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“Counteraction to Russian Aggression will be Completed When the Last Piece of Ukrainian Land is Released in the Donbas and Occupied Crimea”

April 30, 2018
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said this during a meeting with the military leadership regarding the start of the Joint Forces Operation

“The ATO has ended, and the counteraction to aggression will be completed when the last piece of the Ukrainian land will be released in the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as in the territory of the occupied Crimea. This is our fundamental position,” - the Head of State said.

The Head of State also noted that the Law (adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine) on peculiarities of the state policy on ensuring the state sovereignty of Ukraine in the temporary occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions describes strategy regarding the liberation of the occupied territories. At the same time, he instructed the NSDC of Ukraine, the heads of law enforcement agencies to analyze legal basis, if necessary, to submit proposals regarding improvement of legislation in respect of completion of holding of large-scale ATO.

“Thus, from today, April 30, 2018, the large-scale ATO in the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is completed. We are now starting the military operation under the leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to ensure the protection of the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of our state”, - the President of Ukraine emphasized.