Ukraine says NATO will arrange arms shipments to Kiev

Ukraine’s defense minister said on Sunday that he had discussed weapons deliveries in bilateral meetings with NATO defense ministers during a NATO summit in Wales on Sept. 4-5.  Earlier this month, a senior Ukrainian official said Kiev had agreed on the provision of weapons and military advisers from several members of the U.S.-led alliance of non-NATO states. Four of the five countries named, including the United States, denied this.
“We reached agreements in closed talks, without media, about … those weapons that we currently need,” said Heletey, who said Ukraine needed weapons.
“I have no right to disclose any specific country we reached that agreement with. But the fact is that those weapons are already on the way to us – that’s absolutely true, I can officially tell you,” he said.
Heletey said about 3,500 Russian troops were now on Ukrainian territory with a further 25,000 massed on the Russian side of the joint border.
Moscow denies accusations by Kiev and its Western backers that it has sent troops and tanks into eastern Ukraine to support separatists in a conflict with Ukrainian forces that has killed more than 3,000 people.
A ceasefire negotiated by envoys from Ukraine, Russia, the separatists and
Europe’s OSCE security watchdog has been in place in eastern Ukraine since Sept. 5.

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