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US Senator McCain condemns European reluctance to provide military aid to Ukraine

  • U.S. Senator John McCain speaks  at a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, June 20, 2015. The delegation traveled to Ukraine to meet with government troops and volunteers engaged in fighting against Russian-backed separatists in the east. McCain has been a lively supporter of legislation passed in the U.S. Senate this week that includes provisions to supply Ukraine with hundreds of millions of dollars in defence military equipment. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    U.S. Senator John McCain speaks at a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, June 20, 2015. The delegation traveled to Ukraine to meet with government troops and volunteers engaged in fighting against Russian-backed separatists in the east. McCain has been a lively supporter of legislation passed in the U.S. Senate this week that includes provisions to supply Ukraine with hundreds of millions of dollars in defence military equipment. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Senator John McCain, right, shake hands during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, June 20 2015. (AP Photo/Mykola Lazarenko, Presidential Press Service Pool Photo via AP)

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Senator John McCain, right, shake hands during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, June 20 2015. (AP Photo/Mykola Lazarenko, Presidential Press Service Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Senators John McCain, right, John Barrasso, left, Tom Cotton, second left, and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk pose for photo during their meting in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, June 20 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko, Pool)

    U.S. Senators John McCain, right, John Barrasso, left, Tom Cotton, second left, and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk pose for photo during their meting in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, June 20 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. Sen. John McCain has said during a visit to Ukraine that it is shameful that Washington's European allies have not done more to assist Ukrainian forces in their quest to defeat Russian-backed separatists in the east.

McCain was part of a delegation of U.S. senators that met Saturday with senior Ukrainian officials, including President Petro Poroshenko, after visiting troops and volunteers working on the front line.

The U.S. Senate this week approved a bill that includes provisions to supply Ukraine with $300 million worth of defensive military equipment. Approval from Congress and the White House is still pending.

European countries have favored a diplomatic settlement as a way out of the conflict.

Russia condemns U.S. military aid to Ukraine and says it will foment instability.