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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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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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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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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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 Acting DCM John Ballard at the “Hostages of the Occupation” Exhibition Opening

February 26, 2020 I’m pleased to join you here today for the opening of the Hostages of the Occupation exhibition. The U.S. Embassy is honored to support this powerful artistic expression through our Democracy Grants Program. I want to thank Vernadsky Taurida National University for hosting the exhibition and today’s event. In fact, Vernadsky Taurida ...
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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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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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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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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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