DOD Statement on Open Skies Flight Over Ukraine

Immediate Release December 6, 2018 Today, the United States and Allies conducted an extraordinary flight under the Open Skies Treaty. The timing of this flight is intended to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Ukraine and other partner nations.‎ The United States is resolute in our support for the security of European nations. Russia’s unprovoked attack on ...
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Condemning Russia’s Provocative Actions in the Kerch Strait against the Ukrainian Navy

RES. 709 IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES November 27, 2018 Mr. Johnson (for himself, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Barrasso, Mrs. Shaheen, Mr. Portman, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Markey, Mr. Cotton, and Mr. Moran) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations RESOLUTION Condemning Russia’s provocative actions in the Kerch Strait against the Ukrainian navy. Whereas, on November 24, 2018, Ukraine ...
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Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Ukrainian President Poroshenko

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 26, 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 Russian aggression against Ukraine in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait. Secretary Pompeo reiterated strong U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty ...
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Press Releases: Russia’s Dangerous Escalation in the Kerch Strait

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC November 26, 2018 The United States expresses its deep concern over the incident in the Black Sea that occurred November 25 as Ukrainian vessels attempted to transit through the Kerch Strait. Reports that Russian vessels rammed and fired on the Ukrainian ships, injuring Ukrainian crewmen, ...
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Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City November 26, 2018 Thank you, Mr. President. This morning I spoke with President Trump and Secretary Pompeo and my statement reflects the concerns at the highest level of the American government. For the past four years, ...
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Marking the 85th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Holodomor

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson November 23, 2018 This month we join Ukrainians around the world in marking the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor, when millions of innocent Ukrainians were deliberately starved to death by the regime of Josef Stalin.  The Soviet Union’s barbaric seizure ...
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin Statements to the Press

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release November 16, 2018 Treaty Room Washington, D.C. SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. It’s my honor today to welcome Minister Klimkin to Washington to breathe new life into the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission and to reaffirm our unwavering support for a democratic Ukraine. It’s good ...
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Joint Statement on U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2018 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Ukraine on the occasion of the 2018 U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission Meeting in Washington, DC. Begin text: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ukrainian Foreign ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin as part of the U.S. – Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission. The two leaders expressed their mutual concern over Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine, occupation of ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Pamela Tremont’s Remarks at a Vehicle Transfer Ceremony for the Counter Narcotics Department of the National Police of Ukraine

November 16, 2018 Chief Kniazev, Deputy Chief Abroskin, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for inviting me here today to celebrate another milestone in our cooperation. I would like to congratulate the participants seated before us for having successfully completed the three-week Advanced Narcotics Investigations training. The work that you do is not only important for ...
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U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Launch U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Energy Dialogue

November 12, 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine Today, Ukrainian President Poroshenko and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry launched the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Energy Dialogue, which will facilitate closer cooperation between the United States and Ukraine both in the government and private sector. The United States and Ukraine have successfully implemented a number of energy projects and initiatives ...
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Condemning Sham “Elections” in Russia-Controlled Eastern Ukraine

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 12, 2018 The United States joins our European Allies and partners in condemning the November 11 sham “elections” in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine. Yesterday’s illegitimate processes were an attempt by Moscow to institutionalize its Donbas proxies, the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.” These entities have no ...
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Joint Statement of the United States Department of Energy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Joint Statement of the United States Department of Energy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Concerning Extension of the Operational Safety Enhancements, Risk Reduction Measures and Nuclear Safety Regulation for Civil Nuclear Facilities in Ukraine Agreement The United States Department of Energy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Recognizing the Multilateral Nuclear ...
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Opening Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry at a November 12 meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

November 12, 2018 Your Excellency Prime Minister, thank you for your gracious words. As I shared with you, I’ve been trying to get to Ukraine for four years as the Governor of Texas and now as the Secretary of Energy.  And now I know why I’ve been continuing in that mission to get here. This ...
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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry’s Comments to the Press

November 11, 2018 At Flower-Laying in Honor of the Heavenly Hundred Question from Reporter:  Secretary, your opinion about the move of our Ministry, linking the price of natural gas here to the price of gas at European hubs, while Ukraine doesn’t have its own normal market of energy and other similar resources. U.S. Secretary of ...
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U.S. Secretary of Energy Perry’s Visit to Trypilska Power Plant

November 10, 2018 Remarks at Press Avail at Trypilska Power Plant’s Coal Storage Facility: U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry:  Hey, here’s one of the things – we’re standing on a literal mountain of Pennsylvania coal, and this is a great example of the partnership that the United States and Ukraine is working on, and ...
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U.S. Government Imposes Sanctions on Supporters of Russia’s Occupation of Crimea and Forcible Control of Eastern Ukraine

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 8, 2018 Today, the United States imposed financial sanctions on three individuals and nine entities that are supporting Russia’s attempt to integrate Crimea region of Ukraine through private investment and privatization projects or those that are engaging in serious human rights abuses in furtherance of Russia’s ...
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Second U.S.-Ukraine Cybersecurity Dialogue

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  November 5, 2018 On November 5, the United States and Ukraine held the second U.S.-Ukraine Cybersecurity Dialogue in Kyiv, Ukraine.  The United States and Ukraine reaffirmed their commitment to promote an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet; to enhance bilateral cooperation; and to combat ...
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Presidential Proclamation on National Adoption Month, 2018

October 31, 2018 During National Adoption Month, we recognize the immeasurable love and support that adoptive parents and families provide to hundreds of thousands of children each year.  We celebrate the life-changing act of adoption, bring attention to the millions of Americans who are eager to adopt, and express our gratitude to the families who have ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the Certified Trade Mission Opening Ceremony

October 29, 2018 10:15 a.m. Mr. Deputy Prime Minister, members of the U.S. trade mission, distinguished guests:  I am so pleased to welcome the U.S. Trade Mission to Ukraine – the first in 10 years! It’s organized by the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council and certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This trade mission is a ...
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Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison Travel to Ukraine and Denmark To Advance Anti-Corruption Initiatives

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 16, 2018 Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Kirsten D. Madison will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, and Copenhagen, Denmark, October 17-23, to participate in anti-corruption focused events and discussions. While in Ukraine, Assistant Secretary Madison will meet with officials from ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the Official Opening of RFE/RL’s New Kyiv Office

