Fw: VPotus Pool Report #2

From: Baker, Peter [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Monday, December 07, 2015 01:21 PM
To: Goodman, Meghan K. EOP/OVP
Subject: VPotus Pool Report #2

VPotus Pool Report # 2

Kyiv, Ukraine

Dec. 7, 2015

VPotus left the hotel shortly after noon and made an unannounced stop at the memorial to those killed in the Maidan protests that he tried to visit last year but had to cancel amid protests of the new government.

VPotus emerged coatless from his Suburban on a brisk, but sunny day accompanied by Ambassador Pyatt. The two approached a display of more than 100 photographs of slain protesters. Bouquets of flowers and candles were strewn around the display. Banners with tributes to the killed were mounted behind the pictures.

"Imagine what it was like," Pyatt could be heard telling VPotus. He pointed to surrounding buildings. "Snipers up on the buildings there."

VPotus, with a somber expression, made a point of studying nearly every picture, walking up and down the rows.

He called back to a member of his entourage.

“Colonel, do you have a coin?” he asked.

He was handed a vice president’s command coin, which he placed at the foot of an elaborately carved wooden cross. He noticed that the coin was not heads up and quickly flipped it over.

Pyatt then directed him over to a brick tomb dedicated to the “our sons” and “our brothers.” At the bottom it said in Ukrainian, “Glory to Ukraine.”

“These were all regular people,” Pyatt told VPotus. “You had barricades here. Everything had been burned.” He went on to describe the scene. “You can imagine what it was like.”

After about 10 minutes, VPotus boarded the motorcade again for the very short ride to the House with Chimeras, the government building where he was to meet with President Poroshenko. The courtyard was lined with American and Ukrainian flags.

VPotus again emerged from the Suburban, this time met on a red carpet by Poroshenko. The two shook hands and had a one-arm hug.

“How are you?” VPotus asked.

The two turned to enter the House with Chimeras.

“What building am I entering?” VPotus asked Poroshenko.

Your pool is now holding across the way in the presidential administration building. Below is information from OVP on the memorial, the building where the bilat is being held, the building where the press statements will be made and the participants in the bilat:

Memorial to the Heavenly Hundred

At the top of the Avenue of the Heavenly Hundred (formerly Institutska Street, still the common name) stands an unofficial memorial to those killed during the Maidan protests in February 2014. Called the Heavenly Hundred (the "Hundred" is a Cossack military unit), most of the roughly 100 victims were killed by sniper fire from surrounding buildings. The memorial incorporates photos of the protestors who were killed and a traditional woo

Bi Lat Participants:

United States

-Vice President Joe Biden

-T.H. Geoffrey Pyatt, Ambassador of the US to Ukraine

-T.H. Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs

-T.H. Amos Hochstein, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Department of State

-T.H. Colin Kahl, Ph.D., National Security Advisor to the Vice President

-T.H. Elissa Slotkin, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

-Dr. Charlie Kupchan, Senior Director for European Affairs, NSC

-T.H. Kate Bedingfield, Director of Communications to the Vice President

-Dr. Mike Carpenter, Special Advisor for Europe and Eurasia to the Vice President


-H.E. Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine

-Mr. Borys Lozhkin, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine

-H.E. Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

-H.E. Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, Deputy Chief of Staff, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the President

-Mr. Andriy Taranov, Deputy Chief of Staff

-Mr. Valeriy Chalyi, Ambassador of Ukraine to the US

-Mr. Sviatoslav Tsegolko, Press Secretary of the President

-Mr. Nazar Kholodnytskyi, Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine

House with Chimeras

(Location of arrival and bi lateral meeting)

Built in 1901-1902 by architect Vladyslav Horodetskyi, the building is designed in a whimsical Art Nouveau style. “Chimeras” refers to the grotesque decorative elements on the sides and roof of the building (similar to gargoyles).  Horodetskyi designed the building as his personal home, but was forced to sell due to financial troubles.  It later became a block of communal apartments before being turned into an elite health clinic for the Communist Party of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR).  Since its renovation in 2005, the building has served as the official presidential residence for official ceremonies.  Source:  U.S. Embassy Kyiv

Presidential Administration of Ukraine

(Location of joint Statements)

Known to Ukrainians as “Bankova,” the Presidential Administration building was built in 1936-1939 by Serhiy Hryhoriev in a combination of neo-classical and neo-Ukrainian baroque style.  Originally designed as the headquarters of the Kyiv Special Military District, it now serves as the main offices of both the Ukrainian Presidential Administration and the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.  The façade is dominated by massive Corinthian columns.

Source:  U.S. Embassy Kyiv

Peter Baker

NY Times



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