Obama to meet Ukrainian PM at White House

Ukraine’s interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is scheduled to meet Wednesday with President Barack Obama in Washington to discuss the standoff over Crimea, a strategic peninsula in southern Ukraine with a Russian-speaking majority.

He has invited the Ukrainian Prime Minister to come to the White House on Wednesday to further demonstrate support to the embattled Ukraine. A White House statement on Sunday said the visit “will highlight the strong support of the United States for the people of Ukraine, who have demonstrated inspiring courage and resilience through recent times of crisis.”

The two leaders “will discuss how to find a peaceful resolution to Russia’s ongoing military intervention in Crimea that would respect Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the White House said.

They will also discuss support the international community can provide to help Ukraine confront its economic challenges, and the importance of uniting Ukraine and working to fulfill the aspirations of the Ukrainian people as they prepare for May presidential elections.

Yatsenyuk had earlier announced in Kiev that he would travel to the United States, but gave no details of planned meetings.