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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Biden to attend Poroshenko's inauguration in Ukraine

The White House recently announced that Vice President Joe Biden will lead a presidential delegation to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on June 7 to attend the inauguration of President-elect Petro Poroshenko.

Poroshenko, a chocolate tycoon, won more than 50 percent of the vote in elections late last month, The Hill reports.

"The Vice President will also hold meetings with Ukraine's leaders to discuss President-elect Poroshenko's agenda, the situation in the east, and how the United States can assist Ukraine with fighting corruption, strengthening its democratic institutions, and putting its economy back on a path towards sustainable growth," the White House said in a statement.

Biden's visit will come on the heels of President Barack Obama's visit this week to Warsaw, where he will also meet Poroshenko to signal his support for the incoming pro-European leader, according to The Hill.

Obama and Polish officials will meet with leaders from other eastern European countries this week to try to allay fears stemming from Russia's annexation of Crimea.