21 August 2017
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Poroshenko: Ukrainian army must be ready for full-scale Russian invasion

The Ukrainian armed forces have to be prepared for the resumption of the Russian-backed militant offensive in the Donbas and a full-scale invasion along the border with Russia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday during his annual address to the Verkhovna Rada "On the internal and external situation of Ukraine in 2015."


"We need to further increase the cost of strengthening the defense. The Ukrainian army has to be ready for the resumption of the militant offensive in the Donbas, and a full-scale invasion along the border with the Russian Federation," Poroshenko said.

"We have to be really prepared for this. Our diplomats have to exclude both scenarios, to strengthen the international coalition in support of Ukraine. We should prevent the lifting of sanctions against the aggressor before the resolution of the situation in the Donbas and the return of Crimea," he said.

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