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Poroshenko Says Ready To Impose Martial Law In Ukraine If No Agreements Reached During Minsk Talks

UKRAINE-RUSSIA-CRISIS-POLITICS-DEFENCE-COUNCILUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday that he is ready to impose martial law across the country if no agreements are reached at the summit in Minsk, TASS News Agency reports.

The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine are meeting in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, on Wednesday to discuss a last-ditch attempt to negotiate a political solution to the situation in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian President reiterated that he remained “a president of peace”, the report said.

“We must be ready for both options – for peace and for country’s protection,” Poroshenko said.

Focusing on the status of embattled Donbas, he said “decentralization we work on will have nothing to do with federalization, Ukraine remains a unitary state”. He explained, however, that he is ready “to grant the same rights that exist in the Russian Federation to territorial communities”.

Ukraine and the European Union will voice a joint stance at the Normandy format summit in Minsk, Poroshenko said at a Cabinet session on Wednesday.

“The key stance is ceasefire with no preconditions,” Poroshenko said. “We want to live in peace, we want a whole Ukraine and we want to stop the aggression.”

“Ukraine and the European Union will have a joint stance at this summit,” he said. “I have not had a more important meeting during my presidency than in Minsk today,” he said.


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