Due to the terrorist attacks in Paris, President Petro Poroshenko had an urgent meeting with security officials. The Head of State instructed to enhance security measures in crowded places and mass events, particularly in the course of the football match between Ukraine and Slovenia.
The President once again noted that the world had been shocked by the terrorist attack in Paris and the countries were enhancing security measures at the moment. The Head of State informed that Ukrainian special forces had detained two groups suspected of preparations to the terrorist attacks and representing certain international terrorist groups.
The President set a task to enhance coordination of actions with international partners and exchange of information on possible terrorist threats. "It concerns not only France, but all our international partners and anti-terrorist organizations. I demand information 24/7," Petro Poroshenko said.
The President instructed the Ministry of the Interior, the National Police and the Security Service to coordinate actions on struggle against terrorism. Certain instructions must be given to the National Guard of Ukraine. "At least for two weeks we must introduce increased control at the entrance to major cities of Ukraine, establish enhanced protection of airports, railway stations, bridges and all crowded places," the Head of State said. We must also enhance security measures during the escort of official delegations.
"We must demonstrate efficient protection from threats we are currently facing," Petro Poroshenko said.
Particular attention was paid to the enhancement of combat capability of the State Border Service and the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the touch line in the ATO area. The President emphasized that militants had intensified subversive activity. Thus, he instructed to introduce enhanced security regime in the ATO area.
The Head of State highlighted the importance of ensuring security during elections on Sunday. "We shouldn't let anyone disrupt the election process," the President said.
Petro Poroshenko noted that he wouldn't cancel his plans to participate in the international conference in Paris on November 29. "International terrorism will not frighten either Ukraine or France. We are willing to fight against all its manifestations. It is not a problem of France. It is a problem of the whole world," the Head of State stressed.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin informed that the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine would hold a special meeting today. "We should also take care of the security of Ukrainians abroad. Today, we will evaluate risks, not only in France," the Minister said adding that consultations with tour operators would be held.
The Foreign Ministry and the Embassy of France established hotlines. "We are waiting for the further developments. We've addressed all Ukrainians for them to refrain from travelling to the region of Paris for a while if possible. We've also informed everyone on the security regime in the city," the Minister said. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs negotiates with partners on the opportunity for Ukrainians to address the EU institutions when necessary.