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    US to Provide Additional $17.7 Mln in Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1048)
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    The United States will provide Kiev with $17.7 million in additional humanitarian aid to use towards food, water and shelter, the White House announced in a statement after US Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke over the phone.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US and Ukrainian leaders also agreed that Russia needs to abide to the terms of the Minsk agreements.

    “The Vice President [Biden] informed President Poroshenko that the United States will provide the Government of Ukraine with an additional $17.7 million in humanitarian assistance for vulnerable populations, including shelter, health and sanitation support, food vouchers, and potable water,” the White House statement read on Monday.

    Vice President Biden also welcomed Ukraine’s appointment of Artem Sytnyk to head the country’s Anti-Corruption Bureau and encouraged Kiev to implement anti-trust measures and judicial reform.

    The military operation in Ukraine’s eastern regions began in April 2014, aimed to suppress local independence supporters who refused to recognize a government that rose to power as the result of a coup against the government in February 2014.

    A year later, in February 2015, Kiev and independence supporters signed the Minsk agreement, worked out by the leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine and stipulating a ceasefire in eastern regions, a second such attempt in half a year.

    The West has accused Moscow of meddling in Ukraine domestic affairs and escalating the violence in the country by providing military aid to Donbas militias, but the Russian government has repeatedly denied any involvement in the confrontation in Ukraine and made efforts to facilitate the diplomatic solution to the conflict.

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1048)

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