President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a meeting on security and defense issues. The meeting was attended by Chief of General Staff - Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak, Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Zahorodniuk, Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov, Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko and Assistant to the President Andriy Yermak.
The participants discussed the security situation in Donbas, in particular in the area of Zolote and Petrivske where the troops are to be separated.
The Head of State emphasized that the issues of security of Ukrainians, especially of the population in the area of troops separation, and the achievement of sustainable peace in the east of the country were priorities for him.
Authorities representatives are expected to visit Zolote, Petrivske and Stanytsia Luhanska next week.
They also discussed the construction of a bridge across the Siverskyi Donets near Stanytsia Luhanska, where a temporary crossing for citizens was opened.
Special attention was paid to social security issues of combatants.
The President assured that no privileges for the military who protected the territorial integrity of Ukraine would be abolished. The state budget for the next year should provide for the funding of social security for servicemen.