Ohio Sen. Rob Portman heading to Ukraine to visit presidential election polling places

Sen. Rob Portman is traveling to Ukraine where he plans to visit polling places in the Kiev area Sunday during Ukraine’s presidential election, according to the Dayton Daily News .

In a conference call Thursday with state reporters, Portman (R-Ohio) said he will meet with Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, DDN's Washington, D.C., bureau reporter Jack Torry reported. The senator plans to depart on Friday.

Yatsenyuk, a pro-Western politician, assumed the post earlier this year after the fall of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Portman said when he was U.S. trade representative under President George W. Bush he met Yatsenyuk, who was then minister of economy for Ukraine, Torry wrote.

Portman said during the conference call that he would be in Ukraine to “show our support from the United States of America for self-determination for the Ukrainian people.”

Following the elections, Portman will travel to Poland in order to meet U.S. soldiers stationed in the NATO country.

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