Holding Russia Accountable for Chemical Weapons Use in Salisbury, UK

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

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 18, 2018 The United States condemns yesterday’s shooting of civilian employees of the Donetsk Filtration Station in Ukraine, which left five individuals wounded. The filtration station has temporarily shut down following the incident. In addition to endangering the lives of innocent civilians, this attack threatened water ...
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Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Robert Karem Remarks at Kyiv Security Forum

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

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

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

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

Kyiv, Ukraine February 21, 2018 Good afternoon. It is an honor to be here in Ukraine, in Kyiv, and in particular, to be joined by so many students. It’s great to see you all here today. Thank you to the Deputy Director of the Diplomatic Academy Dr. Natalia Shulga, and to the Deputy Foreign Minister ...
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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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Op-Ed by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch: Courage to Move Forward

January 3, 2018 Twenty-six years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the results are in: the new countries that pivoted most decisively from their corrupt legacy have fared the best, while those that maintained the old ways have faltered. Liberal democracies and market economies have consistently delivered the greatest freedoms and the broadest prosperity ...
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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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Remarks Ambassador Yovanovitch at Ukrainian Corporate Governance Academy

October 27, 9:30am Thank you very much, and I apologize – can you hear me, do I need the microphone? Ok. I apologize for starting a little late today. (Inaudible) It’s a super important topic – the corporate governance issue is one that I think all of us believe is critically important, and yet it’s ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at German Marshall Fund Trans-Atlantic Dialogue Opening Dinner

October 26, 2017 As delivered Good evening. It’s so great to be here tonight with all of you. A lot of new friends, but also some old friends – I won’t say how old, but people who I’ve known for a long time. It’s great to see you all here tonight. And it’s fabulous to ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at Opening of Naftogaz Oil and Gas Forum

Kyiv October 24, 2017 Hello, everybody. I’d like to welcome everybody and I really want to thank you, Andriy, and Naftogaz for inviting me to speak today because I think all of us understand, or we wouldn’t be in this room, how crucial the oil and gas sector is for Ukraine’s long-term welfare. It’s really ...
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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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The Conviction and Sentencing of Mykola Semena

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

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

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

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

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC September 11, 2017 Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own. Their courage on that day remains an example of the character of the American ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony between Sea Ports Authority and ACC Member Company Bunge

August 28, 2017 Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine Kyiv Доброго дня! I’m thrilled to be here and I want to thank you, Minister for a warm welcome and for hosting all of us here today. And I want to welcome friends from the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority and as well as of course Bunge. It’s ...
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Secretary Mattis Joint Press Conference with Ukrainian President Poroshenko

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

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

August 10, 2017 Добре. Дякую вам.  Дякую, Олександре, за те, що ви запросили нас сюди. Я думаю, що у нас є українська група і американська група.  Дві мови і, мабуть, два мессиджі. Я буду трохи говорити українською для наших українців, а потім англійською. I am going to say a couple of things in Ukrainian, but ...
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Chargé Kent’s Remarks at Centrenergo-XCoal Press Conference

Prepared Remarks by George Kent Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Kyiv July 31, 2017 Good afternoon everyone. I am proud that today we can mark an important step for Ukraine’s energy security. Presidents Poroshenko and Trump in their June 20 White House meeting talked about the possibility of Ukraine buying American coal. Six weeks later, the contract was signed.  I wish to congratulate XCoal and ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission George Kent’s remarks on the 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations at English Access Microscholarship Summit

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

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Kyiv, Ukraine July 9, 2017 PRESIDENT POROSHENKO: (Via interpreter) Dear Mr. Secretary of State, dear members of the delegations, ladies and gentlemen, first of all, I would like to welcome Mr. Rex Tillerson today here in Ukraine. Your arrival, dear Mr. Secretary of State, is a follow-up of those ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at a Reception Celebrating U.S. Independence Day

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

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

June 26, 2017 Good morning everybody, Mr. Buquicchio,Mr. Filatov, Mr. Kryvenko, Mr. Ehnberg, it’s such a pleasure to be here with you today, and distinguished guests. I’m really pleased you could come early on a Monday morning to join us here today to present the Rule of Law Checklist. When I was thinking about this ...
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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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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the UMPP/IREX Ukraine Conference

April 27, 2017 As delivered Добрий день! Good afternoon and thank you for inviting me to join you today. I want to start with special thanks to Katia Vogt, country director of IREX, for organizing this alumni conference and to the many of you who have traveled from across Ukraine to be here. Since 2002, ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the Presentation of the Ukrainian Version of Black Earth by T. Snyder

