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(CNN) – The turmoil in Ukraine has swept aside its president, brought about the release a prominent opposition leader, and raised fears the country could break apart. The country's lightning-speed revolution has ushered in what could be weeks of uncertainty about how the country will pay its way and avoid economic collapse.
Secretary of State John Jerry said that the U.S. wants to work with neighboring Russia on helping Ukraine with the transition.
But some U.S. lawmakers are wary of partnering with Russia.
"I'm very concerned about Russia, especially under Putin. Putin thinks in the context of Peter the Great. Why was Peter great? Because he added more territory to the Russian empire," Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, chair of the Senate foreign relations committee.