In the conflict with Russia, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadim Prystaiko has asked Germany for military support. "Our request for military aid was unfortunately rejected," said Prystaiko to the editorial network in Germany. "I hope that Berlin will reconsider this reserved position and will nevertheless decide to strengthen Ukraine's defense capabilities."
Germany and the EU have done a lot for Ukraine, said Prystaiko. "But not enough to end the death of people. We mourn 13,000 deaths, and unfortunately there are more every day." The Chancellor's contribution is known Angela Merkel, "to end the Russian aggression, highly esteemed." But you want much more support. "Because it's about our survival as a nation."
In the eastern Ukrainian regions Donetsk and Luhansk face Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists. Despite a ceasefire, there are still skirmishes with the dead and injured. According to UN estimates, at least 13,000 people have died in the conflict since 2014.
At the beginning of December, Russia and the Ukraine mediated by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed new steps to resolve the conflict. In addition to an exchange of prisoners, a further withdrawal of troops for three sections on the more than 400 km long front line had been agreed.