President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that true democratic local elections in Donbas will be the main precondition of restoring peaceful life and development of region.
“Today, it is extremely important to hold true democratic local elections, when Donbas will have its representatives not in the form of field commanders, but in the form of those who will be elected by the residents of the region,” the Head of State said in the course of the meeting with workers of the PJSC “Kramatorsk Plant of Heavy Machine Tool Production” in Kramatorsk.
The President has emphasized the importance of preserving the unity of the country, noting that Kramatorsk demonstrated such unity.
“We will not let anyone speak to Ukraine and Donbas with a language of force. We will not let the aggressor here in Kramatorsk no matter how many tanks would be in the occupied territories. For it is our land, it is our Donbas and we are capable of defending it,” the President noted.
Petro Poroshenko has noted the importance of humanitarian component and involvement of international partners in the restoration of Donbas and creation of jobs for the implementation of his Peace Plan. “A lot of attention is paid to this issue in the course of the meetings with global leaders,” the President said. The Head of State has invited the management of the plant to join him in negotiations with foreign countries for the presentation of the plant’s products and establishment of new contacts.
“I believe that we will regain the glory of Donbas as economically developed region,” the President noted. The Head of State has emphasized that the key issues for the people were security, peace and job. “With a combination of these factors we will have the first signs of stabilization in Donbas. It is a peaceful track already. We must do everything for the people in the occupied territories to see that life is being restored here, hospitals are being opened, children go to school and enter universities, infrastructure is being repaired and people have jobs. We must do this to reintegrate the country,” Petro Poroshenko said.
The President answered the questions of the workers of the plant.