07:11 GMT19 April 2021
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    Washington and Kiev officials confirmed on Wednesday the strategic nature of their bilateral military cooperation, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's press service said in a statement.

    KIEV (Sputnik) US Assistant State Secretary on Arms Control Frank Rose and Ukrainian General Staff Chief Viktor Muzhenko held a meeting at the Ukraine's Armed Forces General Staff in Kiev earlier in the day.

    "At the end of the meeting the parties confirmed the strategic character of relations between Ukraine and the United States and discussed the prospect of bilateral cooperation," the statement read.

    According to the press service, Muzhenko briefed Rose on the situation in eastern Ukraine.

    Kiev launched a military operation against independence militias in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region in April 2014. The confrontation has claimed over 9,000 lives, according to UN estimates.

    The United States has been providing Kiev with economic and non-lethal military support since the beginning of the military operation.


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