Russian-backed leader Zakharchenko demands Ukraine recognize “Donetsk republic”

Aleksandr Zakharchenko is self-proclaimed "Prime Minister" of the Russian-backed "Donetsk People's Republic". Photo: youtube screenshot 

War in the Donbas

Article by: Nikolaus von Twickel

The leader of the Donetsk separatists, Alexander Zakharchenko, made it clear that his “people’s republic” wants to be recognized by Ukraine, thus adding yet another condition unacceptable to Kiev in the ongoing negotiations about the Minsk agreement.

In the April 24 Izvestia interview, Zakharchenko said that it was too late to talk about a federation between Ukraine and his “republic”. After the bloodshed, for which he put the sole blame on Kiev, “the people of Donbas will never give up the freedom and independence they fought for,” he said.

Zakharchenko added that maybe there could be talks between his “republic” as an independent state and Ukraine about a confederation. But for this to happen, there needs to be not just a change of power in Kiev, but Ukraine’s “greedy and vicious” elite needs to be replaced. “The only place for (them) is either in court or in exile,” he said.

The separatist leader accused the current Ukrainian government to harbor plans of a large-scale population exchange. With its constant military attacks Kiev wants to demoralize the population so that it is prepared to flee its homeland, he claimed.

The aim is “to free (our) land in order to let it be occupied by Ukrainians from central and western regions,” he said, adding that this process was already ongoing in the government-controlled parts of the Donetsk region.  (There is no evidence to support Zakharchenko’s claim).

Kiev has vehemently rejected any talk of a federation from the onset of the conflict and the Minsk agreement does not contain this term nor does it mention any “people’s republic”, just “certain areas” of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

Zakharchenko’s demands are likely to add to the already gargantuan task of achieving any progress in the ongoing talks, be they in Minsk or in the Normandy Format.

The information is part of a newsletter on political developments in the “LNR” and “DNR,” which is is part of the project “European Support for the Effective Monitoring of Human Rights in Eastern Ukraine” coordinated by DRA in Berlin (www.civicmonitoring.org / www.austausch.org, contact: [email protected]).
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Comments

  1. Avatar Scradje says:

    He’s not the leader of the ‘separatists’, he’s just occupier scum. His spiritual homeland is Somalia, so he should go there. Or he can just cross over to pootlerstan and take his filthy gang of murderers, torturers, rapists and thieves with him.

    1. Avatar Fortranz says:

      This Silovik Fascist scum has the right to demand nothing.

      1. Avatar MichaelA says:

        he is shouting and blustering
        because he knows his time is short

  2. Avatar Alex George says:

    These remarks by Zakharchenko really don’t change anything. They don’t make things any harder or easier; they are just irrelevant.

    Since the beginning of the Minsk “ceasefire” in March 2015, the Russians and their puppet separatists have violated it. Many Ukrainians have died each week due to Russian shooting. Putin foolishly thinks he can break the spirit of Ukrainians by killing them.

    Zakharchenko thinks he can change things by fatuous words. He can’t. His doom is inevitable

    1. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

      None of your fookin’ RUSKI ***MOLE*** business anyway you LYING faqqot!

      Go to your Ruski MODERATED “Disqus Channels” — with the Trump supporters & RT & Sputnik articles — & WHERE THEY WRITE — “Crimea is really Russian” :)))

      — as per a “moderator” — on “Ukraine Today USA” — NOW ILLEGALLY CALLING ITSELF “Ukraine Today” — thus VIOLATING COPYRIGHT LAWS 🙂

      — I’ll get around to that — later! 😉

      1. Avatar Alex George says:

        HI Andrew. You really don’t like it when people praise the courage of Ukrainians, and criticize Putin, do you.

        As for Ukraine Today, I doubt anyone cares what you think there. You could ask them of course – I count about 15 people who post on this site who also post on Ukraine Today.

    2. Avatar Ihor Dawydiak says:

      Aside from being a terrorist, Zakharchenko is nothing more than a fatuous windbag who cannot even go to use the toilet without permission from his master Putin the Pederast. Furthermore, the Ukrainian Government have made it abundantly clear that they will not negotiate with the local terrorists in Russian occupied Eastern Donbas nor will they ever recognize the so called DNR and LNR. As for the fate of individuals such as zero brains Zakharchenko and his pompous potato head counterpart Plotnytsky, that will almost certainly be decided by the Kremlin. In any case, they have no future.

  3. Avatar veth says:

    Pure a Russian fascist.

  4. Avatar veth says:

    Ukraine’s best tank platoon will take part in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2017 on May 7-12 at the Grafenwoehr training area in Germany, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense has reported.

    The competition is to include tank platoons from four NATO member states – Germany, the United States, Poland, and France, and two alliance partner nations – Austria and Ukraine.

    1. Avatar Murf says:

      Looking forward to seeing them compete.
      The Ukraine boys better bring their A game though, those Tankers take that stuff serious.
      “Steel on Target”!

