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    Ukraine Hails US Military Aid as Cease-Fire Said to Falter

    Ukraine Hails US Military Aid as Cease-Fire Said to Falter

    KYIV, (AP) — Ukraine's president is praising the United States for including tank-killing armored vehicles in its latest multibillion-dollar package of aid, saying they are “exactly what is needed” for Ukrainian troops locked in combat against Russian forces.

    Officials, meanwhile, said it was unclear whether was abiding by a unilateral 36-hour cease-fire for Orthodox Christmas that Ukraine has denounced as a ploy.

    The latest multi-billion dollar package of U.S. military assistance announced Friday by the White House was the biggest to date for Kyiv. For the first time, it included Bradley armored vehicles — known as tank-killers because of the anti-tank missiles they fire.

    In his nightly televised address on Friday, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called it “a very powerful package.”

    “For the first time, we will get Bradley armoured vehicles — this is exactly what is needed. guns and rounds, including high-precision ones, new rockets, new drones. It is timely and strong,” he said.

    He thanked U.S. President Joe Biden, U.S. lawmakers and “all the Americans who appreciate freedom, and who know that freedom is worth protecting.”

    Ukrainian authorities on Saturday said that a Moscow-declared temporary truce for Orthodox Christmas appeared to have been ignored by some of its forces pressing ahead with the nearly 11-month invasion.

    In the fiercely contested…

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