Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed
that the conflict that is happening in Eastern Ukraine is a geopolitical one.
He recalled that in 1994,
Ukraine had signed a "notorious Budapest Memorandum, "We got the
guarantees from a number of states, including an aggressive state, which is
Russia, of territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine. We relinquished
one of the biggest nuclear arsenals of the world, and finally we lost Crimea
and Russian military boots are in Donetsk and Luhansk".
with this anti-Ukrainian aggression, as the illegal annexation of Crimea and
invasion of Donetsk and Luhansk, totally and entirely undermined nuclear
non-proliferation system," the Head of Government emphasized.
"Is Russia fighting
just with Ukraine? No. This is the fight against the free world, this is the
fight against values, this is the fight against
democracy. And this is the war between truth and deception. This is the war
between freedom and dictatorship. This is the war between the past and the
future," Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.
The Prime Minister
underlined that too much depends "on our joint and strong response to
this Russia-led aggression." We stressed that we truly command
efforts of the EU and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Hollande, and U.S. Administration to support Ukraine, to
support the world to overcome this disaster, "We understand that we are
“We do understand all
challenges we are facing, I mean we together with the President. And we are
ready to reply, to respond and to tackle all these challenges. But we need
the support of the globe, we need the support of the
free world. Please, do not go back to business-as-usual with Russia,”
appealed Arseniy Yatsenyuk to representatives of the international community.
The Prime Minister
reminded that back in 2008, when Russia had invaded Georgia, the Russian
Federation didn’t pay for that: “In 2008 in Bucharest we failed to make
Ukraine and another states a part of the Membership Action Plan with NATO. And
Russia got this signal as that none is to protect neither Ukraine nor Georgia
nor the rest of the post-Soviet republics, who decided to go towards Europe”.
“We are not allowed to
fail this time, as this is about the future of Europe, this is about the
future of the world,” Arseniy Yatsenyuk accentuated.