Kerry visits Ukraine as Obama administration announces $1B loan

KIEV, Ukraine (AP)- The U.S. showed its support Tuesday, March 4, for Ukraine's new leadership as Russian president Vladimir Putin spoke out against Western involvement.

Secretary of State John Kerry walked through Kiev today, where police gunned down nearly 100 anti-government protesters last month. Kerry promised those clamoring for American assistance that aid was on the way.

The Obama administration announced a $1 billion energy subsidy package, and Kerry told Ukrainians that Obama is planning even more assistance.

Kerry left a bouquet of roses at a shrine set up to memorialize protesters killed during the unrest.

U.S. officials traveling with Kerry say the Obama administration is considering slapping Russia with economic sanctions, but Putin already said he won't be deterred.

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