White House to send Biden to Kiev as conflict with Russia escalates

April 12, 2014 10:53 PM

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WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - United States (US) Vice-President Joe Biden will travel to Kiev on April 22, to demonstrate high-level US support for Ukraine, the White House said on Saturday after expressing concern about escalating tensions in the eastern part of the country.

The White House warned Russia against further military action in Ukraine after armed separatists seized government offices in the eastern city of Slaviansk, saying the situation was reminiscent of what happened before Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea region.

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