$800 Million in Additional U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Against tremendous odds, with extraordinary courage, and in the face of Russia’s relentless brutality against civilians, Ukraine’s forces are regaining ground, as Russian forces retreat from Kyiv and the surrounding region.  Still, Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, unjustified, and brutal war against Ukraine is far from over.  Russia is …

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Information Relating to Ukraine Situation

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE The governments of Georgia and Ukraine are assisting refugees from Ukraine. Contact local authorities (call 144) or the  Embassy of Ukraine in Tbilisi . The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Georgia website has information on the asylum procedure in Georgia , and also provides additional information for asylum seekers and others in need of humanitarian assistance here . Please do not …

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Vice President Harris calls U.S. commitment to NATO ‘ironclad’

Vice President Harris reiterated America’s steadfast commitment to the NATO alliance in the face of Russia’s unjustified and brutal  war against Ukraine . In a March 9–11 trip to Poland and Romania, the vice president also announced an additional nearly  $53 million in new U.S. humanitarian assistance to help the millions fleeing from Russia’s bombing of schools, hospitals and homes throughout Ukraine. “You are not …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to offer continued support to the people and government of Ukraine and to condemn the Russian Federation’s ongoing attacks on Ukrainian cities, which have caused increasing civilian deaths. Secretary Blinken and …

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Voices of Ukraine: Nataliya

This is part of a series of articles highlighting the costs of Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine. This interview took place before the Russian military further invaded Ukraine on February 24. For the last seven years, Nataliya has helped her fellow Ukrainians who were forced to flee their homes when Russia invaded in 2014. Nataliya and her …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. President Biden strongly condemned Russian President Putin’s decision to purportedly recognize the “independence” of the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine. He updated President Zelenskyy on the United …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Macron of France and Chancellor Scholz of Germany

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke with President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany today about Russia’s ongoing escalation along the borders of Ukraine. The leaders strongly condemned President Putin’s decision to recognize the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine as “independent.” They discussed how they will continue to coordinate their response …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Opening Remarks for the U.S.-EU Energy Ministerial

Secretary Antony J. Blinken with U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Josep Borrell, and European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson at the U.S.-EU Energy Council Ministerial ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with UK Minister of State for Middle East, North Africa and North America Cleverly

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with UK Minister of State for Middle East, North Africa, and North America James Cleverly today in Washington, D.C. Deputy Secretary Sherman and Minister Cleverly discussed continued diplomatic engagement to prevent further Russian aggression against Ukraine, as well as deterrents …

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Secretary Blinken’s joint press availability with EU High Representative Borrell

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JOSEP BORRELL, EUROPEAN UNION HIGH REPRESENTATIVE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND SECURITY POLICY AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION DEAN ACHESON AUDITORIUM WASHINGTON, D.C. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  I was just checking to make sure I can say good afternoon.  It is a good afternoon.  Good afternoon, everyone.  And let me first …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France regarding Russia’s continued military build-up on Ukraine’s borders. The two leaders affirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and reviewed our ongoing coordination on both diplomacy and preparations to impose swift and severe economic costs on Russia should it further …

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Crisis in Ukraine: Humanitarian costs

Ukraine is grappling with significant humanitarian needs. The buildup of Russian troops on the border of Ukraine has escalated tensions worldwide, but parts of Ukraine have suffered mightily since 2014. Thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals have been destroyed since Russian-led forces invaded Ukraine , seized Crimea, and instigated conflict  in the Donbas region. More than 14,000 people have …

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Truth vs. Lies: Chemical Weapons

Russia is intentionally spreading outright falsehoods in an attempt to create a pretext for military action. The Russian government claims that the United States has planned chemical weapons attacks in the Donbas, which is a lie. The United States does not use chemical weapons and is a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, as is …

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How Russia conducts false flag operations

By Leigh Hartman Why would the Russian Federation send soldiers in disguise to lead protests in another country? Or order its troops to attack partners of Russia? Russia has long conducted such “false flag” operations to portray itself or its partners as victims, evade responsibility, sow confusion and create a pretext for war. In 2008, Russia sent …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Canadian Foreign Minister Joly

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke yesterday with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly to discuss the latest developments in Ukraine.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Joly spoke about our shared concerns regarding the threat Russia poses to Ukraine and efforts to encourage Russia to choose diplomacy and de-escalation. Secretary Blinken stressed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and our …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken “The Stakes of Russian Aggression for Ukraine and Beyond”

