Joint statement: Kyiv will have to respect Donbas people’s opinion
photo © РИА Новости. Алексей Куденко
Representatives of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics believe that the November 2 elections were held in full compliance with the Minsk agreements. High voter turnout has convinced the world that the people of Donbas strive to defend their freedom and the right to a peaceful life.
photo © РИА Новости. Игорь Маслов
Late on November 3, the media published a statement signed by Andrei Purgin, the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, and Alexei Karyakin, Parliament Speaker of the Luhansk People’s Republic.
"Despite Kyiv’s arts and wiles, the elections have taken place, and they were a success. Our people have endowed themselves with a special status. Whether Kyiv likes it or not, it will have to respect the opinion of the people in Donbas. No Ukrainian legal acts that have been approved unilaterally and without agreement with the newly-elected state authorities of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics will be declared null and void on our territory," the statement reads in part.
"The elections were held on schedule, in full compliance with the Minsk agreements and in accordance with a procedure coordinated by representatives of the republics, Russia and Ukraine," the document states.
Representatives of the two republics believe that Kyiv has distorted an agreed-upon resolution of the law on the special status of Donbas, and that the document is therefore null and void. "As this law deliberately omits districts covered by the special status, it has never entered into force. In effect, it is legally null and void. It should either be finalized or annulled as a pointless act whose only objective is to mislead the international community," the joint statement says.
photo © РИА Новости. Александр Кряжев
The Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics are ready to deliver coal to Ukrainian regions to help them cope with the 2014-2015 heating season. Republican leaders are ready to discuss cooperation with Kyiv in such areas as power transmission, agricultural produce deliveries, transport, communications and export-oriented production facilities.
"Our economy will remain in the hryvnia zone if Kyiv stops its financial blockade," the document reads in part. "We urge you to recognize the special status of Donbas by a real, rather than fictitious, legislative act. The elections will expedite the peace process and facilitate comprehensive political decisions aiming to remove existing disagreements," the joint statement notes.