Poroshenko: No signs of Russia's retreat from Donbas, Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine’s President also commented on military exercises West-2017 in Belarus with the participation of Russian troops
11:35, 7 September 2017


There are no signs that Russia is ready to leave the Donbas and Crimea, said Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko Thursady. Poroshenko said this during the annual address to the Verkhovna Rada on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"Russia's main threat is still military one: there are still no signs that Moscow would be ready to retreat from Donbas or withdraw from Crimea, but the evidence of its preparation for an offensive war on a continental scale, alas, is increasing, like Russian-Belarusian exercise West-2017. Although, in my opinion, it should be called "anti-West." Naturally, it is because of this that we strengthened control on all sectors of the state border. It is possible that new strike groups of Russian troops will be created to invade Ukraine under the guise of strategic command and staff exercises,"he said.

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Today 7,000 platforms with Russian soldiers and equipment have approached or are approaching the border with Ukraine, according to the head of state.

“And, unfortunately, we don’t have guarantees that after the maneuvers this will all return home to Russia," Poroshenko added.

As it was reported earlier Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko is addressing the MPs with a speech in the Verkhovna Rada. 365 MPs registered in the session room for today's session.

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