Biden tells Ukraine to fight 'cancer of corruption'

US Vice President Joe Biden has called on Ukraine's new leaders to fight the "cancer of corruption" in the country.

US Vice President Joe Biden Credit: Burski Krzysztof/ABACA/Press Association Images

Mr Biden was speaking on the second day of his visit to Kiev, where he stressed that the forthcoming presidential election was the most important in the country's history.

He also pledged that the Obama administration would do what it could to help create a united Ukraine.

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Russian govt: We will respond to attack on our interests

Russia's Foreign Minister has warned Ukraine his country will respond if its interests are threatened. Sergei Lavrov's words came as Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister announced new "anti-terrorist" action against separatists in eastern Ukraine.