Ukraine: Two people injured in explosion near government's headquarters in Kiev

25 August, 2017, 01:45 | Author: Katrina Soto
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"We applaud the Ukraine's commitment to reform and to modernize its defense sector according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation standards", Mattis said.

"Traditional friendly relations between Azerbaijan and Ukraine and our mutually beneficial cooperation are a solid foundation for the development of our intergovernmental relations".

Military servicemen from Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, United Kingdom and United States also participated in the parade. "It should come back to Ukraine", he said.

"We do not, and we will not, accept Russia's seizure of the Crimea", he said.

"On the defensive lethal weapons, we are actively reviewing it", Mattis said during a press conference alongside Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Mattis also ended any speculation that the Trump administration would consider Russia's annexation of the Crimea as a fait accompli, saying the U.S. "will not accept" the peninsula's seizure.

"And despite Russia's denials, we know they are seeking to redraw worldwide borders by force, undermining the sovereign and free nations of Europe". Mattis blamed Russian aggression for the ongoing conflict on Thursday and said the US would keep up pressure on Moscow through sanctions and, potentially, the supply of defensive weapons to Ukrainian forces.

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Poroshenko met with Trump at the White House in June.

He added, "This will make Ukraine's forces more operationally effective as well as more effective protectors of the Ukrainian people, and we look forward to the full implementation of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation standards in the midst of this conflict you're now fighting". Today is also the 26th anniversary of the country's independence from the Soviet Union; the occasion will be marked with a military parade, and Mattis will be on hand to express continued USA support for the nation's sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to the Pentagon.

"We in the United States understand the strategic challenges associated with Russian aggression", Mattis added.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and other Republican hawks in Congress have urged Trump to break with the Obama-era limits on sending lethal weapons to Ukraine.

Ukraine is among the countries most affected by any changes of USA policy towards Russian Federation and Trump's administration now lives in the shadow of a mounting hill of allegations of improper contact with Russian Federation officials during the presidential election campaign.

"Raising the cost of aggression may help to change [Russian President] Vladimir Putin's calculus, pressure Russian Federation to fully comply with the Minsk agreements, and, ultimately, create more stable security conditions on the ground that are essential for peace", McCain said.



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