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EU pledges Ukraine aid

Help for Ukraine is on its way from the European Union - in the form of financial assistance. European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso. SOUNDBITE (English) EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT, JOSE MANUEL BARROSO, SAYING: "The package combined could bring an overall support of at least 11 billion euros over the next couple of years, from the EU budget and EU-based international financial institutions. It is a package designed to assist a comittted, inclusive and reforms-oriented Ukrainian government." The announcement came at meeting of European commissioners in Brussels - ahead of a leaders' emergency summit there on Thursday. And just a day after the U.S. offered one billion dollars in loan guarantees - and to send technical experts to Ukraine to advise the central bank and finance ministry. Ukraine's new administration says it needs 35 billion dollars to stay afloat - though the EU says its short-term needs are much less. It's close to

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