The talk also concerned escalation of the situation in
Eastern Ukraine. Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that Russian-led terrorist forces
had significantly increased attacks, in particular, only in the last 24 hours
they have attacked 95 times. In addition to the shelling of defensive
positions, the militants continue spreading terror among the civilians and
deliberately intimidating international observers of the OSCE. "It is
quite clear that Russia demonstrates neither the intention to fulfil the
Minsk agreements nor to withdraw the troops. The situation is extremely
difficult," emphasized the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
"We must act together to stop the Russian aggression
against Ukraine. This is where we should direct our efforts and it should be
our common objective," highlighted Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
Secretary for Defence Michael Fallon noted his visit to
Ukraine is a demonstration of support for Ukraine as a friend and partner.
"I'm here to reaffirm our support for Ukraine, its struggle for freedom,
territorial integrity and respect for its borders".
According to the Secretary of Defence, terrorism promoted
by Russia has appeared a rather difficult challenge for Europe and Ukraine.
"The conflict has not settled into a frozen war: it is quite "red
hot", many of your soldiers were killed after the signing of the peace
accords, many wounded," urged the Secretary of the United Kingdom.
Michael Fallon confirmed the firm stance of Great Britain
to continue supporting Ukraine and protect fundamental principles of
international law and relations: "Britain took the lead in imposing
punitive sanctions against Russia and provided weighty financial aid to
ensure technical and humanitarian support to Ukraine."
Moreover, he announced about a decision of the British
Government to step up training for the Ukrainian military. "I am staying
in Ukraine as well to support you in the reforming process which is as
important as the defense issue, after all these
efforts of the Government must be backed up by the defensive endeavours in
the East", stressed the Secretary of Defence of Great Britain.