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March 04, 2015
Top US military officer backs arming Ukraine
Washington (AFP) March 3, 2015
The US military's top-ranking officer on Tuesday added to a growing clamor for Washington to arm Ukraine in its battle with pro-Russian forces, saying he favors doing so through NATO. It was the first time General Martin Dempsey had spoken out in support of arming Ukraine's army against the separatists and follows similar comments by the Pentagon's new chief, Ashton Carter, and the director of national intelligence, James Clapper. "I think we should absolutely consider lethal aid and it ought to ... read more

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