Ukraine crisis: US to give Kiev $200m in defence support
Europe Europe Ukraine crisis: US to give Kiev $200m in defence support
The US has announced it will give Ukraine $200m (Â£152m) to strengthen its defence capabilities.
In a statement, the Pentagon said the funds would be for training, communications, medical, and other non-lethal operational needs.
The US said it had given more than $1bn in defence support to Kiev since 2014.
Russia annexed Ukraine's southern Crimea peninsula that year, and is also accused of arming separatists in the east of the country.
- Eastern Ukraine conflict: A new, bloody chapter
- Ukraine country profile
More than 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict in eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions - which are known collectively as Donbas.
Moscow denies sending its troops and providing weapons to the separatists, but admits that Russian "volunteers" are helping the rebels.
The latest announcement by the Pentagon comes just days after US President Donald Trump's summit with Vladimir Putin, which has prompted criticism from senior American lawmakers that he was too lenient with the Russian leader.
- Trump under fire after Putin meeting
At the summit in Finland, the two presidents discussed a number of issues, including the Ukraine crisis.
Media reports say President Putin proposed holding a referendum in Donbas to resolve the conflict - but Moscow has not publicly commented on this.
The two leaders held talks with only interpreters present and have given few details of what was actually said.
Top StoriesIsrael evacuates Syrian White Helmets
Hundreds of civil defence volunteers and family members are taken from a border war zone to Jordan.22 July 2018 'Trade war a reality' - French minister 22 July 2018
Mystery black sarcophagus opened in EgyptVideo
Would this 17-year-old get your vote?
Why Pakistan's election mattersVideo
From locked-in syndrome to being a dad
Atlanta: 39;Donald Glover creates his own lane'
A legendary 'mermaid' still swimming at 78
Why 'dangerous' drugs are still being used to treat pain
Reality Check: Where language choice gets political
Elsewhere on the BBC
15 sayings from around the worldFull article Football phrases Why you can trust BBC News
BBC News Services
- On your mobile
- On your connected tv
- Get news alerts
- Contact BBC News