In Ukraine’s bleak east, US aid saves lives, raises morale

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INNA VARENYTSIA Associated Press AVDIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — U.S.-made medical equipment, night-vision devices and counter-mortar radar makes a difference for Ukrainian troops fighting Kremlin-backed separatists on the front line of the standoff between Russia and the West. Sometimes, it's the difference between life and death. So when $400 million in U.S. military aid to Kyiv was held up this year, Ukrainians got nervous. Every little bit of assistance helps in the World War I-style trenches of Avdiivka, where conscripts and volunteer soldiers use shovels to shore up mud walls, chop wood for makeshift stoves, and cook their own food from local vegetables and canned supplies. Rostyslav Pokotylo shows off the American flag inside the case for his night-vision gun scope, which he credit
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