: Russia-occupied Donbas region may reunite with Ukraine on specific conditions - separatist leader

20:12 May. 25, 2016

Russia-occupied Donbas region may reunite with Ukraine on specific conditions - separatist leader

Leader of self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) Alexander Zakharchenko. (GettyImages)

Zakharchenko suggests Ukraine should become a confederate state 

Donbas region will reunite with Ukraine if the current authorities resign with further elimination of Maidan uprising in 2014, stated the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko.

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According to the Russia-s state-run TASS news agency, the separatists' leader claims Ukraine has to undergo denazification, then re-establish the state with no successors from Maidan as well as hold free and democratic elections. One more requirement Kyiv has to fulfil, says Zakharchenko, is launching a constitutional reform, thus transforming Ukraine from unitary state into confederation.

"Newly established Ukraine must consist of free regions with a full guarantee of respect to the national, cultural, historical, and economical features of every region. Only afterwards shall we start negotiations about rejoining Ukraine," declared Zakharchenko during an online press-conference.

The leader of the self-proclaimed DPR stresses Kyiv makes profit of maintaining the armed conflict in Donbas region, since a state of permanent war makes the E.U. prolong anti-Russian sanctions, whereas President Poroshenko and his colleagues continue abusing the term of war in order to hide away their political failures.

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Zakharchenko admits the self-proclaimed DPR may join Russian Federation as well, if only there is a chance to fulfil the people's will in reality.

Ukraine's Parliament of Verkhovna Rada has registered a legislative proposal prohibiting the elections on the uncontrolled Donbas territories. Earlier in May the deputy chief of Ukraine's Central Election Commission Andriy Magera said the local elections in eastern Ukraine will be no sooner than in two years. Later nearly 10,000 soldiers of Ukraine's Azov Battalion (Civilian Corps and Regiment) spearheaded a march in central Kyiv under the motto 'No Back Down Is What Nation Demands'. They protested the Minsk agreements and the holding of elections in the separatist-held Donbas.

Read also Normandy Four supports armed OSCE mission to Donbas

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