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BRUSSELS – NATO foreign ministers are condemning what they call Russia's "continued and deliberate destabilization" in Ukraine, and announcing new assistance for Ukraine's military.
The ministers, meeting in Brussels, spoke Tuesday via video hookup with their Ukrainian counterpart, Pavlo Klimkin. They criticized Russia's reported military buildup in Crimea and Kremlin plans for a military buildup in the Black Sea.
In a statement, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the other ministers said Russia's actions "undermine the security of Ukraine and have serious implications for the stability and security of the entire Euro-Atlantic area."
To help finance the reform and modernization of Ukraine's military, NATO has announced the creation of so-called trust funds. The ministers said Tuesday trust funds are now operational for logistics, cyberdefense, rehabilitation of wounded soldiers and other uses.