President Obama: ‘We’re Going to Stand Firm’ in Support of Ukraine

President Barack Obama is scheduled to make a statement regarding Ukraine from the White House briefing room at approximately 10:45am ET on Monday morning, March 17th. On Sunday, the Crimea region of Ukraine voted to join Russia, a move Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin “would never be recognized” by the United States.

UPDATE (11am ET): In a short, four minute statement on the yesterday’s vote and U.S. action moving forward, President Obama said, “The future of Ukraine must be decided by the people of Ukraine. That means Ukraine’s sovereignty and integrity must be respected.” Calling the Crimea vote “a clear violation of Ukrainian constitutions and international law,” the president vowed to expand the scope of sanctions of Russia.

“Throughout this process we are going to stand firm in our unwavering support for Ukraine,” Obama said. “The United States stands with with the people of Ukraine and their right to determine their own destiny.”

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