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Russian arms likely used against Ukrainian aircraft, says US

A pro-Russia rebel mans a checkpoint in Mykhailivka on the road between Lugansk and Donetsk on June 28, 2014Pro-Russian separatists likely used weapons supplied by Moscow to shoot down Ukrainian aircraft in recent weeks, NATO’s top commander General Philip Breedlove said Monday. Russia was maintaining a large troop presence near Ukraine’s border and had provided anti-aircraft weapons and other hardware to the rebels, Breedlove told a Pentagon news conference. Asked if the separatists used the weapons to take out Ukrainian aircraft in recent weeks, Breedlove said all the facts need to be “sorted out” but “I would say it’s a very good likelihood” that Russian-supplied arms were behind the attacks. A Ukrainian military cargo plane was shot down on June 14, killing 49 people on board, and a Ukrainian helicopter was downed last week, leaving nine troops dead.

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