US PROMISES UKRAINE 335 MILLION DOLLARS IN ‘SECURITY ASSISTANCE’

Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty on April 1, 2016 reported that the US announced that it will provide Ukraine with $335 million more in “security assistance” after a meeting on March 31 between U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Excerpts below:

The aid is badly needed as Ukraine has faced an acute economic crisis since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and fomented a separatist revolt in Ukraine’s east.

It is reported that Biden told Poroshenko that more aid will come if he keeps up efforts to install a new reform-minded government.
An attempt earlier this week to form a new governing coalition failed after one faction raised demands that would have rolled back some reforms sought by the West.

Comment: This is good news as the United States urgently needs to support and strengthen the Ukrainian military in its fight against Russian aggression.

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