US President Barack Obama will host Ukraine’s new prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the White House on Wednesday.
It’s a high-profile gesture some say is aimed at cementing the West’s allegiance to Ukraine’s government. Others say it’s a diplomatic dig at Russia.
Many residents in Kyiv were hopeful on Wednesday ahead of their new prime minister’s visit to Washington.
One local man, Kiril, told euronews: “I think this meeting will be positive because the US wants to help Ukraine. I think Yatsenyuk’s visit will bring a lot of positive results to Crimea and Ukraine’s economy.”
The meeting comes as Ukraine’s southern Crimea region prepares for a referendum on Sunday to determine its future.
Ukraine’s parliament has warned the Crimean regional assembly that it faces dissolution unless it calls off the vote.