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US prepares $1B aid package for Ukraine



Published: Tue, March 4, 2014 @ 1:30 p.m.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — In a somber show of U.S. support for Ukraine's new leadership, Secretary of State John Kerry walked the streets today where nearly 100 anti-government protesters were gunned down by police last month, and promised beseeching crowds that American aid is on the way.

Kerry met in Ukraine with the new government's acting president, prime minister, foreign minister and top parliamentary officials. Speaking to reporters afterward, Kerry urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to stand down and said the U.S. is looking for ways to de-escalate the mounting tensions.

"It is clear that Russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade further," Kerry said. "It is not appropriate to invade a country, and at the end of a barrel of a gun dictate what you are trying to achieve. That is not 21st-century, G-8, major nation behavior."

Kerry made a pointed distinction between the Ukrainian government and Putin's.

"The contrast really could not be clearer: determined Ukranians demonstrating strength through unity, and the Russian government out of excuses, hiding its hand behind falsehoods, intimidation and provocations. In the hearts of Ukranians and the eyes of the world, there is nothing strong about what Russia is doing."

He said the penalties against Russia are "not something we are seeking to do, it is something Russia is pushing us to do."

The Obama administration announced a $1 billion energy-subsidy package in Washington as Kerry was arriving in Kiev.


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1dontbeafool(873 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

1 Billion aid package huh. You know, I might sound like a jerk for this, but I am tired of it. Ukranians want democracy and freedom, let them fight for it. That is what we did, we fought for our freedom. Nobody gave us financial aid. Same goes for hungry Africans or sunaumi aide to countries who don't want us there. Stop the foreign aid madness, unless our country is in the black and we have extra to give. Take care of our own hungry, sick, and out of work first.

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2JoeFromHubbard(1017 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

@ dontbeafool:

I totally agree...we have plenty of issues here that need that money.

Amazing how easy it is to spend other peoples money such as our tax dollars.

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3dontbeafool(873 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

It is amazing how easy it is for our politicians to say "screw you" if you are a US citizen who isn't doing so good, "pull yourself up by your boot straps" but say "sure, lets send a billion dollars to these foreign people and help them out."

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