18 July 2017, 16:32



Initiative to establish state of Malorossiya is untimely - Deinego

The initiative to establish a new state of Malorossiya is untimely, LPR envoy to Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego told Lugansk Media Centre on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko announced the establishment, in the territory of former Ukraine, of a new state of Malorossiya with the capital in Donetsk. According to Zakharchenko, the decision was supported by representatives of LPR and a number of Kiev-controlled areas.

 LPR leadership representatives denied the participation of the Republic’s officials in the meeting in Donetsk, at which the establishment of Malorossiya was announced.

“The initiative to establish Malorossiya, brought forward in Donetsk today, is untimely,” Deinego stated.

“We learnt about it from the mass media; nobody has discussed this project with us,” he noted.

“While sharing the position of a majority of residents in south-eastern regions of Ukraine who are opposed to the Kiev authorities, we believe that it is important to remain committed to the Minsk Agreements and will continue to demand their fulfilment by Ukraine,” the LPR envoy said.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France).

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 18 July — Lugansk