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Ukraine accused of aiding Georgia

October 03, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of sending weapons and military personnel to help Georgia during its August war with Russia.

Without referring to Ukraine's president by name, Putin suggested that Viktor Yushchenko authorized weapons supplies to Georgia before and during the war. He also alleged that Ukrainian military personnel fought on Georgia's side during the conflict.

"When people and military systems are used to kill Russian soldiers, it's a crime," Putin told reporters.

Russian officials and some Ukrainian lawmakers had said that Ukraine helped arm Georgia before the war.

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