During December 2016 in the area of the ATO killed 22 Ukrainian soldiers.
This was stated by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a joint press conference with his Finnish counterpart Sauli, Niinisto in the framework of the official visit in Helsinki, the press service of the Ukrainian President.
«In December, Ukraine has lost 22 soldiers, and Russian aggression has killed more than 2.5 thousand soldiers and more than 7.5 thousand civilians. And the only effective tool in order to motivate the President of Russia and to achieve implementation of the Minsk agreements — is sanctions,» — said Poroshenko.
The President thanked the international community, the EU, United States for the solidarity and support of Ukraine.
«We are proud of unity with the EU and solidarity. We also hope to support in the future,» he said.
Speaking about expectations from the policy of the new U.S. Administration and President Donald trump, Poroshenko and Niinisto stressed that US policy has a long and established traditions.
«It’s too early to talk about what we expect. I want to recall the words of Churchill: in politics there are no eternal friends or eternal enemies. In politics, there are eternal interests, and they were not created by President Bush, President Clinton. They were established by the founding fathers over two hundred years ago. And those are the basics – freedom and democracy. And these same interests are shared by the Ukraine freedom and security. Now the soldiers in the East are fighting not only for freedom and democracy in Ukraine, but also for freedom and democracy throughout the world. So I think that we can count on support from the United States,» — said the head Ukrainian state.
Earlier, on 18 January, it was reported that the security Service of Ukraine considers the dead in the ATO area to 3.8 thousand people and missing – 490.
In December 2016 in the area of the ATO killed 22 military, said Poroshenko 24.01.2017