14.04.2014 15:25
Press office of President

O. Turchynov during conversation with UN Secretary-General: We do not object to holding of joint anti-terrorist operation

Ukraine does not object to holding of joint anti-terrorist operation with peacekeeping forces of the UN in the East of our state.

It was stated by Acting President, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov in the course of the phone conversation with Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.

In the course of the conversation, the Parties have discussed the situation in the East of Ukraine.

According to O. Turchynov, the situation in the East of Ukraine, particularly in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, completely repeats the scenario of Russia in the Crimea.

"The Russian Federation sends special units to the East of our country that conduct armed seizure of the administrative buildings and threaten lives of hundreds of thousands of our citizens," he said explaining that the situation is different from that in the Crimea "because the majority of people do not want to support separatists".

The Chairman of the Parliament informed that a large-scale counterterrorist operation has begun in order to protect civil population of our country.

"Ukrainian citizens ask the government to protect them from terrorism and armed criminals. We cannot leave our citizens alone with armed terrorists who threaten their life and health and try to tear our country to pieces," he said.

At the same time, O. Turchynov emphasized that the government "takes measures that must stabilize the situation in the region".

Particularly, it goes about the reformation of legislation in the context of decentralization of power.

"It goes about significant broadening of territorial communities' powers, formation of executive bodies by local councils and expanding material resources of local government," he said.

He stressed that the government is willing to cooperate with public representatives from all regions of Ukraine in order to establish a constructive dialogue with everyone, "but we will fight back terrorism and Russian aggression".

Also, O. Turchynov offered Ban Ki-moon to conduct joint operation with the UN peacekeeping forces for the global community to witness the legality of actions of Ukrainian law-enforcers and servicemen in the course of the counterterrorist operation.

"We do not object and even welcome holding of joint counterterrorist operation in the East. Then, experts and observers will be able to witness the legality of our actions themselves," he emphasized.

In his turn, Ban Ki-moon noted that the government has taken steps "that were necessary to stabilize the situation in Ukraine in general and in the southeastern Ukraine particularly".

"I would like to express my full support to you personally and to the people of Ukraine. You can completely count on the UN as a partner. I will do everything I can for the situation to be resolved peacefully as soon as possible," the UN Secretary-General concluded.

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