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Putin offers billions in aid to Ukraine

Posted: December 18, 2013 at 5:21 a.m.

A man wrapped in a Ukrainian national flag listens with other activists to a priest Tuesday during a pro-European Union rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday opened his wallet in the battle with the European Union over Ukraine’s future, saying Moscow will buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds and sharply cut the price of natural gas for its economically struggling neighbor.

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