Poroshenko addressed the nation regarding the tragedy in Luhansk, where the terrorists shot down the military jet IL-76 with 49 people on board, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the President.
The full text of the appeal is the following:
Today a terrible tragedy occurred in Luhansk and Mariupol. Our soldiers and border guards were killed. I bow to the heroes who died during a mission to restore the state border of Ukraine. I am proud of Ukrainian soldiers, border guards, paratroopers, and special forces who vigorously continue to fight for peace in our land.
Ukraine today mourns the fallen heroes. I have received numerous calls from the leaders of democratic countries of the world who express sincere condolences. We will do everything possible to find the guilty people in the deaths of the military, so the terrorists will receive an adequate response and will be punished.
You should know that today the Ukrainian Army launched a counteroffensive. Our military began to throw back the terrorists. I put the primary task for the Army of Ukraine - to take control of the state border of Ukraine, through which terrorists obtain weapons, equipment, money, and support. Only in the last four days peace and order were established in Mariupol as part of a special operation and 248 kilometers of the border were brought under control. In a number of places in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions activities of mercenaries were ceased. The terrorists were cleared from 11 settlements. During the last night attempts to enter the territory of our country 7 motorcades with arms and ammunition were destroyed; several tanks, armored personnel carriers, and multiple rocket launchers were destroyed too. Today our military captured one more rocket system "Grad".
On Monday, June 16, I convene a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council. The operation to restore the state border is the first on its agenda. The second issue is decisive steps to implement the peace plan in the Donbas.
For the sake of peace in Ukraine we will act decisively and purposefully.
Glory to Ukraine!