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Let the whole world see today what Ukraine and the world can do when they unite, how we are able to protect the world from nuclear contamination and nuclear threats.
European leaders under very severe attack on their principles, by populists, by nationalists, by eurosceptics and by Russians.
Today, Ukraine and the EU are much closer to each other than three years ago. This means that the plans and requests of Euromaidan are coming true.
It's not the rich we need to fight, but the criminals who take flats, cars, country homes, villas and planes at the same time as being public servants. And then explain, you little doves, where you got the money from. The people and society need to know.
Our requirements are very simple. Russia has to provide a sustainable and comprehensive ceasefire in Donbass. We see during the last 24 hours, when we were promised the ceasefire that we had more than 30 shelling, including artillery and mortar shelling this night.
Our main guarantor is the Ukrainian armed forces.
It seems to me it was done with only one aim – to destabilize the situation in the country, possibly ahead of further events.
Now the problem of freedom of speech and objective journalism is again becoming a serious issue.
We will continue our efforts to free others such as Olexander Kolchenko and Oleg Sentsov and those who are detained in the occupied territories or in the territory of the Russian Federation. They will return home. It is written in the Minsk agreements.
At last! Yuriy Soloshenko and Hennadiy Afanasyev are already on board a Ukrainian plane and are flying from Moscow to Ukraine.
A recent decision by a Ukrainian court to condemn two Russian servicemen opens some opportunities for operating an exchange mechanism. However, I would ask everyone to avoid any speculation in this regard, including the time of Savchenko's return or any other further steps.
Under any circumstances we continue to implement the association agreement with the European Union including the deep and comprehensive free trade agreement and Ukraine will continue our movement to the European Union.
Ukraine will never – I repeat, never – recognise either the kangaroo court, or the so-called sentencing. I have raised the issue of the liberation of Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainian hostages many times. President Putin has stated that after the so-called court ruling they will return Nadiya Savchenko to Ukraine. Now is the right time to fulfil that promise.
If you are asking me whether a swap would be possible, I would like to say, as the president, from here for the first time, using his constitutional rights, I am ready to swap so Nadia Savchenko can return home.
We can see 8,000 Russian soldiers with Russian commanders in our country, new military sites directly along the border and constant military training. Russia is investing a lot in these war preparations. And we are not getting any explanations for this.
We'll immediately sign a new agreement and provide power to Crimea, but the contract must say that electricity will be supplied to Crimea as part of Ukraine.
We can't say there is a de-escalation of the conflict in Donbas.
I'm very thankful for Mrs Vice-President [of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini], that she has provided a clear stance from the EU to give visa-free rights to Ukraine in the case of reforms implementation, which we have agreed with our European colleagues.
The external aggression has led to the emergence of the new form of poverty – sudden and unexpected poverty that affects one and a half million of the internally displaced persons. Each day of this war in Donbass costs us about five million US dollars.
We're deeply concerned that representatives are not allowed to visit those areas where fighters should hold weapons, that should have been withdrawn. We know there are not weapons there.
Unfortunately we are debating constitutional change during the election campaign. And in any country, unfortunately, politicians try to play this game, namely of gaining additional political capital for the election. This is not in the interests of the country. More than 70% of Ukrainian people support the changes to the constitution and decentralization.
They are not only the biggest countries in the EU but they represent now the whole of the European Union. So there will be no Minsk-3.
The battle for Ukrainian independence goes on, and we can only win by combining efforts in defense and diplomacy.
This civilian aircraft and 298 people on board became a target of a ruthless terrorist attack, launched from a territory occupied by the Russian-backed militants in the east of Ukraine. A highly technological weapon, with which the aircraft was shot, could have come into hands of the terrorists only from Russia.
It's a discreditation of the real Ukrainian patriots. No political force should have and will not have any kind of armed cells.
This is the best evidence for the agression and the presence of russian troops.
We have the full evidence of the presence of the Russian army, the regular troops. Today, as you probably know, the OSCE and the International Red Cross (ICRC) made an official statement that the soldiers which are now in our hospital receiving the proper treatment are real soldiers of the Russian troops.
I believe I might be the first top official in Ukraine who treats declaring of assets, paying taxes, conflict of interest issues seriously.
My decision, as the commander-in-chief, to build a new quality army, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, is beginning to become a reality with the help of our American partners.
I have sent a letter to President Putin with an appeal for immediate freedom for Nadiya Savchenko, including for medical reasons.
Our opponents, our enemies, have tried to destabilise the situation in the country. As you know there was an act of terrorism in Kharkiv, and our special security services were able to prevent an act of terrorism in Odessa.
