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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. commander of NATO forces in Europe says the weapons pro-Russian separatists used to shoot down Ukrainian aircraft probably were supplied by Moscow.

The June 14 downing of a Ukrainian transport plane that killed all 49 aboard was among them.

Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove made the remarks at a Pentagon news conference Monday.

Breedlove said the facts are still being assessed, but he called it a very good likelihood those weapons were provided by Russia.

The general said the Russians are providing a variety of heavy weaponry to the separatists who are fighting in eastern Ukraine, including anti-aircraft weapons. He also said that while there are positive signs of progress toward ending the conflict, he will remain wary as long as Russia continues to support the separatists.

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