Poroshenko Will Reclaim Donbass & Crimea in 2016… Apparently

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

14th January, 2016


The President intends to create an international mechanism for the de-occupation of Ukraine.

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The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has named his priorities for 2016, which included the return of Donbass and Crimea to Ukraine. Poroshenko stated this during a press conference, being quoted by the correspondent of RBC-Ukraine.

“In 2016 the restoration of Ukrainian sovereignty over the occupied territories in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions needs to happen”, said Poroshenko.

He also stated that he will seek the return of Crimea.

“The struggle for the return of Crimea remains the first priority. We propose to create an international mechanism for de-occupation. The best format is “Geneva+” with the involvement of partners from the EU, US and possibly country-signatories of the “Budapest Memorandum,” said the President.

As a reminder, earlier Poroshenko called the deepening economic crisis in Russia a price it paid for its aggression in Ukraine. 

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