October 10, 2018 Thank you! Hello, everybody! It’s an honor to be here tonight for this house-warming in these brand new studios and the new head-quarters of RFE/RL – Radio Svoboda. Since it was established during the Cold War, Radio Free Europe has played a crucial role in providing uncensored, reliable information. It has given ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the Rapid Trident Opening Ceremony

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

Prepared Remarks of Colonel Tim Cleveland Opening of Exercise Rapid Trident 2018 September 3, 2018 I would like to thank today’s distinguished guests for taking time from their busy schedules to attend the opening kickoff to Rapid Trident 18.  Thank you. Also, I would like to say that we from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment are ...
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Statement By Heather Nauert on Russia’s Harassment of International Shipping Transiting the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov

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

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

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

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

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

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 23, 2017 The United States is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of a U.S. citizen serving as a paramedic with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), when his vehicle struck an explosive in separatist controlled territory in ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the Conference “Independent Governing Bodies of Public Broadcaster – Key Prerequisite for the Successful Reform”

As Delivered Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv April 7, 2017  10:30 a.m. Question from Moderator:  Why is independent public broadcasting important for Ukraine? Thanks for that question. I think that’s an important question. Because a Public Broadcasting Service is, as basically everyone here has already intimated, it’s important not just for Ukraine, but it’s important for ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2017 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, 2017 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION We are proud of our Nation’s achievements in promoting women’s full participation in all aspects of American life and are resolute in our commitment to supporting ...
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United States Condemns Attack on Special Monitoring Missions in Eastern Ukraine

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Statement on Attack on SMM Monitors by Russia-led Separatists

We join OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Chief Monitor Ambassador Apakan in his unequivocal condemnation of yesterday’s attack on SMM monitors and theft of SMM UAV by Russia-led separatists. The SMM fulfills a critical role in observing military actions and movements along the line of contact, and its work helps save civilian lives. SMM monitors should ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2017 The Vice President met today in Munich with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The Vice President expressed concern about the recent surge in violence in eastern Ukraine, and the leaders agreed on the need for an immediate comprehensive ceasefire. The Vice President ...
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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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Treasury Sanctions Individuals and Entities for Sanctions Evasion and Activities Related to the Conflict in Ukraine

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U.S. Authorities Charge Owner of Most-Visited Illegal File-Sharing Website with Copyright Infringement

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Remarks by Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.S. Mission to the OSCE Kate Byrnes: Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance

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FACT SHEET: U.S. and NATO Efforts in Support of NATO Partners, including Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova

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

We believe that the time has come to give new impetus and new substance to the NATO-EU strategic partnership. In consultation with the EU Member States and the NATO Allies, working with, and for the benefit of all, this partnership will take place in the spirit of full mutual openness and in compliance with the decision-making ...
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PRESIDENT DUDA:  (As interpreted.)  Excellency, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much that in my capacity as President of the Republic of Poland, I can welcome the President of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama, to Warsaw, to NATO Summit.  It is my great pleasure because I hope that this summit will have ...
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Remarks by President Obama, President Tusk of the European Council and President Juncker of the European Commission after U.S.-EU Meeting

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

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

By President Barack Obama This may be the most important moment for our transatlantic alliance since the end of the cold war. Terrorist attacks inspired or directed by Isis have slaughtered innocents in Nato countries, from Orlando to Paris to Brussels to Istanbul. Conflicts from Africa to Syria to Afghanistan have sent waves of migrants ...
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United States Announces Nearly $23 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Ukraine Crisis

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced in Kyiv that the United States is providing nearly $23 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to help thousands of vulnerable people affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. This announcement brings the total of U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the crisis to more than ...
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2016 Trafficking In Persons Report Released, Ukraine Rated Tier Two

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

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

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

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

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

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and NSC Senior Directors Charles Kupchan and Celeste Wallander met on June 22 with senior Ukrainian officials, including President Poroshenko, Speaker of Parliament Parubiy, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration for Foreign Policy Yelisieiev, and Foreign Minister Klimkin to discuss Ukraine’s reform agenda and ...
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Testimony of Ambassador Masha Yovanovitch Nominee to be Ambassador to Ukraine Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, members of this committee. It is a privilege and an honor to appear before you today as President Obama’s nominee to serve as the United States Ambassador to Ukraine. If confirmed, I look forward to working with this Committee and Congress to continue our strong support for the Ukrainian people, ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine since February 2014

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

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

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

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

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

The United States and Ukraine signed today a $1 billion loan guarantee agreement, the third $1 billion loan guarantee provided by the U.S. to Ukraine since May 2014. This guarantee reinforces the United States’ strong commitment to the people of Ukraine by strengthening the Government of Ukraine as it continues to institute reforms that reduce corruption, improve ...
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Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry Travels to Canada, Italy, and Ukraine

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

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

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

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

I welcome today’s news that Nadiya Savchenko has returned to Ukraine and the Government of Ukraine’s humanitarian decision to release two Russian service members captured on Ukrainian soil and convicted of terrorism-related charges. Nearly two years ago, Nadiya Savchenko was captured in combat in eastern Ukraine and forcibly taken against her will into Russia. Her ...
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United States Announces More Than $28 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Ukraine

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

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

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Press Availability by Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland

ASSISTANT SECRETARY NULAND: Hello everybody. It’s nice to see you. We are just completing a very constructive round of consultations here in Moscow. Yesterday, we had a very thorough discussion, led on the Russian side by Presidential Administration Senior Advisor Surkov, on the whole complex issues associated with the Minsk Agreements. Today here at the Foreign ...
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Commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

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

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Assistant Secretary Nuland Travel to Russia and Belgium

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Joint Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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

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

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

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Remarks by Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland at a Press Availability

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

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

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

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Remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of Europe

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

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

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

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

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Russia’s Decision to Suspend the Crimean Tatar Mejlis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Secretary Kerry will travel to Brussels, Belgium, on Friday to formally express the condolences of the United States for the loss of life in yesterday’s terrorist attacks, and to meet with Belgian and European Union officials.  He will reiterate the strong support of the United States for Belgian efforts to both investigate these attacks and ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Presenter: General Philip Breedlove, commander, U.S. European Command, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe GENERAL PHILIP BREEDLOVE:  Last time I was here, I explained the security situation in Europe was rapidly evolving and becoming complex.  Even in just these past four months, the situation has grown more serious and more complicated. As I stated in ...
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Presidential Proclamation — Women’s History Month, 2016

