The days, weeks and months since the take over are dragging on. Elections are scheduled for May 25 but that is still some way off. In the meantime Ukraine continues to implode with Russia and the West all tugging the people to and fro.
Russia is accused of having activists on the ground and stirring up trouble. They are accused of massing troops on the border. The west is also massing troops, but along the Polish border.
Biden's $50million pledge includes $11.4 million to hold the May 25 election. Although he has broadly offered American support for the new regime the Washington Post reports he "warned Ukrainian leaders that they must confront the nation’s rampant official corruption to meet the high political demands of a frustrated public."
And that is the point. Yanukovytch was ousted for his alleged corruption and links with Russia but others in the Ukraine are also corrupt.
Previously the U.S. offered $1 billion in loan guarantees and support for an International Monetary Fund loan program worth between $14 billion and $18 billion, but Tuesday they have decided to put more money where their mouth is. For now at least aid will be non military.
Russia refuses to recognise those who seized power in the Ukraine and the West refuses to acknowledge the Crimea is now Russian. The stalemate continues.
Biden promised the Ukraine they "will ot walk this road alone." According to CNN he went on to say "No nation has the right to simply grab land from another nation. "We will never recognize Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea."
As Russia digs in its heels the crisis looks set to spiral out of control.
Vice President Biden heads to Ukraine Easter Monday