U.S. say it will provide Ukraine with 'defensive' aid

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 22, 2017 8:04 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will provide Ukraine with "enhanced defensive capabilities," the State Department said on Friday, as Kiev battles Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.

"U.S. assistance is entirely defensive in nature, and as we have always said, Ukraine is a sovereign country and has a right to defend itself," the department said in a statement.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)