NEWSWATCH: “U.S. to Seek Russian Approval for Peacekeepers in Eastern Ukraine; U.S., Western officials hope Putin is seeking a way out of separatist conflict” – Wall Street Journal/ Laurence Norman, Julian E. Barnes

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“U.S. officials are preparing to test Moscow’s willingness to end the Ukraine conflict by seeking Russia’s approval for 20,000 peacekeepers across Ukraine’s embattled east, U.S. and Western officials said. … driven by hopes in some Western capitals, including Paris and Berlin, that … Putin is seeking a way out of Moscow’s military support to Ukrainian separatists. * * * … U.S. officials said the White House has approved … providing Ukraine lethal weapons, including Javelin antitank weapons. No decision has been taken on when …. the weapons could be used to persuade a skeptical Ukrainian government, facing major domestic opposition in parliament, to embrace the peacekeeping effort. … [and] to signal to Moscow that the West is ready to increase its military support ….”

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