Biden meets acting Ukrainian president in Kiev

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives at Borispol airport outside Kiev, Ukraine on Monday April 21, 2014. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues. Biden planned to meet Tuesday with government leaders who took over after pro-Russia Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February following months of protests. The White House said President Barack Obama and Biden agreed he should make the two-day visit to the capital city to send a high-level signal of support for reform efforts being pushed the new government. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is paying a visit to Ukraine's acting president in a high-level show of U.S. support for the embattled government.

Biden and Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov are meeting Tuesday at the building that houses Ukraine's parliament, the Rada. Turchynov also serves as Rada speaker.

Biden later plans to address lawmakers from all regions of Ukraine and meet with its acting prime minister.

The vice president's visit comes at a crucial time, days after an international agreement was reached aimed at quelling violence in Ukraine. Pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern part of the country have been protesting the government in Kiev as it moves toward presidential elections next month.

After his meetings, Biden plans to announce new technical support to the Ukrainian government for energy and economic reforms.

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