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    Russia Considers US Paratroopers Arrival in Ukraine Violation of Minsk Deal

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    The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday expressed serious concern over the arrival of US paratroopers in Ukraine in violation of Minsk peace accords.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US Army announced earlier on Friday that some 300 paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Italy, arrived on Tuesday and Wednesday in Yavoriv in western Ukraine, to spend six months training three battalions of Ukrainian National Guard.

    "These US actions directly contradict the agreements reached in Minsk on February 12, signed by Kiev officials and supported, as far as we are concerned, by Washington," Foreign Ministry's spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement.

    "It could be viewed as a first step toward supplying Ukraine with advanced US weaponry, which Kiev's 'party of war' desires so much."

    Washington's support of Ukrainian war hawks could lead to a new bloodshed in a country sharing border with Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokesman said.

    In December 2014, the US Congress passed and US President Barack Obama signed into law the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, which allows lethally arming the conflict-torn country.

    Russia called the legislation provocative, warning that such an approach could escalate violence in the country. The United States has so far refrained from providing Ukraine with lethal weapons.

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)

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    combat training, Minsk agreement, Ukrainian National Guard, Russian Foreign Ministry, Alexander Lukashevich, Yavoriv, Ukraine, United States
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