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 US lethal weapons will allow Ukraine's Army repel Russians, - UN Ambassador Yelchenko. VIDEO

U.S. military aid is as important for Ukraine as political and economic support.

This was announced by Ukraine's Permanent Representative in the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko on air of Fox News, Censor.NET reports.

Answering the anchor's question on whether the U.S. lethal defensive weapons would enable Ukraine's Army repel the Russians, Yelchenko said:

"I think so. I would name three areas in which we need the continuous support from the United States. The political, of course - that's the statements, the work of international organizations, bilateral. Secondly, it's the economic assistance and financial assistance, and that's what we do receive from the United States for years now and we are extremely grateful for that, this is huge amount of help. And third - military....

"If we would have more weapons, more training, more equipment, I think our military would be much more better prepared to repel Russians," Yelchenko said.

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The U.N. ambassador said Ukraine is willing to join NATO, but is not ready yet. First, Ukraine would need to conduct 'painful' reforms, Yelchenko said.

"It would not be possible without U.S. assistance," the ambassador added.

Earlier, Yelchenko said that even Russia's "allies" in the U.N. see Crimea as part of Ukraine.
 
 
 
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