Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey requested additional security assistance from the U.S. during the phone call, but the Pentagon would not specify what type of aid was requested.
Ukrainian separatists could be heavily equipped with tanks, armored vehicles and rockets “potentially today”
The Pentagon confirmed, following the State briefing, that Russia is firing into Ukraine, targeting military posts.
The Pentagon currently houses 2,500 undocumented children, on three military bases, who have fled Central America where crime is on the rise.
Pentagon Spokesman Col. Steve Warren said that Russia continues to supply the Ukrainian separatists with weapons and “includes training on air defense systems.”
The SA-11 Russian-built surface-to-air missile system could have easily been crossed into the border of eastern Ukraine with the assistance of the Russians, the Pentagon said.
The bill, which passed unanimously via a voice vote, budgets $549.3 billion in base and overseas contingency operation funding.
Bergdahl was released by the Taliban on May 31st in exchange for five members being held at Guantanamo Bay.
The assessments, conducted over a three week period, will be used to determine how the U.S. can assist the Iraqi Security Forces in combating militant groups inside the country.
The fighter jets are on a limited return to flight status as the investigation continues into the cause of an engine fire.