Glasnost Gone

Since the start of the conflict, Ukraine’s referred to its military operation, countering Russia’s invasion, as the – Anti Terror Operation (ATO). However, although the campaign has successfully stopped Russia’s advance into Ukraine, the name itself has never really sat well. ATO suggests a fight against a rag tag bunch of terrorists, rather than the regular Russian army.

But now, all has changed. Yesterday saw ATO replaced by the – Joint Forces Operation. President Poroshenko signed the Order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the beginning of the Joint Forces Operation on ensuring the national security and defense, deflection and deterrence of Russia’s armed aggression in the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The president said “I’m confident that this is not just a change in format. These are new opportunities for protecting Ukrainian territory, Ukrainian citizens. We will do everything possible to return the land of the occupied Donbas to the sovereignty of Ukraine as soon as possible…

Thus, from today, April 30, 2018, the…

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