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A Guide to the United States' History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Ukraine

Summary

The U.S. recognized Ukraine after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. The United States has traditionally sought to promote Ukrainian political and economic stability since the Ukraine declared independence from Russia. U.S. relations with the Ukraine have, however, been complicated by Ukraine’s historical relationship with Russia.

Modern Flag of Ukraine

Modern Flag of Ukraine

Recognition

U.S. Recognition of Ukraine, 1991.

The United States recognized Ukraine’s independence on December 25, 1991, when President George H.W. Bush announced the decision in an address to the nation regarding the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Ukraine previously had been a constituent republic of the USSR.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1991.

Diplomatic relations were established on December 25, 1991, when President George H.W. Bush announced the decision in an address to the nation regarding the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Establishment of the American Embassy in Kiev (Kyiv), 1992.

The American Embassy in Kiev was established on January 23, 1992, with Jon Gundersen as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.

Resources

  • Department of State Country Fact Sheet: Ukraine
  • Department of State Country Information: Ukraine

Resources

  • Ukraine in World Wide Diplomatic Archives Index