The Obama administration issued a joint statement with Ukraine Tuesday condemning Russia’s takeover of the Crimea and saying the U.S. will help Ukraine keep its “territorial integrity.”
“Ukraine and the United States emphasize that they will not recognize Russia’s illegal attempt to annex Crimea,” the nations said. “Crimea is an integral part of Ukraine.”
Ukraine ordered the withdrawal of its troops Monday from the peninsula, effectively surrendering the territory to Russia, whose forces have occupied the region and seized Ukrainian military bases.
President Obama has imposed sanctions against members of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, and the U.S. led an effort to suspend Russia Monday from the G-8 international coalition. Mr. Obama has ruled out military action against Russia.
“As the people of Ukraine work to restore unity, peace, and security to their country, the United States will stand by their side,” the statement said.