21 February 2019, 15:08


Statement by Lugansk People’s Republic Head Leonid Pasechnik

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LUGANSK, February 21 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The ongoing presidential election campaign in Ukraine shows again that Lugansk region residents are denied the right to determine their own fate.

Those who live in the territory of the Lugansk region, are not allowed to nominate their candidates and are denied the right to defence, the right to be heard.

Using far-fetched pretexts, Kiev flatly refuses to admit observers from the countries that have their own opinion, not the one disseminated by Washington.

An election fraud is being planned by using votes of Lugansk region residents, including those who currently live in the Lugansk People’s Republic, to support Petr Poroshenko. Apparently, the “lame duck” rating in the Lugansk region is negligibly low, but Kiev won’t hear other opinions and is making sure that civilised countries never hear their voices.

Nobody in the Lugansk region doubts Poroshenko’s readiness to drown in blood all those who disagree with his policies. The contact line situation has dramatically worsened recently. The number of strikes increased, residents get killed and sophisticated media provocations are prepared such as the groundless blaming of militiamen for the alleged  plans to attack “chemical” facilities in the Lugansk region.

“Poroshenko uses the same “bloody” methods in handling social and political issues. At present, a sweeping harassment campaign has been launched against the Ukrainian politicians who call for a peaceful Donbass conflict settlement. The tools are nationalists’ baseball bats for intimidation, threats and repressions, as well as persecution by fully-controlled judges and secret services.

We’re asking the civilised countries to interfere in this situation. In the first place, we urge Minsk Agreements guarantors Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron to influence Poroshenko. His slipping to obviously Nazi methods in the foreign and domestic policy should be stopped before it is too late. The situation worsens every day.

For my part, I’m ready for open and direct talks with Kiev, with any government, incumbent or incoming, the sake of peace in our land, our children and their future.

LuganskMediaCentre — 21 February — Lugansk