Ladies and Gentlemen,
Ukraine as a cofounder of the UNO knows the reason why
we established this distinguished organization. For peace and
stability. Do we have this peace and stability? No. And our global aim and
global target is to do everything we can to protect our citizens, and to
deliver peace to our nations.
The global agenda today consists of a number of
things. Everyone mentioned ISIL, everyone mentioned Ebola, and everyone
mentioned Ukraine. Frankly speaking, I would be happy not to be in this role.
But we are the country that knows what terrorism means not by words, but in
deeds, in practice.
Let me remind you the origin of the conflict that
evolves in Ukraine. Is it a domestic conflict? No. that’s true that my country
has differences. But every country has differences. And we are ready to handle
and to tackle these differences inside of the country. But the thing is that
the origin of the conflict is an invasion that was made by Russian Federation.
A P5 member violated the UN Charter, which is
absolutely and entirely unacceptable for the permanent UN Security Council
member. It’s better for Russia to be an “insecurity” member rather than
20 years ago Ukraine abandoned nuclear weapon. We possessed
the third biggest arsenal in the world. As we relinquished our nuclear power
arsenal, in Budapest Ukraine got guarantees of territorial integrity and
sovereignty. And Russia was a co-signer and co-contributor of this
memorandum. Instead of security guarantees in 20 years we received Russian
military boots on Ukrainian soil.
It seems it’s difficult to convince another county to
stop nuclear proliferation. We are committed to our nuclear non-proliferation
program, but we need to get guarantees of our territorial integrity and
security and independence.
Few months ago RF annexed Crimea. One country which is
the UN member and P5 member, one country which is armed to teeth, just decided
to grab the land of independent Ukraine. And let me command the efforts of UN
member states that overwhelmingly supported the resolution that supports
Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and condemns an illegal annexation of Crimea
by the RF.
And they moved further. For today we can state that
Russian troops are deployed in the East of Ukraine.
RF violated a number of bilateral and multilateral
international agreements – starting with the UN Charter, and ending with the
resolutions on counterterrorism that were passed by the UN.
So we know what terrorism means. And we urge Russia to
pull back its forces, to bull back its artillery, to stop to supply Russian-led
terrorists, to restore the control over Ukrainian-Russian border, and to start
real talks, peace talks.
We are the country that needs peace. And it’s
difficult to hammer out any kind of peace deal at a barrel of a gun, made in
Let me remind you a dramatic disaster that happened
due to Russian invasion. Few months ago a civilian flight MH-17 was downed by
Russian made missile surface-to-air. 298 innocent civilians were killed.
Ukraine mourns the victims. We pray together with the families of Netherlands,
Australia, UK, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Germany.
Ukraine handed over an investigation to an independent body which is Dutch-led.
And we urge everyone to help us to bring to justice those responsible of this
despicable crime, crime against humanity.
Every day, despite the ceasefire, we are losing
Ukrainian soldiers, we are losing civilians, and the shelling is still going
I would reiterate once again – we need peace. What is
the formula of this peace? The military option is
definitely not the best one. So it is to be a comprehensive approach which
comprises diplomatic, financial, political, and only at last – military
The US and the EU imposed a number of sanctions
against Russia. We do understand that sanctions are the way how to start real
talks and how to hammer out a peace deal. No trust in words. We trust only in
deeds and actions.
We would once again reiterate our commitment to
restore law and order. We urge RF to stick to its international obligation to
execute everything that was written in Minsk. And this is not a menu where you
can pick the cherry. It means that Russia is to execute all 12 points of this
We ask our partners not to lift sanctions until
Ukraine takes over the control of its entire territory – starting with the East
of Ukraine, and ending with Crimea. Crimea was, is, and will be a part of
Let me end with a direct message to Russian
president, “Mr Putin, you can win a fight against the
troops. But you will never win the fight against nation, united Ukrainian
Help us God.