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

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

Today, we join the people of Ukraine in honoring the memory of their Revolution of Dignity and those who gave their lives to build a more just, democratic, and European Ukraine.  They braved sniper fire and three months in the bitter cold, and Ukraine got a second chance for freedom, justice, and a government that ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Calls with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. President Obama emphasized the importance of working towards a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine through full implementation of the Minsk agreements by all parties. The President underscored that the key next step is for the sides to reach agreement on the ...
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Assistant Secretary Frank A. Rose to Travel to Western, Nordic and Baltic European Countries

Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank A. Rose, will travel to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, and Lithuania from January 9-27. From January 10-18, Assistant Secretary Rose will be in Paris, The Hague, Berlin, and Rome for bilateral discussions on arms control, nuclear security, ballistic missile defense, ...
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Statement by the President on the Celebration of Orthodox Christmas

Michelle and I wish a blessed Christmas to Orthodox Christians in the United States and around the world.  During this holy season, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and pray for peace on Earth.  This day gives us a special opportunity to commemorate the contributions of American Orthodox leaders to our progress.  It also ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Carol Urban at Swearing-In Ceremony for Peace Corps Ukraine Volunteers

CHARGE D’AFFAIRES URBAN: Thank you.  To our Ukrainian government colleagues, our Ukrainian Peace Corps representatives, host families and especially to our soon-to-be Volunteers, I wish you good morning on this happy occasion. If I may start on a personal note: I was never a Peace Corps Volunteer, but I’m married to one.  So if I ...
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Statement by U.S. Charge D’Affaires Carol Urban

Today, December 22, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada voted to approve the self-submitted resignation of Member of Parliament Mykola Martynenko.  As Ambassador Pyatt noted earlier this month, Martynenko’s decision to resign and submit to the rule of law is yet another sign of a changing Ukraine, in which public officials are accountable to the people they ...
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Statement of G7 Ambassadors

This week, the Rada will vote on several key pieces of legislation, including the 2016 State Budget and amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine.  G7 Ambassadors have followed the process very closely over recent weeks.  We commend and fully support the efforts of the Government to achieve a workable deal that is in line with ...
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Press Releases: Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: (Via interpreter) Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Today, we had a big negotiating day with John Kerry and his delegation finalizing their working visit to Moscow. We started with negotiations at Russian foreign ministry and we continued here in the Kremlin during the meeting with President Putin. Negotiations in the morning and in ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Remarks With Russian President Vladimir Putin

PRESIDENT PUTIN: (Via interpreter) Your Excellency, Mr. Secretary of State, dear colleagues, I would like to cordially welcome you to Moscow. Your Excellency, Secretary of State, we see what efforts you have undertaken in order to settle a number of very urgent problems. And it’s very – even difficult to track all your movements around the ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Before Their Meeting

SECRETARY KERRY: Sergey, thank you very much for arranging this meeting and thank you for your welcome here in Moscow. I agree completely with the agenda you’ve set out. I think it’s the agenda we’ve discussed previously. And I think today is an important day for us to try to make further progress on a number ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Situation in Ukraine

Let me first join my colleagues in thanking our briefers: Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, Assistant Secretary-General Simonovic, Director of Operations John Ging, and Ambassador Apakan. UN and OSCE teams are active on the ground working in extremely difficult conditions, and please express the United States’ gratitude and – I’m sure – the broader international community’s ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s call With Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk about the importance of maintaining Ukrainian political unity and moving forward with essential reforms. The Vice President condemned the attack on Prime Minister Yatsenyuk in the Rada today, calling on Ukraine’s lawmakers to end divisive rhetoric, which only hinders the reforms that the ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting With Ukrainian Rada Speaker Volodymyr Hroysman

Vice President Joe Biden met today with Ukrainian Rada Speaker Volodymyr Hroysman to discuss economic and government reforms, anti-corruption efforts, and implementation of the Minsk agreements. The Vice President expressed strong support for Ukrainian economic reforms, as welcomed the Speaker’s support for constitutional amendments to reform the judiciary and empower local communities.  The two leaders ...
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Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT POROSHENKO: (In Ukrainian, no translation.) VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Well, Mr. President, thank you very, very much. Thank you for your hospitality. It’s good to be back in Ukraine. As you pointed out, it’s the fourth time since the Revolution of Dignity two years ago. And I’m always overwhelmed by your warmth and your friendship ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine

The United States remains steadfast in its support of the Ukrainian people as they defend their sovereignty and territorial integrity, advance the fight against corruption, implement democratic and constitutional reforms, strengthen the rule of law, restore economic stability and growth, and respond to humanitarian needs. In pursuit of these objectives, Vice President Joe Biden announced ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting With Reformers in the Rada, Civil Society, and Government

Vice President Joe Biden met today with reformers in the Rada, civil society, and government.  The Vice President and other participants spoke about the importance of anti-corruption, governance, and economic reforms. The Vice President also spoke about the situation in the Donbas, and underscored that the costs on Russia would continue to rise until the ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting With Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klychko

Vice President Joe Biden met today with Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klychko to discuss bilateral relations, economic and governance reforms, and the conflict with Russia in the Donbas. The Vice President underscored the U.S. commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The Vice President also congratulated the Mayor on adopting important police, transparency, and procurement reforms ...
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Vice President Biden Travels to Kyiv, Ukraine

The Vice President has departed for Kyiv, Ukraine, where he will meet with President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukrainian reformers from both government and civil society, and deliver a speech to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Please not that all time are approximate and are subject to change. Sunday, December 6, 2015 – ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin

The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry met today in Belgrade with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. The two ministers met on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial meeting. They discussed ongoing events in eastern Ukraine, to include continued Russian support of separatist elements there. And both stressed the importance of full ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry Press Availability at NATO

SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, good morning, everybody.  It’s a pleasure to be back in Brussels and I’m delighted to be here with Secretary-General Stoltenberg and all of my colleagues from across NATO, where, once again, we have come together to affirm our common defense commitment, to affirm our commitment to the solidarity of the alliance, and ...
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Abduction, Detention, and Sentencing of Ukrainian Citizens by the Russian Federation

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the continued detention of Nadiya Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov, Oleksander Kolchenko, Stanislav Klikh and all other Ukrainians unjustly held as prisoners and hostages in Russia. We note that on November 24, the Russian Supreme Court upheld the wrongful convictions of Oleg Sentsov and Oleksander Kolchenko. We regret ...
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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

