WASHINGTON - Republicans in the US Congress on Sunday urged the Obama administration to dispatch small weapons and other military equipment to aid Ukraine as Russian troops amassed at that country's eastern border.

"You can do non-combatant military aid in a way that allows them (Ukraine) to defend themselves," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Besides small weapons, Rogers urged providing medical supplies, radio equipment and unspecified "defensive posture weapons systems."

The Michigan Republican was careful to note, however, that he does not support using American troops to confront Russia, which has annexed Crimea from Ukraine.

Russia's action prompted US President Barack Obama last week to impose economic sanctions which were largely tailored to hit Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle without prompting a backlash from Moscow against US businesses.


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