U.S. President Barack Obama has called Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko a "wise choice" to lead Ukraine during the crisis in the country's east, RFE/RL reports.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Poroshenko in Warsaw on June 4, Obama said the two discussed how Washington can help train Ukrainian military and law enforcement and ways for Ukraine to reduce its energy dependence on Russia.

He said they also discussed a plan for restoring peace to the country and establishing economic growth.

Simultaneous to the meeting, the United States announced it would send Kyiv an additional $5 million in equipment that could help in its battle against armed pro-Russian separatists in the east. The aid will include body armor and night-vision goggles.

For his part, Poroshenko thanked U.S. officials for Washington's support during the crisis, in which armed pro-Russian separatists have taken over cities in eastern Ukraine.

Obama and Poroshenko are in Warsaw for celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the first democratic elections in Poland.