After three years, Ukraine did not reach perspective to end the war, - Poroshenko


Ukraine's president told PACE members that his country has not neared the chance to end the war in the Donbas.

Censor.NET reports citing the president's address to the PACE members on Wednesday in Strasbourg, via 112 Ukraine.

"Three years ago, I was standing here, before this Assembly, and already as the head of state shared with you our experience from the first days of countering Russian aggression.

"I would sincerely wish to address you today with words that the aggression against my country is over.

"That, within the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine, the military actions and the blatant occupation of parts of our sovereign territory are over.

"That, in Ukraine, the peaceful life gradually returns to the liberated lands depleted by the military actions of those who keep saying "нас там нет" ("we are not there"), and by the occupation power.

"Unfortunately, even after three years since my statement before the Assembly, we have still not reached this perspective.

"You are well aware of the reason why," Poroshenko said.

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The president stressed that Russia keeps bluntly violating the commitments taken upon itself and ignoring persistent demands by Ukraine and the international community to get back to respect the international law.

"Russia keeps bluntly violating the commitments taken upon itself.

"The same way Moscow keeps ignoring our persistent demands and demands of the international community to get back to respect the international law.

"This Assembly has also echoed these demands and fixed them in a number of its resolutions.

"But, Russia keeps pretending that it has nothing to do with that.

"Moscow continues to turn a blind eye to its commitments under the Minsk agreements.

Its military forces are still on the territory of Ukraine - both in Crimea and Donbas.

"Military assets are still delivered to illegal entities created by Russia.

"Every day we receive more worrying news about blatant violations of human rights on the occupied territories.

"Release of hostages and political prisoners is stalled," Poroshenko said.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n458843