Budapest format, strong army, no corruption and business on blood – tasks for the new president

17:12 11.02.2019

Presidential candidate and Head of the Batkivshchyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko says that Ukrainians are united in their pursuit of victorious peace and the restoration of territorial integrity, and therefore, the new President will have to act in several directions: take an offensive on the diplomatic front using the Budapest format, strengthen the army and put an end to business on blood and corruption in army supply.

“We need not only to return the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas, but also to bring Russia as an occupying state to responsibility, to compensate for the losses incurred by our country,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during a rally in Drohobych.

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According to the politician, the first task is to build a powerful army that meets NATO standards.

“So that no one ever again thinks to attack our territory,” she said.

The next step is to stop supplying our army with “everything unusable and cheap,” and stop business on blood.

“The occupied territories have become ‘black holes’ of Europe. Drug trafficking, smuggling streams go through this territory, and bring billions to those who control this ‘hole,’ because someone is benefiting from the war,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.

The third task is to insist on the guarantees given to Ukraine by the signatory states of the Budapest memorandum. It was a mistake that Ukraine did not join NATO at the same time as it concluding the Budapest memorandum.

“We could have been guaranteed protection for many years to come. This was the only true guarantee. If we want peace and tranquility, our path is NATO membership,” said the presidential candidate, adding that the new government will make every effort to ensure that Ukraine becomes a member of the Alliance as soon as possible.

In order to implement the peace and security strategy, Yulia Tymoshenko and her team created a War Cabinet that united the best intelligence forces: military, officers, soldiers who were on the front. Together they worked out a clear plan of changes in the military and in relations with states with a military.

“We need to immediately introduce a new contract that will provide for the support and reliable social protection of our soldiers,” said the Head of the Party.

Yulia Tymoshenko called on Ukrainians to preserve unity, because only together can we achieve our common goals: “We must not allow ourselves to be divided. Either we will be divided, or we will unite and become an invincible force.”