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US to Provide Ukraine With Additional $335M in Security Aid

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a meeting at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, March 31, 2016.

The White House says the United States will provide Ukraine with an additional $335 million in security assistance.

The new aid was announced Thursday after a meeting between U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Washington.

The White House also said that Biden told Poroshenko that efforts to form a stable, reform-oriented government were critical to unlocking international economic assistance, including a third $1 billion U.S. loan guarantee.

Last May, the U.S. signed a second $1 billion loan guarantee deal for Ukraine, to help it rebuild its economy after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and backed a separatist insurgency in the country's eastern Donbas region.

Washington has supported Ukraine's pro-Western government but also been concerned by pervasive corruption.

Ukraine's parliament sacked the country's chief prosecutor earlier this week over his alleged attempts not to pursue high-profile corruption cases.