President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that the issue of sovereignty, territorial integrity and defense capabilities of Ukraine should unite all political forces, bring the narrow-party interests to the background.
“The events in the Verkhovna Rada today and yesterday just boggle the mind. Former partners in the democratic coalition, people who call themselves patriots and even Ukrainian nationalists disrupt voting… And for what? For the legal recognition of Russia as aggressor and its troops as occupants,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized in his statement.
The Head of State noted that he had experienced a very strong unforgettable emotion. “I communicated with our warriors… And one of them gives me a telephone saying: “Mr. President, my mother is calling you from the occupied territory. She wants to talk to you”. I hear an excited, trembling voice: “You won’t leave us, will you? Please come back soon and bring us back to Ukraine”,” the President told.
The Head of State noted that in response he had thanked the woman for her son and assured that Ukraine would return Donbas. “But do the state-mongers inspire the same confidence in people, hiding behind hurray-patriotic words and actually imposing a course on the abandonment of the occupied territories? A course to abandon millions of their own fellow Ukrainians,” he said.
Petro Poroshenko stressed that such actions “provoke tension in relations with our key allies and create a threat that we will stay on our own with the aggressor, without the support of the international community”.
“For the call “the one who doesn’t jump” they jump higher than anyone else. And when it comes to voting for an obvious Ukrainian benefit - something is wrong. And some of them even have kosovorotkas under vyshyvankas and kokoshniks on their heads,” the Head of State added.
According to the President, in the end, the majority turned out to be responsible deputies. And they provided two very important votings that defend the national interests of Ukraine and the lives of citizens.
The President also told that he had had a long conversation with Iryna Gerashchenko, his special representative in the Minsk group, just after her return from the capital of Belarus. “Russians did not conceal their hopes for the failure of the voting in the Verkhovna Rada. They particularly relied on the rejection of the bill on the continuation of the peculiarities of local self-government. Why? Because it would let them off the leash on the touch line and help get rid of the burden of sanctions,” he said.
The President expressed gratitude to the people’s deputies for demonstrating responsibility and supporting respective legislative decisions.