America to Ukraine: Here, Have a Helmet

by Greg Pollowitz

The U.S. is sending helmets, sleeping bags and generators to support the Ukrainian military — but stopped short of approving other items the interim government reportedly says it needs to stand up to the might of Moscow, saber-rattling on its doorstep. 

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Thursday that the U.S. will send the additional non-lethal military aid. The additional aid was announced as fighting between Ukraine’s military and pro-Russian factions intensified in the eastern part of the country. 

Hagel, speaking at a press conference at the Pentagon with his Polish counterpart, said the approved aid would include medical supplies, helmets, sleeping mats, water purification units, hand-fuel pumps and small power generators. . .