Donetsk Rebel Leader Declares Region Sovereign State, Calls for Attachment to Russia

إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية W460

The self-proclaimed head of the "People's Republic of Donetsk" in eastern Ukraine on Monday declared the region a sovereign state and asked Russia to consider allowing it to accede.

"Proceeding from the expression of the will of the people of the Donetsk People's Republic and in order to restore historical justice, we ask the Russian Federation to consider the issue of the Donetsk People's Republic becoming part of the Russian Federation," Denis Pushilin told reporters.

Pushilin was speaking after he claimed 89 percent of people in the region supported independence in Sunday's referendum slammed as illegal and a farce by both the West and Kiev.

"We, the people of the Donetsk People's Republic, based on the results of the referendum held on 11 May 2014 ... declare that the (republic) is henceforth a sovereign state," Pushilin said.

Pushilin had said earlier that a presidential election that the West sees as vital to ease tensions in the crisis-wracked country "will not happen" in the Donetsk region.

This raised the possibility of stronger Western sanctions against Russia, whom the West blames for fomenting unrest in the former Soviet republic.

U.S. President Barack Obama has said he will impose sanctions that target whole sections of the recession-threatened Russian economy if the elections do not go ahead as planned.

The European Union on Monday ramped up sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, adding two Crimean firms and 13 people to an existing blacklist.

Reacting to the referendums in the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, Russian President Vladimir Putin's office said that "Moscow respects the expression of the people's will" there.

Putin called for the results to be "implemented in a civilized manner, without any repeat of violence, through dialogue between representatives of Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk."

Comments 8
Default-user-icon Tony (Guest) 12 May 2014, 18:44

This is what we should do in Lebanon - we are just too different, but please dont start coming to our new Lebanon..because whatever happens you stick to us...malla labsa !

Thumb popeye 12 May 2014, 19:48

you mean mowaten?

Default-user-icon Nisch (Guest) 12 May 2014, 20:07

This guy looks a bit iranian don't you think.

Default-user-icon temp acct (Guest) 12 May 2014, 20:36

southern, why can't you simply answer the question?

Missing helicopter 13 May 2014, 03:54

Let Russia hold a referendum in Chechneya.

Thumb ado.australia 13 May 2014, 04:14

Chechnya is already an autonomous republic.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 13 May 2014, 08:11

tex.. this is where they usually disappear... they speak of grand dreams that Aoun would trump this.. and HA has the hearts and minds of all the Lebanese... but as soon as you slap some truth into them.. they sulk away and come back with the same arguments in another article..
Aoun is proven to have went from 75% of the christian voice to 42% in 4 years.. and the postponement of the elections were entirely in his favor. The Shia will continue to be with HA and by extension AMAL... however the only way Aoun's stock is going is down.
pathetic indeed.

Thumb Maxx 13 May 2014, 13:35

Ghazanfar Roknabadi?