Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

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Vice President Joe Biden arrives for the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama at the US Capitol on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. The oath is to be administered by US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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by NEDRA PICKLER

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 21 at 11:59 AM

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden hopes to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine by meeting with its leaders as they deal with their confrontation with Russia.
 
   Biden arrived Monday for a two-day visit to the capital, Kiev. He has meetings Tuesday with the acting Ukrainian prime minister and president. He also is scheduled to meet with legislators and democracy activists before returning to Washington Tuesday night.
 
   He plans to announce new technical support to the Ukrainian government to implement energy and economic reforms.
 
   Despite a new agreement aimed at easing tensions, a shootout Sunday at a checkpoint in eastern Ukraine left at least three dead and Ukrainian and Russian officials trading accusations of blame.
 

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