The Chairman of the Senate armed services Committee John McCain called on US President Donald trump to give Kiev lethal weapons. As reported on Thursday, February 2, Reuters, stated in a letter he sent to the White house.
“I urge you to use the powers given to you by the appropriations act for military purposes in the 2017 financial year, to provide the defensive lethal military assistance to Ukraine to protect its territory”, — stated in the message.
Earlier the President of Russia Vladimir Putin said that the cause of the escalation of the conflict in the Donbas was the need of Kiev in the money and the desire of the Ukrainian authorities to present itself as a victim in the eyes of European partners. “The Ukrainian leadership today need the money. And money it is best to blow from the European Union, and individual European countries, from the United States and from international financial institutions, exposing themselves as the victims of aggression,” — said the Russian leader.
On January 30 it became known that trump has accused McCain and another Senator-Republican — Lindsey Graham is trying to unleash a third world war.
At the end of December 2016 previous United States President Barack Obama signed a law on the allocation of funds for military purposes in the 2017 financial year, the document stipulates the possibility to allocate Ukraine under this article to $ 350 million.
At the end of January in the South-East of Ukraine worsened the situation in the area of the line of contact, intensified clashes between parties to the conflict, they both suffered casualties, killed and wounded among the civilian population. The fighting near Avdeevka are the most intense from August 2015. The struggle is mainly an industrial zone, near which is an important public transport hub Yasynuvata interchange.
Washington provides military aid to Kiev appliances, ammunition and equipment and directs instructors to train soldiers of the National guard, however, lethal weapons does not deliver.