US senators urge aiding Ukraine with arms to fight “Russian invasion”

The American senators have urged the US to supply Ukraine with arms so that it can fight a “Russian invasion.”

Last Updated: Sep 01, 2014, 09:28 AM IST

Washington: The American senators have urged the US to supply Ukraine with arms so that it can fight a “Russian invasion.”

While the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin must face consequences of his “aggression”, Senator John McCain called it an “invasion”, the BBC reported.

While speaking with CBS's Face The Nation, McCain reportedly called for strong snactions on Ukraine and said that Putin was "an old KGB colonel that wants to restore the Russian empire".

US President Barack Obama has not been in favour of supplying weapons to the strife-torn country so far.

The reaction of the US Senators have come at a time when the Ukrainian and Russian representatives are due to hold talks on the issue of 'statehood' for eastern Ukraine on Monday.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian leader Petro Pososhenko has warned that the country is facing the possibility of “full-scale war” after escalation of tensions with Russia.

Over 2,000 people have been killed in the ongoing conflict that began earlier this year after Russia's annexation of southern Crimea peninsula.

While the pro-Russian rebels have continued to advance into Donetsk and Luhansk territories in Ukraine, Russia has continuously denied aiding the rebels.