Appeal by the acting Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Colonel General M. Koval to members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, June 9, 2014
“I sincerely congratulate the members of the Armed Forces with the election of the new President of Ukraine by the people of Ukraine — the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko.
The new President of Ukraine has announced a direction for resolving all issues in Eastern Ukraine peacefully and for shifting the state of affairs from armed conflict to that of negotiation.
Today the situation in the Donbas has not followed the scenario developed abroad. All those who dreamed of a civil war need to forget about it now. Every citizen of Ukraine has realized that weapons will be used only against those who have taken the path of terror, who have the blood of innocent people on their hands, and who have undermined peace and tranquility in our country. However, the peace that we will seek to achieve in the near future will not last if we do not properly strengthen our security and do not increase the combat capability of our national armed forces.
In this regard, the state leadership has been given the task to establish clear communication among law enforcement agencies and to focus on strengthening the state border, to reequip the Armed Forces of Ukraine with modern weapons and military equipment, and to greatly enhance the status of Ukrainian military in society. In this situation, the members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine must maintain restraint and high combat readiness. Each member of the military must realize that the security of our country depends on the quality of training of each one of us and on the level of awareness of our responsibility for the integrity of our country.
I believe that patriotism, professionalism, and loyalty to the Constitutional responsibilities of the military in the Armed Forces will be appreciated by the Ukrainian people, who have irreversibly chosen the path of building a free and democratic state.”
Acting Minister of Defense of Ukraine Mykhaylo V. Koval
Posted on the official website of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine
Translation: Anna Mostovych
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