Defense Department Announces $150 Million in Assistance for Ukraine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Media Freedom Coalition Statement on the Arrest of Roman Protasevich

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

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

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

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Diversion of Ryanair Flight to Belarus and Arrest of Journalist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Olena Frolyak of ICTV

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Shmyhal

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Members of the Ukrainian Rada

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

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

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

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

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

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United States Provides $155 Million in Development Support to Ukraine

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

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

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 13, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Brussels. Secretary Blinken affirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression. The Secretary …

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

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

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U.S. Bombers Conduct Aegean Sea Mission

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

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

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

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

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Nord Stream 2 and Potential Sanctionable Activity

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

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Ukraine

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

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

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

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

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

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Defense Department Announces $125M for Ukraine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba

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

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Emotet Botnet Disrupted in International Cyber Operation

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

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

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

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Protests in Russia

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

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

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

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China’s Skyrizon Added to U.S. Commerce Department Military End User List

January 14, 2021 The U.S. Department of Commerce announced January 14 it has added China’s Skyrizon Aviation to the Military End User list because it is a manufacturing conglomerate with significant ties to the PRC and the People’s Liberation Army. Skyrizon is actively seeking to acquire intellectual property and technology to advance key military capabilities …

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Justice Department Seeks Forfeiture of Third Commercial Property Purchased with Funds Misappropriated from PrivatBank in Ukraine

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 30, 2020 Note: A copy of the forfeiture complaint can be obtained  here . WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil forfeiture complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleging that commercial real estate in Cleveland, Ohio, …

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Treasury Takes Further Action Against Russian-linked Actors

The U.S. Department of the Treasury January 11, 2021 WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took additional action against seven individuals and four entities that are part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network associated with Andrii Derkach. Russian agent Derkach was designated on September 10, 2020, …

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Sanctioning Russia-linked Disinformation Network for its Involvement in Attempts to Influence U.S. Election

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State January 11, 2021 Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on seven individuals and four entities that are part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network associated with Andrii Derkach, who was designated on September 10, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13848 for his attempt to influence …

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Remembering the Victims of PS752

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State January 9, 2021 The American people honor the memory of the passengers and crew of Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752, whose lives were abruptly and senselessly taken one year ago by an unjustified Iranian shootdown.  The United States joins the Governments of Ukraine, Canada, the United Kingdom, …

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Ambassador Reeker’s Remarks to the OSCE Side Event on Crimea

As prepared for delivery by Ambassador Philip T. Reeker to the OSCE Side Event on Crimea Tirana, Albania (remotely, via Zoom) December 3, 2020 Thank you, Foreign Minister Kuleba. It is an honor to speak at this event today and to join Ukraine and other partners in highlighting Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine, including its …

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Remarks by Deputy Secretary Biegun to the OSCE Ministerial Council Plenary Session

As prepared for delivery by Deputy Secretary Stephen E. Biegun to the OSCE Ministerial Council Plenary Session Tirana, Albania (remotely, via Zoom) December 3, 2020 It is an honor to join Ambassador Gilmore in representing the United States and Secretary Pompeo at this Ministerial.   I commend Chair-in-Office Prime Minister Rama for his leadership throughout this …

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USAID Provides Life-Saving Equipment to Hospitals for COVID-19 Patients

October 30, 2020 On October 24, the U.S. Government began providing Ukrainian hospitals with portable blood gas analyzers to help treat COVID-19 patients. Eighteen medical facilities from 13 oblasts will receive the equipment to properly diagnose potential respiratory complications in COVID-19 infected patients who are on ventilators. “The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on …

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Six Russian GRU Officers Charged in Connection with Worldwide Deployment of Destructive Malware and Other Disruptive Actions in Cyberspace

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, October 19, 2020 Defendants’ Malware Attacks Caused Nearly One Billion USD in Losses to Three Victims Alone; Also Sought to Disrupt the 2017 French Elections and the 2018 Winter Olympic Games On Oct. 15, 2020, a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh returned an indictment …

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

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

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Statement on Implications of U.S. Election-Related Sanctions

 By Spokesperson Daniel Langenkamp October 5, 2020 On September 10, the United States imposed sanctions on Andrii Derkach and other Russian agents for attempting to influence the U.S. electoral process. Derkach maintains close connections with the Russian Intelligence Services and has served as an active Russian agent for over a decade, employing manipulation and deceit to …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

