Sunday, June 21, 2015

The US Senate on June 18 passed a $612 billion defense policy bill that allows lethal weapons for Ukraine

June 21, 2015 (KYIVPOST) Three U.S. senators are in Ukraine to urge the American government and its European allies to do more to support Ukraine in its defense against Russia's war in eastern Ukraine and the Kremlin's occupation of the Crimean peninsula. The Republican Party delegation was led by U.S. Sen. John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and included Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming. McCain said that he and the senators met with President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, as well as visited soldiers, volunteers and a military command center in eastern Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk, where they said they found morale high but soldiers in need of better equipment.