Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry spending the day in Kiev, meeting with Ukraine's new leadership and offering financial assistance from the U.S.

FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern reports from Washington:

Secretary Kerry's arrival is a show of support for Ukraine's new government, a show now backed up with a robust economic relief package proposed by the White House.

Under a plan that would need Congressional approval, the U.S. will offer Kiev a $1 billion loan guarantee to boost Ukrainian energy needs in addition the U.S. is sending experts to help Ukraine's new government conduct free and fair elections, identify stolen assets and respond to potential trade disputes with Russia.

Meantime some in Congress are pushing sanctions aimed at Russian banks and other institutions.

In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.

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As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Kiev, thousands of Russian troops remain in the Crimea region.

FOX News Radio's Jessica Golloher reports from Sevastopol:

Russian president Vladimir Putin has ended war exercises on the boarder with Ukraine and sent some 150 troops home.

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Putin says that there is no need to use force in Ukraine but Russia reserves the right to do so to protect its interests. 

Meanwhile, Russia has bloodlessly taken over the Crimean peninsula and several key military installations here.

In Sevastopol, Jessica Golloher, FOX News Radio.

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