Russian State Duma Speaker, Vyacheslav Volodin, on Friday, January 21, announced the consultations with the heads of factions next week on the draft appeal to the Russian President on the recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) submitted by deputies from the Communist Party.
In his Telegram channel, the politician wrote that “it would be right to hold consultations with the leaders of the factions next week, to discuss this initiative” and then, following the results, the issue should be considered at the Council of the State Duma.
The Speaker of the State Duma also stressed that he considers it necessary to look for solutions that can ensure the safety of Russian citizens living in the DPR and LPR.
“One thing is absolutely obvious: solutions to ensure the safety of our citizens and compatriots in the DPR and LPR must be sought,” Volodin said.
He added that today one can see “the ignoring of the Minsk agreements by the President [of Ukraine Vladimir] Zelensky.”
“NATO wants to occupy Ukraine. Both can turn into a tragedy. We must not allow this to happen,” Volodin warned.
Deputies from the Communist Party faction, led by its leader Gennady Zyuganov, submitted to the State Duma on January 19 a draft of the chamber’s appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the need to recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
According to the document, the republics should be recognised as sovereign and independent states and this decision, according to the document, will be morally justified. As stated in the document, residents of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine at the All-Ukrainian referendum on March 27, 1994, agreed to the recognition of the Russian language as the state language of Ukraine along with the Ukrainian language and supported the use of the Russian language in the territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
“The new authorities of Ukraine, now glorifying the fascists Bandera, Shukhevych and their followers, have become intolerant of historically established norms, everyday life, as well as the will and religion of the inhabitants of these regions,” the document states.
It is explained that the actions of the Ukrainian authorities forced residents of certain districts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine to initiate a referendum and vote in May 2014 for the adoption of the Act of Self-Determination of the Donetsk People’s Republic (89 per cent) and the Act of Self-Determination of the Lugansk People’s Republic (96 per cent).
It is noted that for already eight years, residents of the two republics have been living under the shelling “of small and large-calibre weapons.” Referring to the UN data, the document states that over 10,000 people have been killed, more than 50,000 injured, more than 1.4 million people are displaced inside Ukraine and more than 2.5 million people have arrived in Russia in search of asylum.
Moreover, it is pointed out at the fact that the Ukrainian authorities have stopped paying pensions, social benefits and established “a complete economic blockade of the population and enterprises” of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
“It is quite possible to compare the actions of the Ukrainian authorities with the genocide of their own people,” it is stressed in the document.
According to the document, instead of consistent actions by the Ukrainian authorities, attempts are being made to revise or even cancel all the agreements reached. Numerous facts of ceasefire violations are being recorded again along the entire contact line, shells are destroying civilian homes, schools, and other infrastructure facilities.
“The deputies of the State Duma consider the recognition of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic reasonable and morally justified. Over the past years, democratic bodies and States with all the attributes of legitimate power have been built in the republics on the basis of the popular will,” the document states.
The authors of the document believe such recognition will create grounds for guaranteeing the security and protection of the people from external threats and the implementation of a policy of genocide against the inhabitants of the republics, as well as for strengthening international peace and regional stability.