U.S. Senator Dick Durbin appears reluctant to boost American military aid to Ukraine too much. Speaking to reporters after a trip to the eastern European nation, Durbin acknowledged that the Ukrainians are crying out for American Javelin anti-tank missiles to combat Russian armor. But, Durbin says the Obama administration does not believe those would make a difference. Durbin says the U.S. does not want to give Russian President Vladimir Putin a pretext to escalate.
So far, Durbin says, Putin is abiding by the Minsk cease fire agreement and holding Russian troops on those lines within Ukraine.
The U.S. has provided Ukraine missile detection radar and Humvees.