Poroshenko said Ukraine why USA weapons

A frame from video published by Mail Online showing Stanislav Yezhov a few feet from British Prime Minister Theresa May in July 2017

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that us weapons have Kiev not to attack, but to "protect Ukrainian soldiers and civilians".

On Friday, the US State Department announced the US would supply "defensive weapons" to Ukraine, saying it would help "deter further aggression".

Ukraine launched a military operation in its southeast Donbas region in April 2014, after the pro-Russia local residents refused to recognize the new pro-West Ukrainian authorities and sought independence.

Moscow has told Washington that it is encouraging "new bloodshed" in eastern Ukraine after its decision to provide Kiev with new advanced weaponry.

Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told the state RIA Novosti news agency Saturday that the USA move "raises the danger of derailing the process of peaceful settlement in Ukraine".

Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, released a statement Saturday morning supporting the decision.

The U.S.is providing Ukraine with lethal weapons, in an effort to help the country with its fight against Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.

This is another development from the United States that Russian Federation was expected to criticize. Some experts told CNN that Russian Federation could use this move as a pretext to take further action in Ukraine, after its invasion and annexation of the Crimea region in 2014. It also said Tillerson reassured him that USA support for Ukraine would continue.

On Wednesday, the Trump administration had announced it was allowing the export of some small arms to Ukraine.

"The US government is not selling the Ukrainian government these weapons", she said.

Following that announcement, McCain, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, issued a statement calling on Trump "to authorize additional sales of defensive lethal weapons, including anti-tank munitions", to Ukraine.

Pushkov said the "war party" members in Ukraine may be interested in re-igniting hostilities in the east ahead of the 2019 presidential election. "The United States remains committed to the Minsk agreements as the way forward in eastern Ukraine".

In Moscow, a leading Russian lawmaker also spoke out against the USA arms deal Saturday, saying that it signaled Washington's intention to abandon the talks on regulating the Ukraine crisis established between its special envoy, Kurt Volker, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Ivanov.

"Today the United States clearly pushes [Ukrainian authorities] towards new bloodshed", Mr Ryabkov said.

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