Readout Office Of The Spokesperson August 29, 2020 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on August 26. The Secretary extended congratulations to the people of Ukraine on the occasion of Ukraine’s Independence Day on August 24, and emphasized that the United States will continue to …

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Deputy Secretary of State Biegun’s Meetings in Ukraine

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE August 27, 2020 During his August 26-27 visit to Ukraine, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Prime Minister Shmyhal, Deputy Prime Minister Reznikov, and Foreign Minister Kuleba to discuss a broad range of multilateral and …

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Ukraine’s Independence Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State August 24, 2020 On behalf of the United States government and the American people, I send my congratulations to the people of Ukraine on the 29th anniversary of your nation’s independence. Our support for a free, resilient, and democratic Ukraine is unwavering. We remain fully committed to …

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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Travel to Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, and Austria

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE August 23, 2020 Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun will travel to Vilnius, Lithuania; Moscow, Russia; Kyiv, Ukraine August 24–27 to meet with senior government leaders to discuss a range of regional and international issues.  Deputy Secretary Biegun will travel to …

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Release of the JUST Act Report

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State   July 29, 2020 On July 29, the Department of State released a report to Congress pursuant to the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017, which was adopted by Congress with broad, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump in May 2018. The JUST Act Report  highlights …

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Joint Statement by the U.S. Secretary of State and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson July 22, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration. Begin Text: Today we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration, which laid …

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Message on the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State July 22, 2020 The Welles Declaration is a proud moment in the history of U.S. foreign policy and friendship with the peoples of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Eighty years ago, the United States pointedly refused to recognize the illegal incorporation of the Baltic states into the Soviet …

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5G Clean Networks

Clean Networks is a comprehensive effort by a coalition of like-minded countries and companies to secure their critical telecommunications, cloud, data analytics, mobile apps, Internet of Things, and 5G technologies from malign actors by relying on only trusted vendors who are not subject to unjust or extra-judicial control by authoritarian governments, such as the Chinese …

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Secret Service, State Department Offer Up to $2 Million Dollar Reward for Information on Wanted International Fugitives

July 22, 2020 WASHINGTON – U.S. Secret Service in partnership with the Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) today announced a reward of up to $1 million dollars each for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two wanted international fugitives. This case marks the first instance for …

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Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program Offer for Information to Bring Ukrainian Nationals to Justice

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 22, 2020 Today, the U.S. Department of State announces rewards of up to $1 million each for information leading to the arrests and/or convictions of Ukrainian nationals Artem Viacheslavovich Radchenko and Oleksandr Vitalyevich Ieremenko for participating in transnational organized crime, specifically cybercrime. Cyber criminals do not …

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Updated Public Guidance for Section 232 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)

Media note Office of the Spokesperson July 15, 2020 Today, the Department of State updated the public guidance for Section 232 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which allows for the imposition of sanctions on persons making certain investments or engaging in certain other activities with respect to Russian energy export pipelines. …

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

Fact Sheet Office of The Spokesperson  July 2, 2020 The U.S. Government leads the globe with $12.5 billion allocated to benefit international COVID-19 response, including commitments for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and foreign assistance. We are achieving real results, helping nations around the world respond to COVID-19 and thereby protecting the homeland. We continue to …

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U.S. Department of State Releases Annual Fiscal Transparency Report

June 16, 2020 On June 15, 2020, the United States Department of State released the 2020 Fiscal Transparency Report, which found that 76 of 141 governments reviewed by the Department met minimum requirements of fiscal transparency. Fourteen of the 65 governments that did not meet minimum requirements, including Ukraine, made significant progress during the review period. Fiscal …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council

Office of the Spokesperson June 15, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today [June 15] by video conference with EU High Representative Josep Borrell and EU member state foreign ministers during the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC). Secretary Pompeo, High Representative Borrell, and the ministers discussed the importance …

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DOD Announces $250M to Ukraine

June 11, 2020 The Department of Defense announced today its plans for $250 million in Fiscal Year 2020 Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) funds for additional training, equipment, and advisory efforts to strengthen Ukraine’s capacity to more effectively defend itself against Russian aggression. This reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine – a …

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Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

May 20, 2020 Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Months into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad, the United States is continuing to lead the global charge against the pandemic, building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. Through the generosity of the American people, our foreign assistance is saving …

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Russia’s Illegal Conscription in Crimea

