Ukraine: Five NATO Countries to Provide Weapons and Advisers

Ukraine has reached an agreement at the NATO summit in Wales for the provision of weapons and military advisers by five members of NATO, an adviser to the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said on Sunday.

“At the NATO summit, agreements were reached on the provision of military advisors and modern equipments by the United States, France, Italy, Poland and Norway,” said Yuri Lissenko on his Facebook page. The counselor did not provide additional details and his statement could not be confirmed immediately.

Poroshenko had attended the two-day summit of the Allied countries in Newport, Wales. NATO officials, however, have said that the Alliance would not provide weapons to Ukraine which is not part of the organization but that member states could take the initiative individually.

On the ground, “a woman was killed and three people were injured in Mariupol” in the night from Saturday to Sunday, said the mayor of the strategic port in south-eastern Ukraine.

According to local authorities, the rebels, who have been trying for several days to capture the last major town still under Ukrainian control, fired at night on a checkpoint on the eastern outskirts of the city and destroyed a gas station.

On early Sunday, calm had returned to Mariupol, but the signs of the battles of the night were clearly visible near the Ukrainian checkpoints. On Friday, the Ukrainian and Russian presidents Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin had agreed, during a telephone conversation, on a cease-fire. According to the UN, 2,600 have died and half a million have been displaced since the beginning of the conflict five months ago.

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