Poroshenko: While Our Army Is Holding the Frontline, We Must Protect the Army at the Rear
While on a working trip to Cherkasy region, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke about the supporting the military
Photo Mykola Lazarenko
During a speech at the meeting of the Regional Development Council in Cherkasy region, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko emphasized the importance of counteracting the attempts of information attacks against the Ukrainian army. This was reported by his Press Office.
“We have created our army in record-breaking time. Now it is among the best, most experienced and most capable armies in the continent. It freed two-thirds of Donbas, stopped the enemy and firmly holds the line on the eastern borders,” Poroshenko emphasized and thanked all Cherkasy citizens for their joint work on the revival of the Ukrainian Army.
“But, unfortunately, attempts to hit it from the rear do not stop. Every ‘fake news’, which demoralizes the Armed Forces, sows mistrust towards the army and the entire defense complex, is a shot at the army and a shot at the state. On the eve of the elections, these shots became more frequent and grew into a heavy shelling,” he said.
“My task as of Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – while the army is holding the line on the front, we have to protect it at the rear,” Poroshenko said.
He stressed that this is an extremely important and complex task.
“It is critically important to cover the army from state-mongers who dishonor the five-year achievements of the entire defense-industrial complex hoping to gain at least some pre-election points on bashing,” he added.
“And protect it from the attempts of corrupt officials who profiteer at the expense of the military budget. I will not allow that. Everyone will be held accountable,” Poroshenko said in reference to the allegations of smuggling and bribes at Ukroboronprom.
“I emphasize that as Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I am most interested in the effectiveness of the functioning of the entire defense industry of the country.”