Russia’s Illegal Conscription in Crimea in Violation of the Norms of International Law As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna May 21, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States has repeatedly condemned Russia’s invasion, occupation, and purported annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and the abuses that Russia commits …

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The United States Protects National Security and the Integrity of 5G Networks

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State May 15, 2020 The U.S. government today took another step to protect U.S. national security and the integrity of 5G networks by expanding the Commerce Department’s foreign direct product rule to restrict Huawei from circumventing U.S. law. We will not tolerate efforts by the Chinese Communist …

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USAID Commits Additional $1 Million to Support Ukraine’s Response to COVID-19

May 21, 2020 The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed an additional $1 million to support Ukraine’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This assistance, which will be provided through a Ukrainian NGO, will procure COVID-related commodities, including medical equipment and supplies. To date, the U.S. Government has committed $15.5 …

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson May 19, 2020 Through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. Government’s action, the United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American people have given more than $10 billion that will benefit the global COVID-19 response, and we continue to …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

Readout Office of The Spokesperson May 7, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba yesterday. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kuleba discussed Ukraine’s efforts to achieve a diplomatic resolution to the Russia-instigated conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas region and the results …

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Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance Builds Upon U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response

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Updated: U.S. Assistance to Fight COVID-19

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Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus

The entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe, or the Republic of Ireland during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is hereby suspended and limited subject to section 2 …

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

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

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Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State January 8, 2020 The U.S. Department of State extends our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the 176 passengers and crew killed in the tragic crash of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS 752. The United States will continue to follow this incident closely and stands …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

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Secretary Pompeo Postpones Travel to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus

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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U.S. Support for Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity

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

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

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

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Ukraine Holodomor Remembrance

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

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

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

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Thanksgiving Instagram and Facebook Giveaway 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The USAFE Band Tour of Ukraine 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remarks by Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent

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

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

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

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

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

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Ukraine-Russia Prisoner Swap

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

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

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

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires William Taylor

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

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

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

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

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

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Ukraine’s Independence Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON July 23, 2019 We congratulate the Ukrainian people on this weekend’s peaceful and historic parliamentary elections, which delivered a clear result and underscored Ukrainians’ commitment to democratic ideals.  We welcome the OSCE’s preliminary conclusion that the elections took place with overall respect …

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

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

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

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

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Remarks by DCM Kristina Kvien at American Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, July 6, 2019 Thank you everybody. It’s wonderful to be here. First of all, let me say I’m incredibly impressed with the crowd here — so large! I’m glad you’ve all come to enjoy the beautiful day and take advantage of the lovely space. First of all, I’d like to thank Andy and the …

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Remarks by Vice Admiral Lisa M. Franchetti at Sea Breeze 2019 in Odesa, Ukraine

Press Conference at Sea Breeze 2019 in Odesa, Ukraine Sunday, July 7, 2019 It’s great to be with you in beautiful Odesa, on this very special Navy Day. And it’s wonderful to have an opportunity to return to Ukraine after several years.  In 2012, I visited Kyiv and Sevastopol, while I was serving as the …

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

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

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

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

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Statement from Ian Steff, Performing the Non-Exclusive Functions and Duties of the Assistant Secretary for Global Markets, on Trip to Kyiv, Ukraine

June 25, 2019 On June 25, a U.S. Government delegation consisting of Ian Steff, Performing the Non-Exclusive Functions and Duties of the Assistant Secretary for Global Markets at the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration; Joseph F. Uddo III, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Innovation and Market Development at the Department of Energy; and Todd …

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U.S. and Ukraine Sign Memorandum on Conventional Weapons Stockpile Management

June 25, 2019 Today [June 25], the United States and Ukraine signed a new memorandum of understanding on Conventional Weapons Stockpile Management.  Signed by Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper and Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs Acting Director of the Directorate of International Security Ruslan Nimchynskyi, the memorandum sets out a …

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Prosecution of Four Suspects in MH17 Case

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 19, 2019 The United States welcomes the announcement today regarding the indictment of four individuals for their role in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 on July 17, 2014. This is an important milestone in the search for the truth, and we remain …

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DOD Announces $250M to Ukraine

The Department of Defense announced today [June 18] plans to provide $250 million to Ukraine in security cooperation funds for additional training, equipment, and advisory efforts to build the capacity of Ukraine’s armed forces. This reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine and will bring total U.S. security assistance to Ukraine …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Kristina Kvien at the U.S. – Ukraine Cook-Off

