Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Natalia Nikonorova has commented the initiative of Arsen Avakov to pursue the leadership of the Republic for “collaborationism”

07 June 2018
article image

Once again, Ukrainian politicians make statements that are deliberately aimed at destroying the peace settlement. I would like to remind the Ukrainian authorities that a lot of international organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, recognized our conflict as a civil war, and not as a foreign intervention. So, it is groundless to discuss “collaborationism”. Rather, the Ukrainian party itself should think about the meaning of this word in the context of its own actions to de-sovereignize the country, such as the adoption of a number of legislative acts according to foreign dictation, the mass sale of industrial heritage, the merging of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies with Western special services and another.

Kiev has already unilaterally decided about Donbass, without coordination with the Republics, and this only regressed any opportunities for process. However, the leadership of Ukraine continues to demonstrate strong persistence in the invention of new sabotage methods of the Minsk process. The Package of Measures clearly and comprehensively contained all the necessary steps to resolve the conflict on the basis of international practice, including amnesty, avoidance of persecution, political reforms, etc. Therefore, we are sure that if the Ukrainian authorities direct such persistence on the implementation of this document, the conflict would have been completed long ago, and many victims among the civilian population of Donbass could be avoided.