Ukraine Day 1284: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Three Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in the last day.
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Ukrainian soldiers marching on Kreshchatyuk St. on Ukrainian Independence Day, August 24, 2017. Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP
“Have no doubt, the United States stands with Ukraine. We support you in the face of threats to sovereignty and territorial integrity, to international law, and to the international order writ large,” he said.
“We do not, and we will not, accept Russia’s seizure of Crimea and despite Russia’s denials, we know they are seeking to redraw international borders by force, undermining the sovereign and free nations of Europe.”
“In terms of the weapons program, there have been no decisions made,” spokesperson Heather Nauert said in response to questions. “We”re not going to rule it in; we’re not going to rule that out right now.”
It was not clear whether the US would proceed with giving Ukraine defensive military armor in its effort to stop Russian aggression. Mattis said the US had provided nearly $750 million in military aid already. He said that now he had a better idea of Ukraine’s needs, and would return to recommend “concrete things” to US leadership “regarding the provision to Ukraine of lethal weapons,” Liga.net reported that Mattis also said the US pledged an additional $175 million in aid, which was to include unspecified “special defensive equipment”.
“With particular pain we remember the heroes of Ilovaisk,” Poroshenko said, referencing a battle three years ago in Donetsk. “They were insidiously attacked by regular units of the Russian army that invaded our land without declaring war – as Hitler once did.”
On the Donetsk line, the Avdeyevka industrial zone was attacked, then the Butovka Mine was pounded with grenade-launchers and heavy machine guns for several hours. Ukrainian forces returned fire.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
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