Ukraine must deny the “DNR,” “LNR,” and “Republic of Crimea” any claim to legitimacy

Occupied territories of Ukraine

Occupied territories of Ukraine 

2016/04/20 • Analysis & Opinion, Crimea, Politics, Ukraine, War in the Donbas

We must not create the illusion that Ukraine can exist where there is no Ukrainian flag, Ukrainian government or Ukrainian law.

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Vadym Chernysh, minister in charge of the occupied territories and internally displaced persons

The statement made by Vadym Chernysh, minister in charge of the occupied territories and internally displaced persons, on Ukraine’s future relations with the regions currently controlled by the enemy once again lays the issue of the legal status of Crimea and Donbas on the table. However, until we firmly recognize the occupied territories as actually occupied, until we understand that our mission is to complicate the invader’s daily life, until we understand that we must help our compatriots, we are doomed to live in the shadows.

To begin with, we must understand a very simple problem. The Russian invader is responsible for the occupied territories. The invader, and not the person whose money was taken away. Every ruble, which Russia now spends on the Donbas and Crimea is our contribution to its upcoming collapse. If the Russian government does NOT collapse, if the Organized Crime Syndicate currently at the head of the “Russian Federation” is NOT re-formatted into a sovereign state or a federation of different countries respected by its neighbours, not one Ukrainian – and not only Ukrainian – will feel safe and secure. If this collapse fails to happen, we will all be killed sooner or later by mortar shells. Moreover, the fact that we will die from conventional bombings while the Germans or French die from nuclear ones does not make our fate any easier or lighter.

Therefore, anyone who wants to make it easier for the aggressor is an enemy of Ukraine, an enemy of the civilized world, an enemy of his children’s future. This does not mean that we should abandon our compatriots who live in the occupied territories. No, on the contrary, we must do everything we can to alleviate their plight.

We must encourage their departure from the occupied territories to other parts of Ukraine; we must help them with housing and employment, with their children’s education and we must provide medical aid to their sick.

We must encourage young people from the occupied territories to attend Ukrainian universities and institutions, even by setting up quotas. We must draw more of their young people to serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine; we must educate the future liberators of our country.

We must build government structures in exile and  deny the “DNR,” “LNR” and “Republic of Crimea” any claim to legitimacy. At the same time, we must prosecute and punish all traitors who serve the enemy. The enemy, who not only talks rubbish on TV, but also kills, tortures and rapes… because Russian mercenaries and the security and law enforcement agencies in Donbas and Crimea kill, torture and abuse Ukrainian patriots with the tacit – or loud – approval of the degraded society of our criminal neighbour.

We must not create the illusion that Ukraine can exist where there is no Ukrainian flag, Ukrainian government or Ukrainian law. Today, there is no Ukraine in Donetsk, Luhansk and Simferopol, and there cannot be a Ukraine until all these regions have been liberated. All Ukrainian citizens residing in these territories must understand this undeniable fact just as clearly and comprehensively as we – the inhabitants of a free Ukraine – understand it.

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Source: Novosti Ukrayiny

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  • Quartermaster

    Hmmmm. Where is Adrian who supports the rape of Crimea and the Donbas at, I wonder? Helping in the rape of Transdniestria perhaps? Or at least apologizing for the rapists? Certainly, at least, the latter.

    • Quartermaster

      Obviously, you are unable to read. Not even the title says what you claim.

      • Alex George

        Which again, does not assist your argument at all.

        There is far more fascism and neo-Nazzism in Russia than anywhere else, including Ukraine.

      • Quartermaster

        I suggest a trip to Moscow, or any other large Russian city. You will a very large number of “Skin heads.” who are true Neo-Nazis. In Ukraine, they are almost non-existent.

        The “neo-Nazi brigade fighting Russian terrorists in the Donbas is essentially non-existent as well. There isn’t even a battalion, much less a brigade.

    • Alex George

      Rubbish – that is exactly what the fascist Putin regime claims.

      Nice doctored vid by the way – a great example of crude Kremlin propaganda!

  • Murf

    Ukraine is realizing that they have to fight this war on ALL fronts.
    Every ruble spent in Syria or feeding Donbas can not be used against them.
    I wish they had supported the Syrian Rebels. Controversial yes but even one Russian or Syrian plane had been brought down it would have tied up Russia for months longer.

    • Quartermaster

      Russia isn’t out of Syria yet. Any withdrawal will be temporary as well.

      • Alex George

        True, the Kremlin is now sending artillery units there. It is being drawn into a long-term conflict, just like it did in Afghanistan.

        • Quartermaster

          In Ezekial chapters 38 and 39, it is prophesied that God would put a hook in the jaw of the King of the North. Putin’s Army has an appointment that it will keep on the Mountains of Israel. 5 sixths of the Army will be destroyed and Russia will become a spent force permanently. Russia is back in the middle east to stay. In the end, mostly as dead bodies.

  • Quartermaster

    Why do shills for the criminal regime in Moscow think everyone will accept their lies at face value? The world knows that the US had nothing to do with Maidan. It is absolutely necessary for the world to accept the opposite for Russia to reach it’s propaganda goal. Unfortunately, for you and the rest of Russia’s troalls and liars, the facts are already out in the public domain, and you’ve already lost on that score.

    Putin’s regime is nothing more than a mafia regime that supports neo-Nazis and criminals in Crimea, and the Donbas.

    • Alex George

      Correct – the leaked phone call to which you refer does not indicate that USA “select the Ukrainian PM”. Rather it indicates the opposite. The Americans never conceived that Yanukovych would be so stupid as to do what he actually did – order the torture, imprisonment and killing of peaceful protesters. Yanukovych and his masters in the Kremlin succeeded in turning protest into open revolt, through their own ineptitude.

      And I agree, I am always amazed how Kremlin trolls can just keep spamming the same low-level propaganda over and over…

      And no, the Ukrainian government does not train or arm Nazzis, quite the opposite. It is Russian guard units who today wear the symbol of the 29th SS Division on their uniforms, and Russian war heroes who proudly sport that same SS symbol on their medals, so I would not go carrying on about Nazzi symbols if I were you.

    • Quartermaster

      There were no such admissions. The money given to ukraine was given over about 20 years, not in the short period you lying Russian Propagandists like to cite.

      The neo-Nazis are almost entirely on the side of Russian terrorists. The Russian Orthodox church is also training people to join their fellow terrorists in the Donbas.

      When it comes to neo-Nazis, Russia is on very thin ice. Putin himself is following Nazi patterns in his threats to his neighbors.

      • Ukrainian girl

        The name of Ukraine is capitalized.

        • Quartermaster

          Thanks. I didn’t catch that typo.

  • Alex George

    Why are Kremlin trolls so crude and obvious, not to mention highly inaccurate?

    Interesting to see that you cannot come up with a single rational argument; rather your post simply consists of abuse. Is that the best the Kremlin can do these days?

  • MichaelA

    easy enough to deny – they don’t really exist
    just a bunch of bandits pretending to be a state

    • rgb

      Your postings of denouncement and hatred prove there is a Ukraine and Ukrainians. Otherwise, you wouldn’t bother making a fool of yourself.

      • MichaelA

        ? i was referring to the fake republics in the donbass, not to ukraine

        • Ukrainian girl

          Ukrainie is the name of the sovereign country and,hence,capitalized.

          • Alex George

            Calm down. MA is a colonial, i.e. Australian, and rarely capitalises anything. You are lucky he even used punctuation!