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Kristina Kvien at the U.S. – Ukraine Cook-Off, Part of the “An American Culinary Experience – Breaking Down American Food Stereotypes” Program Kyiv, June 4, 2019 Well good evening, thank you very much. Thank you for the invitation. These are my favorite types of events: food and wine. What could not …

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Remarks by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Joseph Pennington At the Launch of the UBER Shuttle Pilot in Kyiv

May 14, 2019 Thank you very much. I am delighted to welcome the launch of the UBER Shuttle Pilot, an important addition to Kyiv’s mobility ecosystem. This investment from our point of view means two things: first of all it demonstrates the strong commitment of U.S. business to Ukraine. Second, it strengthens Ukraine’s image as …

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Special Envoy To Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr Travels to Poland, Israel, Ukraine, Hungary, and Belgium

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 30, 2019 Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr will travel to Europe and Israel May 1-15. From May 1-5, Special Envoy Carr will be a member of the U.S. delegation attending the International March for the Living, held in Poland and Israel. The …

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Russia’s Decision to Grant Expedited Citizenship to Residents of Russia-controlled Eastern Ukraine

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 24, 2019 The United States condemns today’s decision by President Putin to provide expedited Russian citizenship to Ukrainians living in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine. Russia, through this highly provocative action, is intensifying its assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. President Putin’s decision creates a serious obstacle …

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Ukrainian Presidential Elections

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 22, 2019 The United States congratulates President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskyy on his victory in the Ukrainian presidential elections. We also congratulate the Ukrainian people on holding elections that reflect Ukraine’s vibrant democracy five years after the 2014 Revolution of Dignity and after five years of unrelenting Russian …

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Statement on PrivatBank

April 18, 2019 In 2016 Ukraine’s international partners supported the decision of the government and the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) to nationalize PrivatBank, at the request of former owners, as the only effective method of protecting the bank’s depositors – the Ukrainian people and businesses – and the stability of the financial system. While …

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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the Kyiv Security Forum

April 11, 2019 Hi everybody! It is such a pleasure to be here today at the Kyiv Security Forum.  And it’s not actually a speech, it’s just a quick introduction to [Ambassador Kurt Volker’s] video presentation. I want to say that it is an honor to be here, though, at the Kyiv Security Forum, because …

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Remarks by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at High Anti-Corruption Court Orientation Program

April 1, 2019 Good morning, all! I am thrilled to be here today, on this day, to help launch the High Anti-Corruption Court orientation program. And I want to say hello to all of our distinguished panelists here today, as well as everybody else. But especially, I want to say hello to the new judges …

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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch to the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) Observation Mission

March 29, 2019 TRANSCRIPT Hello everybody! It is such a pleasure to be here and to welcome all of the ENEMO representatives and monitors, whether you’re short-term or long-term.  We know it’s an energetic and diverse group from all over Europe.  And so, I just want to give you a very warm welcome to Kyiv …

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Appointment of Ambassador Yasar Halit Cevik as Chief Monitor of the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

Press Statement Robert Palladino  Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC March 26, 2019 The United States welcomes the appointment of Ambassador Yasar Halit Cevik of Turkey as Chief Monitor of the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM). As the OSCE marks the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the SMM, we recognize the crucial visibility it provides …

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Treasury Sanctions Russia over Continued Aggression in Ukraine

March 15, 2019 OFAC takes action in partnership with the EU and Canada Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated six Russian individuals and eight entities in response to Russia’s continued and ongoing aggression in Ukraine.  Today’s action targets individuals and entities playing a role in Russia’s …

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Press Releases: The United States Tightens Sanctions on Venezuela by Targeting Russia-Based Bank

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 11, 2019 Today, the United States sanctioned Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russia and Venezuela. With this action, we are targeting a financial institution involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that prolong Maduro’s usurpation of democracy. As Maduro’s isolation grows, so do his desperate …

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Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale Travel to the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Serbia, and Kosovo

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 4, 2019 On March 4, Under Secretary Hale will arrive in London where he will engage U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office Director General for Consular and Security Philip Barton, Director General for Political Affairs Richard Moore, and Deputy National Security Advisor Christian Turner on issues of …

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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at a Media Literacy Event at America House

March 1, 2019 Thank you, Mary.   I am very glad to be here today. I am pleased to welcome the participants from all over Ukraine to our nationwide “fact-hunting” activity. The global media landscape is experiencing a revolution.  Social media has changed the way people get information and understand the world. That’s why it’s more important than …

