The United States appreciates the persistence of Ukraine in the face of the military conflict unleashed by Russia in Donbas and the occupation of Crimea. This is stated in the message of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the Independence Day of Ukraine, published on the website of the US State Department.
"We deeply appreciate the friendship that we have developed over the past 25 years of diplomatic relations, and we highly appreciate your persistence in the face of serious problems, including in the conflict led by Russia in Donbas and the occupation of Russia and an attempt of annexation of Crimea. Despite the difficulties you experienced, the people of Ukraine showed a fierce determination to create economic opportunities, fight corruption and strengthen their democratic institutions, "Tillerson said.
The Secretary assured that the US is proud of its partnership with Ukraine and firmly supports its sovereignty and territorial integrity.