Russia may back Donbas independence if no other options are left

Itar-Tass (republished in Arab Today)
March 6, 2015

Konstantin Kosachev

Konstantin Kosachev

Russia may support independence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics if no other options remain for the settlement of Ukrainian crisis, the chairman of the upper house’s international affairs committee told radio on Friday. “I don’t rule out this option if and when all other possibilities to reach political settlements will be exhausted,” said Konstantin Kosachev in reply to the query whether Russia should support creation of ‘an independent Novorossiya or Donetsk People’s Republic-Luhansk People’s Republic’ if their authorities announce this decision.

The parliamentarian said that the decision on the future of these territories must be reached on the basis of mutual respect for the interests of the conflicting sides. “Russia should not say ‘no, you must certainly be a territorially integral state’ or ‘no, you will never be a territorially integral state, you must divorce,’ or ‘only federalization’, ‘only autonomy’ or ‘only decentralization’,” Kosachev said. “And pay attention that we don’t exercise such approach, and the president as well as the foreign minister have repeatedly said ‘Multivariance’. The main thing is to see accord and mutual content in arriving at the final option,” he said. “The chance for it is colossal, and this is the only thing that Russia, the United States, the European Union, NATO and everybody else must support,” Kosachev said.

Minsk 2.0 Peace Talks (--Tass)

Minsk 2.0 Peace Talks (–Tass)

The Belarusian capital of Minsk hosted on February 12 summit talks of Normandy Four leaders — Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The 16-hour marathon summit negotiations ended in a package of agreements, which in particular envisaged ceasefire between the Ukrainian conflicting sides starting from midnight on February 15, withdrawal of all heavy weapons by both sides, a dialogue on political future of parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as a constitutional reform in Ukraine with adoption of a new constitution by the end of 2015, decentralization being among its key elements.


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Kiev ‘Rocking the Boat’ by Reclassifying Donetsk, Luhansk Regions
March 6, 2015

LPR Prime Minister Igor Plotnitsky

LPR Prime Minister Igor Plotnitsky

Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) leader Igor Plotnitsky considers Kiev’s changing the status the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk to “military-civilian administrations” as discrediting, provocation, and rocking the boat. The political reclassification of the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk to “military-civilian administrations” by Kiev goes against the terms of the Minsk agreement, the head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky said Friday.

“This is in no way fits into the Minsk agreements. I see that they are following their favorite goal: discrediting, provocation, and rocking the boat,” Plotnitsky said.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday signed a decree to redefine the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as “military-civilian administrations.”

Alexei Karyakin

Alexei Karyakin

“If Kiev assigned them [the administrations], let them stay in Kiev. Here, we do not recognize or accept them,” the LPR leader added. Also on Friday, Alexei Karyakin, speaker of LPR’s parliament, called the reclassification of Donetsk and Luhansk a ploy to strengthen Kiev’s blockade of the regions. “This goes against the Minsk accord… This is one of the moments that exacerbate the situation,” Karyakin said.

On February 12, leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine worked out a set of measures in the Belarusian capital to alleviate the conflict in southeast Ukraine. As part of a 13-point deal, the warring sides must observe a ceasefire, withdraw large-caliber arms and conduct prisoner exchanges. Additionally, the latest Minsk agreement required Kiev to decentralize power ahead of wider constitutional reform in the government of Ukraine.



2 thoughts on “Russia may back Donbas independence if no other options are left

  1. I think (and so do most of people in Donbass who I know) it would be much better if the DPR and LPR independence had been recognized BEFORE 7.000 civilian people were killed in the civil war. And they have been kiled every night for all this year for the sake of United Ukraine. All these grannies and todlers.

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    Posted by Vera | August 15, 2015, 8:09 am
  2. I could not agree more. We, along with many world observers, were deeply disappointed that Putin did not acquire Donbass as he did Crimea. It may have been hard for him to do so, though, without starting a major European war, since the border of Donbass is long and hard to defend. Still, that’s no excuse. The entire world is to blame for not supporting Donbass sovereignty from the beginning. Ignorance, misinformation, the rapacious drive for US hegemony, and the financial interests of the US, European and Russian elite have brought on this tragedy for the peaceful people of Donbass, who had nothing to do with it and do not deserve suffering.


    Posted by kpomeroy | August 15, 2015, 4:02 pm

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