"I know that the fact of such consultations was differently perceived by society. There are "hawks," demanding swift and hard military action. Others are demanding a large-scale compromise "just to avoid war." This is my answer to both sides: our goal is not war; we did not start it, Ukraine did not start it. Our goal is peace. But I stress that not peace at any cost and under any conditions. Our hand will be steady in repelling an armed aggressor who threatens the unity and integrity of our country," Poroshenko said.
Poroshenko stated that he had to make a difficult decision to unilaterally cease fire in eastern Ukraine.
"The dialogue regarding the implementation of the President's plan to resolve the situation in the Donbas has begun," Poroshenko said and reminded that the peace plan consists of 15 items, one of the main ones being immediate demilitarization of the region and regaining control of the Russian-Ukrainian border.
According to him, the first steps of the peace plan include restoration of local authorities, restoration of central broadcasting in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions to counter the "information poison flowing from other channels these days."
Poroshenko also reported on other points of the peace plan, including economy revitalization, creation of jobs in the Donbas, reconstruction of housing and industrial premises, affected by the armed conflict.
The President reminded that the peace plan was supported by all international organizations with no exceptions.