      1. Avatar Richard Hoover says:

        Ukrainians need Bravado as they always have and cunning tactics ,,Tanks too ,,,they are looking pretty amazing in Ukraine now so fast,,,, MESS THEM rUSKIS UP IF IT GETS DOWN TO MORE BIG GUN SLINGING ,,UKRAINE HAS GODS EYES AND HEART AND SPEED WITH THEM AND OUR PRAYERS!! SLAVA UKRAINI ! PUTIN ,,I WILL BE HAPPY TO PISS ON YOUR GRAVE WHEN ITS PREPARED!,,AT LEAST YOU WILL THEN BE WORTH MY URINE IN LIFE!

        1. Avatar Murf says:

          I like your sprite!

      2. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

        Hmm… came to the FINAL conclusion that “Dagwood Bumstead” is ALSO a Ruski **MOLE** …. he did post at ane time that he uses google for Ruski & Ukie language stuff..

        Interesting!

        I am getting them to “come out” it appears! :)))
        FUNNY! :)))

        They’re so fkn’ STUPID!!!

        1. Avatar MichaelA says:

          because he argues strongly against your russian friends?

    2. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

      Excellent stuff.

    3. Avatar Murf says:

      Some additional excellent news.
      Ukraine has just reestablished it’s Tank School at the Faculty of Military Training, National Technical University” in Kharkive.
      Источник: http://ua.today/news/politics/v_ukraine_vosstanovyat_institut_tankovyh_vojskKharkiv polytechnic Institute.
      The original institute is credited with designing the legendary T-34 in the 30s and the T-64
      This will go a lone way towards improving the quality of training for Ukrainian armor Officers.
      I hope to Ukraine Officers exchange Officers in NATO military institutions in the near future.

  5. Avatar Brent says:

    The only thing they should be recognized as is a bunch of murdering, stealing, lying Russo Nazzi terrorists. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3c7b3283315160412d4eac6dffc5fc72b584d67e0d944aeb3034dda8a6ab923e.jpg

    1. Avatar Richard Hoover says:

      TWISTED HUMANS ,,,DNA IS REALLY FKED!,,,,,WHAT WENT WRONG IN THE KITCHEN IN RUSSIA OMG!

      1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

        Putin wanted to bake a cake but he was out of polonium sprinkles.

  6. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

    DEMAND???? Who do you think you are, Zakharchenko? You are nothing but a common traitor, and you are in no position to make any demands. There’s no reason whatsoever for Kyiv to recognise your so-called DNR, or the so-called LNR of that other traitor Plotnitsky’s.

    1. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

      Oh? 🙂

      Hmm… came to the FINAL conclusion that “Dagwood Bumstead” is ALSO a
      Ruski **MOLE** …. he did post that time that he uses google for
      Ruski & Ukie language stuff..

      Took a long enough time to come to that.

      Interesting!
      I am getting them to “come out” it appears! :)))
      FUNNY! :)))

      They’re so fkn’ STUPID!!!

      1. Avatar MichaelA says:

        so let me get this straight
        dagwood argues strongly against zacharchenko and the dnr and the lnr and you call him a russian mole?
        you have proved that you are the russian mole

        1. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

          “you have proved that you are the russian mole”

          STUPID RUSKI SH*T!!! :))))
          A WHITE MAN WOULD SAY: “… *A* (NOT “the”) russian mole” :))))

          LEARNA DA ANGLISHA!!! — you stupid Ruski faqqot! :))))))

          LEARNA DA ARTICLES DA!!! —- “Da?” ;))

          faqqot!!!

          1. Avatar MichaelA says:

            It is correct English
            learn English before you lecture others
            what I wrote was correct
            you have proved that you are the russian mole

          2. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

            “It is correct English”

            IS THE CORRECT ENGLISH?

            “learn English before you lecture others”

            HOW I LEARN TO TALK ENGLISH LIKE YOU?

            “what I wrote was correct”

            YES! YES!!! I NOW SEE AND ” HEAR” IT IS THE CORRECT ENGLISH!

            “you have proved that you are the russian mole”

            YES!! YOU HAVE PROVEN THIS TO BE A TRUTH!

            You **STU-PIT** Ruski faqqot! :))))

            What a dum mo’ fo’ you indeed ARE!!!

            Now go slide yo’ hand over the leg of the other Ruski faqqot troll sitting next to you!

            Faqqot! :))))

          3. Avatar MichaelA says:

            what I wrote was correct
            your english is poor just like your fellow russian moles that you upvote
            styx and george evans

          4. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

            when do I do that? — Ruski faqqot!!! :))))

            http://tinyurl.com/lav9fgp

          5. Avatar Fortranz says:

            REM – algorithm Andrew Chmile

            FOR comment = 1 TO infinity

            PRINT: FUNCTION$ _Stupid-incoherent- Gibberish-befitting-an-ignorant-child_

            NEXT: comment

            END PROGAM: REM – Yeah like this will ever happen…lol

          6. Avatar Eolone says:

            Chmile, get a better translator. Or take a remedial English course. Your English comes out of the spb troll factory.

