EU says Zakharchenko's "Malorossiya" against Minsk peace accords
The European Union says that plans by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic ("DPR") to create the so-called "Malorossiya" (literally "Little Russia") instead of Ukraine are against the objective of the Minsk peace agreement on Donbas.
"This is against the objective of the Minsk agreements of the reintegration of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in Ukraine. The European Union supports the ongoing diplomatic efforts to move towards complete implementation of the Minsk agreements, as the basis for a sustainable political solution to the conflict, based on respect for Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity," an EU spokesperson told UNIAN.
As UNIAN reported earlier, "DPR" leader Alexander Zakharchenko on July 18 announced the creation of a new separatist entity, "the state of Malorossiya," with Donetsk being its capital.
Read alsoPoroshenko: Novorossiya project dead, Ukraine to retake Donbas, CrimeaLeaders of the other self-proclaimed republic in Donbas, Luhansk People's Republic, said they had not participated in a meeting on the establishment of "Malorossiya."
Read alsoFrance, Germany call on Russia to condemn "Molorossiya" projectRussian media outlets said, referring to own sources, that the Kremlin was not aware of the creation of the new state instead of Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitriy Peskov said it was "Zakharchenko's personal initiative."