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of SciencesBerlin, Germany SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon.  First, let me say how honored I am by the presence of so many friends, colleagues, leaders across different communities here in Germany, and also leaders in the partnership that links our two countries.  I’m grateful to all of you for being here, grateful for this …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Myroslava Gongadze of Voice of America’s Ukrainian Service

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE QUESTION:  Today we have a chance to talk about the crisis with Secretary of State, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.  Thank you.  Thank you for this opportunity and for your time — SECRETARY BLINKEN:  It’s good to be with you. QUESTION:  — and for your effort. So your administration said that …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman to Hold a Press Availability at NATO Headquarters

DEPUTY SECRETARY SHERMAN:  Thank you.  Hi there.  Long day.  (Laughter.) Good afternoon.  Thank you all very (inaudible).  I want to begin by thanking Secretary General Stoltenberg for his warm welcome and hospitality here at NATO, including generously making this facility available so I can brief you today and take your questions. Today’s meeting was truly …

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America’s steadfast support for Ukraine, European security

While Russia’s President Vladimir Putin continues to take an aggressive posture against Ukraine, the United States and its allies are calling for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. “President Biden has made absolutely clear to President Putin: When it comes to questions of European security, there is going to be nothing about Europe without Europe, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today by phone with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.  Noting shared concerns regarding Russia’s ongoing and unprovoked military build-up in and around Ukraine, the Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed outcomes and next steps following the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue in …

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Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Biden’s Call with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine. President Biden made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine. The leaders expressed support for diplomatic efforts, starting next week with the bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue, at NATO through the NATO-Russia Council, and …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary Blinken spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today to discuss their shared concern about Russia’s military build-up on the borders of Ukraine. They discussed NATO’s dual-track approach to Russia, noting the Alliance remains ready for meaningful dialogue with Russia while standing united to defend and …

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

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, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United …

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Crimea is Ukraine (February 26)

Crimea is Ukraine (February 26) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE February 27 will mark the sixth anniversary of Russia’s attempted annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and the United States reaffirms: Crimea is Ukraine.  As underscored in our July 2018 Crimea Declaration, the United States does not and will not ever recognize Russia’s claims of sovereignty over the peninsula.  …

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U.S. Support for Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity (November 27)

U.S. Support for Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity (November 27)   The United States reaffirms our unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the lead up to the December 9 Normandy Format Summit among Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia — the first since 2016. The United States is committed to working with our …

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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine (March 7)

Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine (March 7)   As delivered by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Gregory Macris to the Permanent Council, Vienna March 7, 2019 Thank you, Mr. Chair. The Minsk agreements – in their entirety – are our roadmap to …

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Response to Project Coordinator in Ukraine, Ambassador Henrik Villadsen (January 24)

Response to Project Coordinator in Ukraine, Ambassador Henrik Villadsen (January 24)   As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Gregory Macris to the Permanent Council, Vienna January 24, 2019 Thank you, Mr. Chair Ambassador Villadsen, the United States welcomes you to the Permanent Council and thanks you for this detailed briefing on the work of the Project …

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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine (January 24)

Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine (January 24) As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Gregory Macris to the Permanent Council, Vienna January 24, 2019 Thank you, Mr. Chair. As we discuss Russia’s manufactured conflict in eastern Ukraine, we are forced once more to …

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Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine (November 26)

Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine (November 26) 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, the international community has spoken with a strong, clear, and …

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Russia’s Dangerous Escalation in the Kerch Strait (November 26)

Russia’s Dangerous Escalation in the Kerch Strait (November 26) 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 …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Ukrainian President Poroshenko (November 26)

Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Ukrainian President Poroshenko (November 26)   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. …

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Joint Statement on U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership (November 16)

Joint Statement on U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership (November 16) 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 …

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Condemning Sham “Elections” in Russia-Controlled Eastern Ukraine (November 12)

Condemning Sham “Elections” in Russia-controlled Eastern Ukraine (November 12) 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 …

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Remarks by President Trump and President Poroshenko of Ukraine (June 20)

Remarks by President Trump and President Poroshenko of Ukraine (June 20) 11:09 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to be with President Poroshenko of the Ukraine — a place that we’ve all been very much involved in.  And you’ve been seeing it and everybody has been reading about it. …

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United States Condemns Attack on Special Monitoring Missions in Eastern Ukraine (February 26)

United States Condemns Attack on Special Monitoring Missions in Eastern Ukraine (February 26) Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC February 26, 2017 The United States is closely monitoring the growing violence in eastern Ukraine in recent weeks and the continuing failure of the combined-Russian separatist forces to honor the cease-fire called for under the Minsk …

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Third Anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity (February 20)

Third Anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity (February 20) 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 …

