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Kerry to visit Ukraine amid rising violence

US secretary of state John Kerry will travel to Ukraine on February 5 as violence flared up in the country this month, according to a statement from the state department.
The top US diplomat will meet with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk, foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin, and members of Ukraine’s parliament, state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was quoted as saying on Saturday.

“The secretary’s visit will highlight the United States’ steadfast support for Ukraine and its people,” Psaki said. Ukrainian authorities said on Friday that at least 35 civilians were killed in the east of the country over the past day, as fighting between government forces and rebels continued to escalate.

Kerry will then travel to Munich between February 6 and 8 to attend the Security Conference. During his stay, Kerry will hold a series of bilateral meetings, including one with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, Psaki added.


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