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

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KIEV, Ukraine — U.S. Sen. 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 , 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.

PHOTO: 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)

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PHOTO: 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)
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