ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will hold a series of meetings on defense issues this week in conflict-battered Ukraine.

The Florida senator’s office said Monday that Nelson would travel to the Ukraine sometime this week from central Florida, although the office wouldn’t say specifically when.

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Nelson is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.

Ukrainian government forces have been fighting pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.

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The United States and NATO are supplying non-lethal military equipment to Ukrainian forces.

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