Minister of Defence of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine issued this statement during meeting with a group of the Lithuanian journalists in Kyiv.
The Minister briefed the guests on effective bilateral cooperation and Lithuania’s assistance provided to Ukraine, including the work of Lithuanian advisers, military instructors, treatment and rehabilitation of the Ukrainian military in Lithuania and experience sharing.
“The Ukrainian units trained by Lithuanian instructors demonstrate their effectiveness during operations in east of Ukraine. Our service personnel enhanced their combat capabilities”, Gen. Poltorak underscored.
The Minister also spoke about situation in east of Ukraine in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
“The situation is tense in the region; meanwhile, it is under control of our troops. Russia tests new equipment and weapons there”, the Minister remarked.
The Minister reiterated the Ukrainian stance regarding possible deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas.
“We insist the UN Mission should be deployed along the whole occupied territory of Ukraine under the international law. It is necessary to ensure control over the part of the Ukrainian-Russian state border which is temporarily not under control of Ukraine; all illegal armed formations and RF regular troops should leave the territory of Ukraine. The Mission should control heavy weapons, too. And the last, Russia cannot participate in this mission”, Gen. Poltorak said.