Kyiv hails Western support in conflict with Russia

By: AFP
Published: 07:30 PM, 4 Feb, 2022
Kyiv hails Western support in conflict with Russia
Caption: Kyiv's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
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Kyiv's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Friday hailed Western support for his country after a string of high-profile visits from Western leaders amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

British, Polish, Turkish and Dutch leaders visited Kyiv this week, and French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to visit Tuesday.

"The flow of foreign delegations visiting Ukraine prevents Russia from further aggravating the security situation," Kuleba told reporters.

"Our partners believe in Ukraine and that means Moscow's intimidation strategy is not working. Russia has lost this round," he said.

The visits "greatly reduce the security challenges we face and confuse the Kremlin", Kuleba added.

Russia has deployed over 100,000 troops and heavy weaponry along Ukraine's borders, according to Washington.

Russian President Vladimir Putin this week accused the West of using Ukraine as a "tool" and said it was trying to draw the two countries into conflict.

The Pentagon said Thursday it had evidence of a plan by Moscow to film a fake Ukrainian attack on Russians to justify a real assault on its pro-West neighbour.

Kuleba said the alleged plan was no "surprise".

"Since 2014, we have seen many insidious actions by the Russian Federation, we have seen that they stop at nothing when they try to fabricate and blame Ukraine," the minister said. 

"It is very important that any plans, any intentions of Russia are brought to light and we manage to wreck them", he added.

Russia seized the Crimean peninsula from Kyiv in 2014 and has fuelled a simmering separatist conflict in the east of the country that has claimed more than 13,000 lives since then. 

AFP

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