WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will announce $46 million in new security assistance for the Ukrainian military, including equipment to detect incoming artillery fire.

But Obama will stop short of the request for lethal aid to help in its fight against Russian-backed separatists.

Senior administration officials say Obama will announce the aid as part of his meeting Thursday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (por-oh-SHEHN'-koh). The White House meeting is aimed at showing support for Ukraine's fledgling government as it seeks to deepen ties with the West.

The security aid package includes counter-mortar radar, vehicles and patrol boats, body armor and heavy engineering equipment.

The officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the aid by name before the president's announcement.

 

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