Sunday, January 1, 2017

McCain visits frontline Ukraine troops in anti-Putin gesture

Sen. John McCain, who has emerged as the chief opponent within the Republican party to Donald Trump's warming relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, underscored his tough stance Saturday by spending New Year's Eve at a forward combat outpost with Ukrainian troops.

The senator, accompanied by fellow senators Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar, posted photos on Twitter of his meetings with Ukrainian marines in the village of Shyrokine. In one, he is shown posing with troops in front of a Ukrainian flag. In another, he joins a Ukrainian marine commander in examining a piece of a 125mm tank shell.

"We stand w/them in their fight against #Putin's aggression," McCain wrote in one tweet.

McCain, R-Ariz., Graham, R-S.C., and Klobuchar, D-Minn, are members of the Senate Armed Services committee. They have been visiting countries bordering Russia, particularly NATO members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Ukraine and Georgia, which was invaded by Russian troops in 2008. They also met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who was decked out in camouflage along with the Ukrainian troops. Read full story here 

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