President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said this, speaking at the plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
"On numerous occasions, Ukraine proved its readiness for peaceful settlement of the situation that was artificially created by Russia. Only in 2017 Ukraine has initiated long-lasting ceasefires for three times – Easter, Harvest and Back to School ceasefires. Russian occupation troops and their proxies violated them all almost straightaway," the Head of State said.
He recalled that last week the Ukrainian parliament had adopted a law on establishing conditions for peaceful settlement of the situation in the certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. "We count that Russia will finally begin to implement security commitments under the Minsk agreements. We also expect that these steps will allow moving forward with the matter of the deployment of the UN peacekeeping operation in Donbas," the President said.
At the same time, Poroshenko pointed out that there was hardly more evident example of a nation than Ukraine, which had to fight a two-front war at the same time: "on the front of countering external military aggression, restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity and on the front of implementing difficult and complex reforms."