Vice President Joseph R. Biden arrived Thursday in Ukraine, where he is expected to announce an increase in U.S. nonlethal aid for the nation’s fight against pro-Russian separatists.
Mr. Biden’s trip to Kiev comes just one day after its National Security and Defense Council announced that Russian MiG-31 fighter jets were being positioned near Ukraine’s eastern border.
U.S. officials told Reuters Thursday that some of the nonlethal aid that would be sent to Ukraine includes Humvees and radar equipment that can pinpoint the location of mortars.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich warned against “a major change in policy of the [U.S.] administration in regard to the conflict” in Ukraine, a Europe news organization reported Thursday.
Previous nonlethal aid sent to Ukraine on behalf of the U.S. government included body armor, binoculars, small boats and other equipment, the organization reported.
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