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Sunday, March 08, 2015
It was because of their hatred of Jews and Russian-speakers that neo Nazis burned alive many peaceful demonstrators in Odessa, the event that drove the Crimeans to rejoin with Russia ...and the Russian-speaking people of Southeast Ukraine to secede from Kiev. Here is the story of the secession of Donetsk People's Republic.
Southeast Ukraine: “We Have Built an Independent State”. Interview with Deputy PM, Donetsk People’s Republic, Mikhail Mnukhin
We have the honor of interviewing First Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Mikhail Mhukhin. He speaks to
us about the ongoing crisis in the DPR, the history of Donbass and its relationship to Ukraine, and initiatives currently being implemented to end the conflict. For further correspondence, you can visit the official MOFA DPR website at mid-dnr.ru/en/.
year after the US-backed Euromaidan coup, Ukraine is still engaged in a
long and bloody civil war. What progress have you made in the fight
against the fascist Ukranian military, Svoboda, and Right Sector?
MIKHAIL: First and most importantly, we have built
an independent state. Even though some parts of our territory are still
controlled by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the state system of the DPR is
fully functional and controls all vital operations. We can pay salaries
and social dowries, form state budgets, and arrange foreign trade.
At present, the DPR has legitimately elected authorities: the Head of
the Republic, [Prime Minister] Alexander Zakharchenko, and the supreme
legislative body, the People`s Council. The elections for local Councils
will take place soon.
It should be stressed that we have achieved all these goals during
unceasing hostilities and blockades made by the Ukrainian authorities,
in addition to the critical humanitarian situation in the region. In our
opinion, all of these problems are the main arguments in the fight
against our enemy. We managed not only to survive, but also to develop a
Militarily, the DPR Army has demonstrated to the whole world its
ability to act effectively, and the number of magnificent victories over
Ukrainian troops vindicates this. One should note that the number of
UAF soldiers exceeds ours, as does their military equipment.
Nevertheless, we will always insist on and continue to desire a
peaceful resolution to the conflict. We have never sought to annihilate
Ukraine and the Ukrainians; however, our key issue is to provide the
security of our people and to create the conditions for a normal,
peaceful life. We are always ready for dialogue, even with Kiev.
HANEUL: After the May 11th referendum, the DPR
declared itself independent from Ukraine, yet the international
community has denounced your right to do so. Can you tell me what this
signifies about democracy building?
MIKHAIL: The issue of DPR recognition remains
urgent, indeed. This is the main priority for our Ministry`s work today,
and we make progress gradually in this direction. The Republic of South
Ossetia has officially recognized the DPR, and we are establishing
diplomatic contacts now. The Republic of Abkhazia also announced its
readiness to recognize the DPR.
Furthermore, we work in other areas of cooperation and with all
countries on any continent. Some of them are officially recognized and
some are not. Additionally, we are now actively promoting cooperation
with other social and political movements to support the
self-determination of their territories. This process is rather long and
As for the position of a number of Western countries towards us, we
understand extremely well the reasons of it. One should decide whether
or not to recognize our Republic; it does not depend on us. From our
side, we can ensure this process by proving our consistency as a
full-fledged member of the international community. It is paradoxical
that, even though the citizens of our state are similar to those in the
USA, Britain, or Japan, we still have to prove our right to exist. In
this regard, we have huge expectations of the public’s opinion,
especially in western countries, as it starts to change. People from all
over the world are getting to learn more truths about us, and we hope
that your authorities will take an objective stance towards the DPR.
HANEUL: Can you give us a history of the Donetsk
Oblast and its history in relation to Russia? Why did the DPR decide to
remain autonomous instead of integrating into the Russian Federation
MIKHAIL: Donbass was always a place of enormous
accumulated human resources’—the place where people of all nationalities
united in order to labor together and use Russian as their common
language. As a result, a unique political platform has arisen in
Donbass; the consequences of which we can observe today. All this
explains why Donbas has always strived for autonomy and independence.
Crimea has made its own long journey and has finally returned to
Russia. However, we are two distinct regions and have formed
differently. We do not have the goal to join Russia as a priority now,
but instead follow our path to forming an independent state. We have
resolved the social and economic problems brought about by Ukraine’s
military aggression and complete transport and economic blockade of our
HANEUL: Historically, Ukrainians experienced the
1941 pogroms in Lyiv in which the Ukrainian Insurgent Army worked with
the Nazis to murder thousands of Polish and Ukrainian citizens. Do you
believe that you are reliving this nightmare? Who should be held
accountable for this?
