We have today a serious agenda of the session of the Government.
But I’d like to start from
the most important issue for today that concerns Ukraine,
concerns the Ukrainians in the West, in the East and in the Crimea
first of all. This is an issue that has become the object of attention of the whole
international community. It comes about the situation in Crimea and the
attempts of destabilization, which are taking place in Crimea.
We consider that there
is an inadequate presence of the Russian forces in the autonomy. This is
nothing but a violation of the basic requirements of the Agreement on the
temporary stationing of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine.
Separately, I ask the
Minister of Defence after my report and the Minister
of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to inform on the state of implementation of the
Agreement and of those violations that Russia has committed in the
performance of this Agreement.
Respected members of
the Cabinet of Ministers, I had serious talks with U.S. Vice President, President
of the European Commission Mr Barroso,
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and number of foreign ministers from the
European Union yesterday. The position of our partner countries is very clear:
all made tough statements on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and nobody is allowed to interfere in
the internal affairs of Ukraine
abusing their rights through the Agreement on the temporary stationing of the
Russian Black Sea Fleet in the autonomy.
Yesterday, after we
had actually all night talks with our Western partners, the meeting of the UN
Security Council was held. U.S.
broached the issue at the UN Security Council and the UN Security Council
adopted two decisions. The first is the introduction of a monitoring group; the
second is the establishment of an instant consultation mechanism.
The world is watching
what is happening, and the world has expressed the support for the territorial
integrity and sovereignty of the Ukrainian state.
The behavior of our Government
is as follows. We consider that inadequate Russian presence in Crimea is nothing but a provocation. And Russian Federation’s attempts so that Ukraine
reacted the same way by force have been failed. We are well aware that there
was a plan to create “a new Ossetia” in Ukraine i.e. victims, bloodshed,
war and civil conflict.
That’s way the
reaction of Ukraine and Ukrainian
government was clear: we refuse to respond to provocation, we do not use the
force, we demand from the Government of the Russian Federation, the Russian
leadership to immediately withdraw its troops and return them to their home
Otherwise, any force
confrontation, which may be caused by the radicals that are actually supported
by the Russian military forces, responsibility for the force confrontation will
be felt on the Russian Federation and personally on the leadership of the RF
that have given an order to increase military presence on the territory of
Ukraine. It is unacceptable when across the Ukrainian lands, on the territory
of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, in the center of the city Russian
military forces are walking with weapons.
That is why I stress
again - rotate all Russian troops in places of permanent deployment
immediately! Russian partners, stop to provoke civic and military confrontation
and act in accordance with Ukrainian-Russian agreements!
Also I had talks with
representatives of Crimean Tatar people. I address to all the Crimeans: please, I beg of you to calm down, refuse the
will do everything to ensure that we will be a united state. Ukraine will do everything to
protect the rights of all minorities. And all the discussion that Crimea allegedly would be captured by someone is a lie
and it is another attempt to provoke conflict. I am very grateful to the
representatives of the Crimean Tatar people for the order that they maintain.
Once again I address to all the inhabitants of the Crimea:
We are together and we must save this unity.
As for the Crimean
Government, we want to make it clear statement that the new government of Crimea
should be formed transparently, legally, taking into the account interests of
all residents of the Crimea.
We should also openly
say that this excessive and inadequate presence of Russian military forces in Crimea is nothing else, but a direct attack on the Crimeans. The reputation of the Crimea
as one of the best resorts has been damaged. If, in three weeks, Russia will continue to allow their military
forces to walk with guns across the territory of the autonomy, our answer is: a
one part of the plan is to damage the holiday season in Crimea so that no one will
go to the region neither from Russia,
Europe, no from Belarus.
We realize that after Sochi Olympics, which worth 48 billion dollars to Russian Federation hotels and resorts in Sochi will be empty.
So you can see the
attempt to deprive Crimeans workplaces, wages,
tourists, to damage the resort, as it was in Abkhazia, when no one visited
Abkhazia for 6 years, to damage economic development of Crimea so that to
transfer all tourist flows to Sochi after the Olympic games.
Yesterday late evening
we have also together with the National Bank of Ukraine
and the State Treasury Service restored provision of Crimea
with financial recourses. We haven’t had any connection for some time.
Undetermined persons cut connection system of Ukrtelekom
and we via reserve channels could restore as bank’s payments as well as settlements
in the system of the State Treasury Service. The Government will perform its
obligations to all citizens of Ukraine;
we will not leave the Crimeans under any
We also provided
support to the banking sector, which is geographically located in the Crimea. About UAH 400 million was sent to refinance to
support bunks in Crimea. So, we have a clear
plan. We control the situation.
We again address to
the leadership of the Russian Federation:
to withdraw forces immediately without provoking civic conflict, to accept the
implementation of bilateral and multilateral agreements, and by peaceful and
political means to resolve the crisis in the Crimea provoked by inadequate
Russian presence in Crimea.
Now I’d like to ask
the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence
to inform us primarily on implementation of agreements, on what additional
activities are being carried out by Ministries under your jurisdiction, and on our
Separately, I’d like
to note that a number of draft resolutions requiring urgent adoption are on the
today’s agenda of the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers. First of all these are
regulations on fiscal austerity and implementation of the most stringent regime
regarding spending of state and local budgets and transparency in the
performance of the state budget.
There are also, a
number of bills to be taken in the Parliament of Ukraine, especially the Law on
Restoration of confidence in the judicial system. It comes about the actual
implementation of the new standards in the judicial system: re-assessment of judges,
examination of judges in terms of making their decisions not by telephone law, but
in accordance with the law and the Constitution and the Bill requires the
immediate adoption in the Parliament.
The Government will also
today make a decision on the liquidation of the Ministry of Incomes and Fees
and return of the tax and customs systems in the legal field and the
destruction of one of the most corrupt enclaves that existed under the previous
Also today, we will approve
a government decision "On celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth
of Taras Shevchenko" and other acts of the Parliament,
which must be passed, and regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers.
I would like to stress
again that the crisis in Crimea provoked by the inadequate and excessive
presence of Russian forces on the Ukrainian territory, in Crimea
is settled by political and diplomatic means. I note again that the
responsibility for the escalation of conflict, if the Russian Government
doesn’t withdraws troops immediately and not return them to their places of
permanent deployment, will be felt on the Russian Federation side.
We, as the Government
of Ukraine do not any steps that would provoke confrontation. And we warn anyone
as in Ukraine as well as in Crimea from military confrontation. It must be only peaceful
We have passed a
horrible, dramatic events a few weeks ago, which hundreds of people were killed
by the regime, and that is why the new Ukrainian government will take care of
everyone's life will ensure the territorial integrity, sovereignty and no one
will allow to tear off chunks of Ukrainian territory.
Separately I’d also
like to address the Council of Churches. We ask for the support of the clergy,
no matter to what church you go - whether Kyiv Patriarchate, Moscow
Patriarchate or is Greek or a Roman Catholic, you are Christians or Muslims or
Jews. We all - the united country and the Ukrainian government will do
everything in order religious rights of every citizen of the state will be
I also address to the
relevant ministry: to develop a new version of the Law of Ukraine "On
Language" immediately and without delay that provides guarantees to all
national minorities to use their language with regard to Article 10 of the
Constitution, which states that the official language in Ukraine is Ukrainian
language and Russian and other languages are protected by law and the
Constitution, to never give opportunities to speculate on these matters, to sow
division and discord in our country. We have a very difficult time, and we will
be able to overcome these times when we are united, cohesive and wise.