By Ferdous Al-Faruque - 06/07/14 01:48 PM EDT
The U.S. is giving an additional $48 million to the new Ukrainian government to bolster its economy, the White House announced Saturday.
The additional funds will help fight corruption, bolster energy security and strengthen its State Border Guard Service.
Vice President Biden announced the pledge during a trip to Kiev for the inauguration of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
Ukraine is still in a state of civil war as pro-Russian militias in the east are fighting to break away from the country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered increased security along the Ukrainian border Saturday after Porochenko’s swearing-in.
Besides Ukraine, the U.S. is also giving similar aid to other pro-Western countries along Russia’s borders, including $8 million to Moldova and $5 million to Georgia.
The announcement comes a day after President Obama pressed Putin to recognize the new Ukrainian government.