NATO vows to boost support for Kyiv amid attacks on infrastructure

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NATO foreign ministers pledged to strengthen support for Ukraine and help to reconstruct its energy infrastructure after a wave of Russian rocket attacks that have repeatedly been destroying energy infrastructure leaving millions of Ukrainians with no heating or running water.

"Russia's aggression, including its persistent and unconscionable attacks on Ukrainian civilian and energy infrastructure, is depriving millions of Ukrainians of basic human services," the foreign ministers wrote in a statement after initial talks in Bucharest.

They condemned Russia's cruelty against Ukraine's civilians and pledged to help restore energy infrastructure.

"We will continue and further step up political and practical support to Ukraine as it continues to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity...and will maintain our support for as long as necessary," the statement read.

Lithuania’s FM urges NATO to send more tanks to Ukraine

“NATO powers must take the political decision to send modern battle tanks to Ukraine to give them a military edge against invading Russian forces during the winter months,” Lithuania's foreign minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said on the sidelines of the meeting.

Kyiv has repeatedly asked for NATO's main arms manufacturers to supply them with the newest battle tanks, as they seek to consolidate gains made in the South of the country and the eastern Donbas region.

Western powers appear hesitant for such a step explaining it might bring more risk of direct conflict with Russia.

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