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Kerry pays visit to Ukraine

US secretary of state John Kerry had made a visit to Ukraine’s capital city, Kiev, for talks with the country’s new interim government amid the escalating crisis in the Crimea. Kerry spoke with religious leaders at the Shrine of the Fallen – dedicated to anti-government protesters who have died since demonstrations began in Kiev a few weeks ago.

Kerry pays visit to Ukraine
US Secretary of State John Kerry, holding a bouquet of red roses, sets a candle to the Shrine of the Fallen, a homage to anti-government protesters zho died during the February clashes with anti-riot policem in Kiev on March 4, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kiev Tuesday for talks with Ukraine's new interim government, amid an escalating crisis in Crimea. His visit came as the United States said it would provide $1 billion to financially-stricken Ukraine as part of an international loan. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry pays visit to Ukraine
US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Ukraine's Patriarch Filaret speak as Kerry sets a candle to the Shrine of the Fallen, an homage to anti-government protesters, who died during the February clashes with anti-riot policemen, in Kiev on March 4, 2014. Kerry arrived in Kiev for talks with Ukraine's new interim government, amid an escalating crisis in Crimea. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry pays visit to Ukraine
US Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd R) stands beside a barricade at the Shrine of the Fallen in Kiev on March 4, 2014. The Shrine of the Fallen, located on Institutska Street, honors the fallen 'Heroes' of the 'Heavenly Sotnya' (Hundred). Over the course of the EuroMaidan protests, almost 100 protesters were killed by police. Most of them died on February 20 killed by sniper or automatic weapons fire on Institutska Street. US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kiev Tuesday for talks with Ukraine's new interim government, amid an escalating crisis in Crimea. His visit came as the United States said it would provide $1 billion to financially-stricken Ukraine as part of an international loan. With the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea under near complete control by pro-Russian forces, US officials said Moscow could face sanctions within days. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry pays visit to Ukraine
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to heads of the religious confession at the Shrine of the Fallen of anti-government protesters in Kiev on March 4, 2014. Kerry arrived in Kiev for talks with Ukraine's new interim government, amid an escalating crisis in Crimea. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry pays visit to Ukraine
US Secretary of State John Kerry points his finger as he stands with US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe Victoria Nuland (R) and US embassy in Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt (2nd R) in front of the Shrine of the Fallen, an homage to anti-government protesters who died during the February clashes with anti-riot policemen in Kiev, on March 4, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kiev Tuesday for talks with Ukraine's new interim government, amid an escalating crisis in Crimea. His visit came as the United States said it would provide $1 billion to financially-stricken Ukraine as part of an international loan. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry pays visit to Ukraine
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to heads of the religious confession at the Shrine of the Fallen of anti-government protesters in Kiev on March 4, 2014. Kerry arrived in Kiev for talks with Ukraine's new interim government, amid an escalating crisis in Crimea. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry pays visit to Ukraine
US Secretary of State John Kerry mourns in front of the Shrine of the Fallen, an homage to anti-government protesters who died during the February clashes with anti-riot policemen in Kiev, on March 4, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kiev Tuesday for talks with Ukraine's new interim government, amid an escalating crisis in Crimea. His visit came as the United States said it would provide $1 billion to financially-stricken Ukraine as part of an international loan. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry pays visit to Ukraine
US Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L) stands in front of the Shrine of the Fallen, an homage to anti-government protesters who died during the February clashes with anti-riot policemen in Kiev, on March 4, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kiev Tuesday for talks with Ukraine's new interim government, amid an escalating crisis in Crimea. His visit came as the United States said it would provide $1 billion to financially-stricken Ukraine as part of an international loan. (AFP/Getty Images)