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 Ukraine made more progress on reforms in last two years than in first 23 years of independence, - Yovanovitch

Ambassador Masha Yovanovitch, Nominee to be Ambassador to Ukraine has testified in the Senate to the Foreign Relations Committee on her appointment to Ukraine.

Censor.NET informs citing the press service of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

"Ukraine has made more important progress on reforms in the last two years than it did in its first 23 years of independence. And I am especially optimistic about Ukraine's reform trajectory this year, given several key achievements since the reformation of the coalition and government in April," Yovanovitch noted.

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She stressed that Ukraine overwhelmingly approved constitutional amendments to strengthen judicial independence; raised energy tariffs to 100% of market rates ahead of the IMF's schedule; and replaced a Prosecutor General who had lost the trust of civil society with one who has committed to reforming the PGO.

"These reform achievements are all the more impressive given that they have come in the face of Russian aggression. The best defense against Russian aggression is a successful Ukraine," the diplomat stressed.

As reported, the White House's press service informed earlier of President Obama's intention to appoint Masha Yovanovitch the next U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.

Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has been proposed by Obama for the post of the U.S. Ambassador to Greece.

Yovanovitch currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Between 2001 and 2004 she was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine.

 
 
 
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