Lugansk Considers Ceasing Struggle For Independence From Ukraine

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Lugansk Considers Ceasing Struggle For Independence From Ukraine

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According to Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) Vladislav Deinego, LPR should return back to Ukraine, citing international pressure. Deinego said that the international community wouldn’t tolerate the self-proclaimed republic cutting ties with Kiev. He said that Minsk II agreements entail this responsibility for LPR. “However this process should be carried out on the basis of LPR and DPR having self-determination within Ukraine. We have to reach this level of cooperation with Kiev in order to get recognized by Europe and the world. That’s the way we have to act,” Deinego said.

However, Chairman of the People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin said: “I cannot currently imagine that the people of DPR or LPR, or the leaders, who may face life imprisonment in Ukraine, would want to go back. It’s clear that this simply isn’t possible, and situation only takes turns for the worse, with Donbass putting even more and more distance between itself and Ukraine.” He also noted that Kiev did not implement any of the points of the Minsk II agreements. “Vladislav Nikolaevich [Deinego] discussed the hypothetical possibility, but this has no relation to actual policy, so there’s no reason for worry. Donbass is so far away from Ukraine now, that discussing a possibility of reunion is inappropriate even hypothetically,” Pushilin said.

Actions of the local authorities in eastern Ukraine supported probably by some persons from Moscow have created corrupt systems in these areas. This is at the very time when the rest of Ukraine is looking sharply at all changes happened in the East. An idea of the so-called “Russian World” has been significantly discredited.  Right now, many people, whom have supported a secession of LPR and DPR from Ukraine or at least an establishment of autonomous region in this area, are now leaving the republics. Many influential members of this movement has been killed or repressed.

The article was edited on Nov.14

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