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NATO aid to Ukraine likely to sharpen conflict with Russia

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Kiev on Thursday to offer help from the Western alliance to shore up Ukraine’s defenses as government forces close in on pro-Russia separatists in the embattled east of the country. The NATO chief’s proposal for the alliance to provide modern communications, cyber defense equipment and command-and-control guidance were likely to inflame hostilities between the Kiev government and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin leader has defended his aggressive actions against Ukraine in recent months as a necessary response to the threat of losing its neighbor and fellow former Soviet republic to Western adversaries. Much of...

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