Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko believes a correct strategy for returning peace and the occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea to Ukraine should be based on the Budapest memorandum guarantees and requires Ukraine having a strong, professional and well-equipped army.
“We need peace and we need to achieve it in a diplomatic way based on the guarantees of the Budapest memorandum, which have not been mentioned over the last four years on the highest diplomatic world level. Second, Ukraine needs a strong army that can protect the Ukrainian people and our borders,” Yulia Tymoshenko said while meeting with soldiers of the 57th Motorized Infantry Brigade.
“Today we would like to talk with you about the challenges the country faces in building a strong army with soldiers that have everything they need,” the politician added.
The parliamentarian noted that today’s meeting with ATO veterans is taking place on the day of the NATO summit and stressed that it is extremely important that Ukraine “step by step takes a worthy place next to those countries with the strongest system of collective security – NATO.”
“I am deeply convinced that if we had joined NATO when we were giving up our nuclear weapons, we would have a fundamentally different army, we would not have a war, we would be strong like all the other members of NATO,” said the parliamentarian.
Yulia Tymoshenko also said that the creation of a strong Ukrainian army to stop the military aggression of the Russian Federation is a very important issue, and that is why Batkivshchyna is not only proposing a peace strategy, but also mechanisms and solutions for creating such an army.
“While preparing a peace strategy, the Batkivshchyna team has also started preparing a new draft contract for servicemen. We invite everyone on the front to join us in this work. We want to make the best contract in terms of guarantees and approaches to providing every soldier with everything they need,” said Yulia Tymoshenko.
“We have borrowed the best models of other countries and our joint work can provide the help that will become the basis for a new phase of strengthening the army, and this means a new phase of strengthening the system of training and equipment for every soldier,” added the politician.
Yulia Tymoshenko added that Batkivshchyna is starting a broad discussion so that “Ukraine does not lose a single day and opportunity to establish peace and return Donbas and Crimea to Ukraine.”
On April 30, 2014, Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko announced the creation of the National Resistance Movement in Ukraine in connection with Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine.
In May 2014, the 34th Territorial Defense Battalion “Batkivshchyna” was formed. The Ukrainian troops supported Yulia Tymoshenko in her efforts to organize Ukrainian resistance to the aggressor.