- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is continuing her overseas meeting in Ukraine.

The Maine Democrat is part of a congressional delegation that met Thursday with President Petro Poroshenko, the prime minister, members of parliament and others.

A day earlier, Pingree put flowers at a memorial at Maidan Square to honor demonstrators killed during political protests leading to the Ukrainian revolution of 2014. Pingree said it’s important that the U.S. retains a strong relationship “at this critical time for national security and in light of Russia’s increasing aggression.”

Ukrainian security officials renewed their request for U.S. weapons while meeting with the delegation. The U.S. has provided training and non-lethal aid, but has stopped short of supplying weapons to the Ukraine for its fight against Russian-backed separatists.

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