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Cease-Fire Violations in Eastern Ukraine (January 31)

Cease-Fire Violations in Eastern Ukraine (January 31) Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC January 31, 2017 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 in fighting, including with heavy artillery and other weapons …

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Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at a Joint Press Availability with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (January 17)

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Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on Crimea (March 18)

Two years on from the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, the European Union remains firmly committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The European Union reiterates that it does not recognise and continues to condemn this violation of international law. It remains a …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (August 28)

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the situation in the Donbas, Ukrainian political and economic reforms, and implementation of the Minsk agreements.  The Vice President congratulated President Poroshenko on reaching agreement with Ukraine’s commercial creditors on debt restructuring, and welcomed news of an agreement among several pro-reform political forces …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (July 24)

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The two leaders discussed ongoing U.S. security assistance for Ukraine, Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts, energy security, and the urgency of seeking justice in the Malaysia Airlines MH-17 tragedy. The Vice President welcomed the recent reform laws that were passed by the Rada and noted the need …

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REMARKS: Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken And Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (July 13)

July 13, 2015 Treaty Room Washington, D.C. DEPUTY SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon.  It is very good to have Prime Minister Yatsenyuk here at the State Department and in the United States more generally.  We had a terrific session this morning with the first-ever U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum and I think we’re all very excited about …

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Readout of the President and Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine (July 13)

President Obama dropped by a meeting today between Vice President Biden and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine.  President Obama and Vice President Biden both expressed unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and underscored the U.S. commitment to maintaining sanctions on Russia until it fully implements its obligations under the Minsk agreements.  The …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (July 2)

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. The two leaders discussed Ukraine’s reform agenda and the U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum on July 13th in Washington, DC. The Vice President welcomed the advancement of the constitutional reform process in Ukraine as a means to bring about meaningful decentralization of power in keeping …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (June 12)

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the situation in the eastern part of the country and Ukraine’s reform agenda. The two leaders agreed on the importance of maintaining sanctions on Russia  until it fully implements the Minsk agreements, and that additional significant sanctions would be necessary if Russia further …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (June 10)

Vice President Joe Biden met today at the White House with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to discuss Ukraine’s reform agenda and the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The Vice President underscored the resolve of the United States and its G-7 partners to continue pressing Russia to fully implement the Minsk agreements, including return of the …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Mayor Vitaly Klychko of Kyiv, Ukraine (April 27)

Vice President Joe Biden met at the White House today with Vitaly Klychko, the Mayor of Kyiv, Ukraine. The Vice President and Mayor discussed the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the vital importance of implementing reforms in Ukraine. Mayor Klychko outlined reforms undertaken in Kyiv over the last year to improve transparency in public procurement …

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Fact Sheet on Russian Aggression in Ukraine – Marie Harf, U.S. State Department Acting Deputy Spokesperson (April 22)

Combined Russian-separatist forces continue to violate the terms of the “Minsk 2” agreement signed in mid-February. Combined Russian-separatist forces maintain a sizable number of artillery pieces and multiple rocket launchers within areas prohibited under the Minsk accords. The Russian military has deployed additional air defense systems into eastern Ukraine and moved several of these nearer …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (April 20)

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the situation in the east and Ukraine’s reform agenda. The Vice President informed President Poroshenko that the United States will provide the Government of Ukraine with an additional $17.7 million in humanitarian assistance for vulnerable populations, including shelter, health and sanitation support, food …

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Testimony on Ukraine Before the House Foreign Affairs Committee (March 4)

Victoria Nuland Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Statement Before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Washington, DC March 4, 2015 Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel and members of this committee – thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today on the situation in Ukraine and for your personal investment in that country’s …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (February 28)

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the situation in the east and the Ukrainian government’s steps to set its economy on a path to recovery and sustainable growth. President Poroshenko informed the Vice President of continued shelling in the vicinity of Donetsk and Mariupol by Russia-backed separatists, and further casualties …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Calls with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and President Petro Poroshenko (February 20)

Vice President Joe Biden spoke separately today with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and President Petro Poroshenko to discuss the latest situation in eastern Ukraine. The Vice President again strongly condemned the offensive by Russia-backed separatists in the Ukrainian town of Debaltseve, which was directly supported by Russian regular troops operating inside Ukraine in blatant …

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Readout of the President’s Call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine (February 14)

The President spoke with Ukrainian President Poroshenko today to express his sympathy for the mounting toll of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and his deep concern about the ongoing violence, particularly in and around Debaltseve.  The two leaders emphasized the pressing need for all signatories to implement the cease fire and protocol agreements reached at …

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Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine (February 12)

