Yevhen Marchuk, the representative of Ukraine in a security subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk told about certain unofficial proposals to settle the Donbas conflict. In a statement to the journalists broadcasted by 112 Ukraine, he said that one of the ways to solve the conflict in Donbas is Ukraine’s official refusal from Crimea.
'I participate in two more international platforms on Donbas. During coffee breaks, they say that if Ukraine officially refuses, not refuses from but removes the Crimean problem, it might be a serious platform for solving the Donbas issues. So, refuse from Crimea, and then we can…they say it’s not a final decision. And I mean, those are not individuals,' he explained.
Marchuk did not specify who proposed this.
It should be noted that it is not the first time that such proposals come. On February 19, 2017, The New York Times wrote that Andriy Artemenko, Ukrainian people’s deputy from the Radical Party developed a concept of conclusion of peace between Ukraine and Russia and lifting anti-Russian sanctions. Allegedly, it was passed to Michael Flynn, the-then advisor of the U.S. President Donald Trump. According to the newspaper, the plan provided a withdrawal of Russia’s troops from eastern Ukraine and conduction of all-Ukrainian referendum to bring up a question of Russia’s 'renting' of Crimea for 50 or 100 years. Artemenko stated that the group of MPs from different parliamentary groups, including the opposition developed the plan. He denied the fact that his concept had ideas of 'renting' the peninsula.
On May 16, the Verkkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the decree No. 6445 on the dismissal of Andriy Artemenko. 244 lawmakers voted for the decision. Shortly before that, the President Poroshenko signed a decree on termination of Artemenko’s citizenship. The Ukrainian people’s deputy has been in the U.S. all this time.