Ukrainian Reforms Two Years After the Maidan Revolution and the Russian Invasion, Hearing Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, March 15, 2016   [open pdf - 834KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the March 15, 2016 hearing on "Ukrainian Reforms Two Years After the Maidan Revolution and the Russian Invasion" held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the statement of Victoria Nuland: "We have stood by Ukraine for more than two years as Russia has sought to stymie its democratic rebirth at every turn -- with political pressure, economic pressure, and with unprecedented military aggression and violation of international law. Any set of leaders would be challenged to lead their country in this environment. Today, however, Ukraine's European future is put at risk as much by enemies within as by external forces. The oligarchs and kleptocrats who controlled Ukraine for decades know their business model will be broken if Maidan reformers succeed in 2016. They are fighting back with a vengeance, using all the levers of the old system: their control of the media, state owned enterprises, Rada deputies, the courts and the political machinery, while holding old loyalties and threats over the heads of decision-makers to block change." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Victoria Nuland, Ian Brzezinski, and John E. Herbst

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