April 20, 2017 America House Добрий вечір. Welcome to America House. America House is a very special house. This is a place where Americans and Ukrainians come together to learn from each other, and to talk about things that are important to all of us, that are important to Americans and important to Ukrainians. Tonight ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Press Availability

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Moscow, Russia April 12, 2017 FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: (Via interpreter) Good evening. This has been a long day. We have had talks with State Secretary of the U.S. Rex Tillerson. Right now, we have had a long conversation with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. It has lasted ...
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Secretary Tillerson Statement on Syria

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Lucca, Italy April 11, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning. I’ve got a statement. I want to share it first, and then I’m happy to take a couple of questions. Last week, Bashar al-Assad’s regime killed even more of its own people using chemical weapons. Our missile strike ...
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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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Remarks by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release April 6, 2017 Palm Beach, Florida SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Good evening, all.  I particularly want to try to just give you a little bit of background on how we got to the statements by the President and the actions that were taken tonight. As you’re ...
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Statement by President Trump on Syria

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 6, 2017 Mar-a-Lago, Florida 9:40 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children.  ...
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Remarks of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at the 2017 Kyiv Security Forum

Select Panel with former Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer April 6, 2017 Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch: I just wanted to note that over the last twenty-five years, Ukraine and the United States have been steadfast partners, and I think that relationship has been strong and deep across all spheres, including – of course- in the security ...
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Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Chemical Weapons in Syria

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City April 5, 2017 AS DELIVERED It was interesting to hear of the talk from my Russian colleague about the independent investigations and the importance of them, because this entire Security Council decided on what the Joint ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley on the Chemical Weapons Attacks in Idlib, Syria

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2017 At this morning’s emergency UN Security Council meeting on Syria, Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, called yesterday’s horrific chemical weapons attacks in Idlib “a new low, even for the barbaric Assad ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the Press-conference Concerning the New Patrol Police Recruitment Campaign

March 20, 2017 Доброго дня всім! Я дуже рада бути тут сьогодні. I want to thank the leadership of the National Police of Ukraine and the Patrol Police Department for their unwavering commitment to police reform in Ukraine. You have much to be proud of. The progress we have made together in standing up the ...
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Reaffirming U.S. Commitment to a Sovereign and Whole Ukraine on the Third Anniversary of Russia’s Crimean “Referendum”

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON March 16, 2017 Three years ago, Russia seized and occupied Crimea. Russia then staged an illegitimate referendum in which residents of Crimea were compelled to vote while heavily armed foreign forces occupied their land. The United States does ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the Dragon Capital 13th Annual Ukraine Investor Conference

  March 16, 2017 Hyatt Regency Hotel Hi, everybody! When I agreed to come here and address you all, I didn’t realize that I would be in the very dangerous after-lunch slot. So, I am going to do my best to sort of entertain all of you and keep your attention. I want to thank ...
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Statement by the United States Embassy and the EU Delegation to Ukraine

March 7, 2017 Ukraine’s success in its anti-corruption efforts is critical to delivering results demanded by the people on the Maidan as well as to attracting the foreign direct investment that is needed to support Ukraine’s economy. We commend the increasingly effective efforts of Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office to deliver ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch at the Opening Session of the VOX Ukraine Conference

Thursday 2 March, 2017 As delivered Good morning and thank you for inviting me to join you today. I’d like to start by thanking the Prime Minister for articulating a really strong pro-reform agenda for Ukraine.  And I’d also like to thank Vox Ukraine and Borys Davydenko – this is a really important conference and ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2017 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, 2017 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION We are proud of our Nation’s achievements in promoting women’s full participation in all aspects of American life and are resolute in our commitment to supporting ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the Launch Event for the USAID Agriculture and Rural Development Support (ARDS) Project

February 21, 2017 Kyiv Доброго дня, Members of Parliament, distinguished guests. Thank you for allowing me to share a few thoughts on how we can partner for agricultural growth and rural development in Ukraine. Despite its challenges, agriculture in Ukraine has found ways to grow and thrive, and agriculture remains a major source of revenue ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Conflicts in Europe

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 21, 2017 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Foreign Minister Klimkin, for chairing this important and timely open debate. Thank you also Secretary-General Guterres, Secretary-General Zannier, and Secretary-General Schmidt for your comprehensive briefings. It can be tempting ...
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Third Anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity

