KIEV, Ukraine, March 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on travel to Kiev, met Tuesday with the newly-elected Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatseniuk.
Kerry's message to Ukraine's interim government and to the Ukrainian people was one of support following Russia's occupation of the Crimean Peninsula, a message publicized by the State Department via social media.
Earlier in the day, Kerry tweeted a photo of himself laying flowers at the Shrine of the Fallen, a memorial for civilians killed in February when government forces under the control of now-deposed President Viktor Yanukovych opened fire on Euromaidan protesters.
Incredibly moving visit to Shrine of the Fallen.Courageous,proud people.We stand w/ Ukrainians for self-determination pic.twitter.com/N6klo1LanK— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) March 4, 2014
Coinciding with Kerry's arrival in Ukraine, Treasury Department Secretary Jack Lew announced that the U.S. will provide $1 billion in loan guarantees and technical expertise to Ukraine.