The United States Reaffirms Its Support for Ukraine at the Normandy Format Summit

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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Remarks at the UN General Assembly’s 67th Plenary Meeting on the Situation in Ukraine

Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 20, 2019 As Delivered The United States would like to thank the President of the General Assembly for hosting today’s important meeting, and welcome President Poroshenko. Thank you for joining us today. Five years ago, the world bore witness ...
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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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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 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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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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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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United States and Ukraine Sign Agreement to Share Tax Information

February 8, 2017 Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk signed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) yesterday to implement provisions of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and to promote transparency between the two nations on tax matters. The agreement underscores our continued cooperation and strong bilateral relationship with Ukraine as well as ...
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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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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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Panel Discussion “Modern Challenges and Ways of Counteracting Human Trafficking in the Reform Strategy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine”

December 15, 2016 Countering trafficking in persons is a U.S. policy priority in Ukraine and around the world. U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch participated in today’s panel discussion “Modern Challenges and Ways of Counteracting Human Trafficking in the Reform Strategy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine” organized by NGO “LEAD Office” in ...
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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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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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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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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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Treasury Sanctions Individuals and Entities for Sanctions Evasion and Activities Related to the Conflict in Ukraine

September 1, 2016 U.S. Treasury Department Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. Will Maintain Sanctions Pressure Until Russia Has Fulfilled All of Its Commitments under the Minsk Agreements WASHINGTON – To maintain the effectiveness of existing sanctions, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated 37 individuals and ...
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Ambassador Yovanovitch Visits Mariupol

August 31, 2016. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch visited Mariupol on August 31, her first trip outside Kyiv since she arrived in country on August 22.‎ While in Mariupol, she joined President Poroshenko at the official opening of the USAID-Supported Administrative Services Center, toured the city with the Mariupol Patrol Police, and met with civic activists at the ...
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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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Telephonic Press Briefing by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt and U.S. Permanent Representative to the OSCE Daniel Baer

July 29, 2016 Brussels Media Hub Moderator:  Thank you so much and greetings to everybody from the U.S. Department of State.  I would like to welcome all of you who have dialed in on this Friday morning from across Europe and I’d like to thank you for joining in today’s discussion. We are pleased this ...
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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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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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