June 20 (UPI) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday hosted Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the White House as the U.S. Department of Treasury sanctioned more Russians over the Crimea conflict.
During the brief meeting in the Oval Office, Poroshenko, who also met with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, thanked the United States for its support and said his government is "really fighting to bring freedom and democracy" amid the Ukrainian conflict.
"We have received solid support from the United States, support for both the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of our state, and solid support for the continuation of reforms in Ukraine," Poroshenko said.
The Ukrainian presidential office reported Poroshenko said that Trump suggested that the United States and Ukraine must expand cooperation.
"The agenda was very wide. I am fully satisfied with the results of the talks and I am very grateful to President Trump and Vice President Pence and the ministers with whom we met for a very strong support of our state," Poroshenko said.
The meeting comes as the U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday announced it would add 38 more individuals and entities to the Office of Foreign Assets Control's list of those sanctions due to Russia's actions in Ukraine.
The move is an attempt to pressure Russia into following Minsk Protocol cease-fire agreement.
"These designations will maintain pressure on Russia to work toward a diplomatic solution," Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement. "This administration is committed to a diplomatic process that guarantees Ukrainian sovereignty, and there should be no sanctions relief until Russia meets its obligations under the Minsk agreements."