Kiev : Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Kiev on Tuesday to show US support for the fledgling Ukraine government, and the Obama administration announced with his arrival a $1 billion energy subsidy package, reports AP.
The fast-moving developments came as the United States readied economic sanctions amid worries that Moscow was ready to stretch its military reach further into the mainland of the former Soviet republic.
While on the ground, Kerry was planning to pay homage to the dozens of protesters who were slain on February 20 in anti-government demonstrations which culminated days later in the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych.
As Kerry arrived, the White House announced the package of energy aid, along with training for financial and election institutions and anti-corruption efforts. US officials traveling with Kerry, speaking on grounds of anonymity, said the Obama administration is considering slapping Russia with unspecified economic sanctions as soon as this week.