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Ukraine was high on the agenda when the NATO summit started in Wales on September 4, with leaders of the 28-nation alliance looking for ways to bolster Ukraine and punish Russia for its aggression.

“The leaders reiterated their condemnation of Russia’s continued flagrant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and agreed on the need for Russia to face increased costs for its actions,” US Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said. “The leaders also expressed their strong support for President (Petro) Poroshenko’s efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution to the conflict.”

However, as Poroshenko welcomed the news that France was suspending the delivery of the first of two naval assault Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia, the strategic Azov Sea port city of Mariupol faced artillery barrages by Kremlin-led forces.

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