REUTERS

The U.S. Department of State has congratulated the Ukrainian people on parliamentary elections, which took place on July 21.

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"We congratulate the Ukrainian people on this weekend's peaceful and historic parliamentary elections, which delivered a clear result and underscored Ukrainians' commitment to democratic ideals," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a press statement on July 23, 2019.

"We welcome the OSCE's preliminary conclusion that the elections took place with overall respect for fundamental rights and freedoms. We look forward to the OSCE's final recommendations to improve electoral practices and encourage their implementation. We will work with the new Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people as they advance reforms critical to ensuring Ukraine's success," she said.

The spokeswoman also says the United States maintains its unwavering support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.

"We continue to stand with the people of Ukraine as they build a strong, successful, democratic country, secure within its internationally recognized borders," Ortagus added.