Russian aggression in Ukraine
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin tries to create a new Europe of isolationism, intolerance, disrespect for human rights. His name is Mr. Putin. This Europe has its soldiers - pro-Russian parties. We can win this battle if we stand together.
There is no civil war in Ukraine, but only Putin's aggression. This is not a civil war in Crimea, but Russian troops that occupied the peninsula.
Today, a formerly strategic partner is waging a hybrid war against a sovereign state, a co-founder of the United Nations. The border routes, once used for transporting goods and exchange of visitors and friends, are now swarming with Russian tanks, armed personnel carriers, artillery, multiple-rocket-launchers and ammunition. How many evidences does the world still need to recognize an obvious fact – there is a foreign military equipment, mercenaries, Russian military coaches and regular troops?
Ukrainian citizens illegally detained in Russia
Nadia Savchenko has spent 237 days in a Russian prison and is now slowly dying in the 57th day of a hunger strike against her illegal abduction and imprisonment. This is all highly reminiscent of the Soviet repressive machine now applied to break the courage of a Ukrainian woman – an officer of the Ukrainian Air Force. We say “free Nadiya”, but we mean that every single Ukrainian, who was captured and tortured just for defending their land must be released.
Ukraine's and international efforts to put end to Russian aggression
The aggression against Ukraine has opened a Pandora’s Box for the international security. It must be clear that there are no temporary solutions. This conflict must be resolved, not frozen. It is now clear that if Ukraine does not succeed in restoring peace and its territorial integrity, the revision of borders, spread of terrorism, humanitarian and technological disasters, including the build-up of nuclear arsenals, will continue.
I would like to stress that a non-military and diplomatic solution remains the only remedy to this situation. And I would like to reiterate that the Minsk Protocol and the Minsk Memorandum are still on the table. We want to stop the bloodshed and are ready for an immediate – but bilateral – ceasefire, to be monitored and verified by the OSCE.
Ukraine's adherence to its commitments before EU institutions
We have started Constitutional reform with the aim of continuing the decentralization process and yielding wider administrative, financial and cultural authorities to the regions. We are stripping our members of parliament and judges of immunity and are conducting rigid anti-corruption reforms.These efforts are parts of a comprehensive process to restore the confidence of the Ukrainian people in their institutions and make the world believe in Ukraine.
Countering Russian propaganda
For just a year the number of Russian citizens who were thinking bad or very bad about Ukraine has grown from 26 to 59 per cent. We have to create legal international tools and mechanisms to counteract propaganda, to make the countries to behave responsibly and to maintain the principle of non-intervention into internal affairs of another state. For over a year Ukraine has been facing dramatic consequences of an undeclared hybrid warfare. It is very important that the states in the region devote more attention to hybrid threats. We need a clear strategic concept with a wide-range of response instruments to tackle this complex problem and to enhance the responsibility for applying hybrid war tactics.
Previously, 112 International reported that President Petro Poroshenko visited the Munich Security Council on February 12-13.