Senator Bill Nelson Headed to Ukraine

United States Senator Bill Nelson is set to travel to Ukraine as the war-torn country tries to fight off pro-Russian separatists fighting in the eastern part of the country. Senator Nelson will be visiting in his role as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Nelson is scheduled to leave for Ukraine later in the week, though specifics about the trip haven’t been released due to security concerns. His visit comes just a few weeks after a Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over the Ukrainian countryside.

Senator Nelson said the U.S. and NATO are supplying non-lethal military equipment to Ukrainian forces fighting the pro-Russian separatists. The U.S. and the European Union are also applying extra pressure to Russia through growing economic sanctions.

According to the Miami Herald, Nelson will meet with U.S. diplomats and NATO military officials along with visiting the Ukrainian government to express the support of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The trip is Nelson’s first trip to Ukraine.

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