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White House 'concerned' about surge in east Ukraine fighting

A Ukrainian serviceman stands with a gun during fightings in the Ukrainian city of Mariinka, in the region of Donetsk, on June 4, 2015The United States is concerned over a recent flare-up in fighting in eastern Ukraine, a senior White House official said Thursday. “We are particularly concerned about the uptick in fighting that we have seen over the last 24 to 48 hours in Ukraine,” Charles Kupchan, the National Security Council’s senior director for European affairs, told reporters. Asked about the possibility of a response by the Group of Seven at its upcoming summit in Germany, White House deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes said Washington’s priority was to keep in place sanctions against Russia, which the United States accuses of backing the rebel forces.

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