US Vice-President Joe Biden has met with the interim Ukrainian leadership in Kyiv and issued a strong message of support for national unity, reform, and constitutional change. His speech included a forthright condemnation of racial or religious discrimination.
“Ukraine is and must remain one country, from Lviv to Kharkiv, down to the Black Sea. One country…And we will never recognize Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea and neither will the world,” he said.
Biden’s rejection of Russia’s military takeover and annexation of Crimea was echoed by Ukraine’s prime minister, who also insisted the May 25 presidential election would go ahead despite Russia’s efforts to get it called off.