Members of the U.S. military listen to President Donald Trump deliver remarks on American involvement in Afghanistan at the Fort Myer military base on August 21, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia.  Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

United States Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday that the U.S. is committed to help Ukraine’s military, also saying sanctions against Moscow will remain in place until it stops supporting rebels and returns Crimea.

“Mr President, we continue to support Ukraine and remain committed to building the capacity of your armed forces,” Mattis said after meeting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, adding that sanctions against Russia “will remain in place until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered them.”

 

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