Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Meeting with Ukrainian Minister of Defense Ihor Tenyukh
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:
"Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke by phone today with Ukraine's Minister of Defense Ihor Tenyukh, receiving an update on the situation in Crimea.
"Secretary Hagel reiterated that he appreciated the restraint exhibited by Ukrainian Armed Forces and expressed his condolences for the death of the Ukrainian soldier yesterday. He stressed again to Minister Tenyukh that the United States stands by the people of Ukraine, condemns the use of force by the Russian Federation and continues to call for the removal of Russian forces.
"Secretary Hagel assured Minister Tenyukh that he continues to monitor the situation closely, and that it is important for the two leaders to remain in touch with one another."
U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)