Poroshenko canceled the ceasefire: We will advance and liberate our land. VIDEO
Poroshenko announced the termination of a truce in the anti-terrorist operation zone.
The president said this in his address on June 30 after a meeting of the NSDC, the president’s website reports.
Address of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko:
"At twenty-two hours on Monday, June 30, a unilateral ceasefire expired. As part of the plan for a peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donbass, such a move was first initiated on June 20. June 27, Ukraine continued it for another three days. For ten days we demonstrated to Donbass, Ukraine, the whole world, our commitment to a peaceful way to resolve the conflict provoked from outside. We have shown the goodwill of the Ukrainian authorities to the residents of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Hardworking and peaceful people, who are Most of Donetsk and Lugansk residents felt our sympathy, love and respect, they saw Kiev’s sincere readiness to take their special opinions and specific interests into account, and they realized that their safety is our top priority.
International support for Ukraine has become even stronger. It was during the ceasefire that I signed the Association Agreement and the deepened and comprehensive free trade zone with the European Union. However, a unique chance to implement the peace plan has not been realized. This was due to the criminal actions of the militants. They publicly declared their unwillingness to support the peace plan in general and the ceasefire in particular. Defiantly, more than a hundred times, violated the ceasefire. The political leadership of the separatists has shown reluctance and inability to control the actions of their terrorist units and gangs of looters. The cancellation of the decision of the Federation Council on permission to send Russian troops into Ukraine had a positive, but symbolic significance. We did not wait for concrete steps to de-escalate the situation. Including in terms of strengthening border control. B
Despite this, the world was, remains and will be my goal. Only the tools to achieve it are changing. On June 30 evening, a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine took place. After discussing the situation, I, as the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, decided not to extend the unilateral ceasefire. Protecting the territorial integrity of Ukraine, the security and lives of civilians requires not only defensive, but also offensive actions against terrorist fighters. Armed Forces, National Guard, State Border Service, Security Service received appropriate orders. In the implementation of the tasks set today to protect territorial integrity, they are no longer limited by the ceasefire.
We will advance and liberate our land. The non-extension of the ceasefire is our response to terrorists, militants, and looters. To all those who mock civilians. Who paralyzes the work of the region’s economy. Who disrupts the payment of salaries, pensions, scholarships. Who undermines the railway and destroys water pipes. Who deprived people of a normal, peaceful life. The Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard, and other units will never allow themselves to use force against civilians. They will never hit residential areas. Ukrainian soldiers and guards will risk their own lives, so as not to endanger women, children, elderly men. All those who live in the land of Donbass and do not pick up illegal weapons. Such is the eternal chivalrous nature of the Ukrainian army.
We have responsibility and experience for every peaceful life, which, God forbid, may end in the course of a military or anti-terrorist operation. This requires us to be extremely attentive to each movement in conducting operations. I appeal to every resident of Donetsk and Lugansk regions with a request to treat my decision with understanding. I ask you to become allies in the return of security to the Donbass. Yes, you cannot resist the bandits with physical force. But your willpower and fortitude, your civil disobedience to the so-called "people's republics", intolerance and contempt for those who have taken the path of banditry, looting and terror will bring the day when lasting peace will return to your homes, to your streets. To everyone who has embarked on the path of armed resistance to the legitimate authority, but has realized that he has made a mistake and wants to correct it, I, as President, guarantee non-prosecution. There is only one condition - to voluntarily lay down arms.
Our peace plan, as a strategy for Ukraine and the Donbass, remains valid. And disarmament. And decentralization. And free use of the Russian language. And the restoration of lost housing at the expense of the state. And a joint job creation program with the EU. And even to the ceasefire, we are ready to return at any time. When we see that all parties adhere to the implementation of the main points of the peace plan. That the militants are freeing the hostages. That on the other side of the eastern border, the red light of saboteurs and arms suppliers lit up, and the OSCE is observing the observance of the regime on the border. Dear compatriots! The road to peace turned out to be somewhat more complicated than I wanted. I do not want to embellish reality. It will not be easy and difficult. More than ever, we should rally to defend Ukraine. This requires dedication and discipline not only at the forefront, but also in the rear. But there has not been a single war, after which there would be no peace. This will happen now.
Glory to Ukraine!"