Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has thanked the United States for its consistent position regarding the efforts toward settling the crisis in the eastern part of Ukraine.
"As the president of Ukraine, as the supreme commander-in-chief, on behalf of the people of Ukraine, I would like to thank the U.S. for its consistent and firm position regarding the settlement of the conflict in Donbas, for acknowledging Russia as an aggressor that has annexed Crimea and started direct military aggression in certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and for the initiative and insistence that our friends from the U.S. have displayed as regards sanctions," Poroshenko said at a ceremony of accepting HMMWV armored vehicles donated by the U.S. at Kiev's Boryspil airport on Wednesday.
Poroshenko also thanked the U.S. for the solidarity with Ukraine it has demonstrated together with the G7 countries and the EU in developing and pursuing a common and unanimous position of Ukraine's support.
"Cooperation in the military field is especially important to us, the Ukrainians, amid the hybrid war that Russia is waging against Ukraine. The strengthening of Ukraine's defense capability is the top priority for us, as we are firmly pursuing the course of a political-diplomatic settlement of the conflict in Donbas, while the enemy has regularly violated the ceasefire agreements and prompted us to intensify our efforts," he said.
The president said also that the provision of the Ukrainian troops with latest hardware and weapons has become systemic.
The Gazeta.ru online newspaper writes that 348 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have voted on a resolution calling on the President Barack Obama to start supplying Ukraine with lethal weapons.
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