“We are for establishing peace. But we
are also for the one who disturbed peace, violated the UN Charter, all
bilateral and multilateral agreements, to pay the price,” said Prime Minister
of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk in an interview with the program “TSN. Tyzhden” on
According to the Head of the
Government, ceasefire is needed to preserve life, to reposition, to become
stronger. However, in order to achieve real truce, there are three basic
conditions: “First - none shoots. Second - Putin withdraws his mercenaries, his
army and his machinery. And third - Ukraine regains complete control over the
“Whether I believe the Russian
Federation and its President? Absolutely not. Has
President Putin changed his plans? Under no circumstances.
His plan is to return Ukraine under Russia's sphere of influence, in any form.
Either to grab it by military, political [tools – ed.] or to destroy the
statehood,” he said.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasized that
Russian President Vladimir Putin “wants to create on the territory of Luhansk
and Donetsk regions something like Abkhazia, Ossetia, Transnistria”:
”This is the territory that he wants to control, and through his mercenaries to
drink blood from Ukraine.”
He reminded that the entire
infrastructure has been already destroyed in Donbas: “We have reached to a
point that we have problems with the coal, as they put the mines in the sights
of their missiles and tanks, we can't extract coal. Blew up the railroad
network, destroyed the energy sector.”
“Yes, these criminals have wrecked not
only the energy sector and industry – they even destroyed universities,
educational infrastructure,” - said the Head of Government.
Answering the question about a possible
declaration of martial rule in the country, Arseniy Yatsenyuk accentuated: “If
there's a peace plan, the peace plan is supported by the EU and the United
States and the peace plan is implemented by Russia, of course, martial rule is
unnecessary. But if this truce end the way all previous truce variants ended,
and not just in Ukraine, there doesn’t exist another choice”.
The main advantage of declaration of
martial rule, he said, is that the entire country switches to the military
sphere exceptionally, “starting from civil defence and ending with the fact
that the military command receives full power on the territory of Ukraine: “I
mean it is war. The country is at war. Certainly, it is not legally shaped, but
this is war.”
“Disadvantage is our western partners
will say that this is wrong, because we have blocked ourselves any channels for
negotiations, for a peace plan to resolve this situation through non-military
tools,” said the Head of Government.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that we
cannot allow the situation, "that there is a peace plan, none shoots,
everything calmed down, and the world returns to the “business as usual” state
of affairs, and forgot everything as other conflicts”: "We cannot let this
happen. The world has no right to forget about the Russian aggression. Russia
must pay the price. Yes, we are for attaining peace. But we are for the one who
disturbed peace, the one who has violated the UN Charter, all possible and
impossible bilateral and multilateral agreements,
should pay the price. And it is the Russian Federation”.