President of Ukraine

President in the interview for Bild: Russia can escalate the situation in Ukraine at any moment

12 February 2018 - 13:05

President in the interview for Bild: Russia can escalate the situation in Ukraine at any moment

President Petro Poroshenko says that Russia can try to escalate the situation in our country at any moment. It was stated in the interview for Bild.

“Putin has so much troops in Ukraine that he can facilitate the escalation of the situation at any moment. I have told Chancellor Merkel once: Can you imagine that there are more tanks in the east of Ukraine now than the Bundeswehr has? Over 600 tanks are located in this small territory,” Petro Poroshenko said.

The President emphasized that it had been the most difficult time when almost 25 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed daily by the bullets of the Russian regular troops in February 2015. “We spent 19 hours in Minsk without sleep, without food. Then, the agreement was reached and it wouldn’t have happened without the support of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel,” he stressed.

“We, Ukrainians, are grateful to her for that, as the situation was extremely difficult at that time,” the Head of State noted.

At the same time, Petro Poroshenko added: “However, as the whole world knows: the President of Russia doesn’t keep the undertaken promises. He always facilitates another escalation when he wants to”.

According to the President, after the conclusion of the Minsk agreements, 824 people were killed in war.

The President also answered the question about the ongoing German discussion regarding the possibility of lifting sanctions against Russia. Particularly, about the opinion of President of FC Bayern Mr. Hoeneß implying that he understands the politics of Putin. “These people are either insufficiently informed or naive. It is simple: we are not part of the Russian empire, we are a sovereign country. I think people like Mr. Hoeneß should visit Ukraine once, and not Kyiv, but the east of Ukraine. Then he will understand that it goes about one and only thing: Putin must withdraw his troops from Ukraine,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.

The Head of State also answered the question on holding the FIFA World Cup in Russia: “It is up to football fans to decide whether to come to Russia or not given the Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria”.

“I would like the whole world to send a common signal and demonstrate beyond the limits of the political discourse that we do not accept such a policy. Look what is happening with the Olympic Games: Russia doesn’t follow the rules there as well, that is why it wasn’t allowed to participate. Russian leaders think they can break any rules in any directions,” he said.

The President stressed the important role of Germany in the world and expressed hope that the coalition agreement of the future Federal Government would have a clear position as regards Ukraine.

“Putin is always happy to see any signs of political instability anywhere. Instability is what he is trying to create anywhere where democracy prevails. It is important not only for Europe, but also for the whole world that Germany forms the Government as soon as possible. I was glad to see precise wording on Ukraine in the text of the coalition agreement. The members of the Social Democratic Party of Germany who are currently discussing the issues of membership in this coalition should not forget about Germany's important role in the world,” Petro Poroshenko said.