Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said the Ukrainian authorities do not plan a military operation to regain control over the territories in the eastern part of the country, but plan to look for a political solution.
"We are talking about a political solution. Such a military operation would also affect civilian population, citizens of Ukraine," the minister said in an interview with the German newspaper Rheinische Post.
Klimkin reiterated that the government of Ukraine intends to continue observing the ceasefire regime and look for a political solution.
Klimkin said the economic situation in Luhansk and Donetsk will continue worsening. "We are trying to provide as much humanitarian aid as we can, we have made a difficult decision to supply electrical power and gas, although these supplies are not paid for. We can't just leave the people," he said.
Klimkin said that, if the militia attack the positions of the Ukrainian army again, the attacks will be repelled because the combat capacity of the Ukrainian army has increased considerably.
"There are thousands of soldiers [in the Ukrainian army] now. They can fight and they have already proved it," he said.
Klimkin said Ukraine may need financial assistance from the West in the nearest future. We will try getting additional assistance. Our industrial centers are located in eastern Ukraine and we, for example, will not get the coal from the mines that are not working there. We now have to buy it abroad, which is a huge burden. However, I want to make it clear that we will do everything we can to justify such assistance. We want to implement far-reaching reforms in the government and business so that they money is used effectively," Klimkin said.
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