President of Ukraine

Railroads should be blown up in the territory of the enemy, not in the rear of own troops - President at festivities on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Ukrainian Revolution 1917-1921

17 March 2017 - 12:22

Railroads should be blown up in the territory of the enemy, not in the rear of own troops - President at festivities on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Ukrainian Revolution 1917-1921

President Petro Poroshenko urged political forces to remember about national interests in the internal political struggle and not to destabilize the situation inside the country.

"I once again urge all parties, both represented in the Verkhovna Rada and those out-of-parliament to take into account extremely difficult foreign political conditions, in which we are building a European Ukraine, in tough internal political struggle inherent to any democracy. You want to fight against the President - you are welcome. You are the opposition after all. But don't destabilize and instigate Ukraine," the Head of State noted in his speech at the festivities on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Ukrainian Revolution 1917-1921.

"A lot of people confuse democracy with Makhnovism. We will lose statehood unless everyone realizes that only state has a monopoly to use force; that all rallies must be peaceful; that passion for weapons must be demonstrated only on the frontline and railroads must be blown up in the territory of the enemy, not in the rear of own troops," the President emphasized.

Petro Poroshenko also informed that he will fight against the attempts of destabilization of the situation for preservation of unity of the country and withstanding its national interests. “I warn those who is crossing the limits of the abovementioned principles, law and common sense that I will counter everyone who is trying to incite chaos and anarchy in Ukraine in the interests of Russia. I will counter with my belief, word and power of law enforcement bodies,” he said.

Russia always used the benefits of democratic systems in the neighboring states to absorb them, as stated by Petro Poroshenko. The Head of State expressed belief that destabilization of the situation in our state from inside, calls of people’s deputies for early elections are another way of hybrid warfare of the Kremlin against Ukraine. He added that he will never support movement in that direction.

“Under the Constitution, decision on early parliamentary elections and dissolution of parliament is made by the President of Ukraine. I want to emphasize one more: I do not support early parliamentary elections in which first of all Russia is interested. Thus, they will not take place,” the President noted.

According to the President, frequent changes of government in the course of the Ukrainian National Revolution of the past century didn’t allow Ukraine to become stronger and helped the Kremlin to get total control over it for the next 70 years. “That is why Moscow wants the government in Ukraine to be changed just as fast today,” Petro Poroshenko said.

“Opposition offers, I would even say, imposes the format of war for mutual destruction to the government. I will never agree to such a proposal. All political forces inside the country are partners for me in the development of independent, EUropean ,democratic state,” he added. The President expressed confidence that it is expedient to continue the work of the present Verkhovna Rada, and the government and state must use the time remaining for the continuation of reforms in Ukraine.

“We have two years to accelerate and maintain economic growth on the basis of the achieved macro-financial and macro-economic stabilization. We must make the first results of the reforms noticeable for as many Ukrainian citizens as possible,” the Head of State concluded.

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