Kremlin must accept a deployment of the UN-led multinational peacekeeping operation at the whole temporarily occupied districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, including the uncontrolled part of the Ukrainian-Russian border, as stated by President Petro Poroshenko during the joint press conference with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker following the 20th Ukraine-EU Summit.
“I believe that the only way to change the situation is to seal uncontrolled part of the Ukrainian-Russian border and ensure implementation of the Minsk Arrangements,” the Head of State noted.
“Kremlin must accept a deployment of the UN-led multinational peacekeeping operation at the whole temporarily occupied territory of the Donbas, including the border with Russia,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.
The President regretfully noted that it had been already the fourth in row Summit when he and the EU leaders had been forced to discuss the ongoing brutal Russian aggression against Ukraine. “I am grateful that since Russia attacked Ukraine in February 2014, the EU has consolidated its role as a guarantor of sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country,” he stressed.
“I highly appreciate the recent decisions of the EU Council to prolong EU’s economic and sectoral sanctions against Russia until 31 January 2019 as well as the Crimean package of sanctions for one year,” Petro Poroshenko added.
“Despite all fake Russia-sponsored calculations, the sanctions make Kremlin pay a huge price for its international crimes. And it will keep paying until Kremlin changes its behavior,” he stated.
The President informed that the participants of the Summit had coordinated further actions with a view to stopping the Russian aggression against Ukraine, which has already taken 10 thousand lives and brought economic losses of 100 billion euro.
President of the European Council Donald Tusk once again assured that the EU continued providing its unwavering support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence. The non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol also remains unchanged, he said.
"Recently, we have expanded the list of persons banned to enter the European Union - this happened after holding Russian presidential elections on the Crimean peninsula and launch of construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge without the consent of Ukraine," Donald Tusk said.
“We keep on demanding full implementation of the Minsk agreements and underline Russia’s responsibility for the war in the east of Ukraine. A few days ago the EU leaders unilaterally agreed to prolong our economic sanctions against Russia for six months. According to the UN, over 10 thousand 250 people have been killed in this conflict since 2014, over 24 thousand 600 people have been wounded. And all this is happening in Europe,” the President of the European Council emphasized.