MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. The heads of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky, have called on the German and French leaders to introduce sanctions against top Ukrainian officials.
In a joint address to Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande, the leaders said entry to the territory of the EU should be banned to a number of Ukrainian officials for the "crimes against humanity in regard to our people, for mass human rights violations, and eliminating civilians by military terror and economic blockade."
These officials are Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchinov, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, Head of Presidential Administration of Ukraine Boris Lozhkin and oligarch Igor Kolomoisky.
The republics’ leaders also ask Berlin and Paris to suspend financial aid to the "anti-national government of Yatsenyuk-Avakov until it ensures the conditions for lifting the economic blockade of Donbas and political settlement of the conflict."
Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky note that as a result of Kiev’s military aggression the republics’ economy is "on the brink of collapse, and pensions and other social benefits are still not being paid."
They also urged Berlin and Paris to send experts for helping to restore the Donbas banking system. "On our part, we guarantee security both for your specialists and the persons who will accompany them," the statement reads.
The address of the self-proclaimed republics’ leaders comes as Kiev is not complying with a number of provisions of the agreements reached in the Belarusian capital last month.
Under the February 12 Minsk agreements, "modalities" should be defined of a full restoration of social and economic ties, including payments of pensions and other social benefits.
To this aim, Ukraine should restore management over the segment of its banking system in the areas affected by the armed conflict and an international tool could be set up to ease such transactions, the document approved at the Minsk summit says.