Putin sees Medvedchuk as governor of Donetsk, sources say


War in the Donbas

Russian President Vladimir Putin has insisted on the participation of Viktor Medvedchuk in the tripartite peace negotiations in the Donbas not simply because he is Putin’s confidant. Putin’s main goal is to make Medvedchuk, head of the Ukrainian Choice movement (pro-Russian political organization — Ed.), the governor of the Donetsk Oblast and then to return him to Ukrainian politics, reports ZN.UA, citing a source in Moscow close to the entourage of the deposed president Viktor Yanukovych.

According to the source, the involvement of the Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel in the “whitewashing” of Medvechuk was a necessary part of the plan. The mechanism to achieve Putin’s goal is to make Medvechuk governor of the Donetsk Oblast. Nestor Shufrych (Party of Regions deputy — Ed.), who is also participating in the negotiations, would be made governor of Luhansk. Then, once Medvedchuk heads up the Donetsk Oblast State Administration, he would be able to take advantage of the built-in pluses — the resources of the most populated region in Ukraine — to maintain his political power in future parliamentary elections.

It is expected that the issue of Medvedchuk’s governorship will be raised (or has already been raised) during confidential negotiations between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, the source believes.

The source, who was part of the group involved in the preparation and management of the negotiations, said that during the second meeting of the group, in Donetsk, Friday, June 27, Medvedchuk did not take an active part in the discussions and was mostly silent. However, during the meetings he would repeatedly go out to consult with the separatists. The source said it appeared that Medvedchuk was advising the representatives of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) and the “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LPR) on what concessions with Kyiv to accept and which ones to reject.

As previously reported, on June 27, in Donetsk, a second round of consultations of the se-called tripartite contact group took place to resolve the situation in the Donbas. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko agreed to Angela Merkel’s proposal to include Medvedchuk as mediator in the group. The meeting was attended by representatives of the militants of DPR and LPR, Victor Medvedchuk, national deputy Nestor Shufrych, former president Leonid Kuchma and others.

However, as  NEWSru.ua points out, the spokesman for the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Volodymyr Chepovyy, declared at a press briefing that Viktor Medvedchuk and Nestor Shufrych were not authorized to represent the Ukrainian side at the tripartite meetings in Donetsk. “Kuchma represents the Ukrainian side in the tripartite contact group,” he said, adding that “Medvedchuk is not the Ukrainian side.”

Former president Leonid Kravchuk also says he does not understand Medvedchuk’s role in the negotiations with terrorists in the Donbas. “What is happening today, these consultative meetings, is not clear to me at all. I don’t know whom Medvedchuk represents — perhaps Mrs. Mekel?” he said.

The tripartite contact group negotiating peace in the Donbas includes Ukraine’s second president Leonid Kuchma, OSCE representative Heidi Tagliavini, and Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zubarov. During a telephone conversation with Poroshenko, Putin, and French President François Hollande, Angela Merkel suggested that Medvedchuk be included as a mediator in the tripartite group. Petro Poroshenko and the other participants in the conversation agreed.

Translation: Anna Mostovych

Sources: ZN.UA, NEWSru.ua


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  1. Avatar Evelyn Myketa Livingston says:

    Im not clear on why putin has any input here at all. Who cares what his preferences are?

  2. Avatar Mykola Banderachuk says:

    are you kidding me? putin can choose a governor for the donbass? ok, Ukraine wants to choose the governor for the crimea.

    1. Avatar Arctic_Slicer says:

      That might be a good idea. Viktor Medvedchuk can be governor of Dontesk in exchange Mustafa Dzhemiliev gets to be governor of Crimea.

      1. Avatar Mykola Banderachuk says:

        that would include of course, the return of crimea to Ukraine

  3. Avatar sandy miller says:

    This is disgusting. Poroshenko probably doesn’t have much choice. Thousands protested this situation. They want arms to fight the terrorist. I’m sure Putin would probably cause mass murder if he doesn’t get his way. Merkel, Germany are shameless panderers to Pewtin/kremlin. As usual Ukraine gets screwed. I looks like they’re right back to where they started a corrupt government run by Kremlin puppets forced on to them by Germany and Russia. US should go in and bomb the Kremlin and teach that little albino chimp a lesson.

    1. Avatar Arctic_Slicer says:

      Merkel’s fluency in the Russian language must leave her vulnerable to the Russian propaganda machine.

  4. Avatar Walter Salmaniw says:

    Totally on side with the other comments. Putin has zero roll here. Heck, he started this fiasco, and now expects some say in these proceedings? My view is that only Ukrainian citizens can negotiate with the Ukrainian state.

  5. Avatar Milton Devonair says:

    Putin, lol. Why is it the little males with inferiority complexes always start trouble?