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US working on non-lethal aid package for Ukraine

Created: 04/16/2014 2:24 PM
By: JULIE PACE ROBERT BURNS

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Obama administration is working on a package of non-lethal aid for Ukraine that could include medical supplies and clothing, but would stop short of providing body armor and other military-style equipment.

The incremental assistance would be aimed at bolstering the Ukrainian military as it seeks to halt the advances of pro-Russian forces in the east, as well as showing symbolic U.S. support for Ukraine's efforts. But the aid is unlikely to satisfy administration critics, who say what the Ukrainians really need are weapons to defend themselves.

The administration has said it is not actively considering sending weapons, ammunition or other lethal assistance.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly before the aid package is finalized.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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