President of Ukraine

President: Russia and its militants are fully responsible for shelling residential areas and killing civilians in Avdiivka

3 February 2017 - 15:27

President: Russia and its militants are fully responsible for shelling residential areas and killing civilians in Avdiivka

President Petro Poroshenko has held a videoconference with Donetsk RSA Head Pavlo Zhebrivskyi to discuss the current situation in Avdiivka and give necessary instructions to ensure normal functioning of the town and restore permanent power supply.

“One can only imagine these days for the residents of Avdiivka: no light, restricted heating and water supply. Russia tried to turn their lives into hell. However, I, the Ukrainian Government, services, glorious Ukrainian military have made everything possible together not to let Russia destabilize the situation in Avdiivka and all over the frontline,” the Head of State said.

The President emphasized that Russians had failed to present the position of Ukraine as a party that violates the ceasefire. “Everything is exactly the opposite – receiving relevant orders from the Ministry of Defense, pursuant to my instruction, our representative in the Special Center for Coordination and Control has been demonstrating constant willingness to cease fire. At least for humanitarian pause, with a view to restore the supply. I emphasize – not only in the part of Avdiivka controlled by the Ukrainian troops, but also to stop that nightmare in Donetsk with restricted heat and water supply, for there are our citizens as well and we also care for them,” the President added.

The President emphasizes that Russia and its militants are fully responsible for the brutal escalation of the situation in the industrial area of Avdiivka and the shelling of the residential areas that killed and wounded civilians, journalists and Ukrainian military.

“Thesis that Russia does not control them is absolutely false, because there are Russian career military men in every unit and they fulfill the orders of the Russian Federation,” the Head of State noted adding that the offensive against the Ukrainian troops had been organized by Russian military and militants controlled by them.

“The Ukrainian party has done everything possible to repel these attacks initiated in late January. And it always insists on the necessity of ceasefire. This night, MLRS system shelled the residential areas of Avdiivka and the humanitarian aid facility killing civilians,” Petro Poroshenko said.

According to the President, pro-Russian militants deliberately hinder the repair work organized by the Ukrainian party. At the same time, the Head of State praised the efforts of the Ukrainian Government headed by Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and Vice Prime Minister Hennadiy Zubko, as well as the marvelous efforts of the State Emergency Service and the Ukrainian servicemen.