Today’s resolution calls for a full, thorough and independent investigation into the horrific downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. When 298 civilians are killed, we agree that we must stop at nothing to determine who is responsible and bring them to justice.
Ambassador Power on UNSC vote on resolution concerning downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. 
President Obama Provides an Update on the Situation in Ukraine

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Yesterday, President Obama provided an update on the situation in Ukraine. Read about it here.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest:
"It is critical that there be a full, credible, and unimpeded international investigation as quickly as possible.  We urge all concerned — Russia, the pro-Russian separatists, and Ukraine — to support an immediate cease-fire in order to ensure safe and unfettered access to the crash site for international investigators and in order to facilitate the recovery of remains." More.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest:

"It is critical that there be a full, credible, and unimpeded international investigation as quickly as possible.  We urge all concerned — Russia, the pro-Russian separatists, and Ukraine — to support an immediate cease-fire in order to ensure safe and unfettered access to the crash site for international investigators and in order to facilitate the recovery of remains." More.

We are horrified by the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. There are no words adequate to express our condolences to the families of the nearly 300 victims. We offer our sympathies and support to the Governments of Malaysia and the Netherlands at this difficult time
Secretary Kerry in statement on Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine. July 17, 2014
We live in a complex world and at a challenging time. And none of these challenges lend themselves to quick or easy solutions, but all of them require American leadership…if we stay patient and determined, that we will, in fact, meet these challenges.
President Obama in his remarks on foreign policy challenges, July 16, 2014.
President Obama in his remarks in Poland on June 4, 2014. 

President Obama in his remarks in Poland on June 4, 2014. 

On behalf of all Americans, I congratulate the people of Ukraine for making their voices heard by voting in their presidential election today.
President Barack Obama, May 25, 2014

What do the elections in Ukraine have to do with the cause of worldwide democracy? Check out this Google+ Hangout with representatives from the U.S., Ukrainian governments and election monitors on the ground in #Ukraine

On Sunday, Ukrainians will go to the polls to vote for a new president…. The May 25 vote is not just a validator of their struggle for change and a harbinger of Ukraine’s future – plenty important enough — it is also a demarcation point between the global struggle for freedom and the forces of repression, of nations being able to choose their own future rather than have it imposed upon them.
Under Secretary Richard Stengel on “The Ukrainian Evolution”. Read more hereFollow Under Secretary Stengel on Twitter @Stengel.
A simple explanation of what sanctions are and the impact they are having on Russia. The actions by the Kremlin’s inner circle of government officials and oligarchs to  destabilize Ukraine are affecting the entire economy. Sanctions are damaging Russia’s investment, its growth, its currency, and its interest rates. Check out the video here.

A simple explanation of what sanctions are and the impact they are having on Russia. The actions by the Kremlin’s inner circle of government officials and oligarchs to  destabilize Ukraine are affecting the entire economy. Sanctions are damaging Russia’s investment, its growth, its currency, and its interest rates. Check out the video here.