Yatseniuk: the government will not legalize ‘DNR’ and ‘LNR’

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2014/09/17 • Political News

There will be no legalization of ‘People’s Republic of Donetsk’ and ‘People’s Republic of Luhansk’ groups, which the Ukrainian government considers terrorist, says Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk.

“Nobody will allow to legalize the terrorists, the so-called ‘DNR’ and ‘LNR,’ and this is my political position,” said the Prime Minister at a government session, when commending on the recently-approved bill on special status for some districts in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

According to Yatseniuk, the approval of this bill was necessary to establish peace, in order to prevent more Ukrainians from dying.

On September 16 the Verkhovna Rada approved the laws ‘regarding special order of local government in individual districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts’ and ‘regarding the prevention of prosecution and punishment of persons involved in the events on the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.’

The ‘special status’ law for individual districts in Donbas prescribes a special order for local governments in individual districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts for a term of three years, as well as for early local elections to be held in these districts on December 7 of the current year.

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina
Source: Radio Liberty

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  • Dirk Smith

    Right on!!

    • LorCanada

      Lordy, right on what? It’s a puzzlement, lol.

  • Evelyn Myketa Livingston

    I may be missing something here but isnt that what they just did ?? Are we really supposed to believe that after 3 years the terrorists will miraculously lay down their arms and say ok our time is up ?? I think that the people in the Rada are living in an alternate world. As disappointed as I am in Poroshenko, I am even more disappointed in Yatseniuk. I believed he had fire in his soul.

    • Dean Venture

      There seems to be a lot of confusion over what the special status and amnesty mean. There are a few items in the peace plan, like the rebels laying down arms and securing the border with Russia that seem highly unlikely.

      Perhaps they know the ceasefire will eventually fall apart, and they’re just going through the motions to give them time to reposition and reload, as well as to satisfy Merkel and Obama.

      • Evelyn Myketa Livingston

        Dean, I sincerely wish there were other, covert meanings to the terms “special status” and “amnesty”. Sadly, I think not.

        • LorCanada

          The only problem I see about special status for Donetsk and Luhansk is that it leaves out the pro-Kyiv east Ukrainians. How will they be able to vote or will they be left out in December?

      • LorCanada

        I’m not too clear on this but if Poroshenko can provide some semblance of ceasefire and a peace plan then his chances of gaining acceptance in EU or IMF are greatly improved? I should do a bit of research on that.

      • Murf

        The Cease fire merely took the initiative away from the Russians. Poro is just doing what he has to to appear “reasonable” to the west but at the same time protect the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
        The rebels will never agree to remain apart of Ukraine and this will turn into a frozen conflict.
        Which at this point is the best case scenario for Ukraine.

    • LorCanada

      I’m not sure exactly why you are disappointed in Yatseniuk? Perhaps you misread the meaning?

  • LorCanada

    ‘Tis a bit confusing, isn’t it!
    From what I can gather the east rebels are to put down their arms, hold a vote in December 2014 to have someone represent them, have all the misc. self-autonomous requirements met such as language, administrative and security representation plus more. There won’t be ‘terrorists’ as such since they would have accepted the plan and the worst of them (blood on their hands) would have been dealt with legally or otherwise. It sounds good on paper but actually putting it into effect might be another matter.
    Giving special status to Donetsk and Luhansk is more or less allowing them to arrange their furniture but their house is still Ukrainian property hence Poroshenko is not losing anything, meaning he upholds the integrity of Ukrainian territory.
    Looks as if the rebels want no part of it though. The ceasefire will wane and the fight carry on. Putin will see to that.
    Just my opinion.