U.S. Policy In Ukraine: Countering Russia and Driving Reform, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, March 10, 2015   [open pdf - 779KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the March 10, 2015 hearing "U.S. Policy In Ukraine: Countering Russia and Driving Reform," held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Chairman Bob Corker: "By equipping Ukraine with the means to impose a greater military cost on Russia, the United States will be contributing to a quicker, fairer, and more stable settlement of the conflict. But our support for Ukraine must go beyond simply imposing costs on Russia. Ukraine's foreign currency reserves have diminished to a month's worth of imports, the Ukrainian currency has lost 80 percent of its value since April 2014, and its economy continues to teeter on the brink of collapse. At the same time, while I believe the government in Kyiv is genuinely committed to reform, more needs to be done by the Ukrainian authorities to move forward with these reforms, especially in the energy sector, where corruption siphons billions of dollars away from the budget each year. Even if the United States does more to help Ukraine and Kyiv defeats the Russian-backed rebels, but the Ukrainian economy implodes in the process, we have failed and Putin has succeeded. As a matter of fact, he has had an even greater success if that occurs. This is why the United States must have a comprehensive strategy that will both counter Russian aggression but also drive political, economic, and anti-corruption reforms in Ukraine. During this hearing, I hope to have a detailed discussion that explores the situation in eastern Ukraine since the Minsk ceasefire agreement was signed, examines why the United States has failed to provide Ukraine with lethal military assistance, and considers additional ways to support Ukraine with its ongoing economic challenges." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Victoria Nuland, Brian P. McKeon, Ramin Toloui, Frank Pandolfe, John C. Kornblum, and John Herbst.

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