Poroshenko canceled the cease-fire: We will advance and liberate our land. VIDEO
Poroshenko announced the ceasefire in the ATU zone.
The president stated this in his address on June 30 after the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, the website of the president reports.
Address of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko:
"At twenty-two hours on Monday June 30, the unilateral ceasefire expired: as part of the plan for a peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donbass, this step was first initiated on June 20. On June 27, Ukraine continued it for another three days, and within ten days we demonstrated to the Donbas, Ukraine, the whole world its adherence to the peaceful way of settling the conflict provoked from the outside.The residents of Donetsk and Lugansk regions have demonstrated the good will of the Ukrainian government.The hardworking and peaceful people who are the Bol The majority of Donetsk and Luhansk residents felt our sympathy, love and respect, they saw the sincere readiness of Kiev to reckon with their special opinions and specific interests, and they realized that their security is our top priority.
International support of Ukraine became even stronger. It was during the ceasefire that I signed the Association Agreement and an in-depth and comprehensive free trade zone with the European Union. However, a unique chance to implement the peace plan is not realized. This was due to the criminal actions of militants. They publicly declared their unwillingness to support the peace plan in general and the ceasefire in particular. Appealing, more than a hundred times, violated the ceasefire. The political leadership of the separatists demonstrated unwillingness and inability to control the actions of their terrorist units and gangs of marauders. The abrogation of the decision of the Federation Council to permit the introduction of Russian troops in Ukraine had a positive but symbolic significance. We did not wait for concrete steps to de-escalate the situation. Including in the part of strengthening control over the border.
Despite this, the world was, remains and will be my goal. Change only the tools to achieve it. On June 30, the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine was held. After discussing the situation, I, as the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, decided not to extend the unilateral ceasefire. Protection of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, security and life of civilians requires not only defensive, but also offensive actions against terrorist militants. The Armed Forces, the National Guard, the State Border Service, the Security Service were given appropriate orders. In the implementation of today's tasks to protect territorial integrity, they are no longer limited to the cease-fire regime.
We will advance and liberate our land. The non-prolongation of the ceasefire is our response to terrorists, militants, marauders. To all those who mock civilians. Who paralyzes the work of the regional economy. Who breaks the payment of salaries, pensions, scholarships. Who undermines the railway and destroys the water pipes. Who deprived people of a normal, peaceful life. The Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard, other units will never allow themselves to use force against civilians. They will never beat the residential areas. Ukrainian soldiers and guardsmen will risk their own lives, so as not to threaten women, children, elderly men. All those who live on the land of the Donbass and do not take illegal weapons into their hands. Such is the eternal knightly nature of the Ukrainian army.
We are responsible and experienced for every peaceful life, which, God forbid, can be cut off during a military or anti-terrorist operation. This requires us to be extremely accurate in every movement in the conduct of operations. I appeal to every resident of Donetsk and Lugansk regions with a request to understand my decision. I ask you to become allies in the return of security to the Donbas. Yes, you can not resist the bandits with physical strength. But your willpower and strength of spirit, your civil disobedience to the so-called "people's republics", intolerance and contempt for those who have embarked on banditry, looting and terror, will bring the day when lasting peace returns to your homes and streets. To all who, on the way to armed resistance to the legitimate authorities, but realized that he made a mistake and wants to correct it, I, as President, guarantee non-bringing to criminal responsibility. Condition one - voluntarily lay down their arms.
Our peace plan, as a strategy for Ukraine and the Donbas, remains in force. And disarmament. And decentralization. And free use of the Russian language. And the restoration of lost housing due to the state. And a joint program with the EU to create new jobs. And even to the ceasefire regime, we are ready to return at any moment. When we see that all parties adhere to the fulfillment of the main points of the peace plan. That the fighters release the hostages. As on the other side of the eastern border, the red light of saboteurs and arms suppliers caught fire, and the OSCE observes the observance of the regime on the border. Dear compatriots! The road to peace turned out to be somewhat more complicated than desired. I do not want to embellish reality. It will not be easy or easy. We, as ever, should unite to protect Ukraine. This requires commitment and discipline, not only in the front line, but also in the rear. But there was not a single war, after which the world would not come. So it will happen now.
Glory to Ukraine!"