We gather at a time in which combined Russian-separatist forces are ratcheting up the violence in eastern Ukraine; their attacks on Ukrainian positions result in almost daily casualties. In a 12-hour period on Monday and Tuesday of this week, separatists launched 30 provocations, and the SMM has noted the use of heavy weapons supposedly withdrawn ...
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United States Delivers Two Q-36 Counter Battery Radar Systems to Ukraine

In response to a request from Ukraine, and as part of our ongoing efforts to bolster Ukraine’s defense and internal security operations, today the United States delivered two AN/TPQ-36 radar systems to Ukraine at a ceremony in Lviv. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had the opportunity to review the equipment, and was briefed by U.S. military ...
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Vice President Biden to travel to Ukraine

Washington, D.C. – Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Ukraine the week of December 7th, 2015. The Vice President will meet with President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, members of the Rada, and representatives of civil society organizations. This will be Vice President Biden’s fifth trip to Ukraine since taking office in 2009. More information about ...
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Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson on Secretary Jacob J. Lew’s Meetings Today in Ukraine

KYIV – U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew met separately today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko to discuss the economic situation in Ukraine, the ongoing reform efforts, and the international community’s continued solidarity on imposing costs on Russia until it fully implements its commitments under the Minsk Agreements.  ...
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Remarks by Treasury Secretary Lew at a Joint Press Availability with Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and Minister of Finance Natalie Jaresko

SECRETARY LEW:  Thank you, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, Finance Minister Jaresko, for your warm welcome here in Kyiv and for welcoming me back for my second visit this year to your country.  We had good meetings this morning, both with the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister, but also with members of the Rada.  We exchanged ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Holodomor

Today we join Ukrainians here in America and around the world  to remember the catastrophe of the Holodomor, and the millions of innocent Ukrainians who starved to death more than eight decades ago as a result of the brutal policies of Joseph Stalin’s regime. It was the Soviet regime’s deliberate seizure of Ukrainian crops and ...
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United States Mission to the OSCE: On Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainian Hostages Held in Russia

The United States condemns again in the strongest possible terms the continued detention of Ukrainian citizens Nadiya Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov, and Oleksander Kolchenko by Russia. The United States continues to closely monitor Ms. Savchenko’s trial. We note that Ms. Savchenko’s trial will resume later this month, and we expect that the court will allow her ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about implementation of the Minsk agreements, economic reforms, and anti-corruption initiatives.  The Vice President congratulated President Poroshenko on the conduct of Ukraine’s local elections, which represent another milestone in the country’s democratic development.  The two leaders also discussed the implementation of the Minsk agreements, ...
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Remarks by Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Elissa Slotkin at a Media Availability

ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY SLOTKIN:  Good afternoon. I would like to thank the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine for hosting us today for our Bilateral Defense Policy Consultations, which I co-chaired with the Deputy Minister. These productive high-level talks were an important opportunity to review our defense relationship and set the course for our cooperation into ...
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United States Mission to the OSCE: Response to Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson in Office in Ukraine Ambassador to Martin Sajdik

Ambassadors Sajdik and Apakan, we welcome you back to the Permanent Council. Your appearance obviously comes at a critical juncture in the implementation of the Minsk agreements. In spite of President Putin’s statements in Paris on October 2, separatists are still threatening to walk away from their political commitments under Minsk and are blocking humanitarian ...
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U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Call for Proposals for 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2016 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). Since 2001, the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation has supported over 800 proposals from more than 100 countries, including 13 projects from Ukraine valued at a total of nearly $650,000. The Fund has ...
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Right of reply on ODIHR, HDIM

In order to make my first comment I’d like to tell people that there is a basketball team in New York City, that residents of New York City have a love-hate relationship with because they don’t always deliver the way that their fans would like, called the New York Knicks – some of you may ...
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On Local Elections in Ukraine

We congratulate millions of people in Ukraine for exercising their right to vote in Sunday’s elections, demonstrating that democracy in Ukraine remains resilient. These elections take on added importance because of the enhanced responsibilities authorities and local governments will inherit as the Ukrainian parliament completes the process of constitutional reform and decentralization. The elections took ...
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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

The United States takes note of the relative calm along the line of contact in eastern Ukraine. Continued progress on the security situation in the Donbas will help facilitate further gains on implementing the political, economic, and humanitarian aspects of the Minsk agreements. The calm that has largely held since September 1 has created space ...
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Excerpt on Ukraine in the White House Press Brief

State Department Official: I do have a statement on this, which is that the United States congratulates the people of Ukraine for exercising their right to vote in yesterday’s local elections. According to the initial reports from observers that I think you mentioned, these elections largely reflected the will of the Ukrainian people, and generally ...
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Remarks by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at a Joint Press Availability with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

SECRETARY PRITZKER: Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister, for welcoming our delegation here to Ukraine. I am honored to be here with you. As you said, I’m joined by six executives from American businesses – premiere companies like Cargill, Citibank, Dupont, Honeywell, NCH Capital, and Westinghouse. These business leaders took time from their very ...
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Press Statement on Ukraine’s Local Elections by Department Spokesperson John Kirby

We congratulate the people of Ukraine for exercising their right to vote in yesterday’s local elections. Ukraine’s democracy remains resilient, despite facing difficult economic conditions and Russia’s actions in Ukraine, including the occupation of Crimea. According to initial reports from international observers, these elections largely reflected the will of the Ukrainian people and generally respected ...
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Remarks by United States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at a Press Conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

SECRETARY PRITZKER: Mr. President, thank you very much for your warm introduction and for your warm welcome to our delegation. It’s a pleasure to be back in Kyiv, and I am honored to be with you today. In September 2014, at President Obama’s request, I traveled here to discuss how the United States can support ...
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United States Donates FM Radio Transmitters to Increase Ukraine’s Capacity to Broadcast into Eastern Ukraine

Today the United States transferred to Ukraine the first in a series of shipments of broadcast equipment to help improve Ukraine’s technical capacity to broadcast into eastern Ukraine.  Deputy Minister for Information Policy Tetyana Popova received three FM radio transmitters on behalf of the Ukrainian Government.  The transmitters will be provided to Donetsk TV and ...
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to Visit Ukraine and Germany

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will travel to Ukraine from October 26-27 as a continuation of the Obama Administration’s sustained commitment to supporting the Ukrainian government and people, and helping strengthen the Ukrainian economy. The Secretary’s visit continues the high-level engagement launched during her first visit to Kyiv in September 2014 and follows the ...
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On Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainian Hostages Held in Russia

