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The whole civilized world should demonstrate leadership and a harder line towards defending democratic values amid unprecedented aggression, says Prime Minister of Ukraine
06.04.2017 | 13:30

The whole civilized world should demonstrate leadership and a harder line towards defending democratic values amid unprecedented aggression by the Russian Federation, undermining the global security system. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during the 10th Kyiv Security Forum with the participation of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Prime Ministers of Estonian Republic, Latvian Republic, Lithuanian Republic.

"Our challenge of today is to unite and maintain the position, to do everything possible to make the world safe. This issue requires political leadership and a clear assessment of the current situation", accentuated Volodymyr Groysman.

"We must be resolute. We today really need strong and principled leadership. We must realize clearly what will happen tomorrow, if today we do not stop the aggression of the Russian Federation", he stressed.

The Prime Minister emphasized that the last three years had became a vivid proof that global security systems had failed, and our sovereign Ukraine had found itself suffering from unprecedented aggression by the Russian Federation. This hybrid war has acquired signs of not just a military invasion, but also economic, energy, information aggression. Apart from its military presence in other countries, Russia also supports the right-wing movement, supports other processes that are targeting from within to destroy the institutions of collective security, highlighted Volodymyr Groysman.

Ukraine receives daily scores of blatant cynicism and outright war crimes of Russia against Ukraine. In particular, dozens, hundreds times Ukrainian positions are shelled, troops concentrate on the sovereign territory of the country, weapons, resources, finance are supplied at an unprecedented amount, stressed the Head of Government.

According to him, today Ukraine defends the values of the democratic world, and on its eastern borders the Ukrainian soldiers are protecting eastern borders of Europe.

"If at first someone was thinking it is just the invasion to Ukraine, today we can testify that this is the beginning of the global invasion, global fight against the values on which today the entire civilized, democratic world is based. We are struggling for sovereignty, respect for international law, for democracy, for the fact that the state borders in the twenty-first century should be inviolable, for the right of States to self-determination. These are the values that today are protected by Ukrainian soldiers defending not only the eastern border of our country, but also defending the eastern borders of Europe", urged Volodymyr Groysman.

In this context the Head of Government stressed that calls by some countries to ease sanctions against the aggressor country is a sign of weakness.

"When I hear that it’s necessary to weaken, to turn a blind eye to it, I always ask who will be the next, if today we are not capable of overcoming the aggression that has become a challenge for the whole world?” stressed the Prime Minister. “We must soberly evaluate what is happening, and to respond adequately to these challenges. Then we can say that we will win. We have no other choice - we should win, the only question is - how long this struggle will last, and what losses we will suffer in this struggle for the values."


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