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Poroshenko Hopes United States Will Give Defensive Weapons To Ukraine

Poroshenko Hopes United States Will Give Defensive Weapons To Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko hopes that the United States will give Ukraine defensive weapons.

President Poroshenko have the position in an interview for Bild magazine, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

When asked whether Ukraine considers that the United States has abandoned the country to the whims of fate, President Poroshenko denied.

"Rather on the contrary! In Munich I have had a wonderful talk with Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States. We share the same values and Mr. Pence knows in details about the situation in east Ukraine. He also knows why the Minsk agreements do not work and that only Russia is responsible for that. The fact that Russia has recognized the 'passports' of the occupied territories is another evidence of its influence. What further evidence is required?" President Poroshenko said.

President Poroshenko was asked whether supplies of weapons had been discussed at the meeting with U.S. Vice President Pence. President Poroshenko said Ukraine needs defensive weapons, which is understood by the United States and Europe.

"At our borders in Ukraine we are defending Europe from the Russian aggression! And we all know that after Ukraine it can touch other countries. In Donetsk, Russia is testing most developed systems of weapon in the world. On the occupied territories there are 700 tanks and 1,250 units of artillery systems used against Ukraine at present. You know, I am the President of peace, but this concerns protection of our country and people. For this we urgently need defensive weapons. I am convinced that the United States and Europe acknowledge this," he said.

President Petro Poroshenko said in the interview that the Minsk agreements are not fulfilled because of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"The reason why the Minsk agreements do not work has a name - Putin! We in Ukraine have done everything for peace. We have changed laws, observe agreements, but Russia continues to kill. The government of Russia is breaking its promises daily," he said.

Commenting on the agreement on the ceasefire from Monday, February 20, President Poroshenko said Ukraine has seen a lot of such agreements in the past two years, but Russia has never fulfilled any of them in reality.

When asked whether he believes that Crimea will return to Ukraine, President Poroshenko said he would do his utmost to see Russia leave the peninsular.

Commenting on discussions regarding sanctions against Russia President Poroshenko said leaders of the European Union confirmed in numerous talks with him they stood for prolongation of the sanctions.

The President of Ukraine says the latest events in Avdiivka, Donetsk region, show that any softening of the sanctions is out of the question. He says it is worth thinking about tougher sanctions.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko says Ukraine is the priority country for the new Administration of the United States.