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US military weighs risks of aiding Ukraine

Published on Jul 29, 2014 7:04 AM
 
A Ukrainian service man looks out from a tank flying the Ukrainian flag,, part of a convoy of vehicles of the Ukrainian forces driving towards the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, in the region of Lugansk, on July 25, 2014. Senior American military officers are discussing the possibility of providing Ukraine with more precise intelligence that would allow it to target missiles held by pro-Russian forces, US officials said on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Senior American military officers are discussing the possibility of providing Ukraine with more precise intelligence that would allow it to target missiles held by pro-Russian forces, US officials said on Monday.

But no decision is imminent and some officials are concerned such a move could backfire by escalating the conflict between Ukraine and the rebels backed by Moscow.

"That's part of the discussions," said one defence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, referring to the possible enhanced intelligence sharing.

"It's all part of looking at how we can help the Ukrainians," the official told AFP. But he added there were risks in providing Ukrainian forces with information that could help them strike at pro-Russian fighters in the country's east.

 
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