Posted: Tuesday, April 22nd 2014 at 7:22am
Biden tells Ukrainian leaders US stands with them
By The Associated Press
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, right, greets a member of the Ukrainian parliament during a meeting Tuesday, April 22, 21014 in Kiev. Biden's visit to Ukraine comes at a crucial time, days after an international agreement was reached aimed at quelling violence in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Supinsky, Pool)
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is warning Russia that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine.
Biden spoke Tuesday after meeting with Ukrainian officials in their capital, Kiev.
The vice president also announced the United States will provide an additional $50 million to help Ukraine's beleaguered government with political and economic reforms.
The money includes $11 million to help conduct the May 25 presidential election, including voter education, administration and oversight. It also will help fund expert teams from U.S. government agencies to help Ukraine to reduce its reliance on energy supplies from Russia. Other technical advisers will help fight corruption.
The White House has also announced $8 million in nonlethal military assistance for the Ukrainian armed forces, including bomb-disposal equipment, communications gear and vehicles.
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