In the interview to Sky News TV channel, President Petro Poroshenko noted that there is a true hot war, not frozen conflict in Donbas.
“Someone is trying to call this a frozen conflict. I emphasize that it is not frozen. It is a hot Russian aggression against my country,” the Head of State stressed. He informed that since the beginning of 2017, Ukraine has lost 69 servicemen and over 420 have been wounded. “Is it a frozen conflict? It is a true hot war. It is a real aggression,” the President noted. He emphasized that there are over 700 Russian tanks, over 1250 artillery systems and over 300 MLRS in the occupied Ukrainian territory.
Petro Poroshenko noted that pressure on Russia must be continued to stop murder of Ukrainians. The President once again underlined the importance of global solidarity with Ukraine. “Sanctions are the mechanism to keep Putin at the table of negotiations. Putin pays a high price due to the sanctions,” the Head of State said. He thanked USA, EU, UK, Japan, Canada, Australia for supporting Ukraine.
The President also emphasized that Russia wages a “hybrid war” against other countries that includes the elements of cyber attacks, funding of populists and anti-government movements aimed to destabilize the internal situation. “Russia doesn’t want a strong and united Europe. Russia doesn’t want a strong and united Great Britain. It wants dissociation and provocation of conflicts. I am glad that these plans of Russia are not too efficient,” Petro Poroshenko stressed.