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Ukraine Central Bank Restricts Foreign Currency Withdrawals

<p>Central bank governor says Ukraine's foreign currency reserves have dropped to $15 billion from $17.8 billion on Feb. 1.</p>
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KIEV - Ukraine will limit foreign currency withdrawals to no more than $1,500 per day, the country's central bank said Friday.

The announcement by central bank governor Stepan Kubiv came as Ukraine's foreign currency reserves dropped to $15 billion from $17.8 billion on Feb. 1. The move was aimed at helping curb Ukraine's hryvnia currency slide, which had burned through the country's foreign reserves.

Ukraine's new government has been working to shore up international support for a $35-billion aid package since President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted on Saturday following months of protests.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States plans to make available $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine.

And Vice President Joe Biden told the country's new prime minister on Thursday "that the United States will offer its full support as Ukraine undertakes the reforms necessary to return to economic health," the White House said in a statement.

Reuters contributed to this report.