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the continued detention of Nadiya Savchenko, Oleksander Kolchenko, and Oleg Sentsov. We have not forgotten them – nor any of the other Ukrainian hostages detained on baseless charges by Russia. The United States remains deeply concerned by serious allegations of mistreatment and abuse of Ukrainian hostages ...
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Reply to the Russian Federation on Russia’s Ongoing Failure to Meet its Obligations and Commitments in Ukraine

I want to respond to a few of the points made by our distinguished Russian colleague: First, it’s fine for the petty statement that the American ambassador hasn’t read the Minsk agreements to be made. I leave that for him to decide if that is constructive. I would note that our distinguished Russian colleague claimed ...
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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

During the past few weeks, we have heard in the Permanent Council our distinguished Russian colleague call the conflict in Ukraine an “internal” one. Let us recall how we came to discuss this issue in the Permanent Council. On February 27, 2014, men in military uniforms lacking any insignia occupied the Crimean Parliament building in ...
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U.S. Helps Ukraine to Create New SWAT Police Force

The United States – through the State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Border Patrol – is supporting the Ministry of Interior’s (MOI) initiative to vet, train, and stand up a new SWAT police force. This new tactical police unit will be charged with addressing the complex law ...
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U.S. Announces Nearly $15 Million in New Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine

The United States today announced nearly $15 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help those affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. This brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance to eastern Ukraine since the start of the crisis to nearly $84 million. This new funding—through USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance—will provide emergency shelter assistance to help more than ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Dutch Safety Board Report on the Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

The release today by the Dutch Safety Board of its investigatory report on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 is an important milestone in the effort to hold accountable those responsible for the shoot-down of the aircraft and the killing of those aboard. This independent investigation ...
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Victoria Nuland’s Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Testimony on Ukraine

As prepared Thank you Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, members of this committee for the opportunity to join you today and for the personal investment so many of you have made in Ukraine’s democratic, European future. Your bipartisan support, your visits to Ukraine, the assistance you and your fellow members have provided are truly making ...
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U.S. Announces $7.5 Million in Additional Support to the Humanitarian Response in Ukraine

Today the United States announced an additional $7.5 million in life-saving humanitarian assistance for those affected by the conflict in Ukraine, bringing total U.S. humanitarian assistance to Ukraine since the start of the crisis to nearly $69 million.  The funding will be used to support efforts by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) ...
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Memorandum for the Secretary of State: Delegation of Authority Under Sections 506(a)(1) and 552(c)(2) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State: (1) The authority under section 506(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (FAA) to direct the drawdown ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Vice President Joe Biden met today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.  The two leaders discussed the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the need for Russia to press the separatists it backs to cancel sham elections in the separatist-controlled parts of the Donbas, which, if held, would be in direct contravention of the Minsk Implementation ...
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Remarks by President Obama to the United Nations General Assembly

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen:  Seventy years after the founding of the United Nations, it is worth reflecting on what, together, the members of this body have helped to achieve. Out of the ashes of the Second World War, having witnessed the unthinkable power of the atomic age, ...
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Expulsion of UN Agencies and NGOs by Russia-Backed Separatists in Luhansk, Ukraine

We condemn the recent decision by Russia-backed separatist leaders in Luhansk, Ukraine, to expel UN agencies and all international nongovernmental organizations providing humanitarian assistance in the area.  This will endanger many lives and is contrary to the Minsk agreements.  Expelling these organizations puts at risk up to three million people in separatist-held parts of Donbas ...
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Joint Statement by the Ambassadors to Ukraine of the EU, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA

We are deeply concerned by the decision by the de facto authorities in Luhansk to order international humanitarian agencies, including the ones from the UN, to end operations and to leave the Luhansk area by today, 25 September. The denial of humanitarian access is a violation of International Humanitarian Law. Furthermore, the move contradicts the ...
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Joint Press Briefing by Secretary Carter and Ukrainian Defense Minister Colonel-General Poltorak in the Pentagon Briefing Room

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ASH CARTER:  Well, good afternoon, everyone. It’s a real privilege for me today to welcome here at the Pentagon Minister of Defense Colonel-General Poltorak for his first trip to the Pentagon, not his first visit with me. Let me first and foremost, therefore, thank him for his leadership, his fortitude at a ...
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Defense Threat Reduction Agency Director Kenneth Myers Visits Ukraine State Border Guard Service

Kenneth Myers, Director of the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), visited the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service (SBGS) in Kyiv today to oversee the transfer of 8 hydraulic telescopic excavators worth $1.9 million and to inspect other equipment that DTRA has transferred to the Border Guards. The excavators will be used to build defensive ...
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State Department Daily Press Briefing

MR TONER: Matt, I came in the traditional route. I didn’t want to throw you off today. QUESTION: Thank you. MR TONER: (Laughter.) None of this walking back from – walking in through the regular entrance. Anyway, welcome everybody to the State Department. Happy Tuesday. Very quickly, just one thing I wanted to mention at the top and then ...
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Opening Plenary Statement by David J. Kramer, U.S. Head of Delegation at OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

Thank you, Director Link. Forty years ago, the Helsinki Final Act committed participating States to work together to seek “peace, security and justice” with the objective of “promoting better relations among themselves and ensuring conditions in which their people can live in true and lasting peace free from any threat to or attempt against their ...
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Interpretative Statement on the Extension of the Deployment of OSCE Observers to Two Russian Checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian Border

In connection with the adoption of the Decision for the Extension of Deployment of OSCE Observers to Two Russian Checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian Border, the United States would like to make the following interpretative statement under paragraph IV.1(A)6 of the OSCE Rules of Procedure: The United States finds it deeply regrettable that the Russian Federation ...
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Russia’s Ongoing Failure to Meet its Obligations and Commitments in Ukraine

The United States welcomes the decrease in violence resulting from the supplemental September 1 ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. We must seize this opportunity to consolidate the ceasefire, secure the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of contact, achieve complete access for OSCE monitors throughout Ukraine and its international borders, and allow for the delivery ...
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Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew Statement on Passage of Ukraine Debt Restructuring Agreement