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USS Donald Cook departs Odesa, Ukraine

February 27, 2019 ODESA, Ukraine — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Odesa, Ukraine, Feb. 27, 2019, after completing a scheduled port visit as part of our continued Black Sea presence and support to our NATO allies and regional partners. While in port, the ship hosted senior-level government discussions between …

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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the Tomorrow’s Lawyer Project Launch

February 28, 2019 TRANSCRIPT So, I just want to say how pleased I am to be here. You guys clapped when we got onto the stage, but really, I think the applause should go to all of you for participating in what is a really important program – Tomorrow’s Lawyer. And we are so proud …

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Press Releases: Crimea is Ukraine

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC February 27, 2019 Five years ago, Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula fueled an escalation of Russian aggression. Russia attempted to upend the international order, undermined basic human freedoms, and weakened our common security. The world has not forgotten the cynical lies Russia employed to …

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Ambassador of the United States to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, at a Press Conference on the Occasion of the Visit of the USS Donald Cook

February 26, 2019 TRANSCRIPT Thank you Ambassador Volker, Commander Powell, Ambassador Yovanovitch. I’m Gordon Sondland, President Trump’s Ambassador to the European Union, and I am here for a very, very important reason. We’re here today to show unity and support with our partners, our friends, and our brothers and sisters in the European Union toward …

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U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, Ambassador Kurt Volker at a Press Conference on the Occasion of the Visit of the USS Donald Cook

February 26, 2019 TRANSCRIPT I am absolutely delighted to be here.  And I want to thank especially the sailors of the United States Navy, Commander Powell, his senior team that is here, who have brought the USS Donald Cook for this ship visit. This magnificent ship is a symbol of U.S. determination to contribute to …

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USS Donald Cook arrives in Odesa, Ukraine

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ford Williams February 25, 2019 ODESA, Ukraine  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Odesa, Ukraine, Feb. 25, 2019 for a scheduled port visit as part of our continued Black Sea presence and support to our region partners. Since arriving in the Black Sea …

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USS Donald Cook en route to the Black Sea

February 19, 2019 The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) began its north-bound transit of the Dardanelles Strait, en route to the Black Sea Feb. 19, 2019, to conduct maritime security operations and enhance regional maritime stability, combined readiness and naval capability with our NATO allies and partners in the region. The …

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Recognition of Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s Interim President by Several European Countries

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC February 4, 2019 We welcome the decision today by Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom to recognize Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela. We are also heartened by …

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Declaration of Ukrainian Autocephaly

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC January 10, 2019 The January 6th announcement of autocephaly for an independent Orthodox Church of Ukraine marks a historic achievement as Ukraine seeks to chart its own future. On this momentous occasion, the United States reiterates its unwavering support for a sovereign, independent Ukraine. The …

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Press Releases: Increasing U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine’s Navy

Press Statement Robert Palladino  Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 In response to Russia’s dangerous escalation and unjustified November 25 attack on three Ukrainian naval vessels near the Kerch Strait, the Department of State, subject to Congressional approval, will provide an additional $10 million in Foreign Military Financing to further build Ukraine’s naval capabilities. We …

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Press Releases: Sanctions Announcement on Russia

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 19, 2018 Today, the Departments of State and the Treasury took joint action against Russia’s continued and blatant disregard for international norms. Specifically, the State Department added 12 individuals and entities to the List of Specified Persons (LSP) pursuant to Section 231 of the Countering America’s …

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Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Metropolitan Epifaniy

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 18, 2018 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke on the phone with newly elected head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Metropolitan Epifaniy today to underscore U.S. support for religious freedom and Ukrainian sovereignty. The Secretary encouraged respect for …

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Press Releases: Establishment of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine

Press Statement Robert Palladino  Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 17, 2018 The United States congratulates Metropolitan Epifaniy on his election as head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The establishment of the Church was a historic moment for Ukraine. The United States maintains unwavering support for Ukraine and respects the freedom to worship unhindered by outside …

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Press Releases: On EU Resolve in Holding Russia Accountable

Press Statement Robert Palladino  Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 15, 2018 The United States welcomes recent steps by the EU and its Member States to hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine. The European Parliament’s December 12 resolution reiterates the importance of Ukraine’s role in the European energy supply network and condemns the construction of …

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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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