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Poroshenko: no need to threaten us with World War III

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated there was no need to threaten Ukraine with World War III.

In his speech at the first session of the newly elected Verkhovna Rada, he also expressed the hope that “nobody is going to start it [the war].”

“By the way, the enemy is more afraid of our success in reform than on the front,” he noted, emphasizing the necessity of reform in Ukraine, particularly in the elimination of corruption.

The President also thinks that the goal of destabilizing the situation in the east of Ukraine is not “occupying territories,” but provoking a “split” within the country.

These comments followed a telephone conversation between Petro Poroshenko and President of Russia Vladimir Putin discussing the situation in Donbas.

The anti-terrorist operation has been going on since April on the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Parts of these oblasts are still controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

Ukraine and the international community accuse Russia of sending weapons and servicemen to aid the separatists in Donbas, Moscow denies this.

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina
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