President of Ukraine

President on the liberation of Ukrainian hostages: I will do everything for our citizens to come back home

12 February 2018 - 15:16

President on the liberation of Ukrainian hostages: I will do everything for our citizens to come back home

In the interview for the Austrian weekly news magazine, Profil, President Petro Poroshenko told about the recent law adopted by the Parliament on the reintegration of the Donbas. It determines the concept of Russian aggression at the legislative level. “It doesn’t go about the lost territories. We do not say “cut and forget”, the essence of the law is reintegration. I am against using such notions as “conflict in the east of Ukraine”. This is not a conflict in the east of Ukraine. We do not have a conflict in Ukraine. We suffer from the aggression. This is what the law stipulates. Who is the aggressor? Russian Federation. What do we expect from Russia? It is simple: take your troops, your tanks, your artillery, your missile systems back to Russia. And the territories will be immediately reintegrated in Ukraine,” the President emphasized.

The Head of state noted that it could be achieved solely by political and diplomatic instruments. “I am the President of peace. My presidency is based on achieving ceasefire. I will do everything I can to bring peace to my country. I am proud that more than 70% of Ukrainians want peaceful resolution, not aggression in response,” Petro Poroshenko stressed.

“This territory is not the territory of separatists. This is the occupied territory with a disastrous humanitarian situation. The living standards there are extremely low. Russia prevents humanitarian supplies from Ukraine, Austria or international organizations, for example, the UN. Moscow doesn’t allow these people to get help,” Petro Poroshenko said.

The Head of State once again stressed the importance of the liberation of Ukrainian hostages and assured of the priority of this issue during the meetings of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk.

“Due to the selfless work of my team and international mediators we managed to release 74 hostages. This is a fantastic success. After three years of illegal imprisonment these Ukrainians have finally come back home. Notwithstanding the fact that we had to give away 306 criminals in exchange. I will do everything I can for our soldiers and citizens to come back home. This is an integral part of the Minsk process. It must be implemented,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.

The President noted the importance of returning all Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia, particularly Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, film director from Crimea Oleg Sentsov, Crimean Tatars.