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Poroshenko: Minsk accords have no alternative

August 24, 2015, 13:15 UTC+3 KIEV

The Ukrainian president promised to reinforce the army and increase the number of contract servicemen saying that Kiev is no pacifists

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

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KIEV, August 24. /TASS/. The Minsk Accords, seeking a peace settlement in war-torn eastern Ukraine, have no alternative, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said at a march dedicated to the country’s Independence Day in Kiev on Monday.

"The Minsk Accords have no alternative as they are confirmed by the ally countries and the Ukrainian political forces," Poroshenko said.

"We are not pacifists. We will reinforce the army and increase the number of contract servicemen," he said, adding that the mobilization was unlikely to be cancelled. "Under current conditions we are unable to have only contract personnel."

Poroshenko also said he believed the worst stage of the Donbas conflict was almost over.

Poroshenko hopes MPs will adopt decentralization amendments in a week

Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, may adopt in the first reading in a week the constitutional amendments on decentralization of power, Poroshenko went on to say.

"In a week, the Verkhovna Rada is likely to adopt in the first reading the constitutional amendments on decentralization when the lion’s share of powers and responsibility will pass to local, territorial communities and executive committees," Poroshenko said on Monday.

Another priority task for the country is to hold local elections scheduled for October 25, where "the citizens will give their worthy assessment to all the politicians," the president stressed.

While the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, the People’s Front of PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Batkivshchyna Party back the amendments, the MPs from the Samopomich (Self-Help) faction and the Radical Party are not yet ready to support them.

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