The May 25th election in Ukraine of President-elect Petro Poroshenko reaffirms Ukraine's commitment to the democratic process.
The United States, said U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Rosemary DiCarlo, is heartened by President-elect Poroshenko's stated goal to make national reconciliation a priority.
In this regard, the United States welcomes the Ukrainian government's intention to continue the national unity roundtables, which have allowed Ukrainians from all regions to come together to discuss their differing political views. The United States welcomes the Ukrainian parliament's recent Memorandum of Understanding and Peace that calls on all citizens to abandon radical actions, and to protect, promote, and build a democratic, sovereign and united Ukraine.
The United States urges Russia to keep its commitment to recognize the results of the election.
The United States is also encouraged by President-elect Poroshenko’s willingness to seek greater decentralization for the regions, to pursue constitutional reforms following the election, and to engage in dialogue with Russia. The United States urges Russia to keep its commitment to recognize the results of the election and begin to engage with President-elect Poroshenko to resolve the crisis.
Despite progress made with the election the U.S. is deeply concerned by the increased violence in Donetsk and Luhansk, including ongoing reports that separatists continue to carry out criminal actions in parts of eastern Ukraine. The United States recognizes that Ukraine must uphold law and order on Ukrainian territory and calls on the separatists to disarm and end the violence. Russia can and must act to stem such provocative actions.
The United States remains committed to working with Ukraine and other partners to seek de-escalation and the peaceful resolution of the conflict, and to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The United States continues to support the aspirations of the Ukrainian people for a prosperous, sovereign, independent, and united Ukraine, including the Crimea region, with strong ties to both east and west.