US doubling military assistance to Ukraine

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email

Meanwhile in Moscow, Russia

The Ukrainian government says the conflict in the country's east is fomented by Russia, but Russia denies that accusation.

(NBC) - The US announced Monday it would double military assistance to Ukraine.

Meanwhile in Moscow, Russia's Foreign Minister said his country would submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for an immediate end to the violence in Ukraine.

Sergey lavrov also called for the creation of humanitarian corridors in the Eastern Ukraine.

The Ukrainian government says the conflict in the country's east is fomented by Russia, but Russia denies that accusation.

Ukrainian border guards rebuffed attacks by pro-Russia separatists at a border post on the Russia-Ukraine border, on the outskirts of Luhansk, Sunday.

The separatists have seized government and police buildings across Eastern Ukraine in the hope of joining the region to Russia.

In Donetsk, a group called Battalion Vostok appears to be seeking to lead the fight to break the region away from Ukraine.

The leader of the battalion told Reuters his men rejected the characterizations of the Ukrainian government but embraced the label "separatists."

In Kiev, US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Derek Chollet said the US would double military assistance to Ukraine.

He also commented on reports of hundreds of armed separatists attacking a Border Guards' camp in Eastern Ukraine.


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