Moscow maintains that rebel leaders should negotiate a settlement directly with Kiev before reintegrating their territories into Ukraine and accepting government rule. But authorities in Kiev say elections must first be held under Ukrainian law in the rebel-held region. Only then can discussions take place about a redistribution of regional powers and other disputed issues, the Christian Science Monitor writes.
“If we stop the war, seal the border, and get all Russian troops and mercenaries out of there, we’ll have lots of grounds to reconcile with people in [the rebel republics of] Donetsk and Luhansk,” says Viktor Zamiatin, a leading expert …read more
Source: Razumkov Centre