Ukrainian ambassador to Lebanon Volodymyr Koval speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Baabda, Friday, March 21, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Ukraine's new government is in desperate need of financial support from the world community, according to Volodymyr Koval, the country's ambassador to Lebanon.An IMF delegation in Ukraine is expected to finish their assessment in the coming days, Koval said.Koval vehemently denied the Kremlin's accusations that "neo-fascists" were at the helm of his country's new government, blaming Russian media for spreading falsehoods.Kovol said he was confident that Ukraine would recover Crimea, although he admitted this could take several years.If Russia can annex Crimea with impunity, couldn't Japan invade the disputed Senkaku Islands, or Spain storm Gibraltar, he asked.Despite his sharp rebuke of the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine, Kovol said that only a diplomatic solution between the two nations could solve the current crisis. The ambassador, however, cautioned against describing the Ukraine conflict as East versus West.
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