Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has approved the annual national program under auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC) for 2017, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.
Decree No. 103/2017 dated April 8, 2017 was published on the website of the Ukrainian president on Saturday.
“I order to approve the annual national program under auspices of the NUC for 2017 aimed at providing for the implementation of top priority tasks of Ukraine’s cooperation with NATO, executing the decisions made during the meeting of the NUC at the level of Heads of State and Government [July 6, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland] and in line with clauses 1, 3 and 17 of Part 1 of Article 106 of the Constitution of Ukraine,” reads the document.
Poroshenko ordered the state committee for television and radio broadcasting of Ukraine, relevant ministries and other central executive power agencies to provide for informing the public about the course of its implementation and results.
The decree takes effect from the moment of its publication.
In particular, the annual national program under the auspices of the Ukraine-NATO Commission for 2017 provides for political and diplomatic measures to ensure the cessation of the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine by peaceful means and the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, namely, the preservation of international consensus in supporting Ukraine, the continuation of sanctions pressure on the Russian Federation until the country ceases its armed aggression and de-occupies Crimea and Donbas.
In this context, it is planned to continue work within Normandy and Minsk and other formats aiming at completely restoring the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
“Special attention is paid to the task of ensuring further support of the world community of the policy of non-recognition of the annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the need to strengthen international monitoring of the situation in the area of human rights protection in the occupied peninsula,” says the program.
“The tool to achieve this goal is to preserve the existing and introduce new special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) against the Russian Federation,” says the document.
It is also planned “to intensify the dialogue with partner countries aiming to ensuring the effective implementation of the Minsk agreements, in particular, the holding of elections after full observation of the security conditions: the withdrawal of Russian troops and military equipment, the disarmament of illegal armed groups, constant monitoring the temporarily uncontrolled Ukrainian-Russian state border by the OSCE SMM, full compliance with OSCE election standards and Ukrainian legislation during the electoral process, ensuring the broad monitoring of the elections by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.”
As part of the reform of the Ukrainian intelligence agencies, it is projected to strengthen their “interaction with consumers of intelligence information, as well as intelligence services of foreign states, first of all, NATO member states, and build new relations based on mutual trust.”
The development of the defense industrial complex envisages equipping the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military units with highly effective weapons and military equipment meeting NATO standards, a gradual switch to production of components and spare parts for weapons and military equipment, suiting NATO standards in the context of imported goods substitution and the planned replacement of former USSR samples of arms and military equipment by modern ones, in particular, manufactured in international cooperation.
Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 43 times in the past 24 hours with five Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.
The largest number of violations was recorded near the port city of Mariupol. In particular, 120mm mortars, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and infantry fighting vehicles were used to attack the defenders of the village of Novohryhorivka, as well as 82mm mortars, grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns and a sniper fire near the town of Krasnohorivka. The Ukrainian fortified positions near the town of Mar’inka came under fire from 82mm mortars and small arms. The militants also fired anti-tank grenade launchers and heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Vodiane, Shyrokyne and Berezove. Additionally, heavy machine guns were used near the village of Chermalyk, as well as infantry fighting vehicles and a sniper fire against the defenders of the village of Novotroyitske. Moreover, the Ukrainian Marines near the villages of Hnutove and Talakivka came under fire from small arms.
In the Donetsk sector, the Russian occupation forces fired 82mm mortars and grenade launchers of various systems toward the Ukrainian fortified positions near the town of Avdiyivka and the village of Verkhniotoretske. The enemy also used heavy machine guns and small arms to shell the Ukrainian positions near the village of Kamianka. Furthermore, the enemy used anti-tank grenade launchers against the defenders of the villages of Pisky and Zaitseve, as well as infantry fighting vehicles near the village of Opytne.
In the Luhansk sector, the invaders fired grenade launchers on the defenders of the villages of Katerynivka and Stanytsia Luhanska, as well as heavy machine guns near the village of Krymske. Despite armed provocations,