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UKRAINE TO SEND HELICOPTER UNIT TO IRAQ. Ukraine will send a squadron of six helicopters to Iraq in February to support its military contingent in that country, Interfax reported, quoting Petro Shulyak, commander of the Ukrainian Ground Troops. Shulyak said there is no need for the government to ask the Verkhovna Rada for approval of this military dispatch. Shulyak recalled that the parliament has already agreed to send 1,800 troops to assist the U.S.-led stabilization effort, while there are already 1,656 Ukrainian servicemen in Iraq. JM
KYIV REPORTS 15.5 PERCENT INDUSTRIAL GROWTH. The Ukrainian State Statistics Committee announced on 8 December that the country's industrial output increased by 15.5 percent year-on-year in January-November, Interfax reported. JM