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US hands over armored vehicles to Ukraine as part of military assistance program

  • Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko passes by U.S. armored Humvees in Boryspil Airport, Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The first ten U.S. armored Humvees for the Ukrainian army have arrived in Ukraine on a U.S. military cargo aircraft on Wednesday, while U.S. aid for Ukraine's army will include 30 heavily armored Humvees and 200 other regular Humvees, as well as small drones, radios, counter-mortar radars and other equipment. All of the aid is nonlethal, and the drones are not armed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko passes by U.S. armored Humvees in Boryspil Airport, Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The first ten U.S. armored Humvees for the Ukrainian army have arrived in Ukraine on a U.S. military cargo aircraft on Wednesday, while U.S. aid for Ukraine's army will include 30 heavily armored Humvees and 200 other regular Humvees, as well as small drones, radios, counter-mortar radars and other equipment. All of the aid is nonlethal, and the drones are not armed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)  (The Associated Press)

  • The first ten U.S. armored Humvees  for the Ukrainian Army arrive and are unloaded from the U.S. military cargo aircraft in Boryspil Airport, Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The U.S. aid for Ukraine's army will include 30 heavily armored Humvees and 200 other regular Humvees, as well as small drones, radios, counter-mortar radars and other equipment. All of the aid is nonlethal, and the drones are not armed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    The first ten U.S. armored Humvees for the Ukrainian Army arrive and are unloaded from the U.S. military cargo aircraft in Boryspil Airport, Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The U.S. aid for Ukraine's army will include 30 heavily armored Humvees and 200 other regular Humvees, as well as small drones, radios, counter-mortar radars and other equipment. All of the aid is nonlethal, and the drones are not armed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)  (The Associated Press)

  • The first ten U.S. armored Humvees  for the Ukrainian Army arrive and are unloaded from the U.S. military cargo aircraft in Boryspil Airport, Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The U.S. aid for Ukraine's army will include 30 heavily armored Humvees and 200 other regular Humvees, as well as small drones, radios, counter-mortar radars and other equipment. All of the aid is nonlethal, and the drones are not armed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    The first ten U.S. armored Humvees for the Ukrainian Army arrive and are unloaded from the U.S. military cargo aircraft in Boryspil Airport, Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The U.S. aid for Ukraine's army will include 30 heavily armored Humvees and 200 other regular Humvees, as well as small drones, radios, counter-mortar radars and other equipment. All of the aid is nonlethal, and the drones are not armed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)  (The Associated Press)

The United States has delivered 10 armored vehicles to Ukraine as part of a military support program intended to assist the fight against Russian-backed separatist forces in the country's east.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday at a handover ceremony at Kiev's Borispol airport that more Humvees were to be delivered within 45 days. Poroshenko's office has said the U.S. is set to eventually provide 230 Humvees.

President Barack Obama's administration has said it will provide Ukraine's military with $75 million in nonlethal aid, but has refrained from offering lethal equipment despite calls from Congress to do so.

Fighting has largely abated in east Ukraine, although contained skirmishes still occur. More than 6,000 people have died in the conflict, which started last April.