13:00 Sep. 22, 2016
According to reports, nobody agreed to represent the militants, RFE/RL informs.
The militants, who control Luhansk, failed to open a ‘representative center' in Austrian Vienna, after they couldn't find anybody who'd agree to represent them in the city, RFE/RL Ukraine (Radio Svoboda) reports.
Earlier the separatists announced that a Vienna city administration official and a local trade union member Alfred Almeder would become the head of the so-called representative center.
According to RFE/RL, Ukraine's Ambassador to Vienna Alexander Scherba said, Mr. Almeder had sent a letter to the Ukrainian embassy, saying he had refused to represent the militants.
Austrian Foreign Affairs Ministry, in turn, assured Ukraine that it doesn't recognize the so-called Luhansk republic and doesn't sanction the opening of any representative or diplomacy centers in the country.
Earlier Donetsk separatists claimed they opened a similar institution in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Prague vowed to shut it down and said it would ask the court to outlaw the center.