MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US Vice President Joe Biden held a phone conversation late on Saturday to discuss US military aid to war-torn Ukraine, Poroshenko's press service said in a statement.
"The interlocutors talked about the implementation of the Minsk accords and coordinated future steps, as well as about US aid – both financial and in the sphere of military-technical cooperation," the statement said.
This came a day after President Poroshenko announced that Washington had made a crucial and long-awaited decision to deliver "defensive" weaponry to Ukraine.
The United States has been assisting Ukraine with economic and non-lethal military support since the Kiev government began a military operation against independence fighters in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian leaders have also asked EU nations for lethal arms supplies.
The Obama administration earlier this week it will provide an additional $75 million in non-lethal military aid to Ukraine to help Kiev-led forces in the fight against armed militia in the contested southeast of the country.