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NATO chief Jens Steltenberg will ask allies to increase winter aid for Kyiv at a meeting Tuesday (29 November) and today (30 November). This comes after Ukraine's president warned residents that there would be more cold and darkness from Russian attacks on their infrastructure.

The NATO foreign ministers will meet in Bucharest to discuss how to increase military assistance for Ukraine, including air defense systems and ammunition. Diplomats acknowledge supply and capability issues but also discuss non lethal aid.

Stoltenberg hopes to increase the amount of non-lethal assistance, which includes fuel, medical supplies and winter equipment.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Ukrainian president, warned his citizens about new Russian attacks this week. These could be just as severe as the last week's attack that left millions without heat, water, or power.

Russia admits to targeting infrastructure in Ukraine. Russia denies that its intention is to harm civilians.

"It will be a terrible winter in Ukraine, so we are working hard to strengthen our support for it," said a senior European diplomat.

Germany, the G7 president, has also set up a meeting of the Group of Seven riches nations with some partners, as part of NATO talks. This is in the context of pressing for ways to accelerate the reconstruction of Ukraine's energy infrastructure.


NATO continues to push weapons manufacturers to increase production, but a second diplomat warned that there are increasing supply capacity problems.

"We do our best to deliver, but there is a problem. It is well known by the Ukrainians. The diplomat stated that even the US weapon industry, despite its strength, is having problems."

Ministers will also be discussing Ukraine's request for NATO membership. They will likely only confirm NATO's open-door policy, while NATO membership for war-torn Ukraine is still far off.

A NATO summit was held in Bucharest at the same Palace of the Parliament. It was built under Nicolae Ceaucescu, who was overthrown in 1989.

Leaders have resisted the urge to take concrete steps, such as giving Kyiv an action plan for membership that would set out a timeline to bring Ukraine closer to NATO.

NATO ministers will also discuss how to increase society's resilience, just days after Stoltenberg warned that the West must be careful to not create new dependence on China while they are reliant on Russian energy.

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