#Official Commentary of Elena Melnik on Irina Gerashchenko’s words about integration of Donbass in Russia
Vice Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Irina Gerashchenko stated that the Donbass Republics are increasingly integrating into the Russian Federation, and the introduction of external management at the enterprises of Ukrainian oligarchs allowed the LDPR to actually switch to self-sufficiency.The Ukrainian politician blamed the fighters of ‘ATO’ – the organizers of the blockade of Donbass – on the incident.
Inconsistency and contrariety of the Ukrainian authorities’ actions become inalienable and distinctive features of their policies. For three years, the Kiev authorities in various ways have been trying to inflict maximum damage on the Donbass Republics, and now it expresses concern about the integration processes of the DPR and the LPR in Russia. For three years, Ukraine has not been paying pensions and social benefits to residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, and now it is unhappy that the Republics can make social payments on their own. For a long time, the Kiev regime has been blocking economic ties with the Donbass unofficially, and when Poroshenko approved the official status of the blockade, it turned out that this facilitates the integration of the DPR and the LPR into the Russian Federation.
However, it is quite easy to explain such a sudden anxiety that Gerashchenko expressed right now. The financial and economic condition of Ukraine is close to catastrophic. Tranches from the IMF are postponed, and receipts from enterprises in the territories of the DPR and the LPR are completely stopped after the introduction of temporary administrations. Even Western partners pour oil on the fire – the court in London was lost with $ 3 billion in debt to Russia. For all this, someone will have to answer, so Ukrainian politicians are desperately trying to shift responsibility for what is happening to each other.
Elena Melnik, the DPR People’s Council deputy