The Director of the Institute for Demography and Social Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Ella Libanova told the press that the return of Donbass would have an enormous economic price.
Such assessments are periodically made in Ukraine, provided that the reasonability of returning itself is not called into question. Now, some media and political institutions have even initiated discussions on “The return of occupied territories of Donbass. Ukrainian plan”.
The comments of ‘experts’, who are invited to speak out on the subject, are quite interesting. So, Libanova stated: ʺThe first is the economic price… We have already lived economically without these territories for a period of several years. We have become used to this broken relationship… Is Ukraine ready to reintegrate this territory and what is it ready to reintegrate? The labour force from that territory is not ready to work in modern enterprises and it is not ready to integrate.”
So the speaker realizes that the return involves violence, since the locals do not want it. At the same time, she does not realize (or realizes, but ignores it?) that she gives away her attitude towards the population of Donbass, calling it “a labour force that are not ready to work in modern enterprises”.
The equally controversial statement was made by Oksana Syroyid, the Deputy Chairwoman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine: “Our task is to strengthen armed forces, peacekeepers will not return our territories because it is not their task… The return of the territories with the Russian presence will be a defeat.”
It turns out that Volker, who proposes to introduce blue helmets throughout our territory, lags behind these Ukrainian leaders. One of whom proposes, not hoping for peacekeepers, to strengthen the armed forces, while the second one – to reintegrate Donbass by force.
But they all make the same mistake: they forget to ask the Republics. Well, they should. We gave our opinion on Ukraine in 2014 and we still hold it, unlike many others.
Sergey Rura, the DPR People’s Council deputy