Senators push for military aid to Ukraine

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Associated Press

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 30 at 1:34 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are renewing calls for U.S. military aid to Ukraine after receiving a closed-doors briefing from senior Obama administration officials.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham reports the administration seeing Russia prepared to fight in Ukraine to prevent separatists from being overrun.

In contrast, he says, the U.S. doesn't have a strategy.

Graham says sanctions against Russia thus far haven't changed President Vladimir Putin's calculus.

Graham wants measures targeting Putin personally. And he says lethal aid should be provided to help Ukraine's military.

Republican Kelly Ayotte and Democrat Bill Nelson agree on military assistance.

Ayotte calls the Obama administration's failure to provide weapons "shameful."

President Barack Obama doesn't believe U.S. military involvement is necessary.

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