Oleg Onopko: Ukrainian deputy’s statement on need to ‘depopulate Donbass’ – direct consequence of decree on Russian passports

DPR People’s Council deputy Oleg Onopko, in an interview with RIA Novosti, commented on the statement of the Verkhovna Rada deputy Konstantin Grishin, known as Semyon Semenchenko, about the need to “depopulate the Donbass” by pulling all labour resources out of the DPR and LPR territories.

“I have quite a logical question: why did the Ukrainian people’s deputy just now recall the inhabitants of the Republics? After five years of war, in which Mr. Grishin himself was directly involved, commanding the so-called volunteer battalion. As a result of the punitive actions of the Donbass battalion, civilians were killed, many people were forced to leave their homes. And now he says that Ukraine must show how it needs the people of the DPR and the LPR. Moreover, the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada proposes even to think about an amnesty for our citizens. At the same time, the prevention of prosecution of the parties to the conflict is one of the key points of the Minsk agreements that Ukraine ultimately does not want to fulfill. Apparently, the Ukrainian people’s deputy totally forgot about it,” the parliamentarian said.

Oleg Onopko stressed that this political statement was a direct consequence of the signing by the President of the Russian Federation of a decree on a simplified procedure for the citizenship of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics to be granted citizenship of the Russian Federation.

“This is an exclusively humanitarian measure aimed at restoring our citizens’ rights, which they were deprived of thanks to the official Kiev and such individuals as Grishin. By the way, people who will receive Russian passports, the former ‘battalion commander’ proposes to deprive of Ukrainian citizenship altogether.

Against this background, the words about the amnesty and the necessity of the residents of the DPR and the LPR look not just dubious. Such statements sound like another mockery of residents of the territories, who for five years have to live in conditions of war and a complete blockade organized by the radicals who illegally came to power in Kiev,” the deputy concluded.

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