Top GOP, House Dem back $1 billion in lethal aid to Ukraine

February 11, 2015 12:01 AM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican and Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday called for $1 billion in lethal defensive aid to Ukraine as Congress increased pressure on President Barack Obama to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian-backed rebels.

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, the panel's chairman, and Rep. Adam Smith of Washington state introduced legislation that would provide training, equipment and lethal defensive weapons to the national security forces of Ukraine through Sept. 30, 2017 to help secure "its sovereign territory against for...

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