President Donald Trump is being pressed by Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) to send defensive weapons to Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists, following a spike in violence in Ukraine’s east.
A Ukrainian official said Wednesday that a military cargo plane belonging to Kiev was shot at from a Russian-occupied oil rig in the Black Sea, an accusation that was denied by Moscow.
The State Department on Tuesday expressed concern about a “dramatic increase in fighting” in Ukraine, after Kiev’s military reported that seven soldiers had been killed in clashes with pro-Russian rebels in just two days.
Seven Ukrainian soldiers were killed in clashes initiated by pro-Russian separatists in the last two days, according to Kiev’s military.
Ukraine filed a lawsuit late Monday against Russia in the United Nation’s highest court over its occupation of the Crimean Peninsula, demanding Moscow immediately stop sending money and weapons to separatists in Ukraine.
The Russian hackers who launched a cyber attack against the Democratic National Committee earlier this year used a malicious software similar to that used to target the Ukrainian military, computer security experts determined.
Millions of dollars’ worth of U.S.-supplied drones that Kiev had hoped would help in its war against Russian-backed separatists have proven ineffective against jamming and hacking, Ukrainian officials say.
Officials say that at least two Ukrainian service members were killed in the past day and seven since Sunday amid a spike in violence in eastern Ukraine where Russian-backed separatists are fighting Ukrainian government troops.
The U.S. Treasury Department is expanding sanctions to more Russian individuals and entities in connection to the conflict in Ukraine.