A former Russian member of parliament who fled to Ukraine after mounting heavy criticism against President Vladimir Putin was shot dead in Kiev on Thursday.
Prominent members of the Democratic Party now seem to be in favor of supplying Ukraine with lethal military aid, despite the fact that the Obama administration refused to give weapons to the besieged country in its fight against pro-Russian separatists for years.
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.