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Ukraine's president points to Russian hand in fighting in eastern Ukraine, seeks EU support

  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shows a piece of a Bus that was attacked recently during the panel "The Future of Ukraine" in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. The meeting runs Jan. 21 through 24 under the overarching theme "The New Global Context". (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shows a piece of a Bus that was attacked recently during the panel "The Future of Ukraine" in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. The meeting runs Jan. 21 through 24 under the overarching theme "The New Global Context". (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man carries a Georgian flag as Ukrainian soldiers carry the coffin bearing the body of serviceman Thomas Sukhiashvili, a Georgian national who was killed in fighting against Russian-backed separatists, during a commemoration ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Sukhiashvil was a veteran of NATO-led campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq and Georgia’s 2008 war with Russia.  A former senior Georgian military official says around 100 Georgian volunteers are fighting alongside Ukrainian forces in the conflict against Russian-backed separatists.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    A man carries a Georgian flag as Ukrainian soldiers carry the coffin bearing the body of serviceman Thomas Sukhiashvili, a Georgian national who was killed in fighting against Russian-backed separatists, during a commemoration ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Sukhiashvil was a veteran of NATO-led campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq and Georgia’s 2008 war with Russia. A former senior Georgian military official says around 100 Georgian volunteers are fighting alongside Ukrainian forces in the conflict against Russian-backed separatists.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman holds a photo of Thomas Sukhiashvili, a Georgian national who was killed in fighting against Russian-backed separatists, during a commemoration ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Sukhiashvil was a veteran of NATO-led campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq and Georgia’s 2008 war with Russia.  A former senior Georgian military official says around 100 Georgian volunteers are fighting alongside Ukrainian forces in the conflict against Russian-backed separatists.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    A woman holds a photo of Thomas Sukhiashvili, a Georgian national who was killed in fighting against Russian-backed separatists, during a commemoration ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Sukhiashvil was a veteran of NATO-led campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq and Georgia’s 2008 war with Russia. A former senior Georgian military official says around 100 Georgian volunteers are fighting alongside Ukrainian forces in the conflict against Russian-backed separatists.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)  (The Associated Press)

Ukraine's president is courting European support against what he says are 9,000 Russian troops occupying 7 percent of his nation's territory.

Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday, President Petro Poroshenko held up a piece of a bullet-riddled bus as evidence of shelling last week by Russian heavy artillery in "occupied" parts of his country.

The Ukrainian leader called the scrap of yellow metal — a relic of Volnovakha, the town where 13 people were killed when a bus was shelled — a "symbol of the terroristic attack against my country" and evidence of Russia's hand in the conflict.

Russia, Ukrainian, French and German diplomats were converging on Berlin later for talks on a recent escalation of fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists.