- Associated Press - Monday, April 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Ukraine to meet with leaders of the turbulent country.

Biden’s visit comes a day after violence erupted in eastern Ukraine, despite an agreement last week aimed at easing tensions. A shootout at a checkpoint in eastern Ukraine manned by pro-Russia insurgents left at least three dead and Ukrainian and Russian officials trading accusations of blame.

Biden arrives Monday in the capital, Kiev. On Tuesday he plans to meet with the acting Ukrainian prime minister and president. He also is scheduled to meet with legislators and democracy activists before returning to Washington Tuesday night.

Biden’s office says discussions will cover international efforts to strengthen Ukraine’s economy and energy security and help with constitutional reforms, including next month’s presidential election.