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Budapest format, more sanctions and a strong army – this is what will return peace to Ukraine

08:16 10.07.2018

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko believes that to restore peace in Ukraine, return occupied Donbas and Crimea, Ukraine must insist on the fulfillment of the Budapest memorandum guarantees, increase sanctions against Russia, strengthen the Ukrainian army’s defense capabilities, and stop top level corruption involving the war.

“When I meet with senior American and British officials, I ask them why the Budapest memorandum was excluded from the negotiation process. Countries that guaranteed to protect Ukraine should not allow a military invasion of our territory,” Yulia Tymoshenko said on the program “Svoboda Slova” on ICTV.

According to the politician, the current Ukrainian government should not have allowed the Budapest memorandum to be forgotten during the negotiation process. Yulia Tymoshenko also stressed that negotiations in the Minsk and Normandy formats have not been effective, and Ukraine “is becoming deeper and deeper immersed in war.”

“We need a new negotiation process based on the Budapest memorandum. This is an important step that should be made,” the Batkivshchyna faction leader said.

According to Yulia Tymoshenko, it is important that occupied territories be returned, but the issue of Crimea and Donbas should not be separated.

“We must not allow the world to separate Donbas from Crimea. There can’t even be a thought about the shadow legalization of the occupation of Crimea,” she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko also stressed the importance of sanctions against the aggressor country.

“Ukraine has to increase sanctions every way possible, because only with pressure will we be able to reach agreements and remove the aggressor from our territories,” the politician explained.

The parliamentarian also said that Ukraine must strengthen its defense capabilities, because “for more than 20 years the army was systematically and deliberately disarmed.”

“We were given plans from outside how to destroy weapons and eliminate our military capabilities, and once Ukraine had zero defense, a war was started against us. That is why we need a strong, modern army,” she said.

The parliamentarian also condemned the country’s current leadership for making corrupt deals and profiting from the war.

“We must not allow the the country’s leadership to use the war to make money and cover up everything that is happening in the state,” she said.