Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin both give speeches touching on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Justin Mitchell reports.
The shells continue to pound East Ukraine, including the village of Yelenovka, where residents survey the damage after days of bombardment And across Europe, leaders speak out about the conflict and what they feel needs to happen. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pleads with western powers at a Munich Germany security conference to give his country weapons (SOUNDBITE) (English) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT PETRO POROSHENKO SAYING: "The Ukrainian question will remain unsolved as long as the heart of the people and politician in Europe and in the whole world are closed for providing solid, practical support to strengthen Ukrainians' independence politically, economically but also military. We are independent nation and we have a right to defend our people." U-S Vice president Joe Biden also spoke at the Munich conference, condemning Russian president Vladimir Putin's "aggression" against Ukraine in the last year. Meanwhile, Putin himself speaks out in Moscow, denying that his country was the aggressor, instead accusing the West of trying to tamp down Russia's development (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "There is an attempt to perturb the existing world order which formed in the decade which followed the collapse of the Soviet Union [WF] This world order will never suit Russia. [WF] But we are not going to wage war on anyone. We are going to co-operate with all." Still, Ukraine adamantly claims that Russia's military is helping in the fighting in the east of the country -- and a visit by the leaders of Germany and France to Moscow did not result in any peace deals Meaning the people of eastern Ukraine likely have even more violence headed their way.