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"I will do my utmost to bring the peacekeepers as soon as possible, as this is the only option that can stop the killing of Ukrainians, both civilians and military, restore Ukrainian sovereignty in the occupied Donbas. We just need Russia to leave the occupied territories," the President emphasized.

In the course of the press conference, President Petro Poroshenko said that he had repeatedly confirmed readiness to do everything in his power for the case of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremeta to be disclosed.

"Populism is another challenge facing us as sharply as one hundred years ago, when Ukraine became a prey to the aggressor and lost its independence due to the lack of internal unity," the Head of State said.

"I would like to emphasize that the main challenge is social: poverty, low level and unsatisfactory quality of life of the overwhelming majority of Ukrainians," the Head of State said at a press conference "Challenges - 2018". He noted that "it is absolutely natural, that people are disappointed with such a state of affairs". The President understands and fully shares this dissatisfaction.

President Petro Poroshenko stressed that the process of release of hostages had not been slowed down. The Head of State reminded that at the end of 2017, more than 70 Ukrainian hostages had been released. Some of them have been in captivity for three years.

President Petro Poroshenko intends to actively use his right of legislative initiative in 2018. "I will actively use the presidential right of legislative initiative," he said during a press conference held in Kyiv.

President Petro Poroshenko called the Russian aggression against Ukraine a serious challenge the country faces this year. "Of course, the key challenge is still Russia's war against Ukraine,"Petro Poroshenko noted during a press conference.

President Petro Poroshenko visited the central hospital of the Ministry of Internal Affairs where the law enforcement officers undergo treatment after the clashes near the Verkhovna Rada that took place on Tuesday, February 27. "Today, I have decided to start the day with you and with the words of gratitude for the extremely important work done by the units of the National Police and the National Guard to ensure peace, stability and order in Kyiv and throughout Ukraine," the Head of State said.

The interlocutors discussed topical issues of the agenda of the Ukraine-Belarus relations, in particular the development of bilateral political dialogue and future contacts at the highest level.

"I'm confident that this is only the first step. The reputation of General Electric is very high and it comes to those countries where it is confident in zero tolerance for corruption. It comes to the countries, in the prospects and development of which it believes. And today's signing of our contract is a very important sign of confidence in Ukraine and its future," Petro Poroshenko said before the ceremony of signing the agreements that stipulate the establishment of a long-term partnership between PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia and General Electric for the purpose of updating the fleet of locomotives, which amounts to 1 billion U.S. dollars.