In a news conference broadcast on Wednesday, DNR Head of Government A V Zakharchenko said:
The régime now ruling in Kiev, isn’t viable, primarily because it isn’t independent, and because it rests on distorted ideological principles. Therefore, it’ll be short-lived. Either an economic collapse or a political crisis like the last one will kill it. It’s just a matter of time and it’s going to happen soon. Power changes are usually provoked by tragic events involving the death of people. Terrible crimes committed on the Kulikovo Field and the Dom Profsoyuzov in Odessa paralysed the will of Odessa residents back in 2014. The crackdown on the Odessa residents was demonstrably ruthless. I miss Odessa and I’ll visit it when it’s free again. I love Odessa, the Arkadiya, and the embankment. I used to come there often. Sometimes, I stayed there for months. It’d be an enormous pleasure to be able to visit the free multiethnic Russian seaport of Odessa again, but first, we, together, should make it free.
Odessa, as well as the Donbass and Sloboda Ukraine with Kharkov, should determine their own future. Kiev has lost the moral right to make decisions for other Ukrainian regions. Maybe the regions would have to build the Ukraine anew, on another… federative or confederative… basis. The regions… with all their historical, cultural, and economic peculiarities… should themselves decide whether they want to remain within the Ukraine, and if they wish to do so, then, they should decide what kind of “Ukraine” they want. The people should decide this at regional referendums. The first step for the future Ukraine should be cleansing it of the evil that enslaved the country after the Maidan events. I think we should talk about denazification as a minimum. Of course, this should lead to the trial of the criminals, who staged an armed coup d’état and unleashed a civil war. Amongst the global first priority decisions it’s necessary to confirm the Ukraine’s neutral military status and start trilateral negotiations in the Ukraine-Russia-EU format. We need to resume negotiations to stabilise the situation in the country, to straighten out the tangle into which first Yanukovich (former Ukrainian President), and then Maidan dragged the country, making it an object of others’ interests and not the subject of its own.
4 May 2016