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U.S. will send advanced rocket systems to Ukraine, Biden says, as Donbas conflict rages

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said May 31 that the new deal will cut around 90% of oil imports from Russia to the E.U. by the end of 2022. (Video: Reuters)
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The Biden administration on Tuesday confirmed it is sending advanced rocket systems to Ukraine, responding to a top request from Ukrainian officials who say the weapons are necessary to curb the advance of Russian forces in the east.

“America’s goal is straightforward: We want to see a democratic, independent, sovereign and prosperous Ukraine with the means to deter and defend itself against further aggression,” Biden said in an essay published Tuesday evening in the New York Times. Ukrainian officials provided assurances they would not use the weapons to strike targets inside Russia, a senior U.S. official said.