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Trump administration OKs sale of lethal weapons to Ukraine

A local resident walks past an apartment building damaged by shelling in Avdiivka, Ukraine, Feb. 4, 2017.

(Asssociated Press)

The trump administration approved the sale of lethal weapons to the Western-oriented government of Ukraine for its fight against the pro-Russian separatists in the Eastern provinces.

On Wednesday, it was denounced in stark contrast to the Obama administration to sell the Russian aggression, the refused, however, lethal weapons to Ukraine.

Politicians were divided into movement, some praising it as long overdue, while other concerns that make it difficult, all efforts to work with Russia.

In a statement to the Washington Post, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., reference is made, the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014, which authorized the transaction.

“I’m glad the administration approved the sale of defensive lethal weapons to Ukraine. This decision was supported by Congress in the legislation of the law three years ago, and reflects our country’s longstanding commitment in the Ukraine continued Russian aggression.”

Still, some were concerned that the business transaction is a provocation in the direction of Russia, and its relationship with the United States is already strained.

“We have crossed the Rubicon, this is the deadly weapon, and I predict more will come,” a senior congressional official told the Post.

Minister of defense James Mattis wiping away all notions of provocation in August, when he said that “Defensive weapons are provocative, unless you’re an aggressor, and clearly, the Ukraine is not the aggressor, as it is the fighting happening Yes your own territory where.”

The war in Ukraine’s Eastern province between Russian-backed separatists and government troops, more than 10,000 killed since the conflict began in the spring of 2014. To alleviate, despite the efforts of Russia, France and Germany in 2015, tensions, fighting, still remains the on the eve of 2018.

International observers have expressed concerns that the fight has intensified in recent weeks. According to the organization for security and cooperation in Europe, a monitoring body for the Ukraine, the number of ceasefire violations increased by 35 percent in the past week compared to a week earlier.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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