          7. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

            “It is correct English
            learn English before you lecture others
            what I wrote was correct
            you have proved that you are the russian mole”

            You are THE idiot!!!

            It is correct English! ;)))

            Faqqot!!! :)))

            http://pix.iemoji.com/images/emoji/apple/ios-9/256/smirking-face.png

          8. Avatar MichaelA says:

            okay so you are not a native english speaker
            i get it
            you are a russian mole

          9. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

            “okay so you are not a native english speaker
            i get it
            you are a russian mole”
            ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

            Don’t you wanna say (AGAIN?:) :
            “you are THE russian mole” :)))))))

            STU-PIT RUSSO-MONGOLIAN faqqot!!!

            You ASIATIC sh*t can NEVER really learn a WHITE language! :)))

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1fd2b2674f4ad6f5219b571ea9e89d801c3603d65be0b507b9ed086e11931b16.jpg

          10. Avatar MichaelA says:

            you clearly arent comfortable with the articles in english
            but that is not my problem
            you are trying to avoid what I wrote above:
            dagwood argues strongly against zacharchenko and the dnr and the lnr and yet you call him a russian mole?
            that proves that you are the russian mole

          11. Avatar Alex George says:

            Andrew, all you are proving is that you don’t understand how “the” and “a” work in English.

            Michaela may be a colonial but he knows his English. You do not.

          12. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

            “Andrew, all you are proving is that you don’t understand how “the” and “a” work in English. Michaela may be a colonial but he knows his English. You do not.”

            🙂

            OH? :))
            Russo-mongolian MORON!!!

            You’ve been OUTED!!!

            Ruski faqqot! :))))

            Rather like the STUPID RUSKI POS with a “black man avatar” —
            that wrote about —- “a double edged horse”. :)))))

            You dum @ss Finno-Ugric-mongoloidol SH*TS!!!! :))

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8dd1f2a35e23dfc6c88273982b3fa2794b774c4351b870dc998ab8f3d7cc1639.jpg

          13. Avatar Alex George says:

            Yes you have been outed and you are a Russian mole.

          14. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

            He “KNOWS” — “ANGLISH” — as well as YOU do —- you DUM SH*T! :)))

            YOU STILL TRYING TO PUSH THAT BS **UGLY** PRIMITIVE RUSKI LANGUAGE ON UKES BY —- SAYING USE ENGLISH INSTEAD?

            :))

            Didn’t like my VERY GOOD IF I INDEED SAY SO, ARGUMENTS ***FOR*** UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE USE **FIRST** — AND THEN ENGLISH — FK RUSSO-MONGOLIAN!!!! Even the Africans couldn’t help that BS language that much!!!!

            UGLY SOUNDING!!!!
            PRIMITIVE!!!!!
            SH*T!
            ANIMAL-LIKE

            Whereas Ukrainian has many times been called — “the French of Eastern Europe”.

            Frankly, I believe it to be better.

            That DOG BARK & GROWL Ruski is U-G-L-E-E-eeee!!!!
            [email protected]!

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/211c8bcac9232489c0c6778d2f953240f8d64de47dcc2fceaa88d9bdee6fc561.jpg

          15. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

            Ruski MORON!!!

            LEARNA HOW TO DO THE ANGLISH DA?

            You can’t BLUFF your way out — faqqot!

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1fd2b2674f4ad6f5219b571ea9e89d801c3603d65be0b507b9ed086e11931b16.jpg

          16. Avatar MichaelA says:

            interesting you are getting more and more upvotes from the putin trolls
            just as you are upvoting them
            you cant hide the truth about yourself

        2. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

          “you have proved that you are the russian mole”
          ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

          JUST TO RUB MO’ SH*T IN YO’ IGNORANT RUSKI “EDUCATED” 😉
          MONHOL FACE!!! — AGAIN! ;)))))

          SCUMBAG!!!

          http://tinyurl.com/lav9fgp

  7. Avatar Richard Hoover says:

    Take him to the HAGUE !!! Zakarchenko set up by Putin,,thieves of Ukraine traitors backstabbers ,,mutineers ,,scum! Murdering barbaric uncivilized unintelligent pigs! Guns for brains ,,brains will turn the tide and god with Ukraine,,10 .000 Ukrainians have died because of Putin and tis Zaharchenko swine,,,,,snake ,,,shit from the devils ass like Putin! Your all in a corner ,,back off or Nato will crush your whole scheme and patiently tame your Russian bear to morally spiritually as a animal from god to turn on you all for your crimes against Humanity and Evil… May the bear shit on you all terrorist …low life trash!!

  8. Avatar Robert says:

    You can ‘demand’ anything you want, zak. Count on it being ignored or, at best, continued to be considered nothing more than hilarious rantings from a deranged Nazi Thug.

    When your presence is demanded in the ICC in The Hague (IF you’re still in life then), you’ll have no other choice but to appear and accept the consequences. Meanwhile, know that you are nothing – nothing more than a ruthless Terrorist puppet awaiting his Fate in The Hague.

    1. Avatar MichaelA says:

      Well said

  9. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    This guy needs to stop a bullet.