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Pentagon to provide $200 million in aid to Ukraine

Ukrainian Army troops in Donbas. Photo: Oleksandr Rupeta/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Pentagon has announced it will provide $200 million in security assistance to Ukraine. The funds had already been approved, as CNN notes, pending "a series of defense reforms" from Ukraine's government.

Why it matters: The move comes just four days after President Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin, at which Trump advocated for better ties with Russia, and the same day Trump rejected Putin's suggestion for a referendum to help settle the Ukraine conflict. Putin had raised concerns in Ukraine by reportedly saying occupied Crimea is Russian because the people there speak Russian.

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