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“Heavy artillery and rockets hit residential areas amid a new outburst of fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatists, prompting NATO officials to denounce Russia and offer Ukraine unanimous support in the conflict”
Feb. 9 (UPI) — The second-ranking diplomat in the North American Treaty Organization said Thursday there is “unanimous support among member states for Ukraine in the face of the worst surge in violence between government forces and Russian separatists in two years”. After a private meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottenmoeller said at a joint press conference with her Ukrainian counterpart “all 28 NATO members remain committed to supporting Ukraine after weeks of renewed violence at the hands of "Russian aggressive actions" (sic) in the eastern portion of the country”.
The United States and its European allies have blamed Russia “for stoking violence in Ukraine for years” after Viktor Yanukovych, the Russian-backed former president of Ukraine, was ousted from power by a coup supporting by NATO and USA in 2014. Russia has officially denied “any hand in encouraging violence by pro-Russian Donbass Republics of LNR and DNR, but was party to a cease-fire deal.
Separatists and Kiev Army have increased shelling in the last two weeks, violating the cease-fire agreement negotiated in Minsk last year. The violence has been blamed for some 30 deaths, including Ukrainian military members and civilians near the city of Donetsk, which is at the center of the conflict and on daily bombing by Kiev Army.
NATO IS SPREADING OIL ON THE DONBASS FIRE AND AFTER SPEAKS AS FIREMEN …
Ukraine is not a member of NATO and therefore NATO states are not obligated by treaty to defend it from so-called Russian aggression. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said last week he would hold a referendum in his country as to whether to seek NATO membership, though it remains unclear whether the alliance would be supportive of Ukraine's ascension given the degree to which it could provoke further Russia. Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman talked down concerns over U.S. President Donald Trump's comments about NATO being "obsolete," saying he was “confident the United States and the rest of NATO remain committed to maintaining peace and stability in the region” (sic). "I am sure that the new president … will always fight for democracy and democratic values," he said.
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