Press Statement  Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC February 20, 2017 Three years ago, thousands of Ukrainians came together on the Maidan, Kyiv’s central square, to demand that their voices be heard. Braving subzero temperatures and violence by security forces, these Ukrainians peacefully called on their government to recognize their choice to join Europe. Ukraine ...
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Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence at the Munich Security Conference

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release February 18, 2017 The Munich Security Conference Munich, Germany THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Ambassador Ischinger.  Chancellor Merkel, Secretary General, distinguished colleagues, and honored guests, I bring greetings on behalf of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.  In my still new ...
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Remarks Following Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State World Conference Center Bonn, Germany February 16, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: So I want to make a very brief statement. Foreign Minister Lavrov and I had a productive meeting and we discussed a range of issues of mutual concern. As I made clear in my Senate confirmation hearing, the United ...
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Readout of President Trump’s call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 4, 2017 President Donald J. Trump just had [5 p.m. Saturday] a very good call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine to address a variety of topics, including Ukraine’s long-running conflict with Russia. “We will work with Ukraine, Russia, and all other parties involved ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Welcome Remarks at the State Department

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 2, 2017 ECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good morning, all. We apologize for being late. It seemed that this year’s prayer breakfast, people felt the need to pray a little longer. (Laughter.) But I certainly welcomed them all, so – thank you for such a warm reception. And it’s ...
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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 2, 2017 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Under-Secretary-General Feltman, Under-Secretary-General O’Brien, and Ambassador Apakan for your useful and comprehensive briefings today. This is my first appearance in this chamber as the Permanent ...
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Ongoing Violations by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Kate M. Byrnes to the Permanent Council, Vienna February 2, 2017 Thank you, Mr. Chair. Two weeks ago, Ambassador Apakan warned the Permanent Council that the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was “defined more in its breach than its observance.”  Tragically, his words are proving true.  The OSCE’s Special Monitoring ...
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Statement by Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson, on Ceasefire Violations in Eastern Ukraine

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release January 31, 2017 Statement by Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson Ceasefire Violations in Eastern Ukraine The United States is deeply concerned with the recent spike in violence in eastern Ukraine around Avdiivka-Yasynuvata.  Since January 28, the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission has reported a dramatic increase ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2017 Good afternoon, on this solemn day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to reflect on our shared history and to honor the victims of the Nazi era. Today, the United States joins Ukraine and nations around the world in reflection and the offering of condolences. Ceremonies will take place across the United ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the Closing the Year of English in Ukraine Event

December 28, 2016 Дóброго дня! Good afternoon Mr. President, colleagues and honored guests. I’m very happy to be here today with our international and Ukrainian colleagues as we celebrate the conclusion of the Year of English in Ukraine. The promotion of the English language is always a priority for the U.S. Embassy, and this year ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Interview to Odesa “7th Channel”

December 19-20, Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch visited Odesa for the first time. During her trip, Ambassador Yovanovitch attended the opening ceremony for the English Access Micro-scholarship program at South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University, met alumni of US exchange programs at Odesa’s Window on America, met up with Acting Governor of Odesa Oblast Ms. Solomia Bobrovska, visited ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Attack in Berlin, Germany

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 19, 2016 The United States condemns in the strongest terms what appears to have been a terrorist attack on a Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany, which has killed and wounded dozens.  We send our thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones ...
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The Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 19, 2016 The United States condemns the assassination today in Ankara of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, the Russian people, and with the other victims who were injured in this shooting. We stand ready to offer assistance ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s remarks from the Anti-Corruption Day event at the Cabinet of Ministers

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

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

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC November 25, 2016 On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the United States reaffirms our belief that gender-based violence is never acceptable, that women and girls have the right to live free from violence, and that countries are stronger when homes, neighborhoods, ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at Citi Strategic Investment Forum

November 9, 2016 Good afternoon (Дóброго дня всім)! It is a great pleasure to join you today (Я дýже рáда бýти тут сьогóдні). Thank you for the introduction and for setting the stage so well. Also, let me briefly thank Citibank Ukraine and Steve Fisher for the hard work that went into organizing this forum. ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at 2016 Election Breakfast

