A boy places flowers on a memorial to those who died during the protests in Kyiv in 2013 and 2014. (Shutterstock)

On the second anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity, the U.S. and international community joined the people of Ukraine in honoring the memory of those who sacrificed their lives to build a more just, democratic and European Ukraine.

In phone calls with Ukraine’s leaders, Vice President Biden said he was inspired by the progress the country has made. Biden urged leaders to unite and accelerate their reform efforts, especially those aimed at fighting corruption, strengthening justice and the rule of law, and fulfilling financial requirements from the International Monetary Fund.

Vice President Biden (left) walks with President Petro Poroshenko during a visit to Ukraine in December. (© AP Images)

State Department spokesman Mark Toner posted a tweet linking to a statement expressing solidarity with Ukrainians and calling on the country’s leaders to respect the will of the people, who want to see real progress.

On Twitter and in a blog post, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt urged Ukraine’s leaders to “put the Ukrainian people first” — above politics and personal interests — and to show the world that there will be no return to the ways of the past.

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power shared a photo from her June 2015 visit to Ukraine, calling it a reminder of the Ukrainian people’s sacrifices for reform.

Many in the international community also voiced support for Ukraine, including Canada’s foreign ministry and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, who shared a photo of the European Square in Kyiv with a heart drawn in the colors of the Ukrainian and Lithuanian flags.

In a joint op-ed, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault reminded the world that Ukraine faces “unprecedented challenges” from Russian undermining of Ukraine’s sovereignty. Steinmeier and Ayrault noted that France, Germany, the EU and many other international partners are there to help Ukraine as it modernizes its government, society and economy. In return for their support, they asked for “clear commitment” from Ukraine’s leaders to continue reforms.

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