The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko arrived at the Donbass. The Ukrainian leader arrived in the area of the so-called anti-terrorist operation (ATO), where he reported on the situation at the front. In addition, the President appointed a new commander of Land forces of Armed forces of Ukraine.
On arrival Poroshenko in Donetsk region said in a Twitter press Secretary of the President of Ukraine Svyatoslav tsigalko. On the page in Facebook the head of state noted that he arrived in the ATO area, where he reported on the situation at the front. “It is important not to lose vigilance and to use it to strengthen our borders, improve combat skill and training of personnel, accumulation of necessary reserves to be able to repulse any enemy action,” said Poroshenko.
In addition, while in the Donbass, the President has appointed the head of the special operation in the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine Sergiy Popko, commander of Land forces of VSU. This is also reported in Twitter Tsigalko. “Please remember that you bear the triple responsibility for the fate of the country, for the effectiveness of subordinate troops to protect the homeland, for the life of every soldier, every citizen of our state,” said the President to the new commander (a quote from the website of the press service of the head of the Ukraine).
During the visit, Poroshenko visited the town of mykolayivka, Donetsk region, where he participated in the delivery of the rebuilt house. Addressing local residents, President said that “one of the priorities of the Ukrainian government to bring peace and restore the infrastructure of Donbass”. In the words of Poroshenko, with the liberation of Nikolayevka the liberation of Donbass.
Also the Ukrainian President visited Kramatorsk, where he was handed over ambulances. “This is the first visit, devoted to peaceful deeds,” – said Tsegolko in his microblog.
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— Svyatoslav Tsegolko (@STsegolko) March 28, 2016
In mid-March the President of Ukraine said that Kyiv during the year, will return control of the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk national republics. The head of state noted that he was going to return the Donbass peacefully. Also Poroshenko again accused Russia of aggression and violations of the Minsk agreements.
As noted by RBC, the last time Poroshenko was in the Donbas 2 August 2015 on the occasion of Day of airborne troops. From 1 September in the region was functioning in the regime of the ceasefire.
At the beginning of March was held a regular round of negotiations “channel four” on the situation in the Donbas. Discussed the issue of holding elections in the region. The talks ended in failure: participants could not assign a specific date for the vote, they only identified the preferred terms. Russia has supported the French-German proposal to hold elections in the Donbas in the first half of the year. But Kiev asked not to insist on this initiative.
Both sides of the conflict in the Donbas have repeatedly accused each other of violating the Minsk agreements. While Kiev voiced this claim and in Moscow. The authorities of the Russian Federation on this object that Russia is not a party to the conflict.