The Verkhovna Rada appealed to the UN, OSCE, Council of Europe, diplomatic missions of foreign countries in Ukraine regarding the criminal decision of the Russian leadership to issue Russian passports to Ukrainian citizens in the territories of Donbas occupied by Russia.
Samopomich has supported the appeal.
However, according to the leader of the Samopomich Union faction Oleh Bereziuk, Ukraine’s security is primarily in the hands of Ukrainians.
“The international community will not help us now; they will support us when we assume a strong stance and stop deceiving ourselves. We need a clear separation from the aggressor, the development of the Ukrainian army, a powerful security belt both in the east of the country and as a result of the signing of militaristic treaties with our western neighbours — the Poles, the Hungarians, the Romanians, the Baltic countries — who are facing the same threat. Then Russia will cease handing out passports.
Over time, when the Ukrainian economy becomes strong under the protection of the Ukrainian army and the Ukrainian people, we will be able to regain what our age-old enemy has rudely taken away from us to date.”
Oleh Bereziuk has also reminded of the Samopomich’s committed position when in 2015 the political force did not allow to deceive the parliament and enshrine the special status of Donbas in the Constitution of Ukraine.
“Otherwise, today we would have Russian passports handed out in a “special-status” Donbas within the body of the Ukrainian state. Where there is respect for people, there is stability and well-being. And there has never been respect for people in the territory of Russia. We survived in 2015; the Ukrainian state and the Ukrainian people will survive now.”
Samopomich has managed to get the reference to the Minsk agreements removed from this resolution.