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

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

October 25, 2016 Доброго ранку! Я рада вас привітати сьогодні на цьому заході. Good morning Prime Minister Groysman, Vice-Prime Minister Zubko, and distinguished guests. I am both honored and excited to be with you today for the launch of USAID’s decentralization program. Support for decentralization in Ukraine is truly an international effort. I want to ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at the Annual Meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Pe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joint Investigation Team Report on the Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

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

September 23, 2016 Good Morning.  It’s a great pleasure to join such a distinguished group here today in Kharkiv. Thank you Acting Governor Svitlychna for hosting us, and thank you, Regional Council Head Chernov for the hard work that went into organizing this forum. There are several reasons I wanted to come to Kharkiv. First, ...
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Illegitimate Russian Duma Elections in Occupied Crimea

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

September 11, 2016 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY We mark today fifteen years since the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Four years have passed since the death in Libya of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, ...
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Statement by the President on the 25th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence

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

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC August 23, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer my warmest congratulations to the people of Ukraine as you observe the 25th anniversary of your independence on August 24. During my most recent visit to Kyiv, I was deeply impressed by ...
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US Ambassador to Ukraine: “The oligarchs are now less powerful” – Der Standard, Austria

July 31, 2016 Interview by Michaela Kampl [transl. from German] Geoffrey Pyatt sees progress in the fight against corruption, but there is still much to do. Much is better now in Ukraine, at least in Geoffrey Pyatt’s view. Pyatt has been US Ambassador to Ukraine since 2013; he will move to Athens during the summer. He ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt at the “Open World” Youth Discussion Club

July 26, 2016. MODERATOR: I am so pleased to introduce to you Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, who is the best friend of Ukraine and who did a lot to our country and has stood with us through many changes.  I believe that though the Ambassador is leaving soon Ukraine, we will stay in touch and this ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Pyatt at the Reception Aboard USS ROSS

July 24, 2016 K1 Pier, Odesa AMBASSADOR PYATT:  Thank you very much, Commander Caldwell.  I want to begin by offering a huge shout out and thank you to the Sailors and Marines who are here in Odesa today as part of our support for the Sea Breeze exercise.  This is one of the most complicated ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt at the Opening Ceremony of Operation Sea Breeze

July 24, 2016 Odessa, Bristol Hotel AMBASSADOR PYATT:  Dobroho Ranku!  It is a wonderful pleasure for me to back in Odesa for another edition of the Sea Breeze exercise.  I’d like to begin my remarks by offering profound thanks to Admiral O’Connor, all of his colleagues from Sixth Fleet and in particular the Sailors and ...
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Testimony of Ambassador Masha Yovanovitch, Nominee to be Ambassador to Ukraine, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

July 21, 2016 Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, members of this committee. It is a privilege and an honor to appear before you today as President Obama’s nominee to serve as the United States Ambassador to Ukraine. If confirmed, I look forward to working with this Committee and Congress to continue our strong support for ...
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Remarks at the Press Conference “ProZorro System Becomes Compulsory for All Enterprises since August 1: Stage of Preparation & Perspectives”

July 21, 2016 Ukrainian Crisis Media Center Thank you, Max. A democratic, sovereign, prosperous, and united Ukraine remains a top foreign policy priority for the United States. As many have said, and I repeated earlier today at a different event, Ukraine is fighting two wars in its effort to create a new country:  a war ...
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Opening Remarks at RPR, 100 Days of Groysman Government

20 July, 2016 Good morning.  Thank you to the Reanimation Package of Reforms for organizing this event, and thank you all for coming. I was going to offer opening comments related directly to the theme of this seminar.  The embassy prepared such comments. But the events of yesterday changed that. You need to talk today ...
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Remarks by Chargé George Kent at the Panel Discussion “Adaptation to the New Security Environment after NATO Summit”

July 19, 2016 Hotel Radisson Introduction Thank you very much, Leonid, and to the Center, for hosting this conference. I know you’ve already had a number of distinguished Ukrainian speakers earlier today looking at the results of the Warsaw Summit thru the lens of Ukrainian interests.  I regret missing their comments.   I will share some ...
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Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview with Novoe Vremya

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires George Kent at the Ukrainian Infrastructure Forum 2016

April 22, 2016  Intercontinental Hotel Kyiv, Ukraine MR. KENT:  (In Ukrainian) Good morning, Minister Omelyan, Committee Head Dubnevych, Andy.  I’m very pleased to speak with you today on the modernization of Ukraine’s infrastructure. Allow me to continue in English.  I would like to congratulate you, Minister, on your appointment.  We’ve worked closely with you in the past, ...
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