The United States should revise previous administration’s decision not to provide Ukraine with lethal defense weapons, former NATO Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove said at a US Senate committee hearing on Thursday.
"The Obama administration was reluctant to provide Ukraine with the defensive weapons necessary to better defend itself. The new term should relook at that," Breedlove told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The situation in southeastern Ukraine has escalated over the past few weeks, in particular near the town of Avdiivka in the Donetsk region, where clashes between Kiev forces and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic militia have intensified. The conflicting parties have both accused each other of initiating the violence.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said earlier in the day that the deployment of Ukrainian military hardware to Donbass will have an impact on the process of peace settlement in eastern Ukraine.
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