U.S.–Ukraine Partnership

  • Post category:Issue XIX

Marie Yovanovitch
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Ukraine

DOI https://doi.org/10.37837/2707-7683-2018-28

Abstract. The article states that the US is eager to see Ukraine become a stable and democratic state, and that a team of the US Embassy provides assistance for Ukrainian partners. Attention is also attached to the fact that since the Revolution of Dignity, Ukraine has undertaken a range of important steps in the implementation of judicial, defence, and economic reforms.
The US supports legislation on the anti-corruption court, activities of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine, and efforts Ukraine exerts to restore economic stability, economic growth, cleaning-up of the banking sector, enhancement of the management of state enterprises in the field of energy, reformation of traffic police, and provision of more resources and powers to cities and localities for a better life of their residents.
The states preserve strong cultural ties between them via education, professional exchange programs, and other initiatives. Despite the progress made, a lot of work is still pending to ensure the victims of Ukraine in the Maidan and in Donbas were not in vain. Corruption is still a zeitgeist challenge, the major obstacle for Ukraine to achieve its Euro-Atlantic aspirations. The US will further support reforms in Ukraine and side with it in the struggle against the Russian aggression. Since the outbreak of crisis, the US and European partners have united to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The sanctions related to the Minsk agreements will be maintained until Russia fully complies with the provisions of the Minsk Accords and leaves Donbas. The sanctions in respect of Crimea will be in force unlil Russia returns the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine. Until all of these critical issues are resolved, it is impossible to forge relations with Russia in a business-as-usual fashion. The US will consistently support Ukraine in the face of the Russian aggression.
Keywords: the US, reforms, Maidan, Donbas, Ukraine.

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