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US to provide funds to aid Ukraine

President Barack Obama says the US is providing Ukraine with 5 million US dollars (£3m) worth of body armour, night-vision goggles and communication equipment as the country's battle against pro-Russia separatists continues.

President Obama announced the aid after meeting with Petro Poroshenko, the country's future president, while both were visiting Warsaw, Poland.

Mr Poroshenko will be sworn into office this weekend.

The White House says that President Obama has approved more than 23 million US dollars (£13m) in security assistance to Ukraine since early March, when the situation began to deteriorate.

The United States already has provided ready-to-eat meals and money for medical supplies and other non-lethal assistance, including clothing, sleeping bags and generators.

The US has supported Ukraine's right to self-determination following Russia's annexation of Crimea earlier this year.

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