“We strongly welcome the Ukrainian parliament’s decisive vote today in support of the debt restructuring agreement between the Ukrainian government and the Ad Hoc Creditors Committee.  This agreement will help to improve Ukraine’s public finances, provide the authorities with breathing room to execute their ambitious reform agenda, and strengthen the groundwork for economic recovery. “Today’s ...
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“Ukraine’s East and Crimea: Solving the Unsolvable” at the 12th Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting MODERATOR:  Victoria Nuland, if I may just turn to you. Obviously, you work for the State Department.  You represent the U.S. Government.  I think Ukrainians look at Barack Obama’s policy toward Ukraine and toward Putin and Putin’s strategy in Ukraine ...
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Assistant Secretary Nuland Travel to Ukraine and Cyprus

On September 10, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, to participate in the Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting.  She will also meet with senior Ukrainian officials, party leaders, and civil society members to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues. Assistant Secretary Nuland will then ...
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[…] I wanted to respond to a few of the points raised by the distinguished Russian ambassador. First, I want to reiterate my delegation’s deep concern with what could be understood from comments of the Russian Federation–and since it was said this time as well as last time the Council met–that somehow the SMM’s reporting ...
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United States Mission to the OSCE: Abduction, Detention, and Sentencing of Ukrainian Citizens by the Russian Federation

While the OSCE was on recess, a Russian military court sentenced Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov to 20 years in prison and Ukrainian activist Oleksander Kolchenko to 10 years in prison In an attempt to justify these sentences, the Russian court relied on unfounded allegations of plotting terrorist attacks and other activities in Russian-occupied Crimea. This ...
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Over the last few days, we have seen a welcome reduction in violence in eastern Ukraine, as the sides have worked to implement a September 1 ceasefire agreed to at the August 26 meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group. This development follows a sustained surge in attacks by combined Russian-separatist forces in preceding weeks, during ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Ukrainian Parliament’s Vote on Amendments on Decentralization

The United States welcomes the Ukrainian parliament’s vote on constitutional amendments on decentralization. This action represents an important step toward comprehensive reform of Ukraine’s governance and the empowerment of regional and local authorities. In addition, this vote shows that Ukraine is steadfastly upholding its commitments under the Minsk agreements to adapt governance structures in certain ...
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Statement on Ukraine by State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner

And then lastly, but certainly not least, we welcome today’s vote by Ukraine’s parliament on draft constitutional amendments on decentralization.  This is an important step towards good governance for all Ukrainians which also helps fulfill another key piece of the Minsk agreements.  We deplore the violence outside the parliament today that reportedly resulted in the ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the situation in the Donbas, Ukrainian political and economic reforms, and implementation of the Minsk agreements.  The Vice President congratulated President Poroshenko on reaching agreement with Ukraine’s commercial creditors on debt restructuring, and welcomed news of an agreement among several pro-reform political forces ...
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Ukraine’s New Patrol Police

This week marked another reform milestone for Ukraine—the newly trained Patrol Police in Odesa were publicly sworn-in in front of Ukraine’s President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, and Minister of Internal Affairs Avakov. The State Department, working through the California Highway Patrol and the Reno and Dayton police departments, supported this training for new and more ...
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Statement by Treasury Secretary Lew on Ukraine Debt Restructuring Agreement

“We welcome the announcement that the Ukrainian authorities have reached agreement with the creditor committee on debt restructuring terms that are consistent with the objectives outlined in Ukraine’s IMF program. This agreement will help to improve Ukraine’s public finances, provide the authorities with breathing room to execute their ambitious reform agenda, and strengthen the groundwork ...
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Sentencing of Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko

The United States strongly condemns today’s sentencing in a Russian military court of acclaimed Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov and activist Oleksandr Kolchenko to 20 and 10 years respectively, on groundless allegations of plotting terrorist attacks and other subversive activities in Russian-occupied Crimea. This is clear miscarriage of justice. Both Ukrainians were taken hostage on Ukrainian ...
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Ukraine in the State Department Daily Press Briefing

We welcome today’s meeting among Chancellor Merkel, President Hollande, and President  Poroshenko in Berlin, and their ongoing shared commitment to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. We remain concerned about violence in eastern Ukraine.  Our analysis continues to show, and as I have said before, it is the combined Russian-separatist forces, and not Ukrainian ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry on the Occasion of Ukraine’s National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer my warmest congratulations to the Ukrainian people as you mark the anniversary of your independence on August 24. The United States has been a steadfast partner and friend of Ukraine since your Parliament approved the Act of Independence on this date in 1991. For ...
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“Koktebel Jazz Party” in Crimea

Russian organizers will hold a “Koktebel Jazz Party” August 28-30 in Crimea.  Crimea remains Ukrainian territory and this event is being conducted without the permission of the Government of Ukraine.  It should not be confused with the official Koktebel Jazz Festival, which will be held in the Ukrainian town of Zatoka, near Odesa, August 23-30. ...
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Abduction and illegal detention of Ukrainian citizens by the Russian Federation

For Nadiya Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov, Oleksander Kolchenko, and other Ukrainian hostages, more than one year has passed in Russian custody. Russia has chosen to ignore its commitments under the Minsk agreements, which calls for the release of all hostages and illegally detained persons. We call on the Russian Federation to honor its international commitments and ...
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Response to Address by the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan

At the outset, let me thank the Chairmanship for holding this special meeting of the Permanent Council to address the disturbing developments in Ukraine, and Ambassador Apakan for briefing us on the situation. Ambassador Apakan, as you noted, conditions on the ground in eastern Ukraine are more volatile and unpredictable than before. Your characterization of ...
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United States Provides $7.6 Million Dollar Military Field Hospital to Ukraine

Today the United States officially transferred to the Government of Ukraine a $7.6 million dollar expeditionary military field hospital to help enhance the country’s ability to treat soldiers injured in ongoing operations to defend Ukraine’s sovereign territory against aggression by Russian-separatist combined forces in eastern Ukraine.  Colonel Carol Northrup, Defense Attaché at the U.S. Embassy ...
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Statement by Chargé d’Affaires Bruce Donahue

A government has no more important task than to protect and defend the fundamental freedoms and human rights of its people.  That’s why we were disappointed when this weekend, in Odesa, LGBT activists were denied the opportunity to freely assemble, faced harassment, and had smoke bombs thrown at them for advocating for expanded civil rights ...
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Readout of Secretary Kerry’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

