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Russia providing military support to Ukraine separatists: US

Published on Jul 15, 2014 9:47 AM
Pro-Russian militants posing with the new Russia flag in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on July 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States accused Moscow of providing pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine with military equipment such as tanks and rocket launchers.

Washington also claimed Moscow was redeploying forces to the volatile border between the ex-Soviet states.

"While Russia says it seeks peace, its actions do not match its rhetoric. We have no evidence that Russia's support for the separatists has ceased," the State Department said on Monday.

"In fact, we assess that Russia continues to provide them with heavy weapons, other military equipment and financing, and continues to allow militants to enter Ukraine freely."

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