The year 2015 will be decisive in implementing fundamental changes, in building the new country and I am sure that Ukraine will live in peace, will develop and move towards Europe.
Our troops withdrew in a planned and organised manner. Together with heavy weapons, tanks, armed personnel carriers, self-propelled artillery, trucks. And we took new defensive lines today.
All prisoners should be released in 19 days, why 19? Because 14 days are given for the withdrawal of heavy weapons and five days to complete the withdrawal and the final release of all hostages.
Over the course of the conflict, we have proven to be responsible, that we will not use defensive equipment to attack. The stronger our defence, the more conviction our diplomatic voice has.
We need to have an election, political dialogue, closing the border, withdrawal all the foreign troops, immediate release of the hostages and all other things which are very significant and important component of the peace plan.
We can continue negotiations when we have a strong army, which is capable of defending the state, because nobody will respect a weakling.
These deaths are on the conscience of the gangs of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics and those who support them. Because of this terrorist attack we have to strengthen restrictions on crossing the line behind which there are areas of Donetsk controlled by rebels.
As the president and as an ordinary citizen my heart is full of joy. As promised you'll be able to celebrate New Year with your families and military friends. That's what we've been waiting for so long. Thank you very much.Long live Ukraine. Long live the heroes.
This is the first night when I don't have neither lost nor wounded Ukrainan soldiers when we don't have any lost or wounded civilians. This is only 24 hours everything is so fragile, but I pray that we continue with this process.
All of us forget the case of the MH17, where 300 innocent victims were hit by terrorists – which was equipped by Russia, give the weapons by Russia, trained by Russia, and most probably they have their officers from Russia – and hit the passenger plane.
Looking to the future, we can clearly see that establishing peace in Donbass won't prevent danger from the east.
Having an enemy, who broke into our land, is something that makes us reconsider the events of 1932-33. It was, like today, a real war without warning against Ukraine.
Ukraine marks the first anniversary of our Revolution of Dignity and the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Orange revolution. I think these two events have played a significant role in forming a new country. Now when Ukraine is at war for its independence, our country as never before needs wisdom and consolidation.
I do not exclude that the outcome of today's meeting of the Security Council will be the significant strengthening of control at checkpoints, in order to restrict movements of those who can pose a threat by sending reconnaissance and sabotage groups.
The election farce of November 2 jeopardises the peace process in general, the start of which was achieved with tremendous effort. It seriously worsens the situation in Donbass. The responsibility of which lies utterly and completely upon the perpetrators, organisers, and those who ordered those pseudo-elections.
The pseudo-elections are a brutal violation of the Minsk Protocol of September 5. The Minsk Protocol provides for the holding of early local elections in the area of the Donbass solely under the laws of Ukraine. We provided them with the given opportunity. The farce of November 2 jeopardises the entire peace process – the beginning of which has been achieved through outstanding efforts.
I had an opportunity to talk to regular soldiers during my trip to the anti-terrorist operation zone, and to commanders. The conversations convinced me in the correctness of my decision.
I hope there's going to be a big progress on 17 of October, next Friday in Milan. Amongst other questions we'll talk about the peace plan and the ceasefire process.
The alternative, is to stand alone with Russia.
I underline that it is impossible to win the war in the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk using only military means. The more Ukrainian army battalions or brigades are brought up there, the more troops there are from the Russian Federation.
They need more military equipment, please understand me correctly. Blankets, night vision goggles are also important but one cannot win the war with blankets.
There is no way at no price and under no condition that we will ever put (up) with the Crimean occupation. I urge you America and the world to stand united in sending the signal to the aggressors of today and to the future that the policy and practice of annexation will never be tolerated.
The heavenly hundred (dead during the winter protests activists) and 872 brave Ukrainian soldiers have died not only for Ukraine. They gave up their lives for us to take a dignified place among the European family.
Ukraine has never, ever had such a level of support in the world and in Europe. It would be simply impolite not to grant us membership perspective.
We have a significant problem, they say that we lost Crimea. No, we have an invasion in Crimea, but Crimea will be back together with us…not by military means.
This ceasefire is based on the agreement which was reached during my phone conversations with Russian President Putin. That's why I think that this is very important that stability, the fact that this ceasefire should last, is now our common responsibility.
In this protocol there are 12 practical steps to establish peace and stability in part of the Donetsk and Luhansk region of Ukraine. With the respect of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine.
If the Minsk meeting goes ahead I will tell the army general staff to order a bilateral ceasefire. I hope the implementation of the peace plan will begin tomorrow.
