Ukrainian army for one year has become stronger and more efficient due to the experience acquired in the process of confrontation "blatant threats to international security," said U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Jeffrey Payette.
On Tuesday, the Ambassador spoke at the opening ceremony of the international naval exercises "Sea breeze" in Odessa, which are held With the participation of eleven countries, among them USA.
"In many ways it (Ukraine) other country in comparison with the one in which I then (a year ago) was, and indeed it is more capable and strong Ukrainian army is, tested by battle, which was opposed by one of the most egregious threats to the fundamental principles of respect for international borders that govern international security," said Pyatt.
The diplomat said the " courage and dignity ", which the Ukrainian sailors showed Upon accession of Crimea to Russia.
"I am very proud of the partnership that we have established with the Ukrainian government in mutual work to support a peaceful and prosperous Black sea region ", - said the Ambassador.
Pyatt also renewed the U.S. commitment to support the "sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and Odessa called" temporary home to the Ukrainian Navy."
Ukraine is now in a serious political crisis, which affects its economy and the public sector, in fact the country is on the verge of default. Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that in 2015, the country faces the challenge to survive, it will be difficult to absolutely all social strata.
Prior to joining the Crimea to Russia as the main base of the naval forces of Ukraine Sevastopol. Crimea and located on the Crimean Peninsula Sevastopol became the Russian regions in March 2014 after a referendum in which over 90% of residents voted for secession from Ukraine and reunification with Russia.
in April of last year the Ukrainian authorities began in the Donbass military action against dissatisfied with the coup d'etat of residents of the region. According to the summary data of the UN, the victims of the conflict were about 6, 8 thousand people. The Ukrainian authorities and the West blame Russian Federation of interfering In Ukraine's internal Affairs. Russia denies it and calls such accusations are unacceptable. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict and is not privy to the events in the South-East, is interested in Ukraine overcame political and economic crisis.