The Ukraine is considering building a nuclear arsenal if the country is not a member of the defense alliance Born become. “Either we are part of an alliance like NATO and we also contribute to it Europe gets stronger, (…) or we have only one option, then to upgrade ourselves, «said the Ukrainian ambassador in Germany, Andrij Melnyk, im Germany Radio.
Kiev will then “perhaps also consider a nuclear status”. "How else can we guarantee our defense?" Said Melnyk. In 1994, the country announced that it would renounce the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world from Soviet times, which is stored on Ukrainian territory. In return, they committed themselves United States, Great Britain and Russiato respect the borders of Ukraine.
"This parade is much more than muscle play, saber rattling or war drums, as many believe here in Germany," said Melnyk. “We need military support. So we need the most modern weapon systems to strengthen our defense. «He spoke of» real war preparations for a new military attack on the Ukraine, which should also be taken seriously in Berlin «.
According to the Ukrainian media, military intelligence is now assuming 102.000 Russian soldiers along the border. This troop concentration should be increased to 20 by April 110.000, it said at a session in parliament in Kiev. On April 21, Russian President Putin is planning to address the nation. Moscow did not provide any figures, but spoke of maneuvers in the region.
Parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions along the Russian border have been under the control of fighters loyal to Moscow since 2014. According to UN estimates, more than 13.000 people have been killed since then. Since the beginning of the year alone, there have been more than 55 deaths despite the current ceasefire.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), however, complained about more violations of the current ceasefire. "The number of recorded violations in the past two weeks has reached the highest level this year," said Heidi Grau, OSCE mediator between Kiev and the separatist representatives. The number is three times higher than in the two weeks before.