Ukrainian official claims 5 countries will send weapons

Ukraine will receive military advisers and weapons from the United States, France, Italy, Poland and Norway, says a Ukrainian official.

Source: Tanjug

Four of the five countries mentioned, however, denied this.

Yuriy Lutsenko, who serves as adviser to Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, took to his Facebook account to announce that the country "will receive military advisers and weapons from the United States, France, Italy, Poland and Norway."

This will happen "in accordance with an agreement reached at the NATO summit," he added. The defense ministries of the United States, Italy, Poland and Norway, quickly denied this, according to Reuters.

NATO officials previously announced that the alliance will not send weapons to Ukraine, which is not a member, but said that individual NATO member countries can do so.

It is assumed that Lutsenko made the claim for the sake of internal politics - "to highlight NATO's commitment to the problem of Ukraine and favor for its pro-Western president," said reports.

American officials insist that they did not offer any "lethal weapons" to Ukraine, as did a representative of the Italian ministry of defense, stating that his country plans to send equipment such as bulletproof vests and helmets.

Meanwhile, a ceasefire agreed on Friday - broken during the weekend in Donetsk and Mariupol - seems to be holding, as the night went peacefully, BBC reported.


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