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The foreign ministers of the NATO countries promised to increase support for Ukraine and provide assistance to restore its energy infrastructure.

In a statement after the first day of their meeting in Bucharest, the diplomats stressed that Russia's aggression is depriving millions of Ukrainians of basic human services.

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Volodymyr Zelensky stated in his regular video address that the situation on the front remains difficult, and Russian forces are attempting an offensive in Donbass and towards Kharkiv.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, warned NATO not to provide Ukraine with Patriot missile systems.

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“Russia is using brutal missile and drone attacks to leave Ukraine cold and dark this winter.

President Putin is trying to turn winter into a weapon, to force Ukrainians to freeze or flee," said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"NATO Allies are providing unprecedented support and have made additional commitments to the overall NATO assistance package for Ukraine.

This will fund emergency non-military support, including fuel and generators, helping Ukraine deal with the fallout from Russian strikes on its power grid," he added.

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