The head of state noted that given the increased number of shelling of the Ukrainian positions by pro-Russian terrorists in the ATO area, it is necessary to determine a strategy and coordinate further actions, Censor.NET reports citing the presidential press service.
"We must clearly define the plan on strengthening our defense in case of escalation," the president said.
The president emphasized that Ukraine strictly complied with its Minsk commitments. He also added that fake elections in the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions planned by militants for Oct. 18 and Nov. 1 can ruin the Minsk agreements completely.
At the same time, the president pointed out a need of intensifying interaction with the OSCE and ensuring efficient cooperation with the Joint Center for Control and Coordination in order to create conditions for a nonstop monitoring of the cease-fire and guarantee access for the OSCE inspectors to the areas of heavy weaponry deployment.
The head of state reminded that negotiations of the Trilateral Contact Group had finished the day before in Minsk. In the course of these negotiations, Ukraine suggested a plan on withdrawing the artillery systems over 100-mm, as well as tanks and grenade launchers to the distance of 15 km.
"These types of weapons were used against Ukrainian forces until recently, when militants started using large-caliber artillery against us," the president emphasized.
The NSDC War Cabinet will also discuss humanitarian and economic issues, particularly the establishment of a subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on border. This subgroup will begin "the implementation of the Minsk agreements as regards restoration of control over the uncontrolled part of the Ukrainian-Russian border and withdrawal of foreign troops from the Ukrainian territory."