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Crimea will be returned to Ukraine. We will never resort to any bargaining and behind-the-scenes agreements – President

The President noted that for this purpose, Ukraine was increasing military power, consolidating international solidarity, providing economic growth.

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In the interview to Ukraine TV channel, President Petro Poroshenko said that there is no more important task for Ukraine, the Ukrainian authorities and the President than to ensure the restoration of territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of the state.

“First of all, we must understand who opposes us. One of the largest military machines in the world, a totalitarian one, which has set a task to organize the illegal annexation of Crimea. And the first thing we did was to organize the world solidarity with Ukraine, which contributes to the liberation of Crimea,” the Head of State emphasized.

“The second position – Ukraine will never resort to any bargaining, or behind-the-scenes agreements. And Crimea will be returned to Ukraine. We will do our best to ensure that this is done as soon as possible, immediately after the presidential elections. Because you heard Putin’s repeated statements that it would not happen before the presidential elections, because he was very hopeful that anyone except for Poroshenko would be elected, so that the new Ukrainian government would kneel down and give up Crimea. Dream on. We will free Crimea,” he added.

The President noted that for this purpose, Ukraine was increasing military power, consolidating international solidarity, providing economic growth.

“The same will happen with Donbas. I do not rule out the possibility that we will have progress on blue helmets immediately after the elections (the introduction of a peacekeeping mission under the auspices of the United Nations in the occupied part of the territory of Donbas – ed.),” the Head of State noted.

“I emphasize that the jurisdiction of the OSCE special monitoring mission is not only Donbas, but also Crimea. And we have a completely clear plan what we should do for this,” Petro Poroshenko said.

The President also thanked the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people. “I would like to address them separately – believe me, we will fight for the liberation of Crimea. We never forget about you. And we are proud of your struggle. Together we will definitely win,” the Head of State said.

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