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West must stay firm on sanctions against Russia, — Poroshenko
20:29, 26 May 2017
West must stay firm on sanctions against Russia, — Poroshenko

Ukrainian president notes that Moscow attacks strike on multiple fronts, with a priority on cyberspace

20:29, 26 May 2017

Press service of Ukrainian President

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wrote a column for Politico on the day of G7 summit in Sicily. Subject, chosen by Poroshenko, is traditional — he writes about war in Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, necessity to save or maybe even strengthen sanctions against Russia, otherwise it would not stop.

"The Western world needs to commit to joint action and stand together to protect its values and respect for international law. Today, like on the eve of World War II, time is against us. The violence in eastern Ukraine is taking lives every single day. Delays and soothing half-measures are not only ineffective but dangerous," he writes.

"Russia’s new generation of hybrid warfare is gaining momentum. And its effects spread beyond Ukraine. The Kremlin’s tentacles are reaching for the throats of the key capitals of Europe and its transatlantic allies," Poroshenko continues.

President noted that Russia’s hybrid attacks strike on multiple fronts, while those who try to cut these tentacles only find themselves under renewed attack, implying recent social networks’ ban in Ukraine.

"Only from a position of strength can sustainable peace be defended and security and stability restored. This requires increasing Ukraine’s resilience by supporting crucial reforms and enhancing its army’s defense capabilities, including boosting its store of modern defensive weapons. This also requires the West to stay firm on sanctions against Russia and be ready to strengthen them if need be," Poroshenko added.

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