President Obama Provides an Update on the Situation in Ukraine

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 21, 2014
President Obama Makes a Statement About Ukraine on July 21, 2014

Today, President Barack Obama provided an update on the situation in Ukraine.  Speaking from the White House, the President said, "It’s now been four days since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine.  Over the last several days, our hearts have been absolutely broken as we’ve learned more about the extraordinary and beautiful lives that were lost -- men, women and children and infants who were killed so suddenly and so senselessly.

"Our immediate focus is on recovering those who were lost, investigating exactly what happened, and putting forward the facts.  We have to make sure that the truth is out and that accountability exists.

"...International investigators are on the ground.  They have been organized.  I’ve sent teams; other countries have sent teams.  They are prepared, they are organized to conduct what should be the kinds of protocols and scouring and collecting of evidence that should follow any international incident like this.  And what they need right now is immediate and full access to the crash site.  They need to be able to conduct a prompt and full and unimpeded as well as transparent investigation.  And recovery personnel have to do the solemn and sacred work on recovering the remains of those who were lost."

President Obama continued, "President Putin says that he supports a full and fair investigation.  And I appreciate those words, but they have to be supported by actions.  The burden now is on Russia to insist that the separatists stop tampering with the evidence, grant investigators who are already on the ground immediate, full and unimpeded access to the crash site.  The separatists and the Russian sponsors are responsible for the safety of the investigators doing their work.

"...[A]s I’ve said throughout this crisis and the crisis in Ukraine generally, and I’ve said this directly to President Putin, as well as publicly, my preference continues to be finding a diplomatic resolution within Ukraine.  I believe that can still happen.  That is my preference today, and it will continue to be my preference."

In closing, President Obama said, "Now is the time for President Putin and Russia to pivot away from the strategy that they’ve been taking and get serious about trying to resolve hostilities within Ukraine in a way that respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and respects the right of the Ukrainian people to make their own decisions about their own lives.

"And time is of the essence.  Our friends and allies need to be able to recover those who were lost.  That's the least we can do.  That's the least that decency demands.  Families deserve to be able to lay their loved ones to rest with dignity.  The world deserves to know exactly what happened.  And the people of Ukraine deserve to determine their own future."

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Ed A.
Georgia, USA
July 22, 2014
RE GAZA: Couldn't the Palestinians be encouraged to use email/twitter to let Israel know where HAMAS and missile/guns are located? Hence the civilians could have a means of protecting themselves by avoiding those places and the IDF could be more exact in their attacks. Just saying.
Andrew A.
July 22, 2014
Empty words. Where is the evidence?
dmytro s.
New Hampshire, USA
July 22, 2014
i would like pinpoint for blind the illegal actions was made by US Embassy(applying and receiving official document with out owner permission and knowing) in Kyev as well as ongoing acupation my home town by Russian Federation(forces and Department of State notice to defer crisis place) as well as corruptions in NY state corporation(3D Imaging CORP {not registered use surgical software by relartive of the owner, not approved medical scanner by manufacturer, for NY patients(VIP, celeb,)etc...}). By coming for my ASYLUM APPLICATION for biometrics was illegal actions took. It was sad the biometrics do not require photo ID(since im processing my passport with Consulate and current only received certificate of citizenship), when i came to local office for BIOMETRICS i was rejected and "adviced" to come back". When in letter sad for BIOMETRICS no PHOTO ID needed for biometrics. PS As result i miss it, but htat person sad something and make note in a letter in some hall way. Very Unprofessional i would like to make all this and that PUBLIC PS final blog coming. My post notify everybody
Irma B.
United States
July 23, 2014
Two questions: why hasn't the U.S. released its satellite intel on the downing of the plane? And why is it bad when the government of Syria wages war against rebel factions, but not bad when the government of Ukraine does it?
Jose R.
Puerto Rico, USA
July 24, 2014
Dear President I will join your words as well, but my concerns above these issue related to the international violence globally . In my humble oppinion I can say that the reason of this sad situation make me believe that they are others interest back stages for those that are looking for extremely power to destroy the democracy and liberty phillosophy. That is why as a USA citizen I will stand in your words to investigate resposabilities of this rude event.


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