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 USA to Help Ukraine to Return Crimea - Obama

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President of the United States Barack Obama congratulated Ukraine on successful election and promised Ukrainian government to assist to return Crimea

Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.

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"On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the people of Ukraine on holding successful parliamentary elections on October 26. Despite a challenging security environment in certain regions, millions of Ukrainians turned out across the country to cast their ballots in an orderly and peaceful manner. I commend the government of Ukraine for the conduct of the campaign and election day vote, which international monitoring organizations assess to have been largely in line with international standards," Obama stated.

"I t is clear that Russian authorities occupying Crimea and Russian-backed separatists in parts of eastern U kraine prevented many Ukrainian citizens from exercising their democratic rights to participate in national elections and cast their votes, Obama noted.

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With "Russian authorities occupying Crimea and Russian-backed separatists in parts of eastern Ukraine [preventing] many Ukrainian citizens from exercising their democratic rights," Obama called on Moscow to allow voters in the restive Donetsk and Luhansk to freely hold elections, scheduled by Kyiv for December 7.

Apparently in response to reports that rebels plan to hold their own polls on November 2, Obama said that the "United States will not recognize any election held in separatist-held areas that does not comport with Ukrainian law."

Calling Sunday's election an "important milestone in Ukraine's democratic development," Obama also pledged continued U.S. support.

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"The United States also will continue to support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity as it works toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the east and a return of Crimea, and will stand with its people as they seek to build a more secure, prosperous, and democratic future," said Obama.

 
 
 
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