Tuesday, July 18, 2017

DPR, LPR Separatists In East Ukraine Declare New Country “Malorossiya”

Activist Post | Jul 18, 2017 | Brandon Turbeville

On July 18, Donetsk People’s Republic leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, announced the creation of a new country that will be made up of the DPR and LPR regions in Eastern Ukraine. The new country will be called “Malorossiya” or “Little Russia.” Local leadership is describing the country as a “successor state” to Ukraine.

Zakharchenko is proposing a three-year transition period toward the creation of the new state as a way to settle the ongoing conflict.

“We propose to establish the state of Malorossiya. Malorossiya is an independent young state. A transition period of up to 3 years,” Zakharchenko told reporters.

Zakharchenko said that discussions taking place within the DPR have “come to the conclusion that Ukraine has shown itself as a failed state” and called on the international community to support the new proposal.

“We should be supported by the residents of the regions. This solution is possible provided that the international community supports the idea,” he said.

Malorossiya has been declared a sovereign federation of states, with Donetsk being the capitol. The Malorossiyan constitution will be drafted and subsequently debated and put up for referendum and public discussion. Central authorities will be in charge of the government’s budget, army, and security forces said Alexander Timofeev, DPR Income and Charges Minister.

“We, the representatives of former Ukraine, declare the establishment of a new state, Malorossiya, which is a successor state to Ukraine. We agree that the new state’s name will be Malorossiya because the very name of Ukraine has discredited itself. The city of Donetsk becomes Malorossiya’s capital,” Timofeev said.

The Constitution is set to declare Malorossiya’s non-aligned status and goal of restoring ties with Russia. The plan will see the country join the “Union State of Russia and Belarus” while maintaining its sovereignty.

“Malorossiya is a multinational state with Russian and Malorossiyan being its official languages, and regional languages retaining their rights and statuses,” Timofeev read from the draft constitution.

Timofeev also noted that all religions will have equal rights. Malorossiya will aim at picking up action with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and open talks with both Russia and the EU.

“The policy aimed at joining the Union State of Russia and Belarus while preserving independence and sovereignty. The keeping of a visa-free regime in agreement with the European Union. De-oligarchisation, including on a legal basis,” the minister read out.

“The constitution of Malorossiya will be drafted, approved in its initial iteration by the constitutional assembly and then submitted for the nationwide referendum. This will follow the wide public discussion both on the regional and the federal levels,” Timofeev pointed out.

Zakharchenko also suggested declaring a state of emergency in Malorossiya for three years as a result of “economic difficulties, possible chaos and a possible war of all against all,” and, according to Sputnik, “during these three years order shall be restored and the constitution shall be adopted.”

The official formation of a separate country has seemed like a virtual inevitability since the beginning of the crisis. Indeed, it has appeared to be the most logical conclusion to the conflict since divisions within Ukraine itself have become so deep the country has culturally split itself in two.

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