Vladimir Putin is making Russian passports more easily available to Ukrainians living in the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, where pro-Kremlin separatists have been battling Kiev forces.
Russia's security chief said that Kiev's reliance on Western support may contribute to Ukraine's loss of statehood.
The Kremlin leader allegedly revealed the news during a closed-door speech on Thursday with top Russian ambassadors.
The U.S. State Department demanded an end to the hostilities as the conflict entered its fifth year.
The Javelin missiles are deemed so effective that intention to sell or deploy them has long warranted a big political announcement.
Moscow claims that any Russian military hardware was looted by rebels from Ukrainian government depots.
The Ukraine had by far the most mine explosions and casualties in the world in 2016 due to ongoing conflict in its eastern region.
U.S. paramedic Joseph Stone is the first casualty of an international monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine.
The OSCE monitor died in a landmine explosion in the region where Russian-backed rebels are fighting Ukrainian forces.
Trump says he "would be surprised" if forces are "uncontrolled" but unsure.
A group considered responsible for U.S. Democratic Party hacks used an Android malware implant to track troops.
Meanwhile Russian interest in east Ukraine has dwindled to a near three-year low.
International observers claim hostilities have increased by 40 percent in a week.
Tank and artillery were allegedly used by Russian-backed forces despite pledges to halt hostilities at midnight.
Kiev's military intelligence posted photos of the man's Russian ID.
Investigative group Bellingcat report "thousands of Russian servicemen" active in eastern Ukraine.
The first day of school is a day of celebration in Ukraine.
Kiev estimates tanks in rebel areas increased from 30 to 600 since 2014.
East Ukraine has seen an uptick in violence and casualties in recent weeks.
Six were also injured as the situation in the east grows more volatile.
The Kremlin has consistently used acts of terrorism as pretexts for the state of emergency Russia has been living under throughout the Putin years.
International community was "not tough enough" on Moscow.
Ukraine's representative in peace talks said rebels also have extensive artillery.