Klimkin insists that US weapons are needed only for the defense of Ukraine

At a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on January 3, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that the lethal weapons that the US will provide to Ukraine will be used only when provoked by Russia and the separatists, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

Klimkin stressed that the weapons will not be used to contribute to the escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

"We are talking about defense weapons. These weapons can and will be used in the event of provocations by Russia and the terrorists it supports, and as you understand, it will not be used for attacking operations. That is why it cannot be seen as a factor that could heat up the conflict," the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.

During the press conference Klimkin also said that there is no real ceasefire in the Donbas.

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