In interview with a Ukrainian TV channel, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said when the war in Ukraine would be over. According to him, it will happen when Ukraine will get back the Donbas and Crimea. "How much will it take? As much as we will need," said the Head of State, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the press service of the Head of State.
"The issue of ensuring sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of our Homeland is the top priority," said the President. The Head of State stressed that Ukraine was uncompromising in this issue.
Also Poroshenko noted that the most optimal scenario for Ukraine "is to stop war and return Donbas peacefully." "We must do everything for it to come true," said the President.
The Head of State emphasized that with the help of the OSCE and the entire world must make Russia and Russia-backed militants actually stop firing and withdraw heavy equipment and artillery. To this end, Ukraine and the OSCE appealed to the Russian Federation at a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group jointly, with a number of initiatives on the withdrawal of artillery. Poroshenko also noted the importance of immediate liberation of hostages and ensuring full and unhindered access for the inspectors of the OSCE inspectors.
The President proposed to compare the situation in the cities already returned under the control of the Ukrainian authorities, and those that remain under the control of militants. " In such conditions, people certainly prefer Ukraine. I am absolutely sure that the only possible scenario is the end of war and gradual, firm reintegration back into Ukraine," said the President.
"This situation cannot be solved by military means. War only breeds counteraction, especially when the Russian Federation is involved in it," the President emphasized.