The Secretary spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov by phone earlier this morning.  The Secretary expressed grave concern about the sharp increase in separatist attacks in Eastern Ukraine, and urged an immediate ceasefire and full implementation of Minsk obligations.   On Syria, the Secretary and Foreign Minister Lavrov agreed to continue exploring options for a political ...
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Pelosi Statement on Congressional Delegation to Ukraine

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today as a Congressional Delegation concluded their visit to Ukraine: “Security has been the central focus of our Congressional Delegation’s meetings in Ukraine – national security, economic security, energy security, and food security.  In our conversations with Ukraine’s leaders, we talked about the challenges Ukraine faces ...
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Ukraine Needs to Restructure Its Debt

Nathan Sheets, Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Although the ongoing conflict in Ukraine’s east has caught the world’s attention, no less important for Ukraine’s future are the transformative and unprecedented reforms being undertaken by the government in Kiev, as it seeks to arrest the country’s economic crisis and lay the foundation for long-term growth. ...
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Transcript of Pelosi, Members of Congressional Delegation Press Availability at Maidan Nezalezhnosti

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Members of a Congressional Delegation held a press availability today at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, where they placed flowers on a memorial for the Heavenly Hundred who were killed standing up for the rights and freedom of Ukraine’s people.  Focused on national, economic, and energy security, the Congressional Delegation met with ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov

Secretary Kerry met today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the ASEAN Ministerial in Kuala Lumpur. They discussed the situation in Ukraine and the steps that need to be taken see the Minsk Agreement fully implemented. They also covered the situation in Syria, ‎to include the importance of finding a political ...
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Statement by Chargé d’Affaires Bruce Donahue on Ukraine’s National Police Law

The Law on National Police signed by President Poroshenko is a significant step forward in strengthening policing and rule of law in Ukraine.  We commend the Government, Rada and people of Ukraine on passing this landmark piece of reform legislation, and the many international and civil society partners whose contributions were critical to developing and ...
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Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William R. Brownfield on U.S. Support for Reform and Stronger Civil Instit

Via Teleconference MS THOMPSON:  Good afternoon.  Thanks for joining us today.  This afternoon we’ll have a discussion on security, law enforcement, and rule of law in Ukraine with Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield.  He is the Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement.  This call will be on the record.  Assistant Secretary Brownfield ...
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Treasury Sanctions Individuals and Entities Involved In Sanctions Evasion Related To Russia and Ukraine

Action Targets Former Yanukovych Regime Officials, Close Associates, and Crimean Entities; Underscores U.S. Commitment to Maintain the Strength of Existing Sanctions and the Unity of the International Coalition Concerned About Russia’s Activities in Ukraine WASHINGTON – To ensure the efficacy of existing sanctions, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today ...
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Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on a UN Security Council Resolution on MH17

Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you to all the ministers who have traveled to New York for this important session. Shuba Jaya and her husband, Paul Goes, were flying back home from the Netherlands, where they had brought their one-year-old daughter, Kaela, to meet Paul’s parents for the first time. Nick Norris was bringing ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The two leaders discussed ongoing U.S. security assistance for Ukraine, Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts, energy security, and the urgency of seeking justice in the Malaysia Airlines MH-17 tragedy. The Vice President welcomed the recent reform laws that were passed by the Rada and noted the ...
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Reply to the Russian Federation on Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation

I hadn’t intended to take the floor a second time but since the distinguished representative of the Russian delegation has reiterated a point that runs counter to a fact that was in our statement, I felt the need to respond. It has become a refrain of the Russian Federation to insist that the government of ...
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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

As this is the last meeting of the Permanent Council before the summer recess, it is an appropriate opportunity to take stock of the situation in and around Ukraine, and consider how we can get to a peaceful resolution of the crisis caused by Russia’s aggression against its neighbor. Ten months ago, Russia agreed to ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The Vice President congratulated President Poroshenko on the Rada’s decision yesterday to support proposals for constitutional reform and decentralization in accordance with Ukraine’s obligations under the Minsk agreements as well as the Rada’s passage of reform laws in keeping with Ukraine’s IMF and World ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland’s Interview with Savik Shuster

Question:  Ambassador Nuland, the main topic in Ukraine this week is not decentralization.  You’ll be surprised: it’s the U.S. – Ukrainian Business Forum, the Vice President’s speech.  And most Ukrainians – and I’m absolutely certain about it – would like to tell the Prime Minister of Ukraine what the Vice President of the United States ...
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State Department Spokesperson Welcomes Rada Actions

MR KIRBY:  Okay, I do have just one thing at the top, and then we can get right at it. Today we congratulate the Ukrainian parliament for approving the first vote on draft constitutional amendments on decentralization of powers for local and regional governments, as well as passing legislation necessary for the next IMF disbursement.  ...
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Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland Press Availability in Kyiv, Ukraine

MR. LALLEY:  Good evening, everyone.  Welcome to the Ukraine Crisis Media Center.  My name is Jonathan Lalley.  I’m the Embassy Spokesperson here at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, and I’m delighted that you’re all here for a special on-the-record briefing this evening with Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland.  Assistant ...
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Travel of Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield to the Czech Republic and Ukraine

Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), will travel to Prague, Czech Republic, July 18–20, 2015, to participate in the Justice Sector Training, Research and Cooperation Program (JusTRAC) Symposium on Eliminating Corruption and Promoting Economic Development in Ukraine. Assistant Secretary Brownfield will deliver opening remarks at ...
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Press Conference by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland

Please join us today, Thursday, July 16, at 6:45 p.m. at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center for an on-the-record press conference with Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. Assistant Secretary Nuland will discuss her current visit, which has included meetings with senior Ukrainian government officials, Members of the Verkhovna Rada, and industry leaders on a broad ...
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Remarks to Press by Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland

NULAND:  Good evening, everybody.  It’s terrific to be back in Ukraine.  We’ll have a fuller opportunity to speak tomorrow after I finish my consultations.  I haven’t yet had a chance to sit with the President and the Prime Minister.  But I did want to make a brief statement today, because I had the chance over the course ...
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Addresses Importance of Ukraine’s Economic Reform Agenda at First-Ever U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker addressed the first-ever U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum. The Forum consisted of a series of high-level discussions focused on advancing Ukraine’s economic reform agenda and improving trade and investment opportunities between the U.S. and Ukraine. Co-hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the forum gathered high-level government and business leaders ...
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United States – Ukraine Energy Security Working Group

