Travel announcements are curated from he U.S. Department of State web site.
Keep in mind this does not count trips by staff from the White House, Congress or the CIA. That means we are not counting trips by John “Crazy Eyes” McCain, or the super “not so” secret undercover trips of CIA Director John O. Brennan.
We are also not counting E.U. Brussels official trips to Ukraine, European Heads of State trips to Ukraine, or Hunter Biden weekend party benders with business partner Oligarch Igor Kolomoisky in Dnipropetrovsk.
This also does not count all the official, and unofficial, trips by Ukraine government officials, PM Arseniy “Yatz” Yatsenyuk, or President Petro “Choco-King” Poroshenko to Washington or Brussels during the year.
Let’s take a look at the real Ukraine invasion
Starting from a couple of months before the coup (prep work no doubt), up to today’s triumphant western regime change fiasco.
- October 21-25, 2013
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Thomas O. Melia, will lead an interagency delegation to Kyiv, Ukraine for the sixth meeting of the U.S.-Ukraine Political Dialogue/Rule of Law Working Group, October 21-25. The delegation will include Paige Alexander, Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development and Catherine Newcombe, Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development program.
- November 3-4, 2013
Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland will travel to Budapest, Hungary; Istanbul and Adana, Turkey; and Kyiv, Ukraine. On November 3-4, in Kyiv, she will meet with senior government officials and parliamentarians from multiple political parties and discuss bilateral issues as well as Ukraine’s European aspirations.
- November 12-15, 2013
Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ira Forman will visit Ukraine November 12-15, 2013 for meetings with religious, government, and community leaders to discuss and encourage efforts to combat anti-Semitism and promote religious freedom. In addition to Kyiv, the Special Envoy will travel to Dnipropetrovsk and Lviv to visit Jewish heritage sites and the campus of the Ukrainian Catholic University. In Dnipropetrovsk, he will tour the Menorah Cultural and Community Center and meet with local government officials. In Kyiv, SEAS Forman will meet the Chief Rabbi of Ukraine, tour Babyn Yar, and meet with representatives of Jewish organizations and scholars of Holocaust studies programs.
- December 5, 2013
In Kyiv, Ukraine on December 5, Assistant Secretary Nuland and Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will participate in the Ministerial meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and meet with civil society representatives from across the OSCE region. Assistant Secretary Nuland will also engage in bilateral meetings with Ukrainian officials, parliamentary leaders, and civil society.
- February 6, 2014
In Kyiv, Assistant Secretary Nuland will meet with government officials, opposition leaders, civil society and business leaders to encourage agreement on a new government and plan of action that can put Ukraine back on track toward fulfilling the aspirations of the Ukrainian people for democracy, respect for human rights, European integration and economic growth.
- February 25-26, 2014
Deputy Secretary of State William Burns will travel to Istanbul, Turkey on February 24, and to Kyiv, Ukraine from February 25 to 26. In Kyiv, he will consult with key Ukrainian leaders, the business community, and civil society on U.S. support for Ukraine’s efforts to secure a stable, democratic, inclusive, prosperous future. He will also honor the memory of the victims of the tragic events of last week. He will meet with a range of political, business, and civil society representatives, including Acting President Turchynov, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada, and will urge the new government to take all steps necessary for free and fair presidential elections in May.
- March 3, 2014
On March 3, Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, to join Secretary Kerry for his meetings on March 4. She will then accompany Secretary Kerry to Paris, France, and Rome, Italy.
- March 4, 2014
In Kyiv on March 4, Secretary Kerry will meet with senior representatives of Ukraine’s new government, leaders of the Rada, and members of civil society. The Secretary will reaffirm the United States’ strong support for Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and the right of the Ukrainian people to determine their own future, without outside interference or provocation.
- March 19, 2014
Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Carlos Pascual will travel to Ukraine, Belgium and Moldova from March 19-25. In Ukraine, Special Envoy Pascual will meet with senior officials of the Ukrainian Government and co-chair a meeting of the U.S.-Ukraine Energy Security Working Group, which will focus on efforts to increase Ukraine’s energy security.
- March 20-22, 2014
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman will travel to Ukraine from March 20-22 to meet with senior Ukrainian officials and representatives of civil society. Under Secretary Sherman will reaffirm the United States’ strong support for the Ukrainian people and for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- May 11, 2014
U.S. Department of State’s Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine; Riga, Latvia; and Brussels, Belgium on May 12-16. Under Secretary Stengel will use his trip to stress the need for greater regional engagement to support Ukraine’s upcoming May 25 elections, push back against efforts to delegitimize them and ensure that all Ukrainians are given the chance to decide their future for themselves.
- May 14-16, 2014
Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism (SEAS) Ira Forman will travel to Kyiv, Dnepropetrovsk, Istanbul, Ankara, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv from May 14-28, 2014. SEAS Forman is scheduled to meet with Jewish communal leaders and government officials in Kyiv and Dnepropetrovsk from May 14-16 to assess the situation facing Jewish communities in Ukraine and reaffirm U.S. support for the Ukrainian people.
- October 5, 2014
On October 5, Assistant Secretary Nuland will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, where she will discuss the U.S. commitment to assist ongoing reform efforts in Ukraine, the status of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and U.S. support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity with senior Ukrainian government leaders. Assistant Secretary Nuland will also meet with a broad spectrum of political leaders, civil society groups, regional government officials, and student groups.
- November 17-20, 2014
Coordinator Macon Phillips of the Bureau of International Information Programs will travel to Ukraine November 17 – November 20. On November 19, Coordinator Phillips will speak about strategic communications at the Kyiv Post’s annual Tiger Conference, “Ukraine One Year After The EuroMaidan Revolution.” Coordinator Phillips will also visit the future site of the Kyiv American Center, and meet with members of the Embassy’s youth council, civil society, and the media.
- November 20-23, 2014
November 20-23, Assistant Secretary Nuland will accompany Vice President Joe Biden on his visits to Kyiv, Ukraine, and to Istanbul, Turkey.
Given how often U.S. State Department officials are jetting in and out of Kiev, we thought we would help them out a bit with some accommodation ideas courtesy of AirBnB.
And since money is no obstacle (thank you US taxpayer), we recommend these three slick pads…so that Kerry, Nuland and entourage can live in comfort and style, while they plan out their next ATO, WW3 moves.
For city living, how about this 200m2, Khreschatik corner appt. at $108 a night.
Sleeps 4…maybe Yatz can Yarosh can sleep over as well?
Our how about this entire house outside Kiev city limits, at $2,500 a night.
It sleep like 20 people, so party on! Downside is that Nuland will need to grab a taxi to get to Maidan and pass out her signature cookies to passerbys.
Finally this AirBnB “House on the River” rental might just be the perfect combination of location, luxury and coolness…it even comes with it’s own camouflage boat. And the price, at $899 a night it’s a steal! Sleeps 10 and has 4.5 baths.
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