However, Poroshenko said the Ukrainian army is prepared to defend its soil and the morale of government troops is at its best, Ukraine Today reports. 

Speaking during a meeting with chiefs of regional administrations in Kyiv, the president also stressed that over 18,500 law enforcement officers will ensure a peaceful holiday weekend in the beginning of May. Volunteers are for the first time ever involved in coordinating and working along the government officials to ensure citizens’ security.

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