The White House is sending Vice President Joe Biden to Ukraine for talks with the acting president and prime minister.
A White House statement says Biden will leave Washington Monday to discuss the international community’s efforts to help Ukraine move forward on constitutional reform and for what the Obama administration says will be a free and fair presidential election on May 25.
The talks will also focus on the situation in eastern Ukraine where an Easter Sunday truce barely lasted a few hours before it was shattered by a gunfight at a checkpoint in the pro-Russian city of Slavyansk. Three people were killed. It is not clear exactly what happened.