The initiators of the events of recent weeks have been
trying to split the society and jeopardize the signs of economic recovery which
we have observed lately.
Under the allegedly patriotic slogans they imposed a blockade,
which in fact has already caused significant damage to the country.
We are building a State based on the rule of law, and we
consider the only possible way to counteract lawless action should be legal measures.
In this situation the law enforcement agencies acted in full
compliance with the decision of the National Defence and Security Council dated
16 February 2017 and norms of the current legislation. Their acts were
professional and caused no harm.
Despite the fact that the use of weapons was highly probable,
law enforcement officers showed restraint and prevented worsening of the
The Government has endeavoured to get out of last year's
crisis, and considers that recession is unacceptable. Ukraine, despite all the challenges,
must follow the way of regaining its independence. Energy independence is among
our core priorities and we are committed to make further steps to achieve our