U.S. Offers Additional $17.7 Million in Aid to Ukraine

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (C) has a meal together with servicemen as he attends the "Fearless Guardian 2015" U.S.-Ukrainian joint military exercises which take place at the Yavoriv training ground in Lviv region. Mykola Lazarenko/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday about the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine and offered an additional $17.7 million in aid for essentials like food, shelter and water, the White Housesaid.

Biden and Poroshenko discussed Ukraine's reform efforts, the White House said in a statement.

"The vice president welcomed the appointment of a new head of the anti-corruption bureau and encouraged the further implementation of rule of law reforms, including anti-trust measures and judicial reform," the White House said.