Ukrainians this week observed the 25th anniversary of
independence from the Soviet Union.
Ukraine’s independence today has never been more
threatened, as Russia has
invaded parts of it and even annexed Crimea, and supports pro-Russian rebels
fighting to separate lands from Ukraine,
despite the Russian Federation’s
treaty obligations, as the successor to the Soviets, in which it acknowledges Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial
integrity, including Crimea. Two and a half thousand Ukrainian soldiers
have been killed in the fighting in eastern Ukraine, as well as many
I congratulate the people of
their quarter century of independence, and wish them the blessings of continued
independence and sovereignty, as well as peace, liberty, representative
government and prosperity.