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Sec. Kerry Pays Tribute to Protesters Who Died

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The U.S. is showing its support today for Ukraine's new leadership.
 
Secretary of State John Kerry walked the streets of Kiev, where nearly 100 anti-government protesters were gunned down by police last month. To people who pleaded for American help, Kerry promised that aid is on the way. The Obama administration has already announced a $1 billion energy subsidy package. And Kerry told Ukrainians that Obama is "planning more assistance."
 
Kerry left a bouquet of roses at a shrine set up to memorialize protesters killed during the unrest.
 
The visit, lasting just hours, comes as Ukraine's government grapples with a Russian military takeover of Crimea -- a mostly pro-Russian region in southeastern Ukraine.
 
U.S. officials traveling with Kerry say the Obama administration is considering slapping Russia with unspecified economic sanctions as soon as this week. Members of Congress say they're preparing legislation that would impose sanctions.
 
But Russia's Vladimir Putin says he won't be deterred by economic sanctions from the West.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama says Russia's military invasion of Ukraine could end up driving countries away from Russia, instead of closer to it.
 
He says there is room for Ukraine to be a friend of both the West and of Russia.
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent Russia forces into the Crimean region of Ukraine, saying he needs to protect Russian interests there.
 
Obama also says Putin must be guided by a different set of lawyers making different determinations about his actions. Obama says there is a strong belief around the world that Russia's actions are violating international law and that force shouldn't be used to exert influence inside Ukraine. 
 
Obama commented Tuesday in Washington after discussing highlights of the $3.9 trillion government budget he's sending to Congress.

And - the NATO alliance and Russia have agreed to discuss the latest developments in Ukraine at a special meeting on Wednesday.
 
The alliance announced that an extraordinary NATO-Russia council will convene at the suggestion of alliance secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Russia agreed to the meeting on Tuesday, when NATO ambassadors were further discussing the crisis among themselves.
 
Rasmussen has said Russia's military intervention in Ukraine is in violation of the U.N. charter and threatens peace and security in Europe. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Moscow reserves the right to use its military to protect Russians there but voiced hope it won't need to do so.   (AP) 

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