We need to have a dialogue with the inhabitants of the East, but terrorists must be "removed" - Poroshenko
Petro Poroshenko acknowledged the need of a dialogue with the citizens of Ukraine who live in the East, but he insists that "the streets of cities and towns must be immediately freed from terrorists." He said this after the meeting with a delegation from the Parliament of Great Britain.
"The government should ensure the safety of the streets. The state must remove terrorists from captured buildings that has nothing to do with the forms of protest. Look what foreign security forces are doing today opening fire to kill. Listen intercepted radio conversations how Russian soldiers coordinate and share information about the killed and wounded, and all will become clear. We have to restore order on our territory, no one can do it but us, in everything else we can rely on our partners," - Poroshenko said.
At the same time, he called for the intensification and deepening of the dialogue with the citizens of Ukraine who live in the East. "I would not underestimate the level of tension, intimidation and danger experienced by residents of East Ukraine - Poroshenko said. - And in this situation, our politicians must finally establish a direct dialogue and convince residents of the East that they are not in danger."
Poroshenko said that the residents of the eastern regions will retain the right to speak the language they are comfortable with. "Local councils will be deciding how to spend the money, what monuments should be established."
Poroshenko also said that during the talks with British counterparts, the parties agreed that this week is crucial for Ukraine. They have to do a lot of work by Thursday. On that day, there should be the meeting of John Kerry, Catherine Ashton, Sergei Lavrov and Andriy Deshchytsya, where the Ukrainian party will provide unequivocal evidence of another country's aggression in Eastern Ukraine.
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