Biden to announce Ukraine assistance package

US Vice President Joe Biden is set to announce a package of assistance to Ukraine focused on the economy and the energy sector.

US Vice President Joe Biden is set for a two-day trip to Kiev Credit: Burski Krzysztof/ABACA/Press Association Images

Mr Biden has arrived in Kiev for a two-day visit, where he will set out plans to help the Ukrainian government better exploit the country's natural gas resources, along with measures to ensure international aid money is spent efficiently.

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