The point of no return is full scale war, which already happened in the territory controlled by separatists and there – instead of separatists – there are regular Russian troops.
The place of the Ukrainian president is in Kyiv.
Since mercenaries and terrorists are temporary people in Luhansk and Donetsk, they have nothing that may connect them to these cities. So the worse the situation is the better it is for them. I am fully convinced that the blame for the destruction lies solely on rebels and their foreign sponsors.
The enormous pressure we arrange today on those people who control those terrorists will bring the efforts. And I cross my fingers, I hope, within the next 24 hours.
I want to reassure you that the Ukrainian government, on my orders, is doing everything possible to ensure that the investigation into the circumstances of the terrorists' attack will be conducted under the auspices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation and will be as transparent as possible.
But freeing Slovyansk from a heavily armed gang of monsters has great symbolic importance. This is the start of a turning point in the fight against the rebels for the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian army needs a new commander – a military man who knows how to fight and has experience on the ground. A general who knows what a war by proxy is and understands how to win it.
Over the last months Ukraine paid the highest possible price to make her European dreams come true; it must be worth something; for instance, to finally consider a simple statement on the part of the EU: once Ukraine would be ready, it will be in. A statement that could cost the EU nothing but would mean the world to my country.
I will sign up to the association agreement with the pen which marked 'EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, Vilnius, 29 of November'. It didn't happen then, but the pen is the same, demonstrating that historic events are unavoidable. The documents that we will sign today are not just political and economic. It is a symbol of faith and of unbreakable will. It is a tribute to people who gave their lives and health to make this moment happen.
I am sure that today during my first visit to the Parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe and tomorrow in Brussels, where we will finally sign the association agreement, we will get a new thrust for reforms and we will witness the 'Europeanisation' of Ukraine. I am sure that it will be an historical day for us, Ukrainians, and for the whole world.
If [the] key element of the peace plan is accepted by the separatists, I think it will give us strong hopes. If it is rejected, tomorrow we will take a very important decision and I cannot comment on what type of decision we'll take tomorrow.
The events in Ukraine are forming the new Europe, and this new Europe will either be united or split, stable or fragile. The future of Europe and its spirit will depend on whether the conflict in Ukraine is settled on the basis of international law, or on who is the strongest.
All illegal armed groups have to understand that the ceasefire initiated by us does not mean that Ukrainian soldiers are not allowed to fight back. Any attempts by gunmen to attack will receive a strong response.
I can say that the period of ceasefire will be rather short. We expect that illegal armed groups will then immediately disarm. Then order will be reached, including joint patrolling against, criminals and bandits who are destabilising situation in the east.
And I hope, after this meeting, we can guarantee secure borders, including the frontier shared with the Russian Federation.
I gave our armed forces a priority. It is to bring under control the border of Ukraine through which terrorists are bringing weapons, reinforcements, equipment and money.
Ukraine "must cease fire by the end of the week.
I'm absolutely sure that Crimea will be free very soon. Crimean Tatars, together with Ukrainians, will restore democracy and freedom in the region.
The number one issue is that Ukraine will never recognize the illegitimate referendum and will never recognize the occupation of Crimea. And the strategic choice for the development of our country has been made by the Ukrainian people. Today, on May 25, in the first round the people have made their choice. And that choice is European integration.
All the polls show that the election has been completed in one round and the country has a new president.
I'm sure what we are all fighting for is peace, calm and security, an economic upturn, absence of corruption and total international solidarity with Ukraine, which will enable us to not only restore order in the east, but also return Crimea soon.
It was born the new country. It was born the new people. In a very near future, we will ask our European partners to grant us EU membership perspectives, just because the Ukrainian people pass very difficult and very important exams for democracy and for European values. And the name of this exam was revolution; and the price we paid for these exams is very high.
For those who do not understand neither Ukrainian nor Russian, no German, no English, we should find out the language they understand. For those people who [are] keeping the machine gun, for those people who [are] killing the people, for those people who are terrorists – we should find out the right language they understand and that would be the language of force.
We don't accept any scenario of federalisation. We don't accept and we fight against any separatist movement. We fight for the fact that Ukraine should be united: strong, powerful, economically sustained, and I think that we will have a first and very quick result.
The priorities are to preserve sovereignty and territorial integrity. We will also have to work on the country's unity.
If you see Vitaliy, if you see me, our coalition is rather strong and this is just for the long period of time, cause we are talking not about the may election, not about the presidential one, we are talking about the 10 years that are the program for the entering of Ukraine in the EU.