Poroshenko: pro-Russian militants more cautious in Donbas fearing American weapons supplies to Ukraine

On January 26, President Petro Poroshenko announced to journalists in Davos that Russian military personnel and separatists in the Donbas have radically changed their behavior since learning of the United States’ intention to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons, UNIAN reports.

"I can say that as soon as it became known that Ukraine had received the latest weapons, the behavior of the Russian troops and militants at the front considerably changed. They are now much more cautious when approaching the contact line," the Head of State said.

According to Poroshenko, it is not just because of the grant delivery.

"I welcome this, and I believe that the [intended] result has been achieved.  And we are not just talking about the supply of grants at the expense of our U.S. partners; not just providing us licenses and permits for purchase; but also about joint production, training, and about other spheres," the president said.

Poroshenko stressed that he knows when the weapons will be delivered to Ukraine.

"I know all the dates, and nobody hides them from us. As far as weapons and defense cooperation are concerned, it’s not that I don’t want to, but I'm not exactly interested in disclosing those ideas," he said, while answering a question regarding the delivery dates for US defensive weapons supplies to Ukraine.

The United States decided to supply defensive weapons to Ukraine to ensure the protection of the Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

  Poroshenko, Donbas, US Weapons for Ukraine