Poroshenko warns of deteriorating security

Ukraine’s President Poroshenko has warned of that the increased threat of large-scale hostilities by Russian terrorist groups requires additional measures to ensure defense.

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said that NATO membership must be incorporated into the country’s national security plan.

“Our security strategy must ensure the opportunity of NATO membership in the future. We must finally return this important component to the given document,” the head of state said Wednesday at a meeting of The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, which is holding discussions regarding the draft National Security Strategy and additional measures on ensuring the defense capacity of the state.

Poroshenko also said that the increased threat of large-scale hostilities by pro-Russian groups requires additional measures to ensure the defense of the state including “operative regrouping of troops, specification of tasks on the fifth wave of mobilization, and improvement of anti-airborne and counter-sabotage defense of Mariupol, Berdyansk and the entire Azov coast.”

“There is convincing evidence that Ukraine strictly complies with the Minsk agreements and militants constantly violate them,” Poroshenko said, adding that armed forces did not allow international observers to verify their withdrawal of heavy weaponry.

“Militants regularly shoot Ukrainian positions, engage in reconnaissance and subversive activity and provoke armed confrontations in order to disrupt the peaceful settlement of the conflict,” he said.

Full article: Poroshenko warns of deteriorating security (World Bulletin)

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