The Government of
Ukraine launches a project "The Wall" to construct a real border
between Ukraine and Russia, stands for a new defense doctrine of Ukraine, in
which Russia should be recognized as an aggressor country, and acquiring by
Ukraine a special partner status with NATO. This was stated by Prime Minister
of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a Government meeting on Wednesday, September 3.
He presented the Action Plan "Recovery of Ukraine”.
“The war will come to
end. Peace always comes after war. The peace we should be fighting for; the
peace we must attain through battle. Already now we have to
think what to do in the country, when peace is established, when aggression
He explained we
should “avoid “reinventing the wheel”, especially, engaging in reform
populism”. “The plan of reforming the country had been elaborated for seven
years. It was signed by the President and the Prime Minister. This plan of
reforming the country is the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the
European Union. I don’t think that someone can create another more
comprehensive and informative document like that.
As for the tactical
steps, Arseniy Yatsenyuk said, the Government of Ukraine has set “several
goals, short term and urgent objectives”, hot and vital, much needed for the
state in order to stabilize the situation.
The first objective,
according to the PM, is to stop the Russian military aggression and resume
sovereignty of Ukraine. The second is to implement the Agreement between
Ukraine and the European Union and introduce a free-visa regime between the EU
and Ukraine. The third goal is “after the war – to rehabilitate and support the
participants of the ATO and rebuild Donbas, that will take billions of dollars
and years to come,” the Head of Government said. Other points of the Plan
include decentralizing of power, a new taxation system, “to strike a blow on
corruption and winning the war against corruption”.
One more separate
point of the recovery plan is to overcome the winter, according to Arseniy
Yatsenyuk: “Just to pass the winter through with gas, electricity, food,
accentuated, the topmost objective of the Plan is to overcome the Russian
aggression. “There is warfare in the East, the war that is not an internal
conflict of Ukraine, the war that was unleashed and is being conducted by the
Russian regime. First, Russia annexed Crimea, then they
went farther and intervened the territory of the eastern Ukraine”.
"There were no
real Armed Forces, when the Government came to power, neither regular troops
nor efficient machinery, nor National Guard. Throughout recent six months we
have restored combat readiness of the Ukrainian army, created the National
Guard, threefold increased funding, improved salaries.
And the whole Ukrainian economy of today works for army’s needs, [to provide
with –ed.] equipment, weapons, fighting against Russian gangsters and
terrorists," said the Head of Government.
He recalled that the
Ukrainian side had filed claims against the Russian Federation, including the
European Court of Human Rights. The total sum of losses, according to
preliminary data only, makes up over 1 trillion hryvnyas. "We have
launched a procedure for bringing actions against Russia in the UN International
Court of Justice as they violated the Convention on the Suppression of
Terrorism. Russia is a terrorist state, the aggressor state and will be
answerable in compliance with international law".
stressed that Ukraine needs a new military doctrine with “a clear definition of
who is the aggressor and who poses the threat": "In the new defense doctrine Russia should be recognized as an
aggressor state, the only state which threatens the territorial integrity and
national security of Ukraine".
"The billions sent by us for the army’s needs should provide the military
with new equipment and should be applied by the Defense
Department as soon as possible", - he stressed.
"We launch the
project "The Wall" - construction of a real state border infrastructure
between Ukraine and the Russian Federation", - said the Head of
Yatsenyuk reminded that the Government of Ukraine had approved a bill to
abolish a non-block status of Ukraine and resume the course towards
Euro-Atlantic integration: “This law should be endorsed by the Parliament”.
In addition, the Plan
provides for the imposing sanctions against Russian citizens and enterprises
supporting the aggression of Russia against Ukraine. Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded
that the Government had approved the bill on sanctions, and this draft law was
adopted by the Parliament: "Now this law is to be signed so that the
decision on the imposing sanctions against Russia came in effect".
The recovery plan
envisages also to claim compensation from the Russian
Federation "as an aggressor state for losses caused to the Ukrainian
On the eve of the NATO Summit
on September 4, Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasized that a topmost objective for
Ukraine is obtaining "a special status between Ukraine and NATO”: "We
believe that NATO would recognize Ukraine as a particular partner – partner