The majority of citizens of Eastern Ukraine are ready to take up arms and protect the region from terrorists, the only thing they need is the will of the Head Commander Poroshenko, stated the commander of the volunteer battalion “Donbas” Semen Semenchenko.
If after June 30th, when the unilateral ceasefire comes to an end, the government does not make concrete steps, the citizens of the east will start saving Donbas from terrorists themselves. This was stated to the publication GORDON by the commander of the volunteer battalion “Donbas” Semen Semenchenko.
“If after the end of the “ceasefire” we don’t see real steps once more, and the east is given to the “PRD” and “PRL,” I myself as a citizen of Donetsk oblast will create a “People’s Republic of Ukraine” to reunite with Ukraine. There is a real war underway, but not all in the country understand this. The majority of Donbas citizens are ready to take up arms and protect the region from terrorists,” said Semenchenko.
The commander emphasises that he had insisted on the official creation of a territorial defence battalion in Donetsk oblast many times, as well as the implementation of martial law, but every time these decisions were blocked from “above.”
“Back in April I demanded the creation of a territorial defence battalion in Donetsk oblast from the locals. It was blocked at the administrative and individual governor level of the General Headquarters. There was mistrust from above, as well as sabotage and a complete lack of understanding of the processes happening in the east of Ukraine. We need political will to announce general mobilisation. The command has to be given by the High Commander Petro Poroshenko. If after June 30th there is no command again, the citizens will start acting by themselves to free their land of Donbas from terrorists,” stated Semenchenko.
“I insist of the suspension of the so-called “ceasefire” and implementation of martial law in Donbas. There are many advantages to martial law, the most important of which is mobilisation of all state forces to rebuke the threat,” added the commander of “Donbas.”
Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina
Tags: Ceasefire, Donbas, Donbas Battalion, Donbas war (2014-present), Petro Poroshenko, Semenchenko