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Friday, September 5, 2014

Ukraine receives support of NATO. Trilateral talks in Minsk regarding Donbas are ongoing

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko among the world leaders
at the NATO Summit in Wales
(Image: Reuters)
Ukraine participated in the NATO Summit held on 4 and 5 September in Wales Newport and received unilateral support of the countries-members of NATO. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has delivered a speech calling on the Western countries to help Ukraine and to support its fight with the Russian aggression, as this aggression actually threatens not only Ukraine but Europe as well and is an issue of concern for the entire world.

The members of the NATO countries have supported Ukraine and its fight for the safety and security for its citizens and its territorial integrity and sovereignty and have strongly condemned Russian military aggression and escalation of the conflict in Ukrainian Donbas region. Lithuanian President Dalia Gribauskajte called on the Western countries to stop Russian aggression in Ukraine until it didn’t reach the Western borders of Europe, while Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has stated that there is no one in NATO anymore who would sympathize Russia. It’s worth mentioning that NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has stated several times earlier that Russia cannot be considered being a partner for NATO anymore and that NATO will review its relations with Russia.

Ukrainian soldiers at the checkpoint in Mariupol
(Image: The Guardian)
Thus, more than 60 world leaders and heads of the countries-members of NATO have participated in the NATO Summit held in Wales. NATO supports Ukraine and stated that the countries-members of the Alliance will provide Ukraine with financial, military and technical aid and assistance in order to help Ukraine to fight Russian aggression in Eastern Ukrainian region, where Russian backed terrorists and currently also Russian regular soldiers are advancing, and capturing new cities. NATO supports the decisive steps and actions of the countries-members of the Alliance aimed at helping Ukraine, and this is actually the help Ukraine expected to receive, stated Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko after his meeting with the European leaders.

“Supporting Ukraine and de-escalation on the East of our country they support stability in Europe and in the entire world,” Mr. Poroshenko said about the NATO and Western support of Ukrainian cause.

Thus, the results of the meeting in the frameworks of the NATO-Ukrainian Commission in Wales include the resolution expressing total support of Ukraine, providing it with military and technical help including weapons on the level of the countries-members of the Alliance, including Ukraine into the frameworks of the special NATO programs, support in reforming Ukrainian military and discussion on the coordination the further actions, including imposing the new sanctions against Russia, what is expected to be announced by EU on Friday, 5 September.

As a result of the NATO-Ukraine Summit in Wales Ukraine will receive military and technical support from the countries-members of NATO, which will include non-lethal and lethal weapons, military technique and equipment and military cooperation. In addition to that NATO will provide Ukraine with $ 15 millions of financial aid for Ukrainian army, its reforming, support and developments, according the Mr. Rasmussen. NATO will also help Ukrainian military in the field of cyber-security, logistics, training, communication, organization etc.

Ukraine and NATO will work also on a deeper cooperation in order to reform Ukrainian army and to include Ukraine in the participation in the initiative of the special partnership with NATO.

Ukrainian troops deployed to protect the city of Mariupol
(Image: AP)
NATO Summit sent also a message to Russia, as all the members and participants of the Summit strongly condemned Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine and demanded Russia to immediately withdraw its forces from Ukrainian soil and to stop funding, supplying and supporting the terrorists operation in the region. In case Russia will not deescalate the situation in Ukraine, EU and USA will be forces to impose the new package of sanctions against Russian key economy sectors and some individuals from the closest Putin’s circle. NATO also condemned Russian annexation of Crimea and stated that this act will never be recognized and tolerated.

Meanwhile the situation in Eastern Ukrainian Donbas region remains extremely tense and dangerous, as Russia forces are advancing, and Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council reports the new deployments of troops and military technique. NATO and USA in their turn have also evidences of Russian military invasion and their continuous crossing Ukrainian border and deploying new troops. OSCE observers have also confirmed the fact of shelling Ukrainian territories by Russians from the Russian side.

Ukrainian Armed Forces, National Guard and numerous volunteers brigades fighting together in the zone of an anti-terrorist operation are trying to hold the cities freed earlier by Ukrainian army, but they were forced to retreat from Luhansk and many of their positions around the cities. The situation in Donetsk remains also tense. In addition to that there is still a serious threat of an attempt of Russian soldiers and Russian backed terrorists to advance for Mariupol, as the fights erupted on the outskirts of the city in the night and early in the morning of Friday.

At the same time the negotiations between Ukraine, Russia and terrorists of the so called “Novorossiya”, controlling some parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions are ongoing in the capital of Belarus Minsk. These talks are also attended and mediated by the EU representatives.

Residents of Ukrainian Southern city of Mariupol rally for unity
of Ukraine and for their city
(Image: AFP)
Russian President Putin has presented earlier his seven points plan for resolving the situation in Eastern Ukraine, which included withdrawal of Ukrainian Armed Forces from the region and halt of the anti-terrorist operation, starting the talks with the “rebels” regarding the status of these territories etc., thus actually this was a plan for destroying Ukrainian sovereignty and for establishing the so called “federalization” on Ukrainian territory, as some parts of Ukraine will actually fall under control of Putin’s Russia. Thus, this plan was rejected by Ukrainian authorities. Putin’s plan also included a long-term ceasefire with the terrorists in the Eastern Ukraine, and there was a lot of confusions regarding this issue recently, as first it was stated that Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin have reached an agreement regarding the ceasefire, while later it was stated that there were only talks regarding the process of reaching the ceasefire. Anyway, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has stated that he hopes for the de-escalation and for reaching an agreement during the upcoming meeting in Minsk and that he will do everything possible to make the sides to accept his peaceful plan of resolving the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Meanwhile the talks are ongoing, but an agreement regarding the ceasefire in Donbas was reportedly reached on Friday, as the sides have signed a document that the ceasefire will take into effect on Friday at 18:00 local time.