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

Reuters

June 13, 2014 | 2:40 pm

<em>Armed pro-Russian separatists at a town center in Snizhnye in eastern Ukraine on June 12. Photo by Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters</em>

Armed pro-Russian separatists at a town center in Snizhnye in eastern Ukraine on June 12. Photo by Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

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.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Jim Loney

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