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    Preparing for War? 11 Countries to Supply Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

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    Ukraine needs "only defensive weapons to protect its territory", a report for President Petro Poroshenko’s annual address to the parliament read.

    Ukraine has reached agreements for the supply of lethal weapons from 11 countries, according to an analytic report for President Petro Poroshenko’s annual address to the parliament.

    "Ukraine reached agreements with 11 countries on weapons supplies, including lethal weapons. Significant progress on the issue has been made by our principal ally, the United States," the document read.

    The document also says Ukraine needs "only defensive weapons to protect its territory from aggression."

    On May 13, NATO Deputy Spokesperson Carmen Romero said the alliance cannot address the issue of sending arms to Ukraine. The issue should be discussed by states on bilateral basis.

    In May, the US House of Representatives approved $200 million for weapons supplies to Ukraine. Earlier, this decision was approved by the US Senate Committee on Armed Services. President Barack Obama has not decided yet on sending lethal arms to the Ukrainian army.

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