Speaking from the rostrum of the Verkhovna Rada, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko touched upon the army topic. Commander said that 50,000 volunteers have joined the Ukrainian Armed Forces and 75% of the Ukrainian Army today serves on the contract basis.
Poroshenko said he did not want the military development of the situation.
“I see another way for our country, but it all depends on Moscow. Russia constantly "flexes its muscles" on the border with Ukraine. The high level of threat is recorded in the South,” the President said.
According to him, Russia has deployed 600 tanks, 1250 armored vehicles, 300 Grad rocket systems at the border with Ukraine. He stressed that direct offensive action of terrorists had stopped.
“Minsk arrangement in many ways influenced the suspension of mobilization. Russia wants to create the so-called Protectorate of Donbass in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. This approach provides neither peace, nor territory, but only shame for Russia,” Petro Poroshenko said.
The president went on saying that he would fight for Ukraine's territorial integrity within the borders of 1991.