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On the Occasion of Ukraine's National Day


Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 23, 2012

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On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Ukraine as you celebrate the 21st anniversary of your independence this August 24.

Since securing sovereignty, a generation of Ukrainians has grown up enjoying new freedoms and opportunities. As you continue to strengthen these shared values, know that the United States stands with you. We are committed to helping the Ukrainian people build a democracy that is secure and stable, and working with Ukraine internationally to advance peace and security. We look forward to continuing to build on the strong ties between our governments and the bond between our peoples in the years to come.



PRN: 2012/1338

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