WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With thousands of Russian troops at the Ukrainian border and tensions continuing there in a months-long conflict, a senior member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee is heading to the region for a series of meetings on defense planning and other issues.
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is scheduled to leave for the region from Central Florida later this week, though specific times aren't being released.
The U.S. and NATO are supplying non-lethal military equipment to Ukrainian forces. And the Obama administration reportedly would consider sending weapons to Ukraine if Russia were to invade.
Ukrainian troops have surrounded the rebel-stronghold of Donetsk in the eastern part of the country, while Russia has pushed to be able to bring aid to the area.
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"I believe Putin's offer of humanitarian aid is a guise to invade," Nelson said in a press release.