We need proper talks, pressure on Russia and a strong army, not a referendum

07:46 24.05.2019

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko says that peace in Ukraine and the return of occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea is possible only if there is a proper negotiation process and strong international support, including increased sanctions and pressure on the Russian Federation, and if Ukraine has a strong army.

“The return to peace and the occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea is a multi-vector process… We need to immediately sit down at the right negotiating table – without surrender and behind-the-scenes arrangements – and we need to unite the international community to strengthen sanctions and pressure to achieve the result, and, of course, we need a strong army,” Yulia Tymoshenko said on the program “Right to Power” on channel 1+1, adding that peace is a precondition for Ukraine’s development and recovery.

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Yulia Tymoshenko cautioned against holding a referendum on achieving peace with the Russian Federation.

“A referendum is a great idea, but not in the case of achieving peace and Ukraine’s victory in this war. You can not use a referendum to pass a decision on all the details regarding the situation in East Ukraine. A referendum in this case is unacceptable,” said the parliamentarian.

The politician said that the Poroshenko administration conducted fundamentally incorrect negotiations on the basis of the Minsk agreement, which became “an imitation of process.”

“For five years the Ukrainian government held failed talks… And it looks odd now when representatives of the previous authorities ask the new ones why they haven’t achieved peace yet. And what did they do for five years?” Yulia Tymoshenko said.

According to the Batkivshchyna leader, after the presidential election “Ukraine and every Ukrainian got another chance and window of opportunity” to make fundamental changes in the lives of the country and its citizens. Therefore, politicians must “take advantage of this opportunity together and not get caught up in arguments and confrontations.”

“I want everyone together with the new President to simply start realizing the programs that have been developed with a sense of mutual understanding and responsibility to Ukraine and its people,” summed up the parliamentarian.