US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the United States was committed to helping Ukraine’s Military, and sanctions against Russia would remain in place until Moscow stops supporting rebels and returns Crimea.

Mattis accused Russia of seeking to “Redraw International Borders” by force and said a new military aid package agreed with Ukraine would help Kiev defend itself.

He said Washington had recently approved delivery of military equipment worth 175 million dollars to Ukraine that would boost its Defence capacities.