Ukrainian president: war in east cannot be won by military means alone



2014/09/21 • War in the Donbas

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the war against pro-Russian ‘separatists’ in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk cannot be won by military means alone since Russia would send in as many of its troops as needed to counter any assault on the rebel capitals by Ukrainian forces.

Speaking in a pre-recorded interview with representatives of major Ukrainian TV channels broadcast by state UT1 on the evening of 21 September, Poroshenko said: “I stress that the war in the city of Donetsk and in the city of Luhansk cannot be won by military means alone. This is the first point. Some see this as a good slogan. Some believe that we should gather three or four battalions, enter [terrorist-held areas], create a concentrated force under cover of artillery support, send special-purpose units to the front-line, liquidate or blow up the governing bodies, and we will quickly succeed. This is not true. We will not be allowed to do it. The more battalion-tactical groups or brigades of the Ukrainian army that we have there, the more Russian troops will be there. No-one has illusions about this.”

Translated by: Peter Dutczyn

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  • Kruton

    The enemy will not allow is a defeatist construct.

    • DisqustedWithTheWest

      The leader of a country should not communicate a defeatist attitude. This will cost him in the long term.

  • LorCanada

    Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place! It is tragic how Ukraine is outnumbered and outgunned by Russia which leaves Ukraine all so vulnerable. I do hope the ceasefire can hold and the country can start to rebuild.

    • Paul P. Valtos

      As they say, first clean our side of the street. You can sure see the other side much better. Kind of like the guys with the white hats. If Poroshenko cleans up government and stands for those principles that seem to have been lost by living under a psychopath Soviet government, there is a way. Honest, no pun intended.

  • Murf

    As I have said before; Let them go.
    They are more trouble than they are worth.
    They will not succeed.
    They are a drag on the Ukraine economic, political, and social development.
    Putin will not last.

  • Paul P. Valtos

    I was just reading about one of Ukraine’s biggest threats and that is corruption. Poroshenko just needs to form an Inspector General department, have them assign a cadre of three individuals who are god awful honest and have these cadres go into each of the government departments and find out who the people are who are encouraging corruption. Take a few out and execute them and then look for the rest. This is not a problem without a solution. It requires some Stalinesque procedures where those found guilty need not feel that they are authorized to get a court hearing. A military tribunal loyal only to Poroshenko would be enough. Those in the military could also b e tried under this tribunal. In the US military to steal just some lousy paper clips can land you in the brig or in worse cases, Levenworth. You make small rocks out of big ones. Hard labor.