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U.S. Secretary of State John ‪‎Kerry‬ noted significant positive changes in Ukraine over the past year
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U.S. Secretary of State John ‪‎Kerry‬ noted significant positive changes that took place in Ukraine over the past year focusing on the establishment of new police, National Anti-Corruption Bureau, increased transparency of governance, constitutional amendments on justice and civil service reform. He also underscored significant progress in the Ukrainian energy sector.

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'Following the meeting with President Petro Poroshenko, the U.S. Secretary of State said: 'Due to the tough decisions of President Poroshenko, the economy of ‪‎Ukraine‬ is growing'. He also noted positive changes in the Prosecutor General’s Office, anti-corruption activities, elimination of oligarchic yoke, reinforcement of the banking system and improvement of the investment climate in Ukraine.

'In any country of the world, at any time, it is a huge agenda and huge achievements. However, given the situation and certain security challenges of your country, it is even more impressive and proves the achievements of the Ukrainian people. Ukraine certainly advances,' John Kerry said.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stressed: 'There is full understanding that Russia‬ and Russia-backed militants are the only ones responsible for the slippage of the peace process in Donbas. We, Ukrainians, are committed to the implementation of the Minsk agreements, and we consider it the road map for peace in Donbas. There can be no effective settlement unless stable and comprehensive security is ensured. We are confident that security is a key component of the Minsk agreements and we insist on its implementation'.

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