UPDATE: Joe Biden heads to Ukraine

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Biden is expected to meet Ukraine

Diplomacy is shaky, with the US still considering sanctions against Russia.

KIEV, UKRAINE (NBC) - Vice president Joe Biden arrived in Ukraine's capital Monday for talks on the country's crisis.

Biden is expected to meet Ukraine's acting Prime Minister and president along with legislators and democracy activists.

Meanwhile, pro-Russian militias continued to occupy buildings in eastern Ukraine despite a four-way agreement aimed at de-escalating the situation.

Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and the European Union reached an agreement in Geneva last week to take tentative steps toward calming tensions in Eastern Ukraine.

At least three people were killed during a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia activists in Eastern Ukraine over the weekend.

The violence followed the four-way agreement reached in Geneva last week to take tentative steps toward calming the situation in Eastern Ukraine.

In the city of Donetsk, a German pianist played to a crowd of pro-Russian militia and protesters. He urged everyone in Ukraine to calm down and talk to each other in order to find a solution to the crisis.

Meanwhile in Moscow, Russia's Foreign Minister accused Ukraine of violating the agreement reached in Geneva last week and said the country was doing nothing to reign in extremists.

Sergey Lavrov told journalists the most important thing was to "prevent any kind of violence."

Below is the original text from this story:

KIEV, UKRAINE (NBC) - Vice President Joe Biden is headed to Ukraine Monday morning as the US beats up his support in the region.

The video above shows what's left after a deadly Easter shootout in Eastern Ukraine, shattering last week's truce with Russia.

Keeping Eastern Ukraine safe is on the Vice President's agenda as he travels to Kiev today. That, plus ensuring free and fair elections there next month.

Diplomacy is shaky, with the US still considering sanctions against Russia.

Now there's word the US is sending 150 soldiers to training exercises in nearby Poland and Estonia to reassure our NATO allies the US has their back if Russia tries to take over parts of Eastern Ukraine.

Lawmakers here say Europe should be worried.


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