MIKHAIL: We stress that the Ukrainian Insurgent Army
(UIA or UPA) did not act alone during World War II. With the support of
foreign states, the UIA successfully existed in some regions from 1946
until 1948 as a local instrument of the Cold War. However, the
ideologies of Ukrainian nationalists have not changed; just their
Repetition is a peculiar feature of history. The tragedy in
Odessa—the repression of dissidents and multiple war crimes—proves this
fact. The above-mentioned organizations and people unfortunately follow
the examples of their historical leaders and idols. However, they should
remember the fate of the UIA and its leaders, which will partially help
them to predict their own.
You can see throughout history the actions of the UIA and other
nationalist groups, which were directed not only against Poles but also
Russians, Jews and representatives of other ethnicities. Those who
support neo-Nazism in Ukraine should think about where the Nazis would
turn their weapons tomorrow.
HANEUL: Which international organizations are
working with your government to provide humanitarian aid to your
citizens, and how long do you estimate this crisis to last? How can
people around the world become involved in reporting, assisting, or
donating to your cause?
MIKHAIL: We are open to dialogue and are always
ready to accept help from all organizations and private persons. There
are a number of organizations operating in the DPR, such as the International Red Cross, Medicines Sans Frontiers, and dozens of other charity funds and communities.
Our experiences have shown that we are not alone—that many people
from numerous countries are ready to help us sincerely and freely. For
example, we have received a few trucks with medicaments from all over
Germany, collected with the assistance of some Bundestag MPs.
Remember that Donetsk currently has a full economic blockade. The
direct deliveries of financial assets, food products, and other goods to
the DPR are impossible now, but we are trying to solve this problem
everyday. We are very pleased and appreciate the desire of people from
the entire world to help us.
HANEUL: Do you believe that PM Alexander
Zakharchenko should have taken part in the second Minsk agreement in
Belarus? Why didn’t the Normandy Four (Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and
France) include Donetsk, Luhansk, and Crimea into the peace talks? How
have the peace talks helped ease tensions in Donbass, and do you believe
that there should be separate talks between the DPR and other groups?
MIKHAIL: The situation surrounding the DPR, the LPR
and Crimea cannot be combined in the negotiation process, as Crimea is
already a part of Russia.
The Donetsk People`s Republic is one of several parties in the
conflict, so without Alexander Zakharchenko`s participation, a
negotiated resolution is impossible. However, we can explain Kiev’s
harsh stance and attempts to ignore the DPR and LPR in the Normandy Four
negotiations. Ukraine considers the truce as a period to accumulate
military forces and prepare for further hostilities, and Kiev has never
shown its full readiness for a lasting peace.
The real conflict is between the people of the southeast and
Ukrainian government, whom should actually negotiate. Apart from that,
the DPR’s entrance into the negotiation process means that it will
achieve its new status, which Ukraine is trying to prevent. Alongside
this, Ukraine is trying to expand the number of participants involved in
the conflict, such as Germany and France, in order to supply them
weapons. We hope this will not happen.
We are satisfied with Germany and France’s viewpoint; they have
started to change their positions on events happening in Donbass. We
expect that, instead of more sanctions, they will initiate humanitarian
missions here in order to stop the catastrophe, not deteriorate it.
We are sure that peace will finally come, but we cannot achieve it
with regular concessions from one side and continuous breaches from the
other. Peace is always a compromise and we are ready for it, but only
after ensuring the safety of our citizens.
HANEUL: The UAE has already committed weapons to the
Ukrainian military, and the United States has considered arming the
junta directly. If this occurs, how will this affect the current
situation? Will this escalate to a large conflict between superpowers?
MIKHAIL: According to present information, the
weapons contracts made between Ukraine and the UAE are not a significant
concern, and we personally believe those contracts were made just for
PR. We doubt Kiev managed to convince its partners to supply weapons on
credit, and it does not have enough money to buy them. Another issue is
the USA’s weaponry. According to confirmed information, they never
stopped supplying weapons to Ukraine. Along the whole frontline, after
each Ukrainian force’s retreat, one can easily find weapons made in
America, including heavy artillery. Besides, the large amount of
American personnel training Ukrainian soldiers invokes serious concern.
In what way should we estimate [the outcome]? Exposing Washington`s
participation in the Donbass conflict is difficult, but direct
interventions take place and grow with every passing month, so it is
very difficult to predict such consequences.