Today one week has passed since the moment of Geneva meeting. I remind it was a quadripartite meeting (Ukraine,
U.S.A, European Union and Russia). After this meeting the Government of
Ukraine in synergy with the international community has made definite steps
to stabilize the situation.
The only country that has made nothing but readied
their troops for action and drew hundreds tanks, armored personnel carriers
and thousands soldiers to the Ukrainian-Russian border is Russia.
Today the global community has rigidly condemned
Russia for the fact it is Russia that is exporting and supporting terrorism
in Ukraine. A Russian spokesman announced that Russia shall apply the right
to self-defense in case that the rights of Russian citizens are violated on
the territory of Ukraine.
By doing so Russia recognized that on the territory
of Ukraine where certain terrorist organizations are acting, the unknown
persons with weapon in their hands are Russian citizens. And it is
understandable now that these citizens represent special services of the
Russian Federation. The recent statement of Russia is nothing but direct proof
of presence of Russian citizens who support terrorists on the territory of
As the Government of Ukraine we haven’t just
declared but taken certain steps having discussed and declared in Geneva. The
first step is a broad and overall Constitutional reform. On Tuesday the Parliament
will hold public hearings on including changes to the Ukrainian Constitution.
Our target is decentralizing of power. Our aim is to
protect every citizen of Ukraine. Our aim is reflecting in the new Ukrainian
Constitution responsibilities of local communities, protection of national
minorities, protection of Russian language and protection of other languages,
protection of territorial integrity and unity of the country. And we are following
Unfortunately, by supporting terrorists on the
territory of Ukraine Russia hasn’t made a step to withdraw these people and
stabilize the situation. And it is evident that the goals of Russia include:
first – to undermine the presidential elections in Ukraine, to deprive
Ukraine of a legitimately elected President; the second – to dislodge the
pro-European and pro-Ukrainian Government, and the third – to seize Ukraine both
in a military and political way
Every mentioned plan will fail. We will defend our
country by all possible means and ways we possess: politically,
The attempts of military aggression on the territory
of Ukraine will lead to military conflict on the territory of Europe. The world
hasn’t forgotten the Second World War and Russia wants to start the Third
World War. The full responsibility for aggression on Ukraine’s territory for
undermining the international security and stability rests with leaders of
the Russian Federation. It is the country that violates the UN State, it is
the country that has violated our bilateral liabilities, it
is the country that behaves as heavily armed gangsters. But the time comes when
someone gets smashed face in.
The Government of Ukraine will continue advocating
an idea of sticking to the Geneva agreements. Inside the country we will
carry out the Constitutional reform.
We will do our best to stabilize the situation. We are
waiting for the IMF decision in order to stabilize the economic situation, we
will hold fair and transparent elections, we are ready to discharge from liability
exceptionally those who hand over weapon and leave the captured buildings. Only
the persons who committed serious crimes won’t be released from
The chance to peacefully stele the situation always
remains. By the whole global community has realized that there is a single
country that wishes neither stability in Europe nor
in the whole world and this country is called the Russian Federation.
We address a demand to Russia to fulfill what Russia
has promised. Russia was forced to condemn extremists. Russia was forced to state
that it was necessary to disarm and free the buildings illegally seized by
the terrorists in Ukraine. But they have made no step but continue to encourage
confrontation, sponsor terrorism and send specially trained Russian citizens with
Russian special service IDs.
Day after day the Ukrainian party meets with Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe, with the mission staying in Ukraine
presently. The mission has access to the entire territory of Ukraine and we
guarantee anyone of OSCE mission can arrive to any point where an
anti-terrorist operation is in act and to get personally convinced that the
anti-terrorist operation is aimed at the only thing – to preserve human lives
and fight bandits who are killing people by guns and it reached the point that
they are hiding behind children in kindergardens. Are
they supported by Russia? Is it the face of the Russian democracy?
Support by the Russian Federation of the terrorist,
bandits who are torturing innocent civilians is the international crime. And such
crimes should be punished for, as these are crimes against humanity”.
We call on the entire international community to
unite against the Russian aggression. The challenge that Ukraine faces today
is the challenge to the whole civilized world. Preserving of the territorial
integrity of Ukrainian state will result in preserving peace and stability in
Europe. And if the U.S.A., the European Union member states, if Ukraine and the
entire international community will continue preserving unity and act jointly
and concertedly in order to make Russia sticking to its international commitments,
then we will preserve peace, stability and global safety system which Ukraine
wishes to destroy.
The world is with us. On a daily basis I have negotiations
with the world community and even the Pope has appointed an audience to
reveal support to Ukraine and demonstrate that the entire world is with
Ukraine. But to my conviction, dear members of the Cabinet of Ministers of
Ukraine, responsibility for our country is in our hands. It is our country,
our people, it is our future and our battle.
And in order to win we must fight. We are waiting
for an official reaction from Russia pursuant to the international commitments.
Yesterday we sent an official inquiry from the OSCE: during 48 hours Russia
should inform what their soldiers do on the Ukrainian border. 24 hours have passed, we are expecting an official response from the Russian
Today we must approve a number of decisions in the
direction of intensifying the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. And I
ask the members of the Cabinet of Ministers to consider that.
Olexandr Vitaliyovych, has
the IMF Executive Board appointed a meeting for the 30th? It is good, we will be waiting for a decision of the IMF
Executive Board. And absolutely understandable that accumulation of Russian troops
on the Ukraine’s territory is also connected to the desire to undermine our
program of economic aid.
I can repeat once again what is the plan: to
undermine the presidential elections, to deprive of a chance to get a legitimately
elected President, to undermine the program of economic assistance for
Ukraine, which the entire world is ready to support, to displace
pro-Ukrainian Government and return to the country darkness, corruption, gangsterism and terrorism exported here by Russia.
None of these plans has a chance to be realized. And
we will continue fighting for our country both on the international arena and
inside the country by all lawful means and methods, protecting our own state
and our citizens.
Thanks the media!