September 17, 2014
Special status for Donbas regions and amnesty for fighters
Summary of the most important events for September 16, 2014 by Dmytro Tymchuk
Verkhovna Rada [Parliament] voted for resonance bills on the special status of certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and amnesty of fighters.
Local election in occupied territories are to take place on December 7, 2014. Meanwhile, the special procedure of local self-government is introduced for 3 years and free usage of Russian and other languages is guaranteed, the specified regions receive state support for social and economic development. People’s militia units will be created on the decision of local coucils. The bill on amnesty presupposed exemption from liability of ‘members of armed groups’ and those who counteracted anti-terrorist operation.
On one hand, these bills look like betrayal. On the other hand, this is absolutely necessary step. We need to face the truth: we could easily finish what we had begun and destroy militants if it were not for Putin who threw in hordes of his regular army in Donbas. Ukraine was unable to resist such invasion. We can, of course, hold general mobilization, arm thousands of civilians and pour blood over Donbas, – however, this is hardly a better variant.
Dmytro Tymchuk expressed his confidence that there is no way to solve Donbas problem in peaceful way (theoretically we may give Donbas ‘freedom’, and then tighten the loop step by step, but Russian will not let this happen). But we need another army for victory, we are to create that army and it is good that current hostilities have stablished a good basement. Thus the law on special status is an ellipsis, but not the final point (although there are lots of questions concerning this ellipsis, for example – financing of the regions). The most important is not to mix it all up referring to economic difficulties and other circumstances.
What is more important is whether Russian will be satisfied with that Kyiv’s gift to Moscow and fighters? That is the question.
Source: Head of Centre of Military and Political Studies and coordinator of Information Resistance group Dmytro Tymchuk