Biden visits Ukraine to reassure authorities of US support

US Vice President Joe Biden is in Ukraine for two-days visit to reassure Ukrainian authorities of US support

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) waves next to Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko during a welcoming ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, December 7, 2015

The US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Kiev on Sunday for a two-day visit to show that Syrian War would not desensitise Washington's concerns about Ukraine.

Since Russia launched air attacks in Syria on September 30, Ukrainian authorities have worried about losing western attention on Ukrainian crisis. Therefore, Biden's visit to the country plays a crucial role to restrain Ukraine's top leaders anxiety.

Biden will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Monday and give a speech at the Ukranian Parliament next day.

Fighting between the Ukrainian Army and pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine has diminished since early September. However tensions remain high as a result of the political situation of the separatist areas in the east of the country’s industrial heartland.

Both sides of the conflict accuse each other of igniting the violence.

The conflict broke out in April 2014 after the Russian annexation of Crimea, as separatists backed by Russia took control of most parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine.

At least 8,000 people have been killed in the conflict, while 2 million others have been forced to flee their homes.

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