February 13, 2015
Alexander Zakharchenko press conference
Translated by Kristina Rus
We have a right to live independently, to wage independent economic politics, which was once again confirmed by the Minsk agreements. The processes that go on here basically have no relation to Ukraine in general. We have our own life. We earned this right with arms. And we continue to earn it. This is our view of the Minsk agreements, which it is not contrary to the spirit and the points signed there.
As far as local elections, an order regarding People’s Council needs to be prepared. We will pass the law about common governance, which has been adopted by our People’s Council, and according to this law local elections will take place.
Not one of the parties, which participated in the hostilities in Donbass, the representatives of those parties, has a right to participate in local elections.
Please note that there is not a single word about Debaltsevo in the Minsk agreements. This means that Ukraine simply betrayed the 5 thousand people in the Debaltsevo cauldron. I can say the following, we will stop fire across the entire territory of Donetsk People’s Republic, except for internal areas. Internal areas means Debaltsevo.
Any attempt of UAF to break out of this cauldron or deblock it will be considered a violation of the Minsk agreements, and naturally these attempts will be foiled, and the enemy will be destroyed.