US Congress adopts resolution on providing Ukraine with lethal weapons
The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress on March 23 adopted a resolution that called on U.S. President Barack Obama to supply lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine, Ukrainian news broadcaster TSN reported on Monday.
The resolution was supported by 348 congressmen, while 48 lawmakers opposed it, according to the Web site of the House of Representatives.
According to the document, the U.S. congressmen from both parties call on Obama to provide military assistance to Ukraine so that it can defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The document's authors argue that the existence of an independent, democratic and prosperous Ukraine is in the national interests of the United States.
In addition, the document says that the Russian Federation under the leadership of Vladimir Putin and via political, economic and military aggression is trying to undermine the independence of Ukraine and violate the territorial integrity of the country.
According to the congressmen, the Russian aggression includes the illegal annexation of the Crimea, and the creation and control of separatist groups in certain regions of Ukraine, including the supply of deadly weapons to them.
Russia's support of militants in the east of Ukraine has led to more than 6,000 people being killed, 15,000 being wounded and more than a million being displaced, the congressmen said.