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Obama declares commitment to Kyiv, but is it enough?

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Obama declares commitment to Kyiv, but is it enough?


US President, Barak Obama has offered Kyiv financial and security support during his first meeting with his newly-elected Ukrainian counterpart.

Petro Poroshenko is trying to get international support for his plans to end clashes between separatist and government forces in Ukraine.

“There was a very active dialogue,” said Poroshenko, “and a very strong reassurance that Ukraine has very strong allies in the European Union, in the US, in Canada and in the world. They made it clear, that they strongly support the Ukrainian position in resolving the conflict in the East.”

Obama has approved an additional 17 million euros in defence and security assistance to Ukraine since March.

Euronews’ correspondent on the ground in Kyiv says that Ukraine’s aim was to extract more solid security guarantees from the West, however questions remain over whether President Obama’s commitment really goes far enough.

Brian Bonner, who edits the English language KyivPost newspaper said: “Obama has been taking a lot of criticism lately for not being strong, not only in this area, but Syria, the middle East and other places. I think he has sensed that the American public mood is not interested in a new military adventure, but I think he’s misreading what could be done. The US could do a lot more.”

As many as 300 fighters have been killed in the past 24 hours, according to the Ukrainian government. However, Russia has stood down thousands of troops massed on Ukraine’s border potentially easing tensions.

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