US sends $75 million in non-lethal aid to Ukraine

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WASHINGTON– The U.S. will provide an additional $75 million in non-lethal equipment to Ukraine including counter-mortar radar, drones, radios and medical equipment, a US official said Wednesday. The supplies will be funded by the European Reassurance Initiative, the official explained. The president has also approved sending 20 armored Humvees and up to 200 unarmored Humvees under a separate authority.

Vice President Biden informed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of the new assistance in a phone call today, the White House announced.

The Vice President “noted with concern the ongoing violations of the ceasefire by Russia-backed separatists near Donetsk and Mariupol and their refusal to allow OSCE monitors unfettered access to the territory they occupy,” according to the White House statement.

Barbara Starr