U.S. gave $200 mln defense aid to Ukraine in December - official

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Ukrainian and U.S. state flags fly in central Kiev, Ukraine September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

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Jan 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. government approved $200 million in additional defensive security assistance to Ukraine in December, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday.

"We are committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and will continue to provide Ukraine the support it needs," the official told reporters traveling with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Blinken arrived in Ukraine on Wednesday amid concerns from Kyiv and its Western allies over tens of thousands of Russian troops amassed at the border with Ukraine. read more

Russia denies planning a new military offensive.

Blinken will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Wednesday.

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Reporting by Shivam Patel in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Andrew Cawthorne

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