The United States welcomes the agreement reached today in Minsk by the OSCE-led Trilateral Contact Group, which was endorsed by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France.  The agreement represents a potentially significant step toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict and the restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty consistent with the Minsk agreements from last …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY: Ukraine Ceasefire Agreement (February 12)

Ukraine Ceasefire Agreement The United States welcomes the news that the OSCE-led Trilateral Contact Group, supported by Chancellor Merkel and Presidents Hollande, Poroshenko, and Putin, reached agreement on a ceasefire and heavy weapons withdrawal in eastern Ukraine, and on the implementation of the September Minsk agreements.  We particularly commend the diplomatic efforts of our European …

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BACKGROUND BRIEFING: Senior Administration Officials On Ukraine (February 12)

Senior Administration Officials On Ukraine February 12, 2015 Via Teleconference MODERATOR:  All right.  Thank you very much, Operator, and thanks to all the participants in the call today.  We have a background call on Ukraine with two senior Administration officials.  This call will be on background, so no names or titles please, but I will tell …

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Readout of the President’s Call with President Poroshenko of Ukraine (February 10)

President Obama spoke today with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine regarding the situation in eastern Ukraine and the current talks on a cease-fire and peace deal.  The President expressed his condolences for the continuing loss of life of Ukrainian citizens and his strong support for the current peace negotiations.  Both the President and President Poroshenko …

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REMARKS: Secretary of State John Kerry Press Availability with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk After Their Meeting (February 5)

February 5, 2015 Cabinet of Ministers Kyiv, Ukraine PRIME MINISTER YATSENYUK:  Mr. Secretary, it’s a great, great pleasure to see you in Kyiv.  I want to be very clear saying the United States of America is one of the strongest allies of Ukraine, and we truly appreciate your support in our fight for our freedom, for …

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REMARKS: Secretary of State John Kerry After Meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (February 5)

February 5, 2015 Bankova  Kyiv, Ukraine PRESIDENT POROSHENKO:  Mr. Secretary, we are very pleased to welcome you, as the United States Secretary of State. SECRETARY KERRY:  Thank you. PRESIDENT POROSHENKO:  It’s almost one year passed since your last visit in Kyiv and I still remember the very crucial and positive discussions we had at that time, and …

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FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance for Vulnerable Populations in Ukraine (February 5)

On February 5, 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. government intends to provide$16.4 million in new humanitarian assistance to help Ukrainians affected by the violence in the Donbas.  These contributions will support the work of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (January 28)

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The two leaders discussed the continued attacks in eastern Ukraine by Russian-backed separatists and the heavy toll that the Russian-backed offensive in the east was having on Ukraine’s civilian population. The Vice President noted that as long as Russia continues its blatant disregard of …

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Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany (January 27)

The President spoke today with Chancellor Merkel of Germany regarding developments in Ukraine.  The two leaders expressed concern about the significant increase in violence in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s materiel support for the separatists and its failure to fulfill its commitment under the Minsk Agreement, and they agreed on the need to hold Russia accountable …

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Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a Security Council Emergency Briefing on Ukraine (Januar

Thank you, Mr. President for convening today’s urgent meeting. Under Secretary-General Feltman, we are grateful for your thorough briefing on such short notice. Just five days ago, we met in this Council and denounced the devastating consequences of attacks by Russian-backed separatists on civilians in eastern Ukraine, and we appealed to Russia to stop supporting, …

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NATO Secretary General statement on the situation in Ukraine (January 24)

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has sharply escalated, with indications of a large-scale offensive by Russian-backed separatists at multiple locations in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts as well as against the city of Mariupol. This is in utter disregard of the ceasefire.  The shelling of residential areas in the city of Mariupol from separatist-controlled territory has …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (January 24)

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the situation in eastern Ukraine. The Vice President condemned the attacks and violence in eastern Ukraine initiated by Russia-backed separatists who have launched a military offensive against various cities and towns in the region. The Vice President and President Poroshenko expressed grave concern …

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Attacks in Ukraine by Russia-Backed Separatists (January 24)

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of StateWashington, DC January 24, 2015 I join my European counterparts in condemning in the strongest terms today’s horrific assault by Russia-backed separatists on civilian neighborhoods in Mariupol, a peaceful city 25 kilometers outside of the Minsk ceasefire line, using Grad rocket systems and other advanced weaponry. With smoke rising …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (January 13)

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk regarding the situation in eastern Ukraine, additional U.S. financial assistance for Ukraine, and efforts to promote the Minsk peace process. The Vice President expressed his condolences for the civilians killed in the bombing of a passenger bus today in Donetsk Oblast, and expressed …

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