Donbass: Either Kiev junta steps down, or we’re out

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September 2nd, 2016 – Fort Russ News – 

Izvestiya – translated by J. Arnoldski

A change in government in Kiev and the creation of a confederation on the entire territory of the country is necessary to resolve the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. This was stated to Izvestiya by the deputy commander of the Donetsk People’s Republic operational command, Eduard Basurin.

“The best form of governance suited for Ukraine is a confederation,” Basurin said.

Basurin also emphasized that yet another necessary condition for resolving the conflict in Donbass is a change of government in Kiev. “I’ve always spoken of this – as long as the government in Kiev doesn’t change, then the problems in Donbass can’t be solved by peaceful means. The resolution of the crisis lies in a change of the Ukrainian government,” Eduard Basurin stated.

Miroslav Rudenko, a deputy of the National Council of the DPR agrees with Basurin. In his words, the transformation of Ukraine into a confederation is inevitable. 

“What’s necessary first is a change of government, and then a confederation. If a confederation was possible now, however, then this process would automatically lead to a change of government. Hence why Ukraine so persistently breaches the Minsk Agreements. This is why they delay the agreements’ implementation. If the path laid out by Minsk is followed, then this means either federalization or confederation,” Rudenko stressed.

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He continued: “This is the only possible way out for the population of Ukraine that can take into account the regional, confessional, and ethnic peculiarities of the Ukrainian people. This model could have helped avoid the tragic events of 2014. But the current government won’t allow this, and they won’t have the Minsk Agreements realized without their consent. But what is so frightening about a confederation? Historically, this is inevitable.” 

Despite the fact that a ceasefire was declared in Donbass at midnight on September 1st, Donetsk doubts that it will last in the long term.

As of September 1st, according to the estimates of both sides, the truce is being generally observed. As Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak reported, as of the morning of September 1st, there hasn’t been a single shelling.

The ministry of defense of the Donetsk People’s Republic has also noted that Ukrainian security forces have observed the truce. The ministry reported: “In connection with the reached agreements on a full ceasefire starting at 00:00 on September 1st, we note that the overall decision has been observed. This has also been observed by the Joint Center for Control and Coordination, which did not record any use of weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements by the enemy over the night.”

Just before the announcement of the ceasefire, LPR head Igor Plotnitsky also stated that establishing a ceasefire in Donbass can only be guaranteed by a change of government in Ukraine.

“No pressure, whether from the West, East, North, or South, is capable of forcing Kiev to permanently cease firing…Only a complete dismantling of the current regime in Kiev and a deep program for de-Nazifying Ukraine, as in Germany in 1945, can establish a lasting peace in Donbass. The sooner the West realizes this, the less time and money this will take,” Plotnitsky said. 

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