President Petro Poroshenko introduced Acting Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Hrytsak, who was the First Deputy Head of the Security Service earlier.
The President is not content with the struggle of the Security Service against corruption and smuggling. “Countering smuggling is a direct responsibility of the Security Service and there is nothing to be proud of. I am very disappointed with that,” the Head of State noted. “I hope that in a few months people will have a different attitude to the work of the Security Service. You must work really hard to achieve the result,” the President said.
The Head of State also criticized the regime of crossing the touch line in the ATO area. Speaking of the issue of permits in the ATO, the President emphasized: “Corruption in this sphere drives Donbas away from Ukraine as efficiently as Russian bayonets”. Petro Poroshenko noted that crossing the line for an ordinary person should be a simple and transparent procedure. At the same time, it should be a reliable barrier and trap for bandits and separatists.
The President says that Ukraine faces new challenges in view of Russian aggression. “Russia has changed its tactics,” the Head of State noted. Earlier, the Russian Federation counted on military success along the touch line. Now, due to the increased efficiency and combat capacity of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russia has set a task to intensify subversive activity inside Ukraine.
The President noted that Vasyl Hrytsak had been working in the Security Service for a long period of time already. He was the Head of the Anti-Terrorist Center under the Security Service. The decision on the appointment of the Head of the Security Service is made by the Parliament, thus, Vasyl Hrytsak must convince MPs of his abilities.
The President believes in a huge potential of the Security Service. In the last 16 months, the Security Service managed to be revived after complete destruction by the previous government. “I am proud of our professional and patriotic Security Service. I trust honest, decent, professional and efficient Security Service officers. I know that the vast majority of them are faithful to the oath,” he said.
Vasyl Hrytsak assured that he understood the responsibility of his post. According to him, there are failures in the work of the Service, but the Security Service is capable of fulfilling the assigned tasks. “We understand and know all the threats. The main task is to overcome the foreign aggressor through the maintenance of stability inside Ukraine. For this end, we need wisdom, reliability and loyalty to the oath,” he noted.