Diplomat says US sanctions may destroy prospects for better relations with RussiaRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 26, 10:08
Survey suggests Russians showed little interest in Nemtsov murder caseSociety & Culture July 26, 8:33
Military aviation deployed in Kazakhstan and Russia's Siberia ahead of Soyuz launchScience & Space July 26, 7:21
US denies arms supplies to Ukraine — State Department spokespersonWorld July 26, 7:12
UN Security Council blocks statement condemning attack on Russian embassy in DamascusWorld July 26, 4:27
Russia looks into its citizen’s removal from domestic US flightWorld July 26, 3:43
US House of Representatives passes bill to toughen sanctions on RussiaWorld July 26, 1:09
Diplomat blasts US media reports on Russia's alleged arms supplies to TalibanRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 25, 21:39
Putin, Iraqi vice-president discuss possible supplies of T-90 tanksMilitary & Defense July 25, 21:18
“No one will allow them to be legalized. This is my political position,” he said.
Yatsenyuk also said that the areas controlled by militias in the Donetsk and Luhansk republics (DPR and LPR, respectively) would get no funding from the Ukrainian budget.
“We will not finance the DPR and LPR,” he said, adding that funding would be provided only to Kiev-controlled areas.
“We will finance restoration from the state budget when Ukrainian rule is restored and enterprises begin to work in this territory,” Yatsenyuk said.
He suggested creating a special fund to finance the restoration of infrastructure in areas controlled by militias. The fund will accumulate money to be provided by tycoons and international donors, he said.
“We will not take away money from Lviv, Poltava or Zhitomir, or from Ukrainian pensioners, medics and teachers and use it to rebuild the territories that are not controlled by Ukraine. We will organize a donor conference,” he said
Yatsenyuk questioned some of the provisions in the law on the special status of Luhansk and Donetsk regions commonly known as Donbass, specifically the creation of a people’s police force there.
He also doubted the possibility of holding legitimate local elections in certain parts of Donbass as there are no proper conditions in place there to comply with Ukrainian laws and international standards.
The government can finance these elections only “if the Central Electoral Commission announces them”, Yatsenyuk said.
The DPR authorities took the law on the special status as an invitation to militias to begin negotiations with Kiev, DPR First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin said.
“The first positive result of this step is that we are no longer called terrorists. Second, the law gives us the right to develop political and economic relations with foreign countries,” he said.
The DPR is not planning to hold elections to the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) on October 26. “We will ignore the elections to the Verkhovna Rada,” he said.
Instead, the DPR will hold its own elections to the republican parliament and, possibly, to municipal bodies. “We will hold our elections before the end of the year. The date has not been determined yet as there is no law on elections in the DPR. It has yet to be adopted,” Purgin said.
The law on the special status of some part of Donbass was welcomed in the rest of the world as corresponding to the Minsk agreement on the settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and facilitating the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine, EU External Action Service spokesperson Maja Kocijancic said.
However, the law met a controversial reaction within Ukraine, primarily among radicals. Nationalistic Right Sector activists gathered in front of the presidential administration building on Wednesday, demanding that the law be vetoed. Several hundred of them were burning flares and hurling them and smoke grenade at police.
In the meantime, border guards are drawing the border line around the parts of Donbass controlled by militias “to prevent an expansion of the territories with special status”, former head of the Foreign Intelligence Service Nikolai Malomuzh said.
“There will be technical and electronic control. This is the newest technology. And there will be stations along the entire perimeter. This is the first line. The second line is stationary control. The third line is fortification installations: moats, strongholds and towers. This is the technical component,” he said.
Malomuzh believes that in the future these areas will return to Ukraine. “We will stabilize the situation, rebuild the economy in regions and they will reintegrate into the Ukrainian economy and Ukraine,” he said.
On Tuesday, the Ukrainian parliament granted a special status to certain parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions for three years. It calls for local elections in these areas on December 7. Their residents will be able to use Russian or any other language freely.