President comments on Russia's terrorism accusations against Ukraine
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has stated Russia's terrorism accusations against Ukraine are fantasy and serve merely as a pretext for more military threats against the country, the presidential press service reported.
"Russian accusations that Ukraine has launched terror attacks in the occupied Crimea are equally cynical and insane as its claims that there are no Russian troops in eastern Ukraine. These fantasies pursue the only goal: a pretext for more military threats against Ukraine," a statement reads.
Ukraine resolutely condemns terrorism in all its forms, the president emphasized.
"We would never ever use terror to de-occupy Crimea," the press service quoted the president as saying.
"Russia provides money and arms to support terrorism in Ukraine. It became a state-led policy on the occupied areas of Crimea and eastern Ukraine that resembles the Soviet Great Terror," Poroshenko said.
"Russia will fail to undermine Ukraine's reputation on the international arena and press for lifting sanctions with such provocative acts," he added.
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