The idea we have is to get peace, but to get peace you have to defend your country and you have to deter Russia – not allowing Russian troops to move further and further,” said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a press conference following the meeting with the State Secretary of the United States of America John Kerry.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that Ukraine appeals with a request to facilitate an increase of the defence capabilities of the state "not for the offensive operation, but for the defensive operation", "God knows what is the ultimate goal of Russia and President Putin. Russian aggression is a threat to the global order, to the European security, and is a threat to NATO member-states”.
The PM emphasized Ukraine has strong evidences and grounds that Russian Federation violated an international law and “Russian president ordered Russian troops to invade both Crimea and the east of Ukraine”, “While crystal clear that Russian military is on the ground, crystal clear that it was Russia who invaded Crimea, Russia invaded the east of Ukraine”.
“Frankly, it’s a little bit difficult to buy SA-11 and SA-22 and Russian tanks and Russian Howitzers and Russian artillery at the marketplace in Donetsk or Luhansk,” he said.
“It seems to me that the only country who strongly deny clear military Russian boots on the ground is Russian Federation and personally President Putin,” emphasized the Head of Government.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk added, Ukraine is fighting against so-called rebels or guerrillas, “We are fighting against the Russian regular army”.