Euromaidan: Ukraine Is Europe

Posted by: U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt

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Two years ago, on a cold November night, a simple post on Facebook by a young journalist sparked a series of events that culminated in Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity.

Earlier that same day, Ukraine’s President had rejected a historic free trade deal between Ukraine and the European Union, suddenly and unexpectedly reversing decades of Ukrainian movement toward Europe.

What brought thousands of people out onto Kyiv’s Maidan that night, and in the weeks that followed, was the Ukrainian people’s conviction that UKRAINE IS EUROPE, regardless of what the President decreed.

Ukrainians stood together to demand a future rooted in shared European values – in freedom, dignity, and the right to determine their own future;

Ukrainians stood together to demand a future rooted in shared European values – in freedom, dignity, and the right to determine their own future;

And to prove that Ukraine is, as Ukrainians say, the heart of Europe.

Looking at these pictures, you see why Ukrainians dubbed this the Euromaidan. Everywhere, you see European Union flags.  Everywhere, you see signs declaring confidently that “Ukraine is Europe.”

Two years later, as we commemorate the beginning of the Euromaidan, let’s rekindle that spirit:  that spirit of community,

Of purpose,

Of resolve.

And let’s stand with Ukrainians in their continuing desire to build a better, brighter, European future.

 

3 Things To Know As USS Porter Enters The Black Sea

Information courtesy of U.S. Naval Forces Europe

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U.S. Naval Forces in Europe announced Oct.5  that USS Porter (DDG 78) will enter the Black Sea Tuesday to promote peace and stability in the region.

Here are three things you should know about this mission.

1) USS Porter is forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, and is an Arleigh-Burke-class guided missile-destroyer in the U.S. Navy. It was named after two U.S. Navy officers: Commodore David Porter, who saw service in the War of 1812, and his son Admiral David Dixon Porter, who served as the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy after significant service in the Civil War.

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2) The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with international law. USS Porter is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

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3) This particular mission supports Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine specifically. Continue reading “3 Things To Know As USS Porter Enters The Black Sea”

U.S. Independence Day: Celebrating Freedom and Democracy

Posted by: U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt

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Celebrating U.S. Independence Day in Ukraine, July 2, 2015
Celebrating U.S. Independence Day in Ukraine, July 2, 2015

Last week, the United States marked the 239th anniversary of its independence – and I was lucky enough to celebrate the Fourth of July not once, but twice!   First, on July 2 – the day the Second Continental Congress voted for independence in 1776 – I was delighted to welcome a broad range of luminaries from Ukrainian government, civil society, and business to my home for the Embassy’s annual Independence Day reception.

Celebrating U.S. Independence Day in Ukraine, July 2, 2015
Celebrating U.S. Independence Day in Ukraine, July 2, 2015

Our Marine Security Guards presented the colors in their best dress, visiting members of the U.S. Army Choir sang a moving rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, and Ruslana rocked the Ukrainian national anthem like no one else can.  It was a great opportunity to visit with friends and colleagues, enjoy a taste of home, and celebrate the core values the United States and Ukraine share.  Plus, I got to wear the really great American flag vyshyvanka that was given to me as a gift by our friends at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Celebrating U.S. Independence Day in Ukraine, July 2, 2015
Celebrating U.S. Independence Day in Ukraine, July 2, 2015

On Saturday, the actual Fourth of July, I joined the American Chamber of Commerce for its annual Independence Day Picnic at the Kyiv International School – another fun event with great company, food, and music by our Embassy band, Duck and Cover.

Celebrating U.S. Independence Day in Ukraine, July 2, 2015
Celebrating U.S. Independence Day in Ukraine, July 2, 2015

The Fourth of July has always been my favorite American holiday. Beyond the fireworks, the barbecuing, and the beer, it’s fundamentally about democracy, rule of law, and the principles of freedom. For the early United States, this was no easy road.  In our own Revolution, we had to fight for these principles through hard times, times when democracy seemed like it might be a failed experiment.  At a time when Ukraine is challenged as never before, our Independence Day was a time to look ahead to what Ukraine stands to gain at the end of its own hard road: the self-determination and true democracy that was the central demand of those who stood on the Maidan.

I’m excited to see what the future holds as we work together to accomplish these shared goals. The United States is proud to be a partner as both we and Ukraine strive to perfect our democracies, and we are grateful to have the chance to share this holiday with the people of Ukraine.

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Remarks by Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt at a Reception Celebrating U.S. Independence Day

Three Years, Two Partner Nations, One Mission

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By Master Sgt. Charles D. Larkin, USAF
United States European Command
Stuttgart, Germany, May 5, 2015

Three years ago, United States European Command (EUCOM) consolidated several military installations located throughout Europe. As installations closed and buildings were emptied, office furniture, computers, beds, and other furniture and equipment piled up in warehouses, like the one operated by the US-Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) in Italy.

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U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine speaks at an inauguration ceremony for the Vinnytsia Community Education Center

Thanks to the efforts of EUCOM and DSCA, some of those items were recently given a new home in Vinnytsia, Ukraine. Personnel from the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine, EUCOM officials, and members of local Ukrainian government and non-government organizations gathered at the brand-new Vinnytsia Community Education Center for an inauguration ceremony on April 27.

The project began in 2012 as a request from a local non-government organization. They wanted a resource center in their area to focus on public health and youth education for socially-vulnerable individuals. Additionally, the community center also addresses the problems of internal displaced persons (IDP) and human trafficking. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation — often referred to as a modern-day form of slavery — is a multi-billion dollar criminal activity in Ukraine. Trafficking of women and children for this type of exploitation is a serious problem affecting hundreds of thousands of victims and their families. Continue reading “Three Years, Two Partner Nations, One Mission”

Crimea: Kremlin Mistreats Minorities

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This is the fifth of a five-part series on the costs Russia’s actions have imposed on Crimea.

Under Russia’s broad extremism law, the Russian government has sought to declare that minority religious groups in Crimea are “extremists”. Crimean Tatars, Catholics, and Ukrainian Orthodox faithful face harassment and the confiscation of property simply because of their faith.

The costs of Russia’s actions in Ukraine are real.
Stand United for Ukraine.
Stop Russian Aggression.

Learn more about the costs of Russia’s actions in Ukraine by following #UnitedforUkraine

Crimea: Forced into Russian Citizenship

Posted by ShareAmerica

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This is the fourth of a five-part series on the costs Russia’s actions have imposed on Crimea.

It’s been one year since Russia began its aggressive occupation of Crimea. After the illegal referendum, it was nearly impossible for those Crimeans who wished to retain their Ukrainian citizenship to do so. They were forced instead to become Russian citizens.

The costs of Russia’s actions in Ukraine are real.
Stop Russian aggression.
Stand United for Ukraine.

Learn more about the costs of Russia’s actions in Ukraine by following #UnitedforUkraine

Crimea: Russia’s Illegal Occupation Tanks Tourism

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This is the third of a five-part series on the costs Russia’s actions have imposed on Crimea.

It’s been one year since Russia began its aggressive occupation of Crimea. Since then, the number of visitors to the once tourist hotspot has dropped by 45% – a tough statistic to live with when the income of one in three Crimean families depends on tourism.

The costs of Russia’s actions in Ukraine are real.

Stop Russian aggression.

Stand United for Ukraine.

Learn more about the costs of Russia’s actions in Ukraine by following #UnitedforUkraine