Pavlo Zhebrivsky, Donetsk region Governor, commented on Avakov’s plan on the liberation of some of Donbas districts on air of 112 Ukraine. He believes that the main disadvantage of the plan is the terms of its implementation.
“Every idea on the decreasing of the occupied territories is worth attention. Still, I think if we follow this way, we will reach the border with Russia till 20130. In this part, if we enter every town, every district and hold elections, introduce administrations, it will take at least half a year per each city,” Zhebrivsky said.
He also expressed doubts that Russia was ready to make concessions in terms of Donbas.
“Actually, there is a decision, there is something being discussed by Poroshenko and others on the fact that the peacekeeping mission is to be brought on the entire occupied territory and the key point here is the control over the Ukraine-Russia border,” he added.
“I regard the idea, proposed by Avakov, quite good but it will take a lot of time to implement. Essentially, not everyone will like what the local government is doing, if we follow the way, chosen by the residents of these territories. What if it is ineffective? It is not a civilian-military administration. It will not be Ukraine’s central authority responsibility. The local government will be responsible for that. If we choose this path, it will be endless. Still, there are lots of good ideas,” Zhebrivsky concluded.
It should be mentioned that Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s Internal Minister, in the interview for Ukrainska Pravda told about his personal view on the liberation of Ukraine’s occupied territories. Accodring to him, the liberation of the territories from the occupants can be conducted the following way – to take control over separate regions. Avakov believes that it is impossible to reintegrate the entire territory at once. The Internal Minister supported the adoption of the laws on collaborationism supporters and on amnesty.