The Joint Forces Operation in Donbas is much more effective than the Anti-terrorist operation conducted earlier, as Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, said on June 8 at the meeting with the students of Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.
“Don’t you see how the reports on the front have changed? Haven’t you noticed how more effective the Joint Forces Operation than ATO was?” he said.
The Head of the state assured that “step by step the policy of the restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty in Donbas will be conducted”.
“I assure you – Donbas will never be Russia's,” the President promised.
As it was reported earlier, the Joint Forces Operation in Donbas replaced the Anti-Terrorist Operation on April 30 this year. A new format is designed to replace the anti-terrorist operation that has lasted four years.
The format change of the Anti-terrorist operation to the Joint Forces Operation is provided by the law on Donbas reintegration. According to the law, the Joint Operation Headquarters is the main HQ in the Donbas conflict zone. It is responsible for forces and means of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, other military formations, Internal Ministry, the National Police, which are involved in the “deterrence and rebuff of Russian aggression in Donetsk and Luhansk regions”. The law enforcers, military servicemen and everyone involved in the counterwork against the aggressor, report to the Head of the Joint Operation Headquarters.
The Joint Force Commander participated in the deployment of the forces and the development of the action plans in cases of unexpected circumstances to use the Armed Forces and Security Forces. The Commander has a right to report to the President about the readiness and the progress the Joint Forces tasks. The President is to approve the idea to implement the Joint Forces Operation. Poroshenko appointed Serhiy Nayev the Joint Force Commander.
Despite the format change, the situation in Donbas has not changed substantially – the militants are firing at the Ukrainian soldiers, who, in their turn, fire back. The number of the victims among the Armed Forces officers and the civilians increased in May.
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