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Ukraine's president: I have no doubt US will send weapons to Ukraine

  • Volunteers of the battalion "St. Maria" line up during a ceremony before military training in Internal Ministry unit at the Sophia Square near the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine,Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Volunteers of the battalion "St. Maria" line up during a ceremony before military training in Internal Ministry unit at the Sophia Square near the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine,Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ukrainian Army soldiers  being held as prisoners sit in a hall inside a Russian-backed separatist military base outside Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Since the unrest in eastern Ukraine surged anew in early January, the separatists have made notable strides in clawing territory away from the government in Kiev. Their main offensive is now directed at Debaltseve — a government-held railway junction once populated by 25,000 people that lies between the rebel-held cities of Luhansk and Donetsk. Almost 2,000 residents have fled in the last few days alone.  (AP Photo/Vadim Braydov)

    Ukrainian Army soldiers being held as prisoners sit in a hall inside a Russian-backed separatist military base outside Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Since the unrest in eastern Ukraine surged anew in early January, the separatists have made notable strides in clawing territory away from the government in Kiev. Their main offensive is now directed at Debaltseve — a government-held railway junction once populated by 25,000 people that lies between the rebel-held cities of Luhansk and Donetsk. Almost 2,000 residents have fled in the last few days alone. (AP Photo/Vadim Braydov)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Jan. 5, 2015, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko sings a Ukrainian national anthem during a ceremony for the delivery of more than 100 pieces military equipment to the Ukrainian armed forces, near  city of Zhitomir, Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said late Tuesday that he is confident that the United States will send weapons to his country to help it fight pro-Russian rebels, a step the Americans reportedly are considering. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    In this photo taken Jan. 5, 2015, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko sings a Ukrainian national anthem during a ceremony for the delivery of more than 100 pieces military equipment to the Ukrainian armed forces, near city of Zhitomir, Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said late Tuesday that he is confident that the United States will send weapons to his country to help it fight pro-Russian rebels, a step the Americans reportedly are considering. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)  (The Associated Press)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he "doesn't have a slightest doubt" that the United States will send weapons to his country to help it fight pro-Russian rebels.

Government forces have been fighting Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine for 10 months in a conflict that has left 5,300 people dead.

U.S. President Barack Obama has opposed sending lethal assistance to Ukraine's government, but a senior administration official told The Associated Press earlier this week the surge in fighting has spurred the White House to review the policy.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday said that she was opposed to the idea.

Poroshenko said on a visit to a government-controlled city in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday that it "needs the capabilities to defend itself."