United States gave green light for delivery of additional non-lethal aid to Ukraine

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United States gave green light for delivery of additional non-lethal aid to Ukraine
The Obama administration on Wednesday announced an additional 75 millions dollars in non- lethal aid to Ukraine in parallel with sanctions on more rebel leaders. Included in the package are radios, secure communications equipment, unmanned aerial vehicles, counter-mortar radars, medical equipment including first aid kits, medical supplies and military ambulances, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a daily news briefing.
United States gave green light for delivery of additional non lethal aid to Ukraine 640 001Batch of non-lethal aid to be sent to Ukraine includes 30 armored and up to 200 unarmored Humvees
President Barack Obama has also approved the delivery of 30 armored and up to 200 unarmored Humvees, under an act passed by Congress last year in support of Kiev, press reports said.

Earnest said Washington has already provided military assistance worth some 100 million to 120 million dollars to Kiev in support of its battle against independence-seeking militants in Ukraine's east.

The fresh aid came as the administration slapped sanctions on more rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine in an effort to press for the implementation of peace deals.

Ceasefire agreements signed in September last year and in February this year in the Belarusian capital of Minsk have not been fully implemented, with sporadic fighting being reported daily in the eastern part of Ukraine.

"We do continue to have concerns about the commitment of the Russians and Russian-backed separatists to live up to the commitments that they made in Minsk, that there is still evidence that Russian military personnel are fighting alongside Russian- backed separatists," Earnest said.

"There continues to be evidence that Russia is continuing to transfer weapons and materiel across the border into Ukraine in support of separatists in eastern Ukraine," he added.

The Obama administration is mulling lethal aid to Kiev in case of the Minsk deals' failure to bring peace to eastern Ukraine, where at least 6,000 people have been killed in fighting that broke out in April last year.

Earnest said Obama "is very mindful of the potential risk that' s associated with providing additional lethal military assistance to the Ukrainians," including greater bloodshed in an escalated conflict.

The U.S. Department of Treasury on Wednesday targeted eight rebel leaders, a pro-rebel group and its three leaders, a Russian bank operating in Crimea, a Ukrainian region annexed by Russia in March last year, and three former officials who served under former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.