US Vice President Biden to Meet Ukraine's Yatsenyuk, Turchynov

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Bulgaria: US Vice President Biden to Meet Ukraine's Yatsenyuk, Turchynov US Vice President Joe Biden waves after landing at Kiev`s airport Boryspil, Ukraine, 21 April 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

US Vice-President Joe Biden is due to hold talks with the Ukrainian leadership on Tuesday.

Biden is to meet the country's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and interim President Oleksandr Turchynov.

He is also expected to announce that the US will provide economic and energy-related assistance to the government.

May 25's presidential elections in Ukraine will also be on the agenda, according to the BBC. Other sources suggest help by the US might also include "non-lethal military assistance".

Unconfirmed earlier reports have hinted that Biden, who is the highest-level official to arrive in Ukraine since the start of the crisis, will also approach subjects as expanding shale gas projects to reduce Ukraine's energy dependence.

The official visit to Kiev is aimed at showing support for the leadership, which is struggling to deal with an economic crisis and unrest in the east and south of the country.

It comes amid increased tensions near Ukraine's border with Russia, where a few incidents over the weekend have violated last Thursday's Geneva accord.

At a meeting in Switzerland, Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the US agreed that illegal groups across the Ukrainian territory be disarmed and that pro-Russian protesters occupying buildings in at least nine towns and cities hand down their weapons and withdraw.

Activists have so far refused to abide by the agreement, saying they will remain at their barricades until the government resigns.

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Liberty - 24 Apr 2014 // 15:19:23

Free Simon Ostrovsky Russia!!!!!!!!!

Free Simon!!!!!! - 24 Apr 2014 // 00:06:05

Vice News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky is being held hostage by Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. Join me in demanding his release!!!

normaawhite - 23 Apr 2014 // 12:32:37

German businesses dont want sanctions, London banks dont want sanctions, Holland, Italy and Spain dont want sanctions so sanction costs to Russia will be small.
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Optimistic - 23 Apr 2014 // 11:39:50

Russia is being rewarded for being a source of peace and stability in the region.

The Crimean people choose to join Russia.

Germany is buying Russian gas at market rates and giving it to the Ukraine.

When the IMF gives the 18 billion of mainly US money to the Ukraine 2 billion will go to Russia.

German businesses dont want sanctions, London banks dont want sanctions, Holland, Italy and Spain dont want sanctions so sanction costs to Russia will be small.

So IMF hand over the mainly US money to the Ukraine so Moscow can get its share and have massive parties in Red Square.

Warfou - 23 Apr 2014 // 02:15:56

The simple fact, that at least a "chunk" may go to Putin is exactly what ceases the IMF payment. The stolen Crimea is worth a little more.

Optimistic - 22 Apr 2014 // 21:12:29

Captain America hand over the money, a nice chunk will go to Russia and your new facist friends will steal the rest.

Reading the Western media today Biden did complain about the high level of corruption in the Ukraine, Im sure his new friends will be honest and not steal what is left after paying the gas bill.

Captain America - 22 Apr 2014 // 21:06:18

In other words, "Optimistic": this is a hostage crisis on a national government scale. For this, Russia should be removed from the UN Security Council.

Optimistic - 22 Apr 2014 // 21:02:03

Joe Biden where is the 18 billion euros that the IMF promised the Ukraine?

The US is the largest supplier of money to the IMF so cut the crap and hand over the money, whats the problem are you afraid your new best facist friends will steal it?

I am so looking forward to the Ukraine getting the money because 2 billion will go to the Russian Federation to pay the gas bill.

In the future Germany can buy the gas off Russia and give it to the Ukraine so Russia will be doing rather well out of it all.

And you guys can fuck the Western Ukranian Government to make sure they fuck their own people and expand US values in Europe.

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