On Tuesday, July 18, the self-proclaimed head of the Donetsk national Republic (DND) Alexander Zakharchenko announced the establishment of a new Federal state called Ruthenia, which, according to him, will include all region of present-day Ukraine. For the assistant to the Russian President Vladislav Surkov supervising the Ukrainian direction, initiative Zakharchenko was a surprise, say two close to the presidential administration sources RBC.
“The initiative of 100% was not from Surkov,” said RBC one of the sources. According to him, the idea made the environment of the head of the DNI. “The administration was not in the subject. This is a personal initiative Zakharchenko and his associates,” confirmed another source of RBC.
Close to Vladislav Surkov expert Alexei Chesnakov told TASS that the project of creation of the Ukraine put forward by several writers and bloggers close to the leadership of the DNI, in the leadership of the Donetsk Republic, many consider him not serious. “The project is a literary rather than political. To the real politics of the little Russian initiative is irrelevant”, he said. “Raised a great noise, but after a month of the little forget everything, including the authors of this idea”, — concluded the expert.
In the message on the website “news Donetsk Republic” said that the decision on the establishment of the Ukraine, the authorities DND and LNR took together. But in the next few hours after the statement Zakharchenko, the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s Republic have denied involvement in the idea of the Ukraine. The authorities LNR have not participated in the past in Donetsk meeting where it was announced the creation of a new state under the name of little Russia, said the Chairman of the national Council LNR Vladimir Degtyarenko.
According to the idea Zakharchenko, the new state will be called little Russia, “as the name itself Ukraine has discredited itself”. The capital of the Ukraine should be Donetsk, while Kiev will become the historical and cultural center. Little Russia will become a Federal state with broad autonomy, said Deputy Prime Minister DND Alexander Timofeev. As conceived by the leadership of the DNI, the Central authorities will deal with the Federal budget, the army and security services. Timofeev suggested “to choose on a personal basis” representatives from the regions to the constituent Assembly and to establish a “new country little Russia” and to adopt a new Constitution in a national referendum. According to the announcement on the official site of the DNI, Ruthenia should have 19 regions of the former Ukraine.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in response to the words Zakharchenko has promised to restore sovereignty over the entire territory of Donbass and predicted that little Russia will suffer the same fate as the forgotten project of the new Russia.