10:11 Nov. 11, 2016
U.S. support to Ukraine is of utmost importance as the country battles gainst a combined force of pro-Russian separatists and Russian regulars in the east
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko congratulated Donald Trump on his election win by inviting the newly minted U.S. president-elect to visit the war-torn, Eastern European country.
"This is a symbol of true democracy when nobody knew the results of the elections until the very last moment," Poroshenko told U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during a Wednesday meeting, according to a statement released by the Presidential Administration of Ukraine.
"And this is a feature of true democracy always professed and promoted by our reliable and strategic American partners and friends," Poroshenko said.
According to the statement, Poroshenko invited Trump to visit Ukraine. President Barack Obama never visited Ukraine during his presidency, and a visit by a President Trump early in his tenure would be a key diplomatic win for Poroshenko.
By winning the U.S. presidency, Trump "assumed responsibility for the global leadership of the United States in the democratic world," Poroshenko said.
Ukraine considers U.S. support essential to its war effort—both in practical, operational terms, and as a diplomatic shot across the bow to Moscow.
About 300 U.S. Army soldiers are currently deployed in western Ukraine as part of a training mission for Ukraine's military, and the U.S. Navy has had an important role in the rebuilding of Ukraine's navy. U.S. military advisers are also in Ukraine in a variety of other noncombat missions.