Former US secretary of state Albright: Putin lies to Russian people 'on an hourly basis'

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May 26, 2014, 7:21 p.m. | Ukraine Politics — by Brian Bonner

Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko meets with former United States Secretary of State and chairman of the National Democratic Institute, Madeleine Albright, on May 24 in Kyiv. In the background is Laura Jewett, NDI's regional director for Eurasia.

Brian Bonner

Brian Bonner has served as the chief editor of the Kyiv Post since 2008. He also held the job in 1999, three years after first arriving in Ukraine to teach journalism. Bonner is a veteran American journalist who spent most of his professional life with the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota, where he covered international, national and local news during a 20-year career in which he was a staff writer and an assigning editor. For American newspapers, he has reported from abroad in Russia, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Laos. Bonner left the St. Paul newspaper in 2007 to become the associate director of international communications at the Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids in Washington, D.C. He also worked as a member of the core teams with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe during six election observation missions: Ukraine in 1999 and 2002, Belarus in 2000 and 2001, Turkmenistan in 2013 and Kazakhstan in 2004. To contact: email, Facebook at, Twitter @BSBonner, Skype at brian.bonner1959.

Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state, on May 26 castigated Russian President Vladimir Putin’s dishonesty about events in Ukraine and the United States’ role in supporting Ukraine's fledgling democracy.

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