"True hot war, not frozen conflict," - Ukraine's Poroshenko on Donbas conflict in interview to Sky News


President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko calls events in the Donbas a hot Russian aggression against Ukraine, but not some frozen conflict.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the president's press office, Poroshenko said in an interview to Sky News TV channel.

"Someone is trying to call this a frozen conflict. I emphasize that it is not frozen. It is a hot Russian aggression against my country," the head of state stressed.

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According to him, Ukraine has lost 69 servicemen while over 420 have been wounded since the beginning of 2017. "Is it a frozen conflict? It is a true hot war. It is a real aggression," the president noted. He emphasized that over 700 Russian tanks, 1,250 artillery systems and 300 multiple rocket launchers were deployed in the occupied Ukrainian territory.

Poroshenko noted that pressure on Russia must be maintained to stop murder of Ukrainians. The president once again underlined the importance of global solidarity with Ukraine. "Sanctions are the mechanism to keep Putin at the table of negotiations. Putin pays a high price due to the sanctions," the head of state said. He thanked USA, EU, U.K., Japan, Canada, Australia for supporting Ukraine.

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The president also emphasized that Russia wages a "hybrid war" against other countries that includes the elements of cyber attacks, funding of populists and anti-government movements aimed to destabilize the internal situation. "Russia doesn't want a strong and united Europe. Russia doesn't want a strong and united Great Britain. It wants dissociation and provocation of conflicts. I am glad that these plans of Russia are not too efficient," Poroshenko stressed.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n437052