Donbas militant boss reverses on earlier "Malorossiya" announcement

09:00, 10 August 2017
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Self-styled leader of the so-called "DPR" Alexander Zakharchenko says that the project he has earlier proposed will not bear the name of "Malorossiya" [Little Russia], according to Radio Svoboda.

"The very idea of re-establishing the state, plunged into a deep economic and political crisis, the state which is not attempting to carry out radical reforms to federalize the country and to find ways out of the collapse, received broad support. As early as now, I can say that there will not be a name ‘Malorossiya’ because it causes massive rejection," pro-militant websites quoted Zakharchenko as saying, Radio Svoboda wrote.

As UNIAN reported earlier, in July, Alexander Zakharchenko announced the "creation of Malorossiya," which, he said, now includes the occupied territories of Donbas, and in the future must include all of Ukraine except Crimea, which he claimed separatists recognize as "Russian" territory.

Read alsoU.S. State Dep not to "dignify with response" militant leader’s statement on "Malorossiya"The statement was criticized by Ukraine and the West, as well as by Russia and the “DPR” terrorist group itself. The idea was also rejected by militants in Luhansk region, the so-called “LPR,” which, according to Zakharchenko's idea, would have ceased to exist.

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