Ukraine's Poroshenko calls on NATO states to provide weapons

5 February 2015 10:58
(QHA) -

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on NATO states to send weapons to Ukraine, saying in the Die Welt newspaper interview that civilian deaths and the growing conflict should provide the Western alliance with enough reason to come to Ukraine's aid.

The United States is reconsidering whether to provide weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists, senior administration officials said on Monday, but added that no decision had been made.

"The escalation of the conflict that's happening today, the increasing number of civilian casualties, especially after the terrorist attacks in Volnovakha and Donetsk as well as the bombardment of Mariupol... should move the alliance to provide Ukraine with more support," Poroshenko said, according to Reuters.

"(That) includes, among other things, delivering modern weapons for protection and for resisting the aggressor," Poroshenko said.

To recall, Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced Germany would not provide weapons to Ukraine, saying the Ukraine conflict "cannot be solved militarily.