#Commentary of Valery Skorokhodov on Kiev’s plans for local government elections in DPR and LPR

Deputy of the DPR’s People’s Council Valery Skorokhodov commented on a statement of the Head of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Bogdan Yaremenko in an interview to Russian mass media.

ʺBogdan Yaremenko frankly reports on Kiev’s plans not to enter into a dialogue with the current government of the DPR and LPR. Moreover, the Ukrainian deputy says that Ukraine might not recognize local government elections, which are envisaged in the Minsk agreements and Steinmeier formula, in the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. And this is said not by an ordinary parliamentarian, but by the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs.

At the very least, it is somewhat strange how plans not to implement the Minsk agreements with explanations why Ukraine will have to implement them after all combine in one interview given by the Ukrainian deputy of the Verkhovna Rada. There is a feeling that new Kiev’s parliamentarians have issues with logic,ʺ Valery Skorokhodov noted.

Also, the deputy of the DPR’s People’s Council did not ignore a statement made by Yaremenko on the fact that the “Servant of the People” party had good chances in the DPR and LPR.

ʺSuch an opinion demonstrates that Ukrainian deputies are not familiar with the realities of the Republics. The majority of our citizens do not follow up on the activities of Ukrainian parties, a very limited percentage of the population is interested in news from Ukraine. I would prefer if Ukrainian politicians dealt with what is going on in Maidan, rather than fantasize about chances in Donbass,ʺ Valery Skorokhodov said.

Continuing to comment on Yaremenko’s statements, the deputy of the DPR was doubtful whether one could trust the words and actions of Ukrainian politicians, who allowed themselves to make such contradictory statements.

ʺYou ask yourself a question after such statements – is a signature of Ukrainian representatives on international documents even worth anything? It has not been a week since Ukraine signed the Steinmeier formula, and representatives of Kiev’s power announce that they will not follow it, because the implementation of the Minsk agreements poses tremendous difficulties for Ukraine. New Kiev’s politicians cannot be taken seriously, who agree on one thing at the international level today and claim the opposite a few days later,ʺ Valery Skorokhodov said.

A parliamentarian of the DPR noted in his commentary to Russian mass media that the violation of the terms of withdrawal of forces by Kiev’s authorities demonstrated Kiev’s plans not to implement the Minsk agreements.

ʺA failure to separate forces, which was scheduled on October 7 not in word, but in deed, demonstrates Kiev’s intentions to continue sabotaging the implementation of the agreements they have signed. Instead, representatives of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry talk about the alleged shelling of pilot sites and days of ceasefire. In other words, instead of real actions, Zelensky repeats Poroshenko’s policy, continues to engage in empty talk and sabotage the Minsk agreements,ʺ Valery Skorokhodov summed up.

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