

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Panel Discussion “Modern Challenges and Ways of Counteracting Human Trafficking in the Reform Strategy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine”

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

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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Kent at AIDS Day Event

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

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Treasury Sanctions Individuals for Activities Related to Russia’s Occupation of Crimea

November 14, 2016 Action Underscores the U.S.-EU Commitment to Counter Russia’s Actions in Ukraine WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated six individuals who represent Crimea and Sevastopol in the Russian State Duma (Parliament).  Specifically, OFAC designated Dmitry Belik, Andrey Kozenko, Konstantin Bakharev, Svetlana Savchenko, Ruslan Balbek, ...
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November 9, 2016 Good afternoon (Дóброго дня всім)! It is a great pleasure to join you today (Я дýже рáда бýти тут сьогóдні). Thank you for the introduction and for setting the stage so well. Also, let me briefly thank Citibank Ukraine and Steve Fisher for the hard work that went into organizing this forum. ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at 2016 Election Breakfast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 16, 2016 Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC The United States does not recognize the legitimacy, and will not recognize the outcome, of the Russian Duma elections planned for Russian-occupied Crimea on September 18th. Our position on Crimea is clear: the peninsula remains an integral part ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY: September 11

September 11, 2016 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY We mark today fifteen years since the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Four years have passed since the death in Libya of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch Visits Mariupol

August 31, 2016. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch visited Mariupol on August 31, her first trip outside Kyiv since she arrived in country on August 22.‎ While in Mariupol, she joined President Poroshenko at the official opening of the USAID-Supported Administrative Services Center, toured the city with the Mariupol Patrol Police, and met with civic activists at the ...
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Statement by the President on the 25th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 29, 2016 Brussels Media Hub Moderator:  Thank you so much and greetings to everybody from the U.S. Department of State.  I would like to welcome all of you who have dialed in on this Friday morning from across Europe and I’d like to thank you for joining in today’s discussion. We are pleased this ...
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Unmanned Aircraft Systems from U.S. Government Delivered to Ukraine

July 27, 2016. 24 RQ-11B Raven Unmanned Aircraft Systems (comprised of 72 aircraft and associated equipment) arrived at Boryspil International Airport July 27.  The Raven Unmanned Aircraft System is a hand-launched reconnaissance and surveillance tool.  The system transmits live airborne video images and location information to a ground control stations.  This capability can provide day or ...
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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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