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Donetsk Republic leader: Poroshenko’s promise to cease fire within week ‘air shaking’

June 09, 2014, 20:47 UTC+3 DONETSK

“If all the troops are pulled back, these words could be turned into reality,” Alexander Borodai added

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Alexander Borodai

Alexander Borodai

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DONETSK, June 09. /ITAR-TASS/. Prime Minister of newly proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Borodai has described President Petro Poroshenko’s promises to cease fire in Ukraine’s eastern regions within a week as ‘air shaking’.

“If all the troops are pulled back, these words could be turned into reality,” the press service of the Donetsk Republic quoted him as saying on Monday. According to Borodai, Poroshenko might have meant another scenario. “Within a week, forces controlled by him or by Kolomoisky might stage a massive attack at all the fronts in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics to exterminate any resistance,” he said.

“I have serious doubts such a scenario could be realized,” he said, adding that he had “slim hopes that reason would get the upper hand.”

Ukraine’s parliament-appointed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov phoned personally to the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Denis Pushilin, and offered ceasefire, Borodai added.

“First, his aide called and then Avakov himself did, offering ceasefire,” Borodai said indicating that the leadership of the republic accepted the proposal.

“Pushilin confirmed that we are ready to stop gunfire and set up a humanitarian corridor,” Borodai said, adding that Avakov “made it sure that he is interested in these things, too.”

“Half an hour later, Avakov called again saying that the command had been given and that the gunfire be stopped immediately, with the humanitarian corridor to be opened the next day,” Borodai said.

“At present the situation is as follows: the aviation dropped bombs on Slaviansk at night and the Grad multiple rocket launchers and heavy guns have been pounding the city since morning,” he said.

Borodai suggested that Avakov’s proposal either had been “a foolish hearsay, no idea for what purpose,” or an indication that the Ukrainian military and law enforcement chiefs “do not control any processes in and actions of their own military forces.”

“In other words, they can give any commands but the Ukrainian law enforcers, with a majority of gunmen from the National Guard and the nationalist Right Sector, act absolutely on their own,” Borodai said.

At the same time, he stressed that dialogue with the Kiev authorities was still possible. “But this dialogue has one very simple condition: stopping genocide. It will require the withdrawal of all Kiev’s and Dnipropetrovsk’s troops from the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk Republics. Dialogue will be possible after that. But before this is done it is pointless,” he said. In his words, Ukraine’s parliament-appointed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov had had a telephone conversation with speaker of the Donetsk Republic’s legislature Denis Pushilin on June 8 and had promised to stop fire, but never kept his word.

On June 8, Ukraine’s newly elected President Petro Poroshenko said it was necessary to cease fire in the eastern regions of the country within a week. “We must stop fire this week. Each day when people are dying, each day when Ukraine is paying such a high price is unacceptable to me. That is why we must first of all resume the work of the state border to guarantee security to each citizen of Ukraine who lives in Donbass (a coal-bearing area in Ukraine’s east, incorporates the Donetsk region), regardless of political views he or she might have,” Poroshenko said at the first meeting of the contact group on the implementation of the peace plan in Ukraine’s southeastern regions.

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