Donetsk People's Republic ready for talks with Ukraine with Russia's mediation
11 June 2014, 17:06 -- Donetsk People's Republic is ready to have negotiations with Ukraine, but only with Russia's mediation, Denis Pushilin, chairman of the Supreme Council of the Donetsk People's Republic, said.
'If it happens with Russia's mediation, we have some questions,' Pushilin told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday.
Specifically, Pushilin said the southeastern regions of Ukraine are interested in issues such as the creation of a humanitarian corridor, exchange of POWs, and 'withdrawal of illegal armed groups from the territory of Donbas.'
'These should be the first issues to be tackled,' he said. Pushilin said he believes now would be the right time to bring a Russian peacekeeping contingent to the southeastern regions.
Responding to a question from Interfax on whether the Donetsk People's Republic can change its mind about its independence, Pushilin said: 'There is no point talking about some united Ukraine after this many deaths and destroyed lives in Donetsk, Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, and other cities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, after the horrific events in Odessa.'
Pushilin also said he does not believe the promises made by Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko, who has spoken in favor of halting the military action in the southeastern regions before the end of this week.
Pushilin said he believes that 'it is no more than another populist statement made by Kiev.'
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