The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko told the the 8th Kiev Forum on Security Issues that Ukraine will not engage in dialogue with representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics (the “DPR” and the “LPR”, respectively). He stated, inter alia:
“We must ensure fair elections. And we will conduct dialogue with the Donbass, but with a different Donbass, a Ukrainian one.”
The same position, but in even harsher terms, was expressed at the Forum by the Prime-Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. He is prepared to talk to the representatives of the Republics “only once they are behind bars.” “By the way, we have enough empty cells,” he added.
According to Yatsenyuk, his government will never deal with the current representatives of the Donbass. “We will communicate only with legitimate representatives of this region, and we want to conduct legitimate elections there,” said the Prime-Minister.
Poroshenko also stated that in Ukraine there is no internal conflict whatsoever. “We have no internal conflicts,” said Poroshenko. “On the contrary, Ukraine has now become more united than ever.”
“I will do everything possible to ensure that neither language, nor faith, nor the questions of land, nor NATO, nor any other questions split Ukraine,” promised the President. “The second language in schools and universities in Ukraine should be English, not Russian.”
At the same time sociological surveys demonstrate that the attitude of the residents of Ukraine to the questions of the status of the Russian language and the course toward membership in NATO clearly split the country between the West and the East. Thus, according to the results of a study that took place in March, commissioned by several international companies and the Ukrainian Rating, 70-80% of the residents of the south-east of Ukraine named Russian as their native language, while, in the west, 92-97% chose Ukrainian. In Kharkov, Russian is used by 84% of residents, while in Ternopol, none of the respondents surveyed chose Russian as their native tongue.
The status of the Russian languages became one of those issues that split the country a year ago and became the trigger for the conflict in the Donbass, which has since grown into a full-scale civil war. Nevertheless, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, over the course of the year repeatedly claimed that only Ukrainian will have the status of a national language in the country. Several days ago, at an award ceremony for the winners of the 15th International Ukrainian Language Competition, named after P. Yatsyk, he once again emphasized that, in Ukraine, “there was, is, and always will be only one national language—your and my Ukrainian language.”
Earlier, the head of the Ministry of Interior, Arsen Avakov, voiced his support for the full closure of the demarcation line delineating the territory of the Donbass controlled by the Militia. “My positions is as follows: the demarcation line must be sealed completely. From everything. This is my radical point of view—in the Junta, that’s how we think. Walk, drive civilian passenger cars across, but no goods. Let them get their goods from Russia,” said Avakov in his interview to the media agency LigaBusinessinform. He believes that, in this way, smuggling in the military operation zone can be defeated.
“Want an independent life? Want friendship with Russia? The Russian Federation is next door to you—make friends. Want to live in accordance with Ukrainian law; are you Ukrainians? Okay, then Minsk Accords: and our border guards take over the border with Russia. And we will deal with it in our own way,” said Arsen Avakov, the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior. (Tass.ru)
It is not difficult to guess that such a position as adopted by the Junta impedes all attempts to reach a compromise with the United States in relation to Ukraine. After the failure of direct talks between the Russian Federation and the United States (the visits of Kerry and Nuland), the Junta deliberately adopted the toughest possible stance, which demonstrates the absurdity of all hopes for the fulfilment of the Minks Accords (even though all sides will no doubt continue to claim that everything they do is in line with the agreement). Essentially, as I have said on many prior occasions, the very logic of the conflict makes it impossible for the Donbass to return into the fold of the Ukrainian state. That is the root of the [US statements] about the “aggressive stance of the Kremlin” and the “difficult and important times.” It is becoming increasingly difficult to cover up the erupting war with diplomatic manoeuvres, as the conflict continues to devour people and equipment beneath mantras about “Minsk agreements” and the pointless counting of the number of Ukrainian bombardments.
The simple truth is that the Donbass will never again return under the authority of the current government in Kiev. The point of no return was passed in the summer of 2014. People like Bolotov, Strelkov, Mozgovoy, Bezler, and others at that time did more than enough to make the schism so deep as to ruin, in the attempts to mend it, all the hopes of “pro-unitarians,” “cunning planners,” and “Putin-surrenderers” that the Donbass will somehow return into the fold of the Ukrainian state. Naturally, it did not happen with “help” on the part of the United States and the Junta, because all logical constructions on the theme of the return of the Donbass were premised on the proposition that it is possible to reach an agreement with the United States. Even the Russian leadership was not free from these illusions and made frank concessions in attempts to tone down the degree of the conflict. It did not pan out. The United States is unambiguously determined to one way or another inflict a defeat on the Russian Federation. The Junta is an instrument of this policy, and, by analysing the behaviour of this instrument, we can see the direction in which the United States is pushing the conflict. The Russians in Ukraine have been allotted the role of untermensch.
That is why the war will continue, and the DPR and the LPR are destined to remain unrecognized state formations that cannot return to Ukraine, and which Russia will not integrate into herself. But the Donbass will never again be Ukrainian. Whether or not Poroshenko talks to Plotnitskiy and Zakharchenko has little bearing on this fact.
P.S. By the way, for those who occasionally reproach me for using the word junta in relation to the regime in Kiev—now even the Minister of the Interior has admitted that they are a Junta.