Ukraine: NATO ships arrive in Lithuanian port for defense

Pro-Russian separatists say Kiev forces not allowing evacuation

(ANSA) - Rome, May 2 - Five NATO ships arrived in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda "to reinforce regional defense", said Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas on Friday.
    Olekas said NATO aimed to reassure allies against fears created by escalating crisis in the Ukraine.
    Pro-Russian separatists on Friday complained Ukrainian military forces that surrounded the city of Sloviansk would not allow the evacuation of women and children despite lack of food and potable water.
    The EU urged that Geneva Accords be applied to keep the Ukrainian conflict from deteriorating, a European Commission spokesperson said Friday.


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