US President Joe Biden, in a conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy, reaffirmed US support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. This is stated in a message on the White House website.
“President Biden reaffirmed the continued US support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in Donbas and Crimea,” the statement said.
It is noted that Biden also emphasized the commitment of his administration to intensify the strategic partnership of countries in support of Zelensky’s plan to fight corruption and implement a reform program based “on our common democratic values that ensure justice, security, and prosperity for the people of Ukraine.”
“They also discussed the importance of close cooperation between the United States and Ukraine to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen democracy in the region,” the White House website says.
Earlier it was reported that Biden and Zelensky will have a telephone conversation for the first time since the new US president took office. Over the past week, at least three telephone conversations were held between high-ranking officials of the two countries.
Relations between Kyiv and Moscow deteriorated sharply after the reunification of Crimea with Russia in March 2014 and the outbreak of conflict in Donbas in April of the same year. Part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions declared independence. Kyiv tried to retake the rebellious regions by force, but to no avail. Ukraine accuses Russia of armed aggression and occupation of Crimea and regions of Donbas. Moscow does not consider itself a party to the conflict and rejects claims.