Ukrainian Foreign Ministry urges NATO, EU to help Kiev in fighting in East

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has urged the European Union and NATO to provide Kiev with military assistance in fighting illegal armed formations in the country's east, Deutsche Welle reports.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has urged the European Union and NATO to provide Kiev with military assistance in fighting illegal armed formations in the country's east, Deutsche Welle reports.

"If we receive such assistance, it will be easier for our troops to operate on location," he said in an interview with Deutschlandfunk on Sunday, DW reports.

He described that actions of Ukrainian military in Eastern Ukraine as "more than proportionate".

At the same time Klimkin refuted accusations of the Ukrainian military opening fire at Russian territory. He repeated the claims that the militia, not government troops are destroying residential areas in Donbass by artillery.

"Sometimes they do it on purpose in order to blame Ukrainian troops later. It is a kind of provocation. Sometimes terrorist groups war amongst themselves," he said.

The minister also felt that NATO should develop a new strategy regarding Ukraine.

However, he ruled out the possibility of Ukraine's accession to NATO in the nearest future.

On Sunday Berlin is expected to host a meeting of the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany.

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