Secretary Kerry Visits Kyiv, Underscores U.S. Support for Ukrainian People

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 5, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Kyiv, Ukraine, February 5, 2015, to highlight the United States’ steadfast, ongoing support for the people of Ukraine and our commitment to helping Ukraine overcome the economic and security challenges it faces.

While in Kyiv, Secretary Kerry met with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.  After meeting with Ukrainian President Poroshenko, the Secretary said, "The people of the United States share unwavering support for the Ukrainian people as they continue to display a very courageous journey towards democracy, towards freedom, independence, and most importantly towards the protection of the appropriate respect due for the sovereignty of your country. Your people have bravely and relentlessly pursued a sovereign democratic future; we admire that and we respect it."

 

The Secretary also announced that the U.S. government will to provide new humanitarian assistance to help alleviate the suffering of Ukrainians in conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine, including Donetsk and Luhansk. These contributions will support the work of the UNHCR, OCHA, and other organizations.  This assistance will provide urgently needed shelter and home repairs, blankets, bedding, warm clothing, and other support to meet the most critical humanitarian needs.

 

Next, Secretary Kerry travels to Germany to participate in the 51st Munich Security Conference, February 6-8. The Secretary will deliver remarks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

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Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
February 6, 2015
I think the work around option is the best way forward. I'm sure he doesn't have the support he needs too keep up a long civil war with is own people. Which means he is wasting his time an his peoples lives.
Herb B.
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United States
February 6, 2015
You can't make this stuff up. First the U.S. arms Islamic radicals in Libya and Syria, who then turn right around and use our own weaponry against us. Well, that was a learning experience, wasn't it? So then we fund and promote a neo-Nazi movement in Ukraine, engineer a coup d'etat in the name of "democracy", and install a puppet government which includes Yatsenyuk ("Yats is the guy" -- Victoria Nuland), who believes that Hitler was the innocent victim of Russian aggression in World War II. Great job, guys! What will you do for an encore?
Carla F.
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United States
February 6, 2015
We should be helping Greece, not a bunch of ultra-right wing terrorists in Ukraine. ISIS only burned one man alive; the Kiev regime burned 42 in Donbass.
jon r.
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New Jersey, USA
February 9, 2015
Sanctions? No defensive weapons yesterday or eyes in sky? Minor s-l-o-w sanctions? War crime court? This appears the White house is extremely nonchalant with Ukraine “crises” or is it death. One would believe Russia will wait out sanctions for years while enslaving Ukraine. Without regards to Russia’s common people, Putin is promising the oligarchs, wait a few years, and after taking Ukraine they may divide up the sex trade, human trafficking, drug market, slave labor, tax skims, vodka trade, and financial plunder …. Worth the pain to gain the Ukraine !

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