Senators call for more aid to Ukraine
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Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats dig in ahead of Supreme Court ruling on 'Dreamers' Senate GOP braces for impeachment trial 'roller coaster' Trump judicial nominee delayed amid GOP pushback MORE (D-Ill.) called for more U.S. aid to Ukraine, after senators met with a Ukrainian official to discuss the ongoing crisis. 

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk met with the Senate Ukraine Caucus co-chaired by Durbin and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes Senate fails to override Trump veto over emergency declaration MORE (R-Ohio). Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDeVos calls Democratic presidential hopeful's education plans 'crazy' Senate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on 'Medicare for All' Biden struggles to reverse fall MORE (D-Minn.), Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownCritics pounce as Facebook crypto project stumbles Trump administration blocked consumer watchdog from public service loan forgiveness program: report Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 MORE (D-Ohio), and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonAmbassador Gordon Sondland arrives on Capitol Hill for testimony in impeachment inquiry GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate Sondland could provide more clues on Ukraine controversy MORE (R-Wis.) also attended the meeting.


Durbin suggested that more aid for the country was driven by Russia's "unprecedented aggression in the region." 

"The United States should ... be doing more to ensure Ukraine can defend its borders," he said in a statement. "The United States must act swiftly to provide this assistance and the Senate Ukraine Caucus stands ready to help." 

Tuesday's meeting comes after Durbin traveled to Ukraine last month to meet with officials, including Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and  U.S. service members who are helping train the country's military. 

He said during Tuesday's meeting Yatsenyuk "made it clear" that the country needs more military aid, including weapons, and economic support. 

The administration, so far, has been hestiant to provide Ukraine with lethal aid. But, late last month, Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview Yang cautions Democrats: Impeachment might not be 'successful' Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment MORE said whether or not to provide lethal arms to Ukraine was a "debate worth having." 

Tensions between the United States and Russia have been running high since Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. The United States and other Western countries have also hit Russia with sanctions, and accused Russian President Vladimir Putin's government of backing separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine. 

Russia has denied those allegations.