KIEV, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) — Leaders of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” are planning to hold a referendum on seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia, the Donetsk-based Ostrov news agency reported Wednesday.
The referendum is scheduled to be held in two to four weeks after the Oct. 18 local elections, said the news agency.
The ballot papers for the referendum designed in the colors of the Russian flag have already been printed, it said.
Neither the rebel leadership nor the Ukrainian authorities have commented on the report yet.
In July, leaders of pro-independence insurgents in Donetsk region said they would hold local elections on Oct. 18 without Kiev’s supervision as they believed that the Ukrainian government has not fulfilled its obligations under the Minsk peace agreement.
Last week, violence in eastern Ukraine has sharply escalated after several weeks of relative calmness. On Sunday night, at least 11 people, including nine civilians, were reportedly killed in Donetsk region, marking the worst casualties in the conflict since early June.
Starting in April 2014, the confrontation in eastern Ukraine has claimed the lives of more than 6,800 people and wounded almost 17,100 others, according to the latest UN estimates.
Translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski
Kolomoysky owned TV channel “1+1” showed a government meeting, where Yatsenyuk sensationally responded to the statement of a minister that “we have to live in this country.” He blurted out: “Ukraine is not my historical homeland and I don’t intend to live here.”
According to the channel, the prime minister frankly stated at a cabinet meeting that “after resignation he will immediately leave the country,” and journalists have noted that he “has increasingly begun to show signs of hysteria and apparently intends to prematurely resign.”
Indeed, the reasons are clear – in only the first half of this year, Ukraine’s GDP has collapsed 15%, although the worst forecast of the IMF only predicted 9%. The net outflow of investments for only the first six months of 2015 amounted to approximately $3 billion, and investments amounted to a billion – this is less than in any year in the history of Ukraine.
Prime Minister Yatsenyuk also admitted on channel ICTV that the control of state corporations and the national treasury has been passed to the West. Earlier, several foreigners had been appointed as ministers to the cabinet of Ukraine.