In an interview with Radio Svoboda Congressman Eliot Engel (D) noted that it was a good thing that the U.S. had sent non-lethal assistance to Ukraine, but it is not enough. He also stated that it would not help in any way in the long-term, Censor.NET reports.
He noted that he and other supporters of providing lethal weapons do not call on Ukraine to start an aggressive war, since one is already being waged against it.
Engel stated that he and his colleagues want Ukraine to have means to defend itself calling current situation catastrophic.
Earlier, White House press secretary Josh Ernest stated that granting Ukraine lethal weapons would spark greater bloodshed.
On March 11, President Poroshenko announced additional that the U.S. would provide additional $75 million in non-lethal aid to Ukraine.