Eastern Ukraine’s Accelerating Humanitarian Crisis

By Mary Jane Maxwell “There’s no peace and shelling takes place daily.” That’s the current situation in Russian-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine, says an archbishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Despite countless truces, Archbishop Serhiy of Donetsk and Mariupol says the Russian-led
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White House on Illegal Elections in Eastern Ukraine

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Illegal Separatist Elections in Eastern Ukraine The United States condemns the illegitimate, so-called “elections” held on Sunday by Russia-backed separatists in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk. These sham elections contravened Ukraine’s constitution, the law on “special status,” and the most basic electoral norms. (more...)

U.S. Envoy at OSCE on Russia’s Violations, Situation in Ukraine

As delivered by Ambassador Daniel Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna In the interest of time I’ve considerably shortened my statement, it covered many of the issues just covered by the European Union. The United States remains deeply concerned by the violence in eastern Ukraine that threatens the ceasefire. Despite (more...)

Facts on Ukraine’s Efforts for Peace, Russia’s Support of Conflict

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. July 14, 2014 FACT SHEET Russia’s Continuing Support for Armed Separatists in Ukraine and Ukraine’s Efforts Toward Peace, Unity, and Stability The United States’ goal throughout the crisis in Ukraine has been to support a democratic Ukraine that is stable, unified, secure both politically (more...)

Ambassador: U.S. Won’t Stand By While Russia Destroys Peace

This essay by U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Matthew Barzun was first published in the online version of the Daily Mail on May 10. by Matthew Barzun Standing up to violence does not require that we be violent ourselves – but it does demand that we stand (more...)

State Dept. on Proof of Russian Support for Destabilizing Ukraine

On April 12, armed pro-Russian militants seized government buildings in a coordinated and professional operation conducted in six cities in eastern Ukraine. Many of the militants were outfitted in bullet-proof vests and camouflage uniforms with insignia removed and carrying Russian-origin weapons. These armed units, some wearing (more...)

Ukraine: Confronting Internal Challenges and External Threats

U.S. Department of State Testimony Victoria Nuland Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Statement Before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) April 9, 2014 " Thank you, Chairman Cardin and Co-Chairman Smith, for inviting me to testify before you today on the situation in Ukraine. It is a (more...)

Kerry Warns Russia to Stop Separatist Actions in Eastern Ukraine

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia to end its separatist actions in eastern Ukraine or face tough new economic sanctions. In congressional testimony, Kerry said the United States and its allies are willing to impose severe new sanctions on Russia against key (more...)

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