President of Ukraine

President: Four years ago, Ukraine almost lost all the Donbas, but due to a successful military operation, we liberated two thirds of our land

9 May 2018 - 11:40

President: Four years ago, Ukraine almost lost all the Donbas, but due to a successful military operation, we liberated two thirds of our land

President Petro Poroshenko stressed that the Ukrainian army had become an army of people without exaggeration. Every Ukrainian participated in its development and creation. It was stated by the President in the ceremony of taking military oath by the new replenishment of the 101st separate guard brigade of the AFU General Staff.

According to the Head of State, young soldiers enter the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which, according to the authoritative international think tank, are among the ten strongest European armies. "We are the eighth in the corresponding ranking on the continent. And our army is the twenty-ninth in the world. But our Armed Forces still must keep growing and developing, since we are opposed and threatened by the army of the aggressor-country. And only the army of our partner and ally, the United States of America, is greater and stronger," the President underlined.

According to him, the Armed Forces of Ukraine enjoy the highest level of trust among all state institutions of Ukraine. "They are our national pride. They are the fruit of the joint work of society and the state, volunteers, soldiers, officers and generals of the Armed Forces. This is without exaggeration the People's Army," Petro Poroshenko said.

The President said: "In the spring of 2014, when Russia attacked Ukraine, most of you were almost teenagers. Now, only from the stories of veterans, from the lessons of national patriotic training and textbooks, will you learn about the critical state of our army when it had to encounter the aggressor. Before that, it was irresponsibly abandoned, destroyed and sold by the previous generation of politicians. Some presidents, prime ministers, defense ministers and people's deputies. It is awful even to recall the state, from which we had to restore the army together. Every Ukrainian participated in this".

According to Petro Poroshenko, taxes of Ukrainians, war tax and other resources of the state were allocated to the AFU reform. "The result is more than obvious. The army is dressed today, the army is fed, the army is trained, the army is motivated. The army is armed, still not perfect, but better than ever in our history," the President noted.

"Its strength and glory are measured, however, not by ratings, but by strength and reliability of our defense. Looks like it’s almost forgotten that in the spring of 2014, Ukraine lost almost the entire Donbas. On May 25, almost four years ago, when I was elected President, the whole Donbas was under the control of Russian-terrorist troops and their mercenaries, the fifth column inside the country. But I emphasize that in the summer of that year there was a successful military operation, as a result of which the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Security Service units, the newly formed National Guards, volunteer battalions and other units of the security forces liberated almost two thirds of Donetsk and Luhansk region from the militants," the President said.

The Head of State stressed: "When our soldiers approached the areas of large cities with an extremely high population density, the final of the operation was greatly complicated. Ukraine and the military leadership would never allow themselves to liberate Donetsk as Russians liberated Grozny - just wipe it off from the face of the earth".

The President also reminded that Russia had organized the invasion of Ukraine by regular units of the armed forces of the Russian Federation. "By concentrating all the forces and resources, we have resisted and firmly hold the defense against one of the largest armies in the world," he added.