The United States is closely monitoring developments in Ukraine. In a statement on February 22, 2014, the White House Press Secretary said, "We have consistently advocated a de-escalation of violence, constitutional change, a coalition government, and early elections, and today's developments could move us closer to that goal. The unshakeable principle guiding events must be that the people of Ukraine determine their own future. We welcome constructive work in the Rada and continue to urge the prompt formation of a broad, technocratic government of national unity. We welcome former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s release from a prison hospital today, and we wish her a speedy recovery as she seeks the appropriate medical treatment that she has long needed and sought.
"We continue to urge an end to violence by all sides and a focus on peaceful, democratic dialogue, working pursuant to Ukraine's constitution and through its institutions of government. Going forward, we will work with our allies, with Russia, and with appropriate European and international organizations to support a strong, prosperous, unified, and democratic Ukraine. Going forward, the Ukrainian people should know that the United States deeply values our long-standing ties with Ukraine and will support them as they pursue a path of democracy and economic development."
For more information:
- Statement by the White House Press Secretary on Ukraine, February 22, 2014
- Readout of President Obama's Call with Russian President Putin, February 21, 2014
- Special State Department Briefing on the Situation in Ukraine, February 21, 2014
- U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Pyatt's Interview with BBC Newshour, February 21, 2014
- U.S. Department of State Country Page on Ukraine