“We are not just defending Ukraine,
we are defending the EU, peace and stability in the entire Europe. So, help us
to protect our country and you peace,” Prime Minister of Ukraine said in an
interview with the BBC in the course of his working visit to Brussels,
Thursday, March 19.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed he is "not very optimistic" about
the chances to restore control over the Ukrainian-Russian border in the near
According to him, the lack of control over the border means "an unlimited
access for the Russian troops, Russian tanks and soldiers to easily cross the
Ukrainian-Russian border and to increase their military capability and their
military durability of the Russian troops that are deployed in eastern
"The chances of de-escalation of the situation
in this case are extremely low," stressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
He stressed that the
Government of Ukraine commends the efforts of German Chancellor Angela Merkel
and French President Francois Hollande during the
Minsk talks, "to push Russia to the right decisions", "We ask
them to support us in sealing the border".
The Prime Minister also
stressed that the Government of Ukraine truly appreciates the UK support, in
particular, in its decision to send to Ukraine military instructors to train
the Ukrainian military.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk added
that this decision is "the first step", "We expect to see another
steps of other EU member states and our American friends".