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    The United States is considering supplying arms and equipment to the Ukrainian Army in the wake of an intensifying conflict in Ukraine’s southeast, The New York Times reported, citing anonymous sources in the US establishment.

    MOSCOW, February 2 (Sputnik) –  Although US President Barack Obama has not made a decision to supply lethal arms to Kiev, certain high-ranking officials, including national security adviser Susan Rice and NATO’s top military commander Gen. Philip Breedlove support the move, The New York Times said.

    The aid Washington currently supplies to Ukraine is limited to non-lethal items, such as first aid kits and body armor.

    In January, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko told reporters that independence fighters had found US-made weapons on the territory of the Donetsk airport after the Ukrainian military pulled out of the area.

    Poll

    Who do you think the US military is most likely to engage with next?
    • The tension between Russia and the US over Ukraine can turn into an armed conflict.
      45.4% (1142)
    • America is likely to get dragged into another war in the Middle East.
      32.9% (826)
    • North Korea and the US seem to be on a collision course.
      2.0% (50)
    • The war between China and America seems quite possible.
      3.8% (95)
    • I can’t see any major conflict on the horizon.
      15.9% (399)
    Voted: 2
    During his September 2014 visit to the United States, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko requested lethal military assistance from the Congress, but Washington so far refused to grant it.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry has emphasized that the United States would breach the Geneva agreements on the Ukrainian settlement, reached by Russia, the European Union, the United States and Ukraine on April 17, 2014, if it supplied lethal weapons to Kiev.

    The military confrontation between Kiev forces and independence supporters in eastern Ukraine began in April 2014 and recently intensified despite a ceasefire agreement reached in September last year.

    More than 5,000 people in Ukraine have died in the conflict, according to the United Nations.

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    Donbass, weapons supplies, weapons, Alexander Zakharchenko, Donetsk, United States, Ukraine, Donetsk Region
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