HARTFORD—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, released the following statement on the announcement of the formation of a new government in Ukraine:

I congratulate Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and his cabinet on the formation of a coalition government.  This announcement brings renewed hope for democracy, unity, and self-determination for the Ukrainian people, who unquestionably brought about this change in their government through sacrifice and perseverance.  The interim government is empowered to prepare for new elections in May and undertake key reforms to strengthen the economy.  While there are surely difficult times ahead, I am encouraged by the efforts of the Parliament to form an inclusive coalition government, and urge its new leaders to work on behalf of all Ukrainians – regardless of regional, ethnic or political affiliations. 

To support Ukraine’s continued progress, I am working with my Senate colleagues on legislation to authorize U.S. financial and technical assistance.  This assistance package will be part of a broader, coordinated program with the European Union, IMF and other international partners.  I encourage the new government to implement the necessary economic reforms to stabilize the economy and set Ukraine on a path to prosperity, including rooting out corruption and increasing transparency in government finances.  Ukraine’s leading industrialists might also consider how they can play a helpful role in stabilizing the economy.   

Finally, I remain deeply concerned about events in Crimea and urge all parties to exercise caution and refrain from further escalating tensions.  The United States has been very clear about our commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which we believe are key factors of stability and security in the region.