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September 4th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

Sen. McCain: U.S. weakness provokes Putin

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, criticized President Obama and his administration for not doing enough to isolate Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and for not providing lethal aid to the Ukrainians.

"It's pretty obvious that what has provoked Vladimir Putin is our total weakness, because he feels he has a free hand. And, again, there are hundreds of Ukrainians that are now dead. There are many hundreds – the hospitals are full of these brave young people. And they deserve our assistance," McCain said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"They're not asking for our boots on the ground," he said.

For more of our interview with Sen. John McCain, check out the video above.

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