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"Equipping the Armed Forces of Ukraine with modern weaponry and military equipment is a key task of our defense reform," Poltorak wrote on Facebook.

"Since the beginning of the Russian aggression, Ukraine has appealed to different countries around the world regarding the provision of defensive weapons to the Ukrainian army. Now we are waiting for the relevant decisions and we will perceive such assistance positively," he said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Heather Nauert, the spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, has commented on the new U.S. envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker's statement regarding possible lethal aid for Ukraine. According to the official, The U.S. Department of State says the issue of potential provision of lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine is on today’s agenda but Washington does not rule out that the situation will change.