The United States and Ukraine held its fifth annual Energy Security Dialogue chaired by the U.S. Department of State’s Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein and Ukraine’s Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn on July 14, in Washington DC.  The Dialogue covered wide-ranging and in-depth discussions regarding Ukraine’s energy sector.  The U.S. delegation included Department ...
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The United States Signs Open Skies Agreement with Ukraine

Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine A. Novelli and Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Andriy Pyvovarsky signed an Open Skies agreement today in the Treaty Room at the U.S. Department of State. This agreement strengthens bilateral economic ties and facilitates the growth of civil aviation between the United States and Ukraine.  It is ...
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Statement by the President on Iran

THE PRESIDENT:  Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not — a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This deal demonstrates that American diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change — ...
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Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at the First U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, very much, Madam Secretary.  (Applause.)   Ladies and gentlemen, it’s an honor to be back here at the State Department.  (Laughter.)  That’s a joke.  Press, I know it’s not the State Department.  (Laughter.)  But more heads of state and Prime Ministers have appeared on this stage lately because they understand that ...
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Reply to Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan, Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

The United States is pleased to welcome Ambassador Apakan to this joint meeting of the Permanent Council and the Forum for Security Cooperation. We remain very impressed with your able leadership of the Special Monitoring Mission. Mr. Ambassador, as we reflect on the SMM’s activities over the past fifteen months, it is striking how many ...
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U.S. To Sign Open Skies Agreement With Ukraine

Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine A. Novelli will join Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Andriy Pyvovarsky in signing an Open Skies agreement. The signing will take place on Tuesday, July 14, at 12:00 p.m. in the Treaty Room at the U.S. Department of State. Open Skies agreements promote increased travel and trade, ...
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Daily Press Briefing with John Kirby, State Department Spokesperson

MR KIRBY:  Good afternoon, everybody.  A couple things at the top here: Today, Deputy Secretary Blinken met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk.  During their meeting, they discussed Ukraine’s reform efforts, U.S. support for Ukraine, prospects for U.S. investment, and of course, the implementation of the Minsk agreements.  The Deputy Secretary encouraged continued progress on reforms ...
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Readout of the President and Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine

President Obama dropped by a meeting today between Vice President Biden and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine.  President Obama and Vice President Biden both expressed unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and underscored the U.S. commitment to maintaining sanctions on Russia until it fully implements its obligations under the Minsk agreements.  The ...
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Statement by the President on the 20th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

On July 11, we join people of all faiths and nationalities in commemorating the Srebrenica genocide.  We mourn the loss of its more than 8,000 victims, and we honor the memory of those only now being laid to rest, and all those still missing. Twenty years ago, Srebrenica was overrun.  In the genocide that followed, ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: 20th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

Today we mark 20 years since 8,000 people were murdered in the mountains of Eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. The discovery of that unconscionable crime against humanity–of broken bodies piled in mass graves–shocked the conscience of the world. This anniversary is a powerful reminder of the need to confront evil in all its forms, and to ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Following Russia’s Veto of a UN Security Council Reso

Thank you, Deputy Secretary General Eliasson, and High Commissioner Zeid, for your powerful presentations. I was a 24-year-old reporter in July 1995 living in Sarajevo when the Bosnian Serbs made their move on Srebrenica. I was there when — a few days after the Srebrenica safe area fell — a colleague first told me about ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. The two leaders discussed Ukraine’s reform agenda and the U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum on July 13th in Washington, DC. The Vice President welcomed the advancement of the constitutional reform process in Ukraine as a means to bring about meaningful decentralization of power in keeping with the ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation called President Obama today.  They discussed the necessity of countering ISIL and developments in the Middle East, as well as the situation in Ukraine.  President Obama reiterated the need for Russia to fulfill its commitments under the Minsk agreements, including the removal of all Russian troops and equipment ...
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Annual Security Review Conference Special Session: Ensuring security and stability in the OSCE region in light of developments with respect to Ukraine

Mr. Chair, Ambassadors, Distinguished Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, good afternoon. It is an honor for me to be with you today at this Special Session on Ukraine — in this 40th anniversary year since the landmark Helsinki Accords were signed in 1975. Since then, the OSCE has been an indispensable part of European security architecture, ...
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Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations on the One-Year Anniversary of Nadiya Savchenko’s Abduction

Today marks one year since Nadiya Savchenko was abducted in eastern Ukraine and smuggled against her will into Russia; one year of her being held hostage; and one year of absolute heartache for her mother, her family and the people of Ukraine. Nadiya has endured relentless interrogations, solitary confinement, and forced “psychiatric evaluation.” She has ...
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Testimony of Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, to the House Foreign Affairs Committee

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Thank you, Congressman Engel. Distinguished members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today. And thank you for being here. Thank you also for your leadership in advancing America’s national security interests and our values in the world. Last week I traveled to Ukraine, where I had the ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry At a Press Availability Via Teleconference

MR KIRBY:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Thanks for coming today. QUESTION:  Welcome. MR KIRBY:  Thank you. QUESTION:  Even if it is a short appearance. MR KIRBY:  I appreciate that.  Listen, so it’s my first day at the podium and I kind of figured that I might need some help, so I have asked Secretary Kerry to ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the situation in the eastern part of the country and Ukraine’s reform agenda. The two leaders agreed on the importance of maintaining sanctions on Russia until it fully implements the Minsk agreements, and that additional significant sanctions would be necessary if Russia further escalates ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the October Palace in Kyiv, Ukraine

Dobry den. Thank you all so much for being here. As Tamila said, I represent the United States at the United Nations. The United Nations Security Council, the body whose job it is to address threats to international peace and security, has met 33 times to discuss the crisis in Ukraine since February 2014, when ...
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Remarks by President Obama in Press Conference after G7 Summit

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good afternoon.  Let me begin by once again thanking Chancellor Merkel and the people of Bavaria and Germany for their extraordinary hospitality here at the G7.  My stay here has been extraordinary.  I wish I could stay longer.  And one of the pleasures of being President is scouting out places that you want ...
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G-7 Leaders’ Declaration

We, the leaders of the G7, met in Elmau for our annual Summit on 7 and 8 June 2015. Guided by our shared values and principles, we are determined to work closely together to meet the complex international economic and political challenges of our times. We are committed to the values of freedom and democracy, ...
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Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom Before Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, it is wonderful to be back with my good friend and partner, David Cameron.  I want to congratulate him, as I did over the phone, on his resounding election victory.  And I look forward to working with him on a whole host of issues in the coming year. This is going to ...
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