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Ukraine, United States are united in their commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity in face of continued Russian aggression – Kyiv-Washington joint statement

KYIV. Sept 2 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The United States supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and reaffirms its full support for international efforts aimed at resolving the conflict unleashed by Russia in Donbas, according to a joint statement by Ukraine and the United States, released on the website of the President’s Office on Wednesday.

"Russia’s aggression, including the war in eastern Ukraine and its seizure of Crimea, has claimed more than 14,000 Ukrainian lives, destabilized Europe and the Black Sea region, and threatened the global rules-based order. The United States does not and will never recognize Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea and reaffirms its full support for international efforts, including in the Normandy Format, aimed at negotiating a diplomatic resolution to the Russian-led conflict in eastern Ukraine on the basis of international law, including the UN Charter," according to the document.

It is noted that the United States supports Ukraine’s efforts to use the Crimea Platform to focus international attention and action on the humanitarian and security costs of Russia’s occupation of Crimea with the aim of peacefully restoring Ukraine’s control over this territory in accordance with international law.

"Together, we call on Russia to recommit to the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and engage genuinely in conflict resolution efforts to end the war," according to the statement.