During the presentation of new Minister of Defence of Ukraine Andrii Taran, Volodymyr Zelenskyi said that yesterday, in the area of the Joint Forces Operation, enemy troops attacked the Ukrainian positions, having employed weapons, prohibited by the Minsk agreements. The enemy also fired at a military truck of one of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“Unfortunately, three of our warriors were killed. My sincere condolences to their families and relatives,” Volodymyr Zelenskyi emphasized.
The memory of the fallen heroes was honored with a moment of silence.
According to the President of Ukraine, everything is being done for the peaceful settlement of the conflict in the eastern Ukraine.
“But I do not advise the enemy to think that our desire for peace weakens our ability to fight back,” the President said. Volodymyr Zelenskyi emphasizes that Ukrainian military are always authorized to respond to the aggressor’s actions.
“Anyone who thinks that it is possible to fire at Ukrainian soldiers without being punished is fatally mistaken. And this is evidenced by the statistics of the enemy’s losses in March,” the Head of State said.
The President emphasized the importance of honouring the servicemen killed in eastern Ukraine.
“A ceremony of honouring every hero who sacrificed his life for the homeland is currently being developed. We all pray to God for there to be as few such ceremonies as possible. But for the time being, there is a war going on and the memory of anyone who died for Ukraine will be honoured properly,” Volodymyr Zelenskyi said. The President of Ukraine stressed that such a plan should be drawn up in the coming week with the participation of the new Minister of Defence, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Ministry of Veterans Affairs.
“We are ready to assist within the President’s Office. I personally also want to work on this issue so that in every town where our heroes return, we do not only treat them with respect, but also honour them at the highest level in the world,” the Head of State said.