Speaking at the Cherkasy Regional Development Council, the Head of State emphasized the importance of the development of Ukrainian rocketry and the achievements of Ukrainian missile constructors over the past five years.
"Our missile program can be a symbol of change," the President said, stressing that "nothing has been done in 27 years". The Head of State stressed that over the past five years the efficiency of using Ukrainian AT missile systems has increased significantly. In addition, new rocket systems, including Neptune missile and Vilkha high precision missile systems, have been tested and put into service.
"I hope that in the coming weeks we will clearly demonstrate its success to society. Do not worry, it's just about trials and training," the Head of State said.
The President also said that at the last meeting of the National Security and Defense Council devoted to the defense industry reform, the question was raised about the additional capabilities of Ukraine given the fact that "Russia de facto ruined the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and the United States withdrew from it legally".
"We also got rid of certain restrictions and obligations, which were observed earlier," the Head of State emphasized. "We are no longer bound by any restrictions on the flight range of our missiles or their capacity. And let the enemy know about it. We need high-precision missile weapons. We are no longer going to repeat the mistakes of the Budapest memorandum. High-precision missile weapons of a high radius of action, capable of striking targets far in the rear of the enemy occupying our state. This will make the aggressor more restrained, and our defense will become more reliable. For me, the security of Ukrainians is above all," the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stressed.
"As we strengthened our Armed Forces and their ability to respond to any threats, I, as President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, am guided by the defense context solely. There will be no Ukrainian soldier on the foreign land. But we will definitely not give up our land to anyone," the Heads of State said.
"That's why I insist that Ukraine's accession to the European Union and NATO is a key path. I consider it to be the main strategy for the next five years," Petro Poroshenko summed up.