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 to thank my colleagues at USAID for making this all possible – both the Leadership Academy and this train.  It’s a great train, Minister, it’s a great train.  So, after 15 hours, I’m sure you will say it’s even a greater train.

So, let me just echo the words of Roman and the two ministers to say how pleased I am to see you, who will be the leaders of a great country — the great country of Ukraine.

As some of you may remember, I had the opportunity to talk to you earlier, when you were first joining the Leadership Academy.  It’s great to see you, it’s great to see you again.

I look forward to seeing you down in Mariupol. It’s a great opportunity for you; it’s a greater opportunity for you.  Congratulations!