Kerry shows US support for Ukraine

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 4, 2014 at 9:11 a.m.



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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The U.S. is showing its support today for Ukraine's new leadership.

Secretary of State John Kerry walked the streets of Kiev, where nearly 100 anti-government protesters were gunned down by police last month. To people who pleaded for American help, Kerry promised that aid is on the way. The Obama administration has already announced a $1 billion energy subsidy package. And Kerry told Ukrainians that Obama is "planning more assistance."

Kerry left a bouquet of roses at a shrine set up to memorialize protesters killed during the unrest.

The visit, lasting just hours, comes as Ukraine's government grapples with a Russian military takeover of Crimea -- a mostly pro-Russian region in southeastern Ukraine.

U.S. officials traveling with Kerry say the Obama administration is considering slapping Russia with unspecified economic sanctions as soon as this week. Members of Congress say they're preparing legislation that would impose sanctions.

But Russia's Vladimir Putin says he won't be deterred by economic sanctions from the West.

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144-w-34-(Matt Small, AP correspondent, with former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul on NBC 'Today')--Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Ukraine's capital. AP correspondent Matt Small reports. (4 Mar 2014)

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146-c-20-(Laura Mills, AP correspondent)-"their own economies"-AP correspondent Laura Mills reports that Russia's president is warning the West not to impose sanctions. (4 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO UKRM117: Secretary of State John Kerry visits the Shrine of the Fallen in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The Shrine of the Fallen, located on Institutska Street, honors the fallen Heroes of the "Heavenly Sotnya" (Hundred). Over the course of the EuroMaidan protests, almost 100 protesters were killed by police. AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool) (4 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO XEL107: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry greets Ukrainians in center Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, March, 4, 2014. In a somber show of U.S. support for Ukraine's new leadership, Secretary of State John Kerry walked the streets Tuesday where nearly 100 anti-government protesters were gunned down by police last month, and promised beseeching crowds that American aid is on the way. The Obama administration announced a $1 billion energy subsidy package in Washington as Kerry was arriving in Kiev.( (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) (4 Mar 2014)

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