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Kerry in Ukraine to offer help from United States

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waves as he arrives at the Kiev Boryspil International Airport near Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Secretary of State John Kerry is on the first leg of a two-day visit to Georgia and Ukraine before joining President Barack Obama at the NATO meeting in Poland. (Gleb Garanich/Pool photo via AP)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waves as he arrives at the Kiev Boryspil International Airport near Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Secretary of State John Kerry is on the first leg of a two-day visit to Georgia and Ukraine before joining President Barack Obama at the NATO meeting in Poland. (Gleb Garanich/Pool photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the Kiev Boryspil International Airport near Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Secretary of State John Kerry is on the first leg of a two-day visit to Georgia and Ukraine before joining President Barack Obama at the NATO meeting in Poland. (Gleb Garanich/Pool photo via AP)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the Kiev Boryspil International Airport near Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Secretary of State John Kerry is on the first leg of a two-day visit to Georgia and Ukraine before joining President Barack Obama at the NATO meeting in Poland. (Gleb Garanich/Pool photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures while speaking during his and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko news conference after the talks in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Kerry is meeting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and others to discuss progress made on reforms called for by agreements reached in Minsk to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine with Russian-backed separatists, which has already seen Moscow annex Crimea. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures while speaking during his and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko news conference after the talks in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Kerry is meeting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and others to discuss progress made on reforms called for by agreements reached in Minsk to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine with Russian-backed separatists, which has already seen Moscow annex Crimea. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Ukraine aiming to reassure the former Soviet republic that the United States stands by it in its territorial disputes with Russia.

Kerry arrived in Kiev on Thursday, a day after making a similar visit to Tbilisi, where he signed an agreement to boost U.S.-Georgia military cooperation, sending a not-so-subtle message to Russia ahead of this week's NATO summit.

Kerry is meeting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and others to discuss progress made on reforms called for by an agreement to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine with Russian-backed separatists.

Georgia and Ukraine are both deeply worried about Russian activities on their territory and have sought closer ties with the West, including association with the European Union and the prospect of NATO membership.