Sun, 09 May 2021

KYIV -- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on April 15 called for stronger Western backing, saying "words of support aren't enough" amid escalating tensions prompted by a Russian troop buildup near the border.

Kuleba, speaking after talks in Kyiv with his counterparts from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, asked the Baltic nations to reach out to other European Union and NATO members about offering "practical assistance" to Kyiv.

Kuleba accused Moscow of 'openly threatening Ukraine with war and the destruction of Ukrainian statehood," and said it was necessary to show Russia that its actions in eastern Ukraine could have 'very painful' consequences.

The three Baltic foreign ministers have expressed solidarity with Ukraine, a fellow former Soviet republic, and called for Moscow to de-escalate the situation.

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