Poroshenko expects Russia to fulfill Minsk agreements
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said again that Kyiv has fulfilled the key provisions of the peace agreements on Donbas, adding that he expects the same from Russia.
"Ukraine has fulfilled the key provisions of the peace agreements. Ukraine, our European partners and the whole world expect the same from Russia […] Not to play with agreements, but to fulfill them," the president said at the celebrations dedicated to Ukrainian Independence Day in Kyiv on Monday.
Otherwise, "the reaction of the international community should be resolute and uncompromising," the Ukrainian presidential press service quoted Poroshenko as saying.
"That is the message I am carrying to the meeting with the leaders of Germany and France immediately after meeting with you," Poroshenko said.
The Ukrainian president also said that the purpose of Russia's actions in Crimea and Donbas is the division of the entire transatlantic partnership.
"The purpose of the Russian aggression is to divide Ukraine, destroy its economy, deprive it of chances and the right to become a full-fledged member of democratic European society. However, there is a different goal. This aggression is also aimed at destroying the unity of the EU and dividing the transatlantic partnership. This is a goal that the Russian military and propaganda machine sets itself and, unfortunately, sometimes successfully achieves," the president said.
Poroshenko said that "the crisis forced on Ukraine from outside is artificial, handmade and was orchestrated in the Russian administration and military headquarters."
He said he is convinced that aggression can only be opposed in solidarity with the whole world.
Poroshenko repeated that "the people of Ukraine are now defending not only their country, but also civilized values of the whole democratic world."