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 US Defense Secretary and Ukrainian Defense Minister Discussed US Military Assistance to Ukraine

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today spoke via telephone with Ukrainian Minister of Defense Valerii Heletei.

The Pentagon Press Secretary said this in a statement, Censor.NET reports, citing the US Department of Defense.

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"Secretary Hagel relayed Minister Shoygu's recent remarks on the Russian aid convoy, and Minister Shoygu's "guarantee" that the aid convoy was not a military intervention. Secretary Hagel conveyed that he told Minister Shoygu Russia's vehicles and forces along the border continued to escalate tensions and stressed that any discussions about potential ceasefire agreements must include Ukraine.

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"Minister Heletei reported increased violence in Ukraine's east as a result of Russia's ongoing supply of weapons and personnel into Ukraine, and spoke about recent attacks in which innocent civilians were killed and wounded.

"Finally, Secretary Hagel and Minister Heletei discussed the status of ongoing deliveries of United States military assistance to Ukraine. Minister Heletei thanked the secretary for the continued assistance of the United States."

 
 
 
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