Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said Sunday he would go to the U.S. this week to discuss the standoff with Russia over Ukraine's southern region of Crimea.
"I am going to the United states to hold top-level meetings on resolving the situation unfolding in our bilateral and multilateral relations," Yatseniuk said at the start of a government meeting in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
Staff at the prime minister's office confirmed to NBC News that Yatsenyuk plans to travel Wednesday.
President Barack Obama and Yatseniuk will "discuss how to find a peaceful resolution to Russia's ongoing military intervention in Crimea that would respect Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity," the White House said in a statement.
The leaders will also discuss ways in which the international community can support Ukraine amid economic challenges, the White House said.
First published March 9 2014, 5:22 AM