Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt and U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Daniel Baer on Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections

Kyiv, October 26, 2014 

Today we were privileged to observe Ukrainian democracy in action as the nation went to the polls for the second time this year, this time voting for a new Parliament. Over the course of several hours the Embassy visited ten polling places throughout Kyiv to see how this historic day was unfolding.  The election officials, observers and citizens we encountered were eager to discuss election preparations and enthusiastic about their ability to vote, once again, for change. The atmosphere was upbeat and positive. Today’s vote is yet another step in Ukraine’s democratic journey. We congratulate all those at home and around the world who were able to take part and look forward to the assessment of today’s vote by domestic and international observers. The OSCE plans to share a preliminary assessment at a press conference Monday afternoon in Kyiv.