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 Odesa - temporary home of Ukrainian Navy. Ships to return to Crimea, - U.S. ambassador Pyatt

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt said the United States are committed to supporting Ukraine and consider Russia's annexation of Crimea illegal.

As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, he announced this at a briefing in Odesa after launching the international maritime exercise Sea Breeze-2015.

According to Pyatt, Odesa is a cosmopolitan and global city, center of reforms and modernization of the Ukrainian state, as well as a temporary home of the Ukrainian Navy. "I want to underline Odesa is a temporary home of the Ukrainian Navy - because the United States does not, and will not, recognize Russia's invasion and illegal annexation of Crimea. We are deeply committed to standing by the Ukrainian people at this time of testing, " Pyatt said.

In this context he expressed appreciation to the United States Sixth Fleet commander James Foggo and all 300 sailors of the USS Donald Cook for coming to Odesa in order to build operational partnership with the Ukrainian Navy.

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The ambassador noted that almost a year an a half ago he was on board the Ukrainian flagman Hetman Sahaidachnyi, where the current exercise was talked over. According to Pyatt, he is profoundly impressed by the steps that Ukraine made in that time to strengthen its capacity to defend its own sovereign territory. "It's an important message to the Ukrainian people that this exercise involves not just the United States and Ukraine, but eleven regional and NATO partners. Ukraine is not alone. We recognize that you are defending your own sovereign territory against a relentless aggressor. And we are confident that through your progress and reform and through the courage and tenacity of the Ukrainian people you will prevail," the ambassador said.Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n350160