Helsinki Commission hearing with Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland: April 9 2014
Helsinki Commission hearing with Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland
April 9 2014
Opening Statement of Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman U.S. Helsinki Commission
Let me welcome everyone here today and thank you, Assistant Secretary Nuland, for agreeing to participate in this important and timely hearing. I look forward to examining the current situation in Ukraine and discussing how the United States, together with the international community, including the EU and the OSCE, can best assist Ukraine and deter further Russian aggression.
Since late November, Ukraine has been in turmoil, with a deteriorating economy and public unrest by millions of protestors fed up with the human rights and democracy rollback, and the massive corruption that characterized the four-year rule of Viktor Yanukovych. The largely peaceful protests culminated in a violent crackdown, resulting in the killing of more than 80 people in just a span of 3 days. This, in…
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