He stressed that there is clear understanding that Russia does not want to implement the Minsk agreement, but the position of the President of Ukraine and the Government of Ukraine is that every effort must be taken by the Ukrainian side to implement the Minsk agreements.
According to Yatseniuk, everything the head of state promised has been done, in particular, the cease-fire, amnesty, and the amendments to the Constitution.
"Russian play is to blame Ukraine for not implementing the deal and say: "Look, that's Ukraine who failed - that's the reason why we drop off this deal." No chances to no avail! We will be the last one who is to say that Minsk is dead. There are fingerprints of President Putin on the Minskdeal, so he is obliged to implement the deal. And Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande, they contributed a lot of their political capital into this deal, they did a lot to make this deal happen. And we are to stay united and to act in concert to make Russia to implement and fulfill the deal," Yatseniuk said.
Speaking about the situation in the Donbas, the prime minister has clearly pointed out that the residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions were part of the Ukrainian nation, who turned out to be hostages of Putin's regime.
As the argument in Ukraine's favor evidencing that the government is trying to take care of the residents, Yatseniuk have brought forward the following figures: the government have spent $1 billion on energy supplies to the territory of the so-called "DPR/LPR", about 1,000,000 of registered internally displaced persons out of about 1,300,000 have already received social payments, the government facilitates unimpeded access for humanitarian aid to the territory temporarily controlled by the pro-Russian terrorists.
At the same time, he acknowledged that there are certain problems with the movement across the line of contact, but this is due to the need to ensure national security.
"I am confident that the time when we return Donetsk, Luhansk, and Crimea will come, because it is Ukraine," Yatseniuk stressed.