In Luhansk region, President Petro Poroshenko met with armor crewmen of a tank unit withdrawn from the touch line pursuant to the Minsk agreements.
Petro Poroshenko emphasized that the AFU bravely and resiliently perform missions of the ATO, defending the frontiers and disrupting invasive plans of the country-aggressor.
The Head of State noted that Ukrainians pay a high price for their independence. Only in 2017, 69 AFU servicemen were killed and over 420 were wounded by enemy attacks. In general, during the ATO, Ukraine lost 2652 warriors from the Armed Forces, Security Service, National Guard, Border Guard, National Police etc.
The attendees honored memory of the Ukrainian warriors and civilians fallen in the war unleashed by the Russian aggressor with a moment of silence.
The Head of State emphasized that the tank units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been reborn in fierce battles and are now the main striking force of the land troops. “Today, every Ukrainian military knows well that when armor crewmen stand with him victory is guaranteed,” Petro Poroshenko stressed.
“This a powerful fire fist capable of rebuffing the offensive of the aggressor and breaking through its most complex defense in case of escalation,” the President said.
“Your strength is not only about a solid armor and a powerful weaponry, it is about determination, courage and willingness to give life for Ukraine,” the Head of State noted.
Petro Poroshenko emphasized that heavy artillery and tanks have been withdrawn from the frontline pursuant to the Minsk agreements.
At the same time, he emphasized that all tank units are in full combat readiness and will return to the defined locations immediately in case of need for reinforcement of the Ukrainian defense.
The President reminded that he had instructed the Minister of Defense and the Chief of the General Staff to take care of the financial supply: starting from April 1, servicemen on the frontline will receive additional 7.5 thousand hryvnias and those on the second line of defense will have additional 3.5 thousand hryvnias. It was also instructed to improve military housing in places of permanent deployment.
The Head of State is confident that jointly with diplomatic efforts peace and quiet will be returned to the country, as well as Ukrainian sovereignty will be returned to the occupied territories.
The Supreme Commander-in-Chief also heard the report on the operational situation in the ATO area.