The Luhansk Peoples republic is an independent state

Summary

The Luhansk Peoples republic is an independent state.

Disproof

Eastern Ukraine is part of Ukraine. The international community does not recognise the so-called "presidential and parliamentary elections" held in Donetsk and Luhansk ‘People's Republics’ on 2 November 2014. These were held contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Minsk Protocol, signed within the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group, and obstructing efforts to find a sustainable political solution to the crisis.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 55
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/01/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: LPR
  • Outlet: Miastok
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Volyn and Vinnitsa may secede from Ukraine, according to commander…

Volyn and Vinnitsa may secede from Ukraine, according to commander of a battalion of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Anatoly Vinogrodsky.

Disproof

In fact, Mr. Vinogrodsky did not mention secession at all. At a press conference on 16 January 2017, he questioned the necessity of granting special status to Donbas, pointing out the discontent of other regions with the fact that their taxes go towards paying the tariffs on Donbas, and who should, by this logic, also demand special status. The entire video from the press conference is available here: bit.ly/2k8shUg, .

There was a coup d’etat in Ukraine

There was a coup d’etat in Ukraine. The current Ukrainian government is illegitimate.

Disproof

Democratic, competitive and generally well-organised presidential and parliamentary elections were held in 2014 and local elections in 2015. The EU welcomed this progress. The OSCE, which observed all these elections on the ground, characterised the Presidential elections as showing the "clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms."