“Peace must be
reinstated but not grounded on the plan of the Russian president, but on the Ukrainian
one, which should be backed by the U.S.A. and the EU,” the Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced during a Government meeting on Friday,
The Head of
Government stressed that there are "no arguments or doubts that Ukraine
needs peace": "Peace must be attained. But the question is, at what
cost. We have paid too much in this war, unleashed by Russia. It is impossible
to calculate casualties, they have no value. These are the lives of people who were
fighting and are still fighting for our independence, for our country".
According to him, peace
should be reinstated, but not on the basis of the plan offered by the Russian
President, but on the
basis of the Ukrainian plan, under
support of the U.S. and the EU, "being our true allies”:" We need guarantees. And such
guarantees can be obtained, if we act in unity and concert, as we used to act with our western partners."
To attain peace, he
emphasized, we need “three principal points”: “The first is ceasefire, the second
– withdrawal of the Russian army, Russian bandits and terrorists. The third -
regaining control over the border”.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk informed
that today's meeting of the Government will be devoted to considering the
project of development of the Ukrainian-Russian state border, which was called The
The PM stressed that
it is a security issue not only for Ukraine, but also an issue of European
security, "as, in fact, it means maintenance of the eastern border of
Europe". Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that The Wall project will make it
impossible to cross the state border of Ukraine from the side of the Russian
Federation, will ensure the safety of the eastern border of the European Union
and Europe in general and that of Ukraine.
"We realize that
this is a costly project, and that is why, in the framework of the donor
conference and cooperation with the European Union, after this project is
approved we will appeal for financial and technical assistance to ensure
implementation of this project," he explained and added the Government possesses
necessary funds for the initial stage.
Yatsenyuk stressed that exceptionally Ukrainian goods will be used in this project,
"of exclusively Ukrainian origin": "To participate in the
project, we will attract a lot of people who are capable to work, earn a wage,
and, thus, we will increase employment."