Two journalists Denys Kazansky and Serhiy Harmash, a doctor, lawyer, and head of the non-governmental organization entered the group of displaced persons at the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on Donbas, as the President’s Office reported.
Donbas will be represented by journalists Denys Kazansky and Serhiy Harmash who were forced to leave Donetsk in 2014.
Vadym Horan, the lawyer, chairman of the International non-governmental organization Luhansk community, will present the Luhansk region. Besides, well-known doctor Kostyantyn Libster will participate in the Trilateral Contact Group talks from particular areas of the Luhansk region.
“For the first time in five years, the representatives of areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions temporarily occupied by Russia are involved in the dialogue at the Trilateral Contact Group as members of the Ukrainian delegation,” the message said.
Denys Kazansky reported on Facebook that the issue was not about the advisory board, which had to be created but the society opposed such a decision. This idea was rejected.
He explained that the document, signed by Ukraine in Minsk contains points 11 and 12, which state that issue of the local elections in particular areas and the law about the special status of these areas should be discussed and agreed with the representatives of particular areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
“Meanwhile, the document has no specification of people who should represent these particular areas,” Kazansky wrote.
Such organizations as the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic are not mentioned; consequently, it is not stated that Ukraine should agree on anything with them.
“For a long time the citizens of Russia – Deinego and Nikonorova spoke on behalf of particular areas and nobody chose them but they appropriated the right to speak for Donbas. Meanwhile, the displaced persons – natives of Donetsk and Luhansk who were born and grew up in Donbas and who were forced to leave by terror and persecutions were deprived of the possibility to decide the fate of their native region,” he stated.
He added that the representatives stand for the entrenchment of the special status of occupied Donbas in the Constitution of Ukraine.
Serhiy Harmash, in his turn, added on Facebook that they would not hold talks with Donetsk People’s Republic.
“Our leadership remembered that not only the admirers of Russia relate to the particular areas of Donetsk and Luhansk areas of Ukraine but also we kicked out from our homes by the so-called patriots,” Harmash stated.
As we reported, the agreement was reached on the discussion of the forming lists for prisoners’ exchange at the session of the Trilateral Contact Group.