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U.S. says Russia sends tanks, rocket launchers into Ukraine

  • Ukrainian troops from battalion Azov ground men detained at the site of a battle with pro-Russian fighters in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Osman Karimov, pool)

WASHINGTON: Russia has sent tanks, heavy weapons and rocket launchers to Ukraine in recent days in support of separatists in the east of the country, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

"We assess that separatists in eastern Ukraine have acquired heavy weapons and military equipment from Russia, including Russian tanks and multiple rocket launchers," spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement.

Harf told a briefing earlier that a convoy of three T-64 tanks, several MB-21 "or Grad" multiple rocket launchers and other military vehicles had crossed from Russia into Ukraine in the last three days.

 
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