Russians consolidate hold on Ukrainian city; U.S. to give Kyiv advanced rockets

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By Pavel Polityuk and Max Hunder KYIV (Reuters) – Russian forces were attempting to consolidate their hold on Ukraine’s industrial city of Sievierodonetsk on Thursday, edging closer to claiming a big prize in their offensive in the eastern Donbas region. But in a boost for Ukraine, locked in a grinding struggle against Russia’s invading army, the United States announced a $700 million weapons package for Kyiv that will include advanced rocket systems with a range of up to 80 km (50 miles). Russia accused the United States of adding “fuel to the fire”. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sai…

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