"The diplomatic, political, financial
and economic means of resolving the Donbas conflict must be backed up by the
Ukrainian military's defensive capabilities," Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk stated at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) foundation in
Berlin on Wednesday, April 1.
Minister of Ukraine stressed that the Minsk deal is the only agreement that remains
"on the table".
At the same time,
he stressed that the
Russia-backed terrorists were attempting to strengthen their army "and
they get additional lethal weapons, new tanks, artillery systems from Russia,
we are aware that they want to buy time."
According to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, this is why Ukraine called on its Western
partners to provide it with defensive weapons - "not for offensive
operations": "We need the sufficient capability in order to stop Russia-led
terrorists from a further offensive."
"We are well
aware that a military solution is obviously not the best. We
want to resolve this conflict by diplomatic, political, financial and economic
these means should be supported by the defensive capability of the Ukrainian
army," Arseniy Yatsenyuk
He underlined that,
according to Ukraine’s data, there are now about 30 thousand Russia-led terrorists
and Russian regular troops, as well as hundreds of new Russian tanks, in
action by the U.S., the EU, G7 member states and by Ukraine are needed to
de-escalate the situation, to stop Russia and restore international law and
order in Europe," Arseniy Yatseniuk