The People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic passed a law according to which the borders of the republic correspond to the borders of the former Donetsk region of Ukraine.
– In this law, people living in the territory temporarily controlled by Ukraine are not forgotten, the border is determined by the territory of the Donetsk region, which was for the period of 2014, – explained the head of the Donetsk parliament, Vladimir Bidevka. At the same time, he noted that until the territorial dispute between Donetsk and Kiev is settled, the border of the republic will go along the line of contact.
It is worth noting that so far in the republic there were no regulatory acts regulating the issue of border policy. The adoption of this law will also determine the procedure for designating and protecting the border of the republic, one of the authors of the document, Vitaliy Kravets, is sure.
The bill was unanimously supported by deputies in both readings. Before it comes into force, it will have to be signed by the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin, after which the law will be published on the website of the People’s Council.
Currently controlled territory of the DPR occupies about a third of the entire former Donetsk region. The territories under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are called occupied in Donetsk, considering all those settlements in which a referendum on self-determination of the DPR was held on May 11, 2014 as their own.
– I will remind you: there is an Act on the Proclamation of State Independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic of April 7, 2014, which clearly states that the DPR exists within the state borders of the former Donetsk region, – explains political analyst Roman Manekin, who lives in Donetsk.
– There is a Constitution of the DPR, clause 2 of article 1 of which determines that the territory of the DPR is single and indivisible. On November 29, deputies of the People’s Council of the DPR unanimously adopted the law “On the State Border”. That is, from a legal point of view, the adoption of a new law is quite logical. Misunderstanding arises due to the fact that it was adopted in November 2019, and not in the spring-summer, in extreme cases, in the fall of 2014.
– And really, why?
– I don’t have any specific information, but it’s easy to assume that the adoption of the law is connected with the preparation of the meeting of the “Norman Four” in Paris, scheduled, as is known, for December 9, 2019. I believe that this is not only a signal to Kiev, but mainly a reaction to the extreme pressure that the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin personally are undergoing in anticipation of the meeting.
– According to Bidevka, the law does not contradict the Minsk agreements. How so?
– The law does not really contradict the Minsk Agreement, since the “Set of Measures for Settlement”, in principle, does not imply the existence of the Donetsk People’s Republic. For participants of the “Norman format” de jure it simply does not exist.
– The referendum of 2014 was not held everywhere. What to do with those settlements where it was not?
– The territory of the DPR within the administrative borders of the former Donetsk region is defined in the Act on the Proclamation of State Independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic of April 7, 2014.
Naturally, this document refers, among other things, to settlements where, due to the aggression unleashed by the illegal Kiev authorities against the residents of Donbass, the referendum did not take place.
– In fact, the program of reintegration is already operating in the DPR – many people from the territories controlled by Kiev go for pensions, get treatment, etc. How does it work?
– In my opinion, this is an artificial, as I call it, “plastic” program. Funds allocated for the implementation of this program are often spent on random people arriving in Donetsk from the territory controlled by the APU. At the same time, for similar services, the population of the DPR itself is forced to pay by personal means. It can be seen that people arriving in Donbass do not feel much gratitude for the funds that are spent on them. They just use them. And inside the DPR, the indicated program — correctly called the “Humanitarian program for the reunification of the people of Donbass” – causes natural irritation of local residents.
In addition, there are rumors that the money allocated for this program is being stolen, since it is impossible to establish effective accounting for potential users arriving from the Kiev-controlled side for objective reasons.
– How much do you think people on the other side of the front still want independence from Ukraine? Or do they care if the war is over?
- Unfortunately, I have to admit that Ukrainian propaganda is quite effective.
In addition, the information coming from the DPR significantly affects the opinion of the population on the adjacent side (and it is impossible to stop the channels of its entry in the era of the Internet and mobile communications).
A part of the population on the adjacent side is opposed to the DPR. Moreover, the closer to the line of confrontation, the more violently against. This is an objective reality, alas. Mature people must reckon with her.
- How will the adoption of this law effect Kiev?
- I believe that they are used for primitive propaganda purposes. And they will soon forget.
Should we expect a similar law in Lugansk?
As a rule, such things happen in both republics at the same time.
- By the way, at the referendum of 2014 they still voted for the unification in Novorossia. Will Novorussia be the result?
- Novorossia will definitely be. Indeed, in essence, this is the Big Donbass: a tangle of closed production chains that guarantee the survival and economic development of the Donetsk region. There will be no New Russia Novorossiya – there will be no Donbass.
- This problem, sooner or later, will have to be addressed. And better early and ideological means. Which in the near future, God forbid, will be possible.
- Earlier, Oleg Tsarev said that the Novorossiya project could be resumed, “if Kiev violates the announced ceasefire, if there is an escalation of hostilities.” How much do you think is possible the return of Slavyansk and Mariupol by military means?
- I treat this person personally, but I must admit that he has nothing to do with Donbass. Oleg is a former large Dnepropetrovsk businessman. Like any person on this planet, he, of course, has the right to express an opinion on any issue. But his statements about the development of the situation in the Donbass are not authoritative for me personally, sorry.
- As for the return of Slavyansk and Mariupol by military means …
- But we didn’t take Donetsk by armed means, if someone forgot. People with weapons appeared in the city after employees of the SBU, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and state administrations fled from it.
Let’s be honest: we lost the armed part of the struggle. That is, the ideological – in the spring and summer of 2014 – was won, and the armed lost: they failed to defend the gains of the “Russian spring” of 2014. For well-known reasons.
We are obliged to defeat the Nazified Ukraine, first of all, ideologically. The main front in the civil war is ideas. We will win – and then Mariupol and Slavyansk will return.