President Barack Obama is providing the Ukraine's security forces with state-of-the-art robots that specialize in locating and neutralizing land mines as part of Kiev's operations against Russian-supported insurgents in eastern regions of the country, according to the Ukrainian National Police on Monday.
As part of U.S. technical assistance, the Ukraine government received the first two robots and are expecting at least three more. According to reports they are the same type of robots used by demining teams that are part of the American-led International Security Assistance Force in its battle against the Taliban and other Islamist groups in Afghanistan.
Most of the assistance provided by the United States has been defensive in nature such as combat helmets and sleeping bags from the United States, as well as barbed wire for border security barricades.
In addition, Obama is calling on the Russian government and the pro-Russia insurgents to allow air crash investigators and crime scene specialists complete access to the crash site in Ukraine where the Malaysian passenger jet MH17 came down after being blasted out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile killing 298 passengers and crew members.
Obama complained in Monday that the pro-Russian insurgents who hold sway over the crash site and have already tampered with the wreckage, the remains of the victims and other material are preventing investigators from conducting a timely examination and probe.
"As investigators approached, they fired their weapons into the air. The separatists are removing evidence from the crash site, all which begs the question: What exactly are they trying to hide?" the president asked.
Several experts claim the evidence points to the pro-Russian insurgents shooting down the Boeing 777 and that they most probably received the missiles and launchers from Russian military or intelligence officials.
While Obama accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of encouraging the rebels to fight the Ukrainian government, he stopped short of accusing the former KGB agent of being directly involved in the murder of almost 300 innocent civilians.