MFA of Ukraine:
The Ukrainian side hopes that the Russian Federation will confirm its readiness to accept the observation mission of Ukraine under the open sky treaty. The purpose of its conduct is, including the verification of information on the withdrawal of units of the RF Armed Forces from the borders of Ukraine announced by the Russian leadership.
Against this background, Ukraine’s appointed Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov declares the beginning of the “final stage” of the so-called antiterrorist operation in the southeast. Turchinov voiced such information in the city of Izyum (Kharkiv region), which became the coordination base of the punitive operation of the Ukrainian security forces.
The Speaker of the Rada, he is the Acting President of Ukraine, Turchinov announced that before the beginning of the voting in the presidential elections, the Donetsk and Luhansk regions will be completely “cleansed of terrorists”. At the same time, Turchinov said that the “cleansing” would be carried out without storming the cities of the south-east of Ukraine.