Raw: Kerry Honors Fallen Protesters in Ukraine

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Secretary of State John Kerry laid flowers down at a memorial on Kiev's Independence Square to those who were killed during protests against the regime of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. (March 4)

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Kiev, Ukraine - March 4, 2014

1. Various of US Secretary of State John Kerry holding flowers and a candle at Kiev's Independence Square

2. Wide of Kerry laying down flowers and candle at memorial

3. Various of Kerry at square

4. Mid of people chanting (English) "Thank you, Thank you"

5. SOUNDBITE (English) John Kerry, United States Secretary of State, in response to the question "Are you going to help us":

"We are going to do do our best (to help you). We are going to try very hard. We hope Russia will respect the election that you are going to have."

6. Mid of people, including journalists, at square

7. SOUNDBITE (English) John Kerry, United States Secretary of State:

"Thank you, I wish you well, we will help you. Thank you very much"

8. Mid of Kerry having picture taken with Ukrainian patriarchs

STORYLINE:

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday laid tributes at a memorial on Kiev's Independence Square to those who were killed during protests against the regime of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Kerry has flown to Kiev to show US support for the fledgling Ukraine government, and the Obama administration announced with his arrival a one (b) billion US dollar energy subsidy package.

"We are going to do do our best (to help you). We are going to try very hard," said Kerry in response to a question asked by a journalist at the shrine.

"We hope Russia will respect the election that you are going to have," he added.

Kerry will meet with Ukraine's new government, which is grappling with a Russian military takeover of the Crimea peninsula, during his visit.

As Kerry arrived, the White House announced the package of energy aid, along with training for financial and election institutions and anti-corruption efforts.

US officials travelling with Kerry, speaking on grounds of anonymity, said the Obama administration is considering slapping Russia with unspecified economic sanctions as soon as this week.

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