Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns traveled to Ukraine to convey U.S. support for Ukraine's efforts to secure a stable, democratic, inclusive, prosperous future. In Kyiv, Deputy Secretary Burns consulted with key Ukrainian leaders, the business community, and civil society.
Honoring the memory of the victims of the tragic events of last week, he said, "Let me repeat my sincerest condolences to the family members and loved ones of all who were injured or lost their lives in pursuit of a more just and democratic Ukraine. Their sacrifices inspire us all, and their selflessness should be a source of strength as Ukrainians seek to heal their society’s wounds, renew their democracy, and revive their economy."
At St. Michael's Cathedral, Deputy Secretary Burns expressed his respect and admiration for the doctors and medics and civil society activists, students, representatives, of the diverse faiths of Ukraine who came together to provide support, care, and comfort of those who are wounded.
Deputy Secretary Burns also met with a range of Ukrainian leaders, including Speaker Turchynov, Mr. Yatsenuk, Mr. Klychko, Mr. Tyahanybok, Mr. Poroshenko, Mr. Tihipko, former Prime Minister Tymoshenko, as well as EU High Representative Lady Catherine Ashton and UN Special Envoy Robert Serry. In his meetings, he emphasized the importance of the Rada’s efforts to form a multi-party, technical government that represents all regions of Ukraine. Once that government is formed, he said, "...We and our international partners can begin to take immediate steps to help support Ukraine economically and implement the reforms necessary to restore Ukraine’s political and economic health."
Deputy Secretary Burns said this is a crucial period in Ukrainian history, one of considerable challenges, but also great promise. He said, "The United States stands with the Ukrainian people at this remarkable moment, and we will do all we can to help them build the strong, sovereign and democratic country they so richly deserve."
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