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U.S. say it will provide Ukraine with 'defensive' aid

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U.S. say it will provide Ukraine with 'defensive' aid

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will provide Ukraine with “enhanced defensive capabilities,” the State Department said on Friday, as Kiev battles Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.

“U.S. assistance is entirely defensive in nature, and as we have always said, Ukraine is a sovereign country and has a right to defend itself,” the department said in a statement.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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