In his message John Kerry recalled the Act of Independence the Verhovna Rada approved in 1991.
“For two dozen years, we have supported the efforts of your citizens to build a strong, stable, and democratic country. Despite huge challenges, you have made remarkable strides toward this goal. You have stood up to a despotic regime, a corrupt bureaucracy, and an aggressive neighbor—all in the name of a free, democratic, and prosperous future,” said US Secretary of State. The statement was released August 22 on the official website.
During his most recent visit to Kyiv John Kerry was inspired by remarkable strength of the Ukrainian people. "Together, we will uphold the right of your citizens to choose your own path, free from external coercion. Together, we will seek an end to conflict and bloodshed through full implementation of the Minsk Protocols. And together, we will ensure that Ukraine is free to continue the important work of strengthening its political, economic, and cultural institutions," assures John Kerry on behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States.