As Ukraine marked its 26th Independence Day with a military parade meant to showcase its growing strength and ties to the West, it also signalled that while it appreciates strong statements of support from allies like Ottawa and Washington, Kyiv needs sophisticated Western weaponry to protect itself.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signalled on Thursday that the Trump administration is seriously considering heeding Kyiv’s request for defensive weapons to help it fight Russian-backed rebels in Eastern Ukraine.
‘Not provocative unless you are an aggressor’
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, with Prosecutor-general of Ukraine Yuri …read more
Source: Radio Canada International