Ukrainian President Poroshenko: 'Very Close' to 'Full-Scale War' with Russia

Ukrainian President Poroshenko: 'Very Close' to 'Full-Scale War' with Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday that his country and Russia are “very close to the point of no return,” which he defined as full-scale war, after this week’s revelation that Russian forces have entered Ukraine.

Poroshenko said Russia will face full retaliation if Vladimir Putin allows any offensive action on Ukrainian land: “Indeed, I think that we are very close to the point of no return. The point of no return is full-scale war, which already happened under territory controlled by separatist and instead of separatist, regular Russian troops. Any offensive action, which would be undertaken, if it happens, would be point of no return.”

He continued, “And that’s why we undertake enormous efforts to stop that, and to bring the discussion in a diplomatic form, in a diplomatic dialogue. The issue, the essence of the discussion is also very easy to understand; this is the peace plan.”

Poroshenko expressed his desire to draft a peace plan Monday at a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group created by the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE). “The discussion would be not only for the hostages, including the hostages which illegally kept in Russia,” Poroshenko concluded; “discussion would not only be with the monitoring and verifying mission of the OEC, including the mission alongside of the border, but, I cross my fingers, I hope that it would